Wediombo Beach, Gunung Kidu

Wediombo Beach, Gunung Kidu

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Wediombo Beach, Fishing from the Coral Hill

The imagination of very wide, white-sand beach that enables you to see different angles of the beach will rise when you hear the mention of Wediombo (wedi=sand, ombo=wide) Beach. Nonetheless, Wediombo Beach actually does not have such wide spread of sands. The west and east parts of the beach are planked by coral hills so that the spread of the sands is not as wide as the one in Parangtritis, Glagah, and possibly Kuta beaches.

In fact, local people tell that the name of this beach that was given by the predecessors does not represent the real situation. Some people say that more appropriate name for this beach is Teluk Ombo (The Wide Bay), since the beach looks like a wide bay. There are two flanking coral hills with the seawater protrudes to the land but it is wider that common bays.

Apart from the inappropriate name, however, Wediombo still provides extraordinary beach view. The seawater looks clear blue; it is different from other beaches of which seawater looks greenish resulted from water pollution. The white sands with ornaments of the seashells are maintained well. The atmosphere of the beach is quiet so that it becomes the right place to get out of noisiness.

Wediombo is located in Jepitu village of Girisubo Sub-District in Gunung Kidul Regency. If you have come to Siung Beach, you will easily reach this beach. You only have to get back to a T-junction in Tepus before the road leading to Siung Beach, then turn right following the road until you get to a sign board asking you to turn right to get to Wediombo.

The location of this beach is far lower that the surrounding lands. You have to get down by the stairs in order to reach the beach and enjoy the panorama. While descending the stairs, you will be able to see the field, houses and mangrove vegetation on your left and right sides. Some people are seen carrying herbs for their cattle or taking care of the cattle in its stall.

In addition to the enchanting coastal panorama, Wediombo offers a unique tour experience, if not an extreme one, namely fishing from the height of the coral cliff. This kind of tour originating from the fishing habit of local people is popular with fishing hobbyists from Yogyakarta and Wonogiri. The main objective is, according to local people to YogYES, to catch big fish.

It is not easy to reach the fishing location at the top of the coral cliff. We have to walk eastwards through the shore; climbing steep and slippery cliff and sometimes the waves will hit us before arriving at the cliff that directly faces the deep ocean. For those who have been familiar with the route, it will take them one-hour walk.

The difficult way to the cliff, however, is paid well. Big fish are sometimes caught by the hobbyists. At least they will catch fish that local people name it panjo fish. The fish of which size is as big as man’s arm are of two kinds, the cylindrical one that exist more during dry season and the flat one during the rainy season.

The baits are small fish that can even be collected at the seashore. We can use either fishing pole or fishnet to catch the small fish. It’s cheap and easy, isn’t it?

For those who do not dare to get to the top of the cliff, they might just buy the fish they the fishermen catch. They sell the panjo fish at IDR 3,000 one fish, or IDR 20,000 for a string of fish containing 5-6 fish. Some local people are willing to cook them for you if you wish. Otherwise, you can take them home as a gift for your family.

Cooked panjo fish are also available. Served with rice and condiment from chili pepper, fried Panjo fish is sold at IDR 7,000 only. The rice is served in the traditional container called bakul and the condiment is on traditional saucer called cobek. The portion is big enough for two persons. YogYES tried this menu in a warong located close to the parking area. Fried sea urchin that tastes like fried chicken is also available if you want to try.

At certain occasions, you can see Ngalangi ceremony that is held by local people. This ceremony takes place once in a year, just like the labuhan besar ceremony, of which objective is to express the gratitude to God for what have been granted and asking for good fortune for the future. The fortune is mainly good catches in sufficient quantity to fulfill daily needs.

The procession of the ceremony is unique; it begins by spreading gawar – the fishnet made from wawar tree. This kind of fishnet was used to catch fish before the present nylon fishnet. The gawar is spread out from Kedongkowok hill to the area of the rise and fall of the tides in order to trap the fish that are washed away by the waves and that cannot get back to the sea.

When seawater falls, the fish are collected. People are then busy cleaning and cooking the fish. Some of the fish are returned to the sea with some rice ans offerings. Most part of the dish is shared to the families. This ceremony is known as kenduri besar or great shared-meals as the form of local wisdom that fish are livelihood for all people.

