Yogyakarta does not merely have enormous cultural and religious sites. The city also owns its typical natural gems on every corner. Right in the south part of Yogyakarta, a blue, clear sea lays widely. A stunning bridge to the Indian Ocean high seas. Drini beach, as locals named this place. A mesmerizing escapade that must be on the go list.
Located 60 kilometers away from Yogyakarta city. Drini beach features turquoise sea water and perfect tide. On weekend Drini is full of locals. Some just chilling and enjoying the beach. And some will directly go to the local fish market near the beach. As for local tourists, Drini beach offers plenty of water sports activities.
Drini Beach Not One, But Two Beaches
Not only having one side of the beach. Drini is a two side beach. The west part with a loud and unpredictable wave. On the beachside, wooden boats line up tidily, waiting to be sailed to the sea. In the morning, this part crowd is fishermen going back from the sea.
Unloading fresh fish and seafood from the boat. And sell them in the fish market next to the beach. Another side is the attraction part. This side of the beach owns a humble wave and clear sand. That makes this part a fun playground for children.
Harmless for playing football or beach volley, and suitable for picnics. Here, it’s quite safe to snorkel, play the water canoe, or fishing.
A few meters in between the two beaches, a coral island sets out. A bridge lies down from the beach connecting the beach to the island. With just a few stairs it takes people to the highest point of the island. Here, the landscape of the deep and broad ocean is ready to amuse the eyes. The lines of the trees cover the island.
Water Sports & Fishing
Drini beach is not solely a site to witness the typical Indonesian landscape. It is also a fun spot to chill and play. The beach offers amusing activities to play such as canoeing. The fun part is people who can’t swim can enjoy the beach too. Since the canoe rent comes with a safety vest.
Come before 12 pm to experience a nice friendly wave. Guests are allowed to ride the canoe a few meters away from the beach. In the shallow area right before the sea. A perfect area to glance at the small fishes and sea corals. The canoe rental price range from Rp50.000 to Rp100.000 depending on the size.
The smaller size can take up to 2 passengers. While the bigger one is for 4 passengers. Other than the canoe, locals can also rent a djoekoeng or wooden boat. But, unlike the canoe, the ship can sail passengers way far off.
And of course, it can take 8 to 15 passengers all at once. The captain will sail and guide tourists to the snorkeling or fishing spot. Tips, always agree on the price first.
There is also a snorkeling spot near the beach. It doesn’t require hiring a boat. Near the coral island, an area for snorkeling sets in. The sea corals and little fishes are seen clearly thanks to their pure water. However, please be very careful and don’t step on a coral.
Drini Beach Seafood Feast
Due to its clean white sand and wide area, Drini beach is a perfect site for a summer picnic. The sun shines warmly comes along with the beach’s harmonious ambiance. Giving a wonderful summer vacation. Lay the mat, and set the lunch package. Enjoy the blue sea that rhymes along with the bright air.
The summer picnic will be perfect with Indonesian local seafood. Near the beach, there is plenty of modest restaurants offering assorted dishes using only fresh ingredient. Taste the Indonesian special herb and spices, a luscious taste of traditional food. Each plate of the course averagely starts from Rp15.000 to Rp50.000.
Drini Beach Opening Hours
The beach welcomes guests every day for 24 hours as well as the fish market. Except for the small stall selling snacks or water. Most restaurants on the premises are open from 7 AM to 9 PM.
|Drini Beach Opening Hours|
|Every day||Open 24 Hours|
Drini Beach Entrance Fee
To explore the beach, visitors will be charged Rp10.000 for the entrance fee. The entrance ticket covers pretty much any ticket to other beaches nearby. The beach umbrella and gazebo rent cost Rp30.000 and Rp50.000.
|Drini Beach Entrance Fee|
|Parking||Rp3.000 (motorcycle) Rp5.000 (car)|
As with other beaches, toilets and changing rooms are available on the premises. Little shops selling souvenirs and snorkeling gear rentals are there. There are restaurants near the beach offering fresh seafood such as grilled fish and shrimp. Furthermore, guest houses are available near the beach. The price starts from Rp200.000 to Rp400.000 for a room per night.
How To Get To Drini Beach
The beach is located in Gunungkidul and it takes 1,5 hours from the city. Unfortunately, until now there is no public transportation that heading to the beach. There is Damri Bus that departs from the city center but it stops at Baron beach. And it’s still 5 km away from Baron beach.
The Damri bus fare is quite cheap Rp20.000, and there is 4 departure from the city center. The other option is to rent a scooter. A day’s rent will range from Rp80.000 to Rp130.000, it depends on the scooter type. While for a car, 12 hours rent with driver range from Rp400.000 to Rp600.000.
The car capacity is between 4 to 6 people. However, the rent price doesn’t include gasoline and an entrance ticket to the tourist spot.
Address & Location
Drini beach is located in Banjarejo village, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta 55881.