Yogyakarta is more than its charming city tour as you can also experience an exotic trip to the beach. Most of the beautiful beaches are located in Gunung Kidul Regency where you can take an island-hopping there.
Baron Beach is a shoreline of a bay with fishing and swimming spots, as well as a scenic pathway through mountains. The uniqueness of Baron Beach is that there is an underground river that flows pretty swiftly towards the ocean. Uniquely, the water in this underground river is freshwater even though located close to the sea. Visitors can swim in the river as well as on the beach. In Baron Beach, there is also a hill which is the favorite location to enjoy all the beauty in the area. At a certain time, tourists can watch a Larung Saji traditional ceremony aimed at giving thanks to God for the abundance of blessings and fortune. Hoping with Larung Sesaji their fortune will be even better, so it continues to increase from year to year.
Location: Desa Kemadang, Tanjungsari, Gunungkidul
Wediombo Beach attracts many people for its long-wide sandy shoreline and coral rocks with calm waters with beautiful views of green hills. As well as its crystal clear water where you can also swim in there. At some parts of the beach, it is really safe to swim even for children as they are “protected” by the big rocks that prevent big waves. Visitors are also allowed to build a tent near the beach and hold a simple BBQ party while enjoying the relaxing coastal nuance.
Location: Balong, Girisubo, Gunungkidul
Siung Beach is a sandy beach enclosed by greenery views and cliffs popular with rock climbers. Along the way to the beach location, you will be treated to views of limestone hills covered with teak trees. The road is winding and ascending, a challenge that you must pass before reaching the location. However, an exhausting trip will pay off right after you get there. Whether you do the rock climbing or just chilling next to the beach, you can still enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Indian Ocean.
Location: Dusun Duwet, Tepus, Gunungkidul
This beach offers couples who intend to travel to a peaceful romantic vacation with a unique panoramic view compared to other beaches. Aside from its silky white sand surrounded by enormous powerful rocks, the clear blue hypnotizing color of the sea invites visitors to come and plunge into the underworld. The sea is still clear and beautiful because trash or any other waste has not contaminated in this remote area. (Source)
Parangtritis Beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in Yogyakarta. With raging surf and salty sea breezes, it will be hard not to feel rejuvenated and refreshed as soon as you arrive here. At night, the starlight on the silvery-black dunes give the beach a mystical feeling, and it won’t be hard to understand why there are many local myths about this area. What makes Parangtritis particularly special is that it is not only an enchanting holiday spot, it’s also a sacred place. According to legend, when you come here you are entering the domain of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, Queen of the Southern Ocean who is not known for being welcoming to newcomers. The sand mountains in Parangtritis are also an attraction for tourists which used as a skating area.
Location: Bantul, Yogyakarta
The interesting thing about Ngobaran Beach is the existence of a temple that is still actively used as a place of worship for Hindus in Yogyakarta. Similar to other beaches in Gunungkidul Regency, Ngobaran Beach looks very beautiful with white sand and waves from very clear water.
Location: Desa Kanigoro, Saptosari, Gunungkidul
Drini Beach at first glance is very similar to Tanah Lot in Bali because there is a small coral island located in the southern part of the beach. Visitors can get there while the sea is receding. Drini Beach has two bays with beautiful brown sand. This place is a favorite spot to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere while overlooking the blue sky, breathe the fresh air, and swim at the crystal-clear water.
Location: Desa Banjarejo, Tangjungsari, Gunungkidul
8. Pok Tunggal
This beach is often dubbed as the ‘hidden paradise’ because of its existence which seems isolated and not crowded by tourists. The interesting thing about Pok Tunggal Beach is the old Duras Tree which is curved at the shoreline. Pok Tunggal Beach is perfect to visit to enjoy the sunset or sunrise atmosphere.
Location: Desa Tepus, Tepus, Gunungkidul