Parangtritis Beach is like what Kuta Beach is to Bali. It is Yogyakarta’s number one beach, a top destination, especially for first-time tourists. The beach is prominent or its long shoreline, sand dunes, and gray volcanic sand. It is located in Bantul City, Yogyakarta, around 30 km from the famous Malioboro.
Parangtritis Beach is also a sacred place in Javanese culture. Even a little child in the region knows of the legend of Nyi Roro Kidul. The mythical queen who rules the southern sea. Locals believe Parangtritis Beach is a supernatural door to the underwater kingdom of Queen Kidul.
Every year, Yogyakarta’s Kraton hold a special ceremony called labuhan. Where offerings were thrown into the sea in the name of Sultan. Tourists come into Parangtritis for its wonderful beach experience, especially for sunset. Meanwhile, some people come to meditate and seek blessing from the sea queen.
There’s a warning to advise visitors. To not wear green color clothes when traveling to this beach. The locals believe that the Queen of South loves the green color. And she will drag people to the sea. Make them drown if they wear something green.
Ride Along Parangtritis Shoreline
There are ways to explore Parangtritis beach from end to end aside from walking. Using an ATV (all-terrain vehicles), ride along the 7-km long shoreline while enjoying the sea breeze.
For shorter track visitor can try andong instead. It’s a traditional Javanese carriage pulled by a horse. Make sure to pick a horse who looks like it’s treated well by its owner.
Volcanic Sand & Indian Ocean’s Waves
The gray sand at Parangtritis beach is unique as opposed to the white sand at a typical beach. Parangtritis sand comes from the eruption of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu. They brought along by the river into the sea. The sand is fun to play with, and they sparkle under the glistening sunlight.
The strong waves of the Indian Ocean are clearly not for beginner swimmers, but visitors still can play with the waves. Do not go too far into the sea and remember the warning. No green at the beach. Lying on the sand and sunbath can also be a good idea. Pick a serene spot, and get immersed in nothing but the sound of the sea.
Surfing at Parangtritis Beach is possible. It's actually promoted by Parangtritis Rescue Team. And there are lifeguards on duty to ensure surfers’ safety.
Stay for the sunset
Do not rush to leave without staying for the sunset. Parangtritis beach gets the crowd around the evening. And it’s all for the right reason. Join a flock of people to witness this show of nature.
For the best view, climb into the hill where the Queen of South Resort is set. It is located on the eastern side of the beach, where paragliding activity takes place.
Parachuting & Paragliding
Paragliding or parachuting has recently become a popular extreme activity to try at Parangtritis beach. Parachuting costs IDR 350k per session. Everyone can go parachuting, even a beginner. There’s an instructor who will fly in tandem with beginner-fliers.
Glide up in the air for a good 15 minutes with various adrenaline-driven flight styles. Enjoy views of the Indian ocean and coastline along Bantul from a height. Blue ocean stretches far into the horizon and the strong waves chase each other. They surely will make an unforgettable sight.
Parangtritis Waterfall is situated at the eastern end of the coast. It’s far enough to walk, visitors might consider using an Andong service to get there. Water flows through cascading rocks from a height of 20 m into the sea. It adds up the beauty of the beach, while also adds a new kind of experience for tourists.
Parangtritis Beach Opening Hours & Entrance Fee
There's a retribution fee of IDR 7,000 per visitor. Parking costs IDR 2,000 for motorcycles, and IDR 5,000 for cars. ATV ride is IDR 100k for half and an hour ride while horse carriage costs IDR 30k for a round trip. The beach is open every day for 24 hours.
|Parangtritis Beach Opening Hours & Entrance Fee|
|Every day||24 Hours Open|
|Parking fee||Rp2.000/motorcyle Rp5.000/car|
|ATV Ride||Rp100.000/30 minutes|
|Horse Carriage||Rp30.000/round trip|
Many people complain of the bathroom and toilet condition at Parangtritis Beach. Another tip, use a paid bathroom run by locals, usually located a bit far from the beach. There are plenty of shops, selling from food to souvenirs. It's also easy to find accommodation around the beach, from cheap lodging to luxury hotels.
How To Get To Parangtritis Beach
Because it's a famous tourists spot, it's easy to reach Parangtritis Beach. From Yogyakarta, hop into any Trans Jogja Bus heading to Giwangan Bus Station. From there, take a bus to Parangtritis Beach. The fare is affordable at IDR 10,000. The journey usually takes 1,5 hour from Jogjakarta.
Tourists can also rent private vehicles, a motorbike or a car. Private vehicles are faster, more flexible, and more convenient. Renting is also affordable, around IDR 400k for a seven-seater car and IDR 65k for a motorbike. Using private vehicles, the journey to Parangtritis Beach takes less than an hour.