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Goa Cina Beach Malang Activities & Entrance Fee

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Goa Cina beach, strong current and cave. Img: Hi Five
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Goa Cina Beach

Goa Cina Beach might not be as famous as other beaches in Malang, East Java. That probably has something to do with its tough access and dangerously strong currents. The ferocious swells of the Indian Ocean crash on three small islands near the shore.

It is like a warning to everyone to keep away from this watery rage. Nonetheless, this natural beauty on the southern side of Java is a tourist magnet. Its white sand feels warm and smooth and it tickles the toes. During low tide, the sea retreats to the horizon, leaving gaps in the sand.

Water fills those stripes of gaps, along with some fragile starfish inside. Only at that moment, beachgoers can clearly see the green water surrounding the scattered islands. The name goa Cina, China cave, has its own story to tell. Rumor has it that long ago there was a Chinese hermit meditating inside.

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Goa Cina, white sand beach with fewer visitors. Img: Arie Febrianto

Time passed and yet the man never showed up, not even once. Locals then entered the nook to find him but they discovered human bones instead. Some Chinese writings were also in the scene, near the remnants of the hermit.

Goa Cina Beach Conflicting Currents

There is a rare natural phenomenon taking place in its very water. The tides from different directions meet in one point: between Nyonya Island and Bantengan Island. They come from the west, south, east, and they go head to head every day.

As a result, the currents will clash and crash with each other. This “violence” creates thunderous sounds—so loud that those can be heard from the shore.

goa cina beach prohibited to swim
Due to the beach wave swimming is prohibited. Img: Rudy Asahi

Explore the “Cave” Firsthand

To tell the truth, it is not actually a cave; it is a nook. It’s two meters high and two meters wide, hiding beneath massive rocks on the shore. There is a narrow “alley” that goes eight meters deep into its dark interior. The sand from the beach completely covers the nook’s flooring like a carpet.

It has no protruding stalactites and stalagmites, physical characteristics of caves in common. A red Chinese lampion is hanging on its ceiling—perhaps to accentuate the Chinese atmosphere. It gives a colorful contrast to the cranny’s rough, uneven, black walls.

Curious wanderers often go inside this dry echoing niche to take a look around. It is about 50 meters from the coast, up to the rocky hills.

seafood restaurant in goa cina beach
Food price in the restaurants near the beach starts from IDR5k. Img: Omah Tuna

Sunrise Memories

Goa Cina Beach offers stunning views of the sunrise every morning, especially when it’s not cloudy. The pitch black sky slowly turns to purple as the dawn breaks. As the sun climbs up, the sky gets reddish with a hint of orange. White clouds begin to dance as the bright blue sky pushes the darkness away. The sea reveals its lighter color; a harmony of blue and green.

Camping by the Sea

It is undoubtedly the most ideal option for sunrise seekers so they won’t be late. In addition to being romantic or adventurous, sleeping at the beach is fun! Let the repeated sound of the breaking waves be a lullaby to a deep slumber. In the morning, the chirps of seagulls should make an effective alarm.

Goa Cina Beach provides a camping ground on the coast, just by the ocean. To erect a tent here, all campers need to pay Rp 10,000 per person. There are public bathrooms and restrooms, food kiosks, and little mosque mushola. Campers can safely park their vehicles in the parking area close to the camping ground.

Camping in the beach
Camping will cost Rp10,000 per person. Img: Sulung Andi

Fresh Catch of the Day

Do not leave Goa Cina Beach before spending some money on the recently caught fish. The local fishermen make their living by selling the critters from the deep. Various kinds and sizes of snappers, groupers, etc will make great seafood to enjoy.

Many vacationers would love to buy some of those to cook into mouthwatering dishes. Other than succulent and juicy raw fish, locals also sell fish-based snacks and chips. These cheap yet nutritious munchies are salty and savory—very addictive indeed.

Most tourists buy the chips made of fish skin for their sweet and salty sensation. Those crispy crunchy pick-me-ups taste even better with a dipping sauce or plain white rice.

Fresh grilled seafood
Taste a fresh seafood dish in the small restaurant nearby. Img: Sulung Andi

Goa Cina Beach Opening Hours

Goa Cina Beach welcomes all travelers every day, 24 hours each day. However, the ticket counter is open during working hours only.

Goa Cina Beach Opening Hours
Every day 24 Hours Open

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Goa Cina Beach Entrance Fee

Local and foreign tourists pay the same amount of entrance fee; Rp 5,000 per person. As for the parking fee (which is also cheap), one motorcycle costs only Rp 2,000. One car, or other vehicles with four wheels or more, costs Rp 5,000.

Goa Cina Beach Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee Rp 5.000
Motorcycle parking fee Rp 2.000
Car Parking Rp 5.000
Camping Fee Rp10.000

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Goa Cina Beach Facilities

The beach provides a camping ground. Modest eateries along the shoreline as well as public restrooms and bathrooms are available too.

However, there are no hotels or fancy resorts around the area just yet. Therefore, families with children or elders might find this beach uncomfortable to spend the night.

How To Get To Goa Cina Beach

For adventurers driving their own car or motorcycle, start the journey from Malang. Head to Jalan Gadang and continue to Bululawang, Turen, and Sumbermajing Wetan. Next, go to Sitiarjo and follow the directions to get to Sendang Biru Beach.

At the Sendang Biru Beach intersection, make a right turn to Goa Cina Beach. As for backpackers traveling by public transportation, take an angkot Arjosari – Gadang from Arjosari Terminal. Stop at Gadang Terminal to catch a minibus bison to Sumbermanjing Wetan or Sendang Biru.

Stop at Sendang Biru Terminal and get a motorcycle taxi ojek to Goa Cina Beach. Nevertheless, it is much convenient to reach the destination by private, or rented, vehicles instead.

Goa Cina Beach Address & Location

The China Cave and Beach location are right at Tambak village, Sitiarjo, Sumbermanjing, Malang, East Java 65176.

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