In addition to Ngalangi ceremony, the enchantment of the beach can be enjoyed everyday. The entrance fee is only IDR 5,000 for two persons. If you want to spend the night and gather with some of your friends, you can use a small hut located close to the warongs alongside the beach. It is so refreshing to be in this beach.

Trisik Beach, Kulon Progo

Trisik Beach, Kulon Progo

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Trisik Beach is the first beach in Kulon Progo Regency that you will see when you are passing Bantul – Purworejo road, through Palbapang and Srandakan. Located in Brosot Sub-Regency, Kulon Progo Regency, it is 37 kilometers from the city center. Trisik Beach is located so close to the main street so that it is easy to reach.

The trip to Trisik Beach will be enjoyable and will not be to tiring even though the distance is far enough. The road to this beach is smooth with minimal climbings and there are many small restaurants alongside in order for you to get rest when you are tired. Taking the Palbapang and Srandakan roads, you can also enjoy the beauty of Progo River scenery when you pass by the bridge connecting Bantul Regency and Kulon Progo Regency.

Trisik Beach has its uniqeness compared to other beaches in Kulon Progo in terms of its strong nuance as a coastal village. The beach, people’s houses, the huts selling foods and the read connecting the village and the town are located closely one to each other. Various activities done by local people that make use of the coastal area and the ocean as source of their living also takes part in strengthening the coastal nuance of the village.

The center of the fish trading is one of some place that you will find when you come into this area. This place serves as the heart of Trisik community whose profession is fishermen, because this is the place where people are trading the fish they get. Usually, this place is busy as soon as the fishermen return from fishing. When YogYES came, there was one of the fishermen bringing the rayfish he got.

Upon arriving at the beach, you will feel the exoticism of the coastal village with the daily fishery world. You will see row of motorboats that fishermen are using when going fishing. Close to them, there are scattered nets showing that they had just been used. Some small warongs built from bamboo plait offer foods and drinks for visitors.

At certain time, you can see some birds flying on the sky of this beach. Is it believed that Trisik beach is one of the sheltering places for migrant birds from different areas. The migrant birds that you can see are, for example: swamp trinil, beach trinil, bush trinil, red-neck kedidi, cerek kernyut, small cerek kalung and Asian kites. In addition, there are such non-migrant birds as buffalo heron, cow swallow and blue shrimp.

When you walk westwards following the asphalted road to Glagah Beach, you will see the activities of Trisik coastal village community. On both sides of the road, people are drying hyacinth that they obtained from Ambarawa area under the sun. When YogYES came in the afternoon, they were collecting the dried hyacinth and then bound them in several bindings.

The dried hyacinth is sold to the craftsmen who make bag, sandal, and various boxes. The handicrafts are usually distributed to town or to handicrafts entrepreneurs in different areas for further processing. The craftsmen in town usually do the finishing process by adding some accessories to make them more beautiful. Small in scale, the activity of drying the hyacinth gives living to the people.

With strong coastal village nuance, Trisik Beach is worth writing in your tour agenda. Not many beaches have the beautiful yet simple nuance like Trisik Beach.

Text: Yunanto Wiji Utomo
Photo & Artistic: Agung Sulistiono Mabruron
Copyright © 2007 YogYES.COM

Siung Beach, Gunung Kidul

Siung Beach, Gunung Kidul

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Siung Beach is located in a remote area in Gunung Kidul Regency, to the south of Tepus Sub-Regency to be exact. The distance is around 70 kilometer from the center of Yogyakarta city or it will take you around 2 hours drive. Since it is difficult to get public transportation to go the beach, it would be easier if you make your travel with your own vehicle. Public bus or mini van from Wonosari city will stop at Tepus area only and you have to wait long to get one.

When you plan to make your travel by your car or motorcycle, make sure that they are in a very good condition. The reason is that you are going to go through challenging road with climbs, sharp bending and sometimes slopes under the hot sun in between limestone hills and vegetable fields. You will have to overcome all the hindrances since you come to Pathuk area (the first Sub-Regency that you will pass by in Gunung Kidul Regency) until you get to the beach.

You cannot escape from the hindrances. The easiest route with smooth asphalted road you best take is Yogyakarta – Wonosari continued with Wonosari – Baron – Tepus route. Another route, namely Yogyakarta – Imogiri – Gunung Kidul, has harder challenges with road full of holes, while Wonogiri – Gunung Kidul route is to far to take from Yogyakarta city.

