Yogyakarta does not merely have enormous cultural and religious sites. The city also owns its typical natural gems in 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 sport 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 fisherman going back from the sea. Unload 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 picnic. In here, it’s quite safe to snorkeling, play the water canoe or fishing.
A few meters in between the two beaches, a coral island sets out. A bridge lays 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 deep and broad ocean is ready to amuse the eyes. The lines of the trees covering the island. Making the air stays chilly under the sun’s heat.
Water Sport and Fishing
Drini beach is not solely a site to witness the Indonesian typical landscape. But also a fun site to play. The beach offers amusing activities to play, such as canoeing. The fun part is people that can’t swim would be able to do it too. As when renting the canoe, it 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. Each canoe is for rent at Rp50.000 to Rp100.000 depends 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 also rent a djoekoeng or wooden boat for tourists. But, unlike the canoe, the boat can sails 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 its pure water. However, please be very careful and don’t step on a coral.
Due to its clean white sand and wide area, Drini beach is a perfect site for a summer picnic. The sun that shines warmly comes along with the beach’s harmonious ambiance. Giving a wonderful summer vacation. Lay the mat, set the lunch package. And 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 different assorted courses using only a fresh ingredient. Cook with 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 snack or water.
|Drini Beach Opening Hours|
|Every day||Open 24 Hours|
Drini Beach Entrance Fee
The entrance ticket is Rp10.000 per person to enter the beach. Meanwhile, to enter the Drini island, people need to pay at Rp2.000 per person. Additional fee for parking cost Rp2.000 for motorcycle, Rp5.000 for car, and Rp10.000 for a bus.
|Drini Beach Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Rp10.000|
|Parking||Rp2.000 (motorcycle) Rp5.000 (car)|
As with other beaches, toilets and changing rooms are available on the premises. Little shops selling souvenirs and snorkeling gear rental also available. There are also many little restaurants available. Selling Indonesian local 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
Drini Beach is located in Tanjungsari, Gunungkidul. It is around 1.5 hours from Yogyakarta city. To get to the beach, follow the main road of Panggang Utama street. It is 54 minutes ride from Yogyakarta. After arriving at Panggang Utama, continue to Raya Panggang Wonosari street.
Ride straight for 9 minutes to Pantai Sel. Jawa street. It will take 24 minutes from Pantai Sel. Jawa street to Drini beach. Go ahead and continue to Drini Tim. street. Follow the road and the beach is right in front of the road’s edge.
Since the beach is located far away from the city, there is no public transportation option. Therefore, renting a private car or motorcycle is the only option to get here. For car rental, it cost around Rp250.000 per day. Meanwhile, for motorcycle, it usually rented for Rp70.000 to Rp80.000. The price does not include the driver’s service and fuel.