It did not occur to me to visit this city at the first time, but then I became interested after I saw many people posting photos of the beaches in Pacitan, especially Klayar beach.
As Pacitan located in the southern part of Java, meaning that it has beautiful beaches … I do not know why, but I always love the beach that is located in the southern part facing the Indian Ocean … Just like the southern beaches in Lombok or Sumba. 🙂
Anyway … Here are some of the beaches that I visited in Pacitan (this is going to be a longggg post … as I posted many pics here haha).
If you looked from above, you will see that Teleng Ria beach is located inside the bay (the shape looks like the wine glass lol).I think this is the beach where many people visited as this is the closest beach to the city, even there were several buses came that day, but it seems that many people were concentrated on the right side of the beach. I think that was because there were markets, i.e. fish and akik (agate) stone market, also a water park, located just behind this side of the beach.
Although, this beach is visited by many people, but unfortunately no swimming is allowed.I stayed in the accommodation inside this beach complex, so this was the first beach that I explored.
I was really curious to know, what would I find at the end of the beach? What was there? That was why I walked to the end of the left side of the beach during the afternoon, where there were not many people there.
While I walked, I found some people fished from the beach. There was a person who walked a bit to the water and just stood there while waiting for the fish to eat the bait, even there were people who put their fishing rod at the sand while they were waiting for their catch! 😀Finally, I reached at the end of the beach … I think this is the place where the water from the river and the water from the sea meet each other, and in front of me was just a wall of hill. So I think that’s it for the adventure … (not sure what I expected to find there hahaha).
There were not many people visited this beach, only me, my friend – Ardi, and a few teenager who had a picnic there. There was also only one warong available near that beach, that sold snack, including cup noodle, and also coconut.The beach actually has two areas divided by a hill in between.
I think the first area is more to the area for the fishermen as I saw some of the traditional fishing boat there, while the other area is for the visitors as I looked some bench and a gazebo on the beach.When we explored the beach in the first area, we decided to walk up to the hill on the right side of the beach, so we could get the view of the beach from above. Apparently there were few fishermen who already sat on the cliff of the hill to fish …
Watu Karung (Watukarung)
From what I saw, it seems that Watukarung is a more developed place for tourism (especially for surfer – I guess), as there were many homestays there, an some accommodations including a very nice one beside the beach (still under construction) with a nice swimming pool.There was also another accommodation near the main beach, where the houses looks like a traditional Javanese house (Joglo). This accommodation is also quite close to a secluded beach.
This is the famous beach in Pacitan!
The entrance road to this beach was at the top of the hill, and the beach area is located at the bottom of the hill. The road from the top to bottom was only fit for one car, and I was a bit scared when I drove up to the top, and if there was another car coming down. Luckily there was none lol …Many visitors visit this beach, and I think this is the must visit beach if you are in Pacitan haha.
Because there was a rock structure looks like the Sphinx!
The area of this rock structure is located quite far from the parking area, and you have two choices to reach there. On foot or ride the ATV. Well, we preferred walk. If you chose to ride an ATV, the passenger seat at the back of the ATV is fit for two people. If I am not mistaken, the price for the one-way trip is IDR50,000.Apparently the rock structure at the left side of the beach is quite big, and we could just walk above it. In this area, not only you could take a picture with the ‘Sphinx’, you could also fell the sea water when it blows through the small hole of the rock (water blow). People calls this as the ‘Ocean Flute’. You need to wait for the right moment (aka the big waves) to get a really good big water blow 😉 Behind this rock area, there was also a big hill behind it, which you can easily walk to the top of the hill to see the beautiful Klayar beach from above 🙂
We hate Google Maps! Lol … It showed the-long-and-winding-route from the city to this beach and because of that, we missed the sunset.
From the main road, we then were directed to a non-main-road route through some villages. The road was up and down the hill, left to right, before we finally found the main road again. It told us that the trip would take approximately 30 minutes, but in fact it took us for about 1.5 hours to reach this beach :-/
Someone, who is a local, told us that the local government already made a new highway connecting Pacitan – Soge beach – and so on. So is this main road the new highway? If yes, then we made a conclusion that, as this was quite a new road, Google Maps has not mapped it yet.
Look at this photo … The beach should be beautiful, right? It was a good place to wait for the sunset too haha.Sad that the quality of the photos were not good as it was already dark 🙁
On our way back to Pacitan, I told to my friend to direct us to the alun-alun of Pacitan using GMaps, hoping that it would give a different route, but it still showed us the same route as before. Then at the entrance of that long-and-winding-non-main-road route to the village, we found a workshop. Luckily there were still many people there, so I told Ardi to ask them, whether we could just follow the main road to Pacitan or not (I had a gut feeling that the main road would definitely bring us to Pacitan!). Then the people there said that we could just follow the main road to Pacitan.
That was a relief for me! So I did not need to go to the same long-and-winding-route again.
But … when we drove through this main road, (I think) there was no clear direction to Pacitan, or perhaps I could just did not see it as it was already dark too. Luckily, there was only ONE main road! I always asked my friend to check with GMaps, whether we would met with the GMaps route somewhere. My friend then said that the GMaps route was just ‘beside’ us. So I think we going to the right direction.
Finally, we found the sign showing the direction to Pacitan … And finally (again) we reached the city.
IT ONLY TOOK US FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO REACH THE CITY! *big lol*
So if you want to go to Soge beach from Pacitan, here is the direction for you:
From alun-alun, go straight until you find a three-way junction with the police station on the left side. Then, go to right. From here, you just follow this main road (the new highway) until you find Soge beach. Haha.
If you are still not sure … Just ask around for the direction *wink*
There were still more beaches to explore in Pacitan … So I think, I will revisit Pacitan someday 🙂
All photos were taken using my iPhone 5 😉