Suffering before getting the happiness seems to represent your journey to Siung Beach. You will fee happy, released and peaceful after you get to the beach. The blue ocean and white, clean sands will cure tiredness. Some wooden houses are available for visitors to take shelter or to have a chat with friends while enjoying the beauty of the beach panorama.

One of the prominent enchantments of Siung Beach is its coral reef. The huge coral reefs at the west and east parts of the beach have important function to add the beauty of the scenery and to border with other beach.

The coral reef of which form resembles the fang of a monkey protrudes little bit to the ocean. The name of the beach was – according to Wastoyo, the local senior leader – taken from the form of the coral reef that resembles the shape of a monkey’s fang. The coral reef remains beautiful to enjoy with the waves sometimes hit it and the seawater permeates through its cavities.

The monkey’s fang coral reef that still stands firmly despite eroding waves becomes the witness of the triumph of Siung area in the past. Wastoyo tells that Siung area was one of the trading centers during the time of Islamic leaders in Gunung Kidul area. Close to the beach, in Winangun area, there is a traditional market. Here, Mrs Kami and Mrs Podi, the widows of the servants of the Yogyakarta and Surakarta Kingdoms lived.

Most of the people in Siung area make their living by producing salt. They rely their lives on the seawater that is rich in rich content. The salt produced by the local people becomes the main commodity in Winangun market. Even though the sea is rich in various kinds of fish, not many local people dare to go sea by that time. Most of them just catch fish at the shallow waters.

The trading in Winangun market was decreasing when the market was “moved” to Yogyakarta. The new market in Yogyakarta that used to be the Winangun market in Siung area was named Jowinangun that stands for Jobo Winangun, meaning outside the Winangun area. Local people lost their livelihood and not many people come to this area. There is no history telling what local people did to keep alive.

It was during the vacuum time that the beauty of the coral reefs in Siung Beach regained its popularity. In around 1989, a group of nature lovers from Japan utilized the coral cliffs to the west of the beach as an arena for cliff climbing. Then, in 1990s, there was a competition of Asian Climbing Gathering utilizing the coral cliff at Siung Beach. Since then, the popularity of Siung Beach began to come back.

As many as 250 climbing routes are now available at Siung Beach to facilitate the lovers of cliff climbing sport. Referring to the rule that the existing route can be added with the consent from the maker of the previous path, the routes can possibly be added. Many groups have made use of the climbing routes in this beach, such as a group of students from the State University of Yogyakarta that was about to climb when YogYES came to visit this beach.

The other facility supporting the cliff climbing activity is the camping ground in the eastern part of the beach. Tents are erected in the camping ground and fire can be set to spend the night. The only requirement to go camping there is destroying the environment and disturbing the turtle habitat as the sign board there says.

Close to the camping ground, a wooden stage-house can be functioned as the base camp as another choice than erecting the tent. It contains 10 – 15 people. The stage-house enables visitors to get wider view of the exotic beach. You only have to get permission from local people and pay some amount of money to use the stage-house.

When night comes or when there are not many visitors, the long-tailed monkeys will get down from the cliff to the shore. The existence of these rare long-tailed monkeys can be one of the reasons why the naming of the coral reef was analogized with the fang of the monkey, not other kinds of animals.

Wastoyo explains, based on what wise men explained, the prosperity and triumph of Siung Beach will come soon. The visit of more people and the increasing popularity as an arena of cliff climbing signal the movement of this beach to its triumph. The visit of tourists, including you, will surely speed up the attainment of the triumph.

Sepanjang Beach, Gunung Kidul

Sepanjang Beach, Gunung Kidul

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Sepanjang Beach is one of newly opened beaches. The name Sepanjang which means long derives from the characteristic of the beach that has the longest coastal lines of all beaches in Gunung Kidul. The atmosphere of this beach is so natural. The seaside is decorated with palm trees and huts roofed with dry leaves. The coral reef in the rise and fall of tides area is kept well. The dashes of waves reflect blue color signaling uncontaminated seawater. With such a situation, it is not false if the local government and investors plan to make this beach as the second Kuta Beach. Sepanjang has long coastal lines, clean water sands, and medium waves. We can just choose: suns bathing under the bright sun, surfing, or just enjoy the beach beauty. We can enjoy all the things when we come to the beach that lies some kilometers from Sundak Beach.

