Sepanjang Beach in Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region Province
Here is another beautiful beach that resides in Gunung Kidul Regency of Yogyakarta Special Region. The name is Sepanjang Beach and it is located in Tanjungsari Sub-District. The exact location is in Kemadang Village, actually. The location is near to the famous Kukup Beach, so tourists can get there either after or before visiting Sepanjang. More nearby beaches are Drini, Watu Kodok, and Sanglen. One thing that makes it different is the similar beauty to Bali’s Kuta Beach. No wonder, most people would enjoy sightseeing and photography there. The locals even used to call it Kuta Tempoe Doeloe Beach, which means the ancient Kuta beach.
The first noticeable feature is none other than the long shoreline with its beautiful soft-textured landscape. The name “Sepanjang” means lengthy, after all. It is even said Sepanjang Beach has the longest shoreline as compared to others. Next, the sea scenery is mesmerizing and the waves are moderate. During the low tide, several coral rocks are seen on the shoreline. On the other hand, during the high tide, seawater covers those rocks. Another impressive feature is definitely a clean and neat environment! No trash is seen on the site!
Exploring Sepanjang Beach
So, what can tourists do once arriving at Sepanjang Beach? It is as simple as relaxation. Thanks to the presence of small huts and gazebos with their straw roof. Tourists can sit and relax in it while watching the sea scenery. The warm air and soothing atmosphere of the coast comfort them too. For families who come with kids, they should explore the shoreline for beach walking. During the exploration, in fact, they would find small sea creatures like starfishes, clams, sea urchins, fishes, seaweeds, and much more!
It is true that relaxation becomes the best thing to do in Sepanjang Beach. Aside from having traditional gazebos, the beach also comes with “lincak” or bamboo chairs. This facility suits families or groups who want to hang out while watching sea panoramas, actually. It is even possible to conduct eating together, as long as tourists would take care of the trash later. No one is allowed to litter, after all. Don’t forget to carry plastic bags to store the trash, therefore.
The next recommended thing to do in Sepanjang Beach is camping. The absence of villas and inns motivates tourists to build a tent and spend the night on the site. They must carry their tent and other equipment, though. At night, igniting a bonfire is a must. The nuance becomes merrier if they conduct a BBQ party too while camping. Once again, littering is prohibited!
- Watu Kodok Beach
- Nglolang Beach
- Jumpino Beach
How to Get There
The prime destination is indeed Yogyakarta City and tourists can get there fast by airplane, especially those who come from outside the region. For instance, a flight from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport) would take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Once tourists arrive at Adisucipto International Airport, they can simply take Nasional III Street and head to Sepanjang Beach right away, which is located in Kemadang Village. The distance is 60.9 km, so this trip may take around 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Winahyu Resort