Sadeng Beach, Gunung Kidul

Sadeng Beach, Gunung Kidul

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Sadeng Beach, Visiting the Estuary of the Ancient Bengawan Solo River

Bengawan Solo River used to flow quietly from its upper course in the north area and empty into Sadeng Beach that now is located in Gunung Kidul Regency. Four million years ago, however, a geological process took place. The Australia slab got under Java Island, causing the Java Land to rise slowly. The course of the river could not resist so that it turned northwards. The old line then dried since there was no flowing water anymore. This area is rich in limestone hills that, according to some researches, used to be coral reefs under the seawater.

Now, the ex line of the river that is popular through the keroncong song entitled Bengawan Solo created by Gesang becomes an interesting tourism object. In addition to serving as a tourism object, Sadeng, which was the estuary of the river, is one of the biggest fish harbor in Yogyakarta. Both of them become valuable geological sites. Once, there was a tour package exploring the course of the Ancient Bengawan Solo to its estuary.

On the way to Sadeng, we can see some hundreds meters line of the Ancient Bengawan Solo River. We can see the line after arriving at a blue plank with the writing “Girisubo – Ibukota Kecamatan”. Get down from your vehicle and look carefully at the ex line of the river and record it with your camera.

There are two high limestone hills planking a low land that used to be the line of the river. The low land that now functions as a field for local people to grow vegetables bends beautifully as far as 7 kilometers northwards Pracimantoro area in Wonogiri Regency. The bends are so tempting that our eyes will have to see them.

The river line can also be explored southwards to its ex estuary in Sadeng Beach. One of the fishermen told that the estuary of the Ancient Bengawan Solo River was on the east beach, the area that currently is part of the fish harbor. Nonetheless, the explore to the south is not as beautiful as the one to the north because the line going to Sadeng Beach is not in the same direction with the flow of the biggest river in Java.

When we get to beach, we will see different scenery. The area of the beach also experiences changes like the line of the river that now functions as vegetables field. Sadeng Beach now functions as the most advanced fish harbor in Yogyakarta. This can be seen from the availability of big motorboats, gas station, shelters for fishermen and fish auction center and fishermen cooperative.

The development of Sadeng as a fish harbor has its own story. Around the year 1983, a group of fishermen from Gombong, Central Java came to this place. They considered Sadeng to be a potential place to go sea. The challenges are quite hard, not only the big waves but also local people’s belief forbidding people to go sea and the beach that is believed to be mystical.

One of the fishermen, Pairo, told YogYES that the fishermen from Gombong believed that anyone could get into Sadeng Beach. Thus, anyone who dares to live in Sadeng will live. Finally, more fishermen from Gombong lived and made their living with their catches in that place.

Since then, the area keeps developing. In 1986, a center for fish auction was built and a harbor equipped with lighthouse to support the fishery activities were built. In 1989s, a cooperative for fishermen was formed. In 1995, an office that took care of the catches that also functions as a shelter for the transit fishermen was organized.

We will see the development of the fishery in Sadeng by visiting all parts of the beach. We will see fishermen cleaning their boats, carrying the fish to the acution center, grinding ice cubes to be placed in fish box before being distributed, and a number of mothers taking car of children in the shelter. All people are busy with fishery activities.

Besides, we can also explore the seashore in the eastern part and head to the sand dune close to the lighthouse. The scenery of the unlimited ocean will look clearly. Different from other beaches in Gunung Kidul in general, Sadeng does not have huge coral reefs so that our vision will not be obstructed. Sometimes, you can see fishermen’s boats are going to sea.

Visiting Sadeng is like witnessing an evolution process. Along the way, we can recall the evolution of the low land of the Ancient Bengawan Solo line from its time when the water was still flowing to the present condition where the line changes its function as a field where local people grow vegetables. Meanwhile, visiting the beach seems like recall the beach that used to be the estuary that was quiet and now it becomes the biggest fish harbor in Yogyakarta.

Pok Tunggal Beach, Gunung Kidul

Pok Tunggal Beach, Gunung Kidul

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This Beach was located beside Watulawang Beach. It’s has very large white sands area. very quiet. what a wonderful beach. if you get there, you will feel as on a private beach.
Nearby cities: Desa Kemiri, Tanjungsari, Gunungkidul Desa kelahiran Kang Rejo Sukino, Praci, Dukuh Dayu

Parangkusumo Beach, Parangtritis

Parangkusumo Beach, Parangtritis

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Parangkusumo Beach, the Sacred Beach in Yogyakarta

Parangkusumo Beach is a beach that lies in Yogyakarta. The beach is so beautiful and so sacred. You can feel the sacred atmosphere once you stepped in the area for the first time. When you enter the area, you will soon smell the scent of flowers and incense. The flowers and incense are meant for materials of offering. There is a sacred story regarding the beach. The offering that you see is actually made for Queen of South. The queen is believed to be the wife of the ruler of Yogyakarta. All the descendents of the ruler will be the husband of the Queen of South. This is an amazing story about the beach. 
Location
          Parangkusumo Beach is situated about 30 km from the city of Yogyakarta. It is side by side with Parangtritis and Depok Beaches. Administratively, the beach lies in Parangtritis Village, Kretek, Bantul, Yogyakarta. To reach the beach, you can go by public transportation from Giwangan bus station. 
         You can then take a bus towards Parangtritis. You only need to pay for Rp15.000 (US$1.50). When you have arrived at the beach, you must pay for the ticket, about Rp 3,000 (less than one dollar). When entering the beach location, you can see the most fantastic view. You can see perfect waves rolling, feel the see breeze and listen to the sound of the waves hitting the rock. It’s all soothing and relaxing.
Activities
          At Parangkusumo Beach, it is not allowed to do dangerous water activities like surfing or diving. The waves here are too powerful. However, you can play in the shallow water, and swim. Playing in the water will be fun. You can also build castles from the sand or simply write your name on the sand. 
          Otherwise, you can sit down and enjoy the panorama. You can take pictures of the surrounding area. The perfect time to visit the beach is in the evening, when the sun is about to set. You can enjoy the beautiful sunset. You can also walk around the beach, enjoying the cool breeze and the sea wind. This is so comforting.

Accommodations
          Yogyakarta has many comfortable hotels. However, the hotels near Parangkusumo Beach is only a few. They include Pramesthi Jogja, Brongto Hotel and many others around Malioboro. Visiting the beach should also lead you to visit the nearby beaches, such as Parangtritis and Depok. 
       Having visited the beach, you feel you have entered the most sacred place. Especially, the offering and the flowers fragrance. You should respect the sacred story of the beach. Don’t say anything reckless. Appreciating the belief of the people around the beach will guarantee your safety. Stay cool and simply enjoy the panorama of the beach.

          You can visit Parangkusumo Beach at the time of offering. You’ll find that it is a unique culture that involves almost all the people around the area. The offering is an interesting activity. You will see that large of various food, fruit and meat are included in the offering.

Ngrenean Beach, Gunung Kidul

Ngrenean Beach, Gunung Kidul

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Ngrenehan Beach is located at Kanigoro village, Saptosari – Gunung Kidul, about 30 km southeast of Wonosari town. This beach is guarded by a limestone hill and amazing panoramas of waves crashing onto white sand shores. Visitors can see the fishermen’s daily activities and buy fresh fish, fried and ready to eat. About 1 km west of this beach are Ngobaran and Nguyahan Beaches. Every month when the moon is full, Hindus perform the Melasty ceremony at Ngobaran beach.

Kukup Beach, Gunung Kidul

Kukup Beach, Gunung Kidul

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Located 1 km east of Baron, Kukup also has a beautiful white sand beach as well as fish that aren’t seen in other areas. Visitors can buy or try to catch the fish on the beach; or just enjoy the beautiful marine life in 20 large seawater aquariums with wrasse, clownfish, scorpion fish, boxfish, and a variety of coral sharks. When the tide goes out, visitors can enjoy the beautiful sea garden with colorful corals and marine life.

Depok Beach, Bantul

Depok Beach, Bantul

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Bantul (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈbantʊl]) is the name of a regency and a town located in the Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. The regency’s population is approximately 800,000. Like many regions on the island of Java, it is densely populated with roughly 1,600 people per square kilometer. The regency is bordered by the city of Yogyakarta to the north, the regencies of Kulon Progo and Sleman to the west, the Gunung Kidul Regency to the east and the Indian Ocean to the south.

The village Kemusuk in the Sedayu subdistrict in Bantul is the birthplace of former Indonesian President, Suharto.

2006 Earthquake

Main article: May 2006 Java earthquake

On 27 May 2006 an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck near Java’s southern coast causing widespread damage. Bantul Regency was the region most affected by the disaster. Around 4,100 residents of Bantul Regency were killed, 12,000 were injured. 72,000 houses were destroyed, and 137,000 were damaged.[1]