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Klayar Beach.. this is a very special destination for us and our first destination as Vanlifer! Almost four years ago (at the beginning of our relationship), Issei took me here in the middle of a night to see the sunrise. We returned a few months after along with my sister who also fell in love with this place. Meanwhile, Issei had the opportunity to discover this place 10 years ago during his university year and now witnessing the vast changes of the area. So I’ve gotta say, for both of us, Pantai Klayar is filled with beautiful memories!
HOW TO GET TO PANTAI KLAYAR
Pantai Klayar is on the border of Central Java and East Java. It is located in Pacitan province at about 102 kilometres from Jogjakarta, and around 3 hours driving.
There are several possible routes from Jogjakarta:
- Jogjakarta – Klaten – Wonogiri – Pacimantoro and Pantai Klayar:
If like Combilélé, you do not like mountain roads, you can take follow our itinerary. ATTENTION this route is certainly the longest but the flattest way too! From Jogjakarta, we followed the direction of KLATEN, where you will pass in front of the famous temple of Prambanan. Then we headed towards WONOGIRI where we passed right next to the artificial lake of Waduk Gadjah Mungkur and then to PACIMANTORO and finally Klayar Beach. The road has not always been in perfect condition, but the government is working on it! We had several stretches of road under renovation. On the other hand, you will see several signs guiding you every step of the way. Expect to still go through narrow roads and quite extreme mountains at the turn level especially towards Pacitan! This itinerary was long, but magnificent because we avoided the main roads where all the trucks pass. You will pass several small villages with hundreds of rice fields in the background.
- Jogjakarta – Wonosari – Semanu – Pacimantoro and Pantai Klayar:
The most direct route and the most used by tourists. You will pass on the main roads and will cross many trucks. Despite being national roads, don’t expect a good quality road! There are often large holes and the traffic there is particularly dense.
Perhaps not the simplest but feasible! Here are some guidelines to make your job easier:
From Jogjakarta via Solo, you will have 2 choices:
- Either you take a big bus and you will pass by Baturetno: For that, you have to go to the bus terminal Giwangan in Jogja and you take the bus “Purwowidodo”. There are several buses in the day and the last bus is at 15:00. The ticket costs about 50,000 IDR (3.36€) and the drive takes around 2:00 to 2:30. Once you are in Baturetno, take another bus, direction “solo-wonogiri-pacitan” for 30.000IDR (2.00€). You will have the choice between several companies like Aneka Jaya; Langsung Jaya and much more. Ask the bus driver to drop you at the entrance of the road to go to Pantai Klayar. Do not worry, drivers are used to. At this point, you will have to take an angkot for a reasonable price of about 20,000 IDR (1.34€) which will drop you off not far from the beach’s entrance. There you go! All you have to do is enjoy the scenery!
- Or simpler, take a travel bus that will take you directly to Pacitan. Aneka Jaya or Andhika Baru offers direct mini-bus trips for a price of around 80,000 IDR (5.38€) and 5 hours. Attention, as for the previous option, you will have to ask to be dropped off at the entrance of the road in direction of Klayar which is before arriving in Pacitan city. Once you are at the intersection, you just have to take an Angkot that will take you near the beach’s entrance.
ENTERING TO PANTAI KLAYAR
Like most beaches in Java, you will have to pay an entrance ticket. Yes, I know it can sound a bit weird for some of us, but the money collected allows the local to take care of the beach. For example, they can renovate the road to access to the beach or the parking or even garbage collect… The price is generally low, about 10.000IDR (0.66€) maximum per person.
We took this picture in June 2017 and the prices have remained unchanged since 2015. The tarif is 5.000IDR (0.33€) for children while for the adults it’s 7.000IDR (0.46€) during weekdays and 10.000IDR (0.66€) on weekends.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN PANTAI KLAYAR
Since we have our own rolling house with us, we cannot recommend many places. However, here are two addresses that we liked for various reasons:
- Pak Gimun Homestay: We sympathised with the owner on our last visit to Klayar. He invited us to visit his homestay and even offered to park for free in his parking spot! It is for his kindness that we share with you this place. It has 6 simple but clean rooms. You will have the choice between a room with TV or not, air conditioned or simple ventilator or with private bathroom or in common. Of course, the rates vary according to your needs but to give you an idea, in the off-peak period you will be able to negotiate the price up to 100.000 ID (6.72 €) for their best room. However, in the high season, for this same price, you will have their most basic room, and count around 150.000IDR (10 €) for the one with aircon. We recommend this place especially to travellers on a budget because it is the cheapest in the neighbourhood and still very close to the beach (within walking distance, just a nice little climb to get there!). In addition to this, Pak Gimun rent camping equipment for those who decide to discover the nature around on foot or by scooter.
- Homestay Larasati: We stayed in this homestay 4 years ago, on our first visit. Actually, at this time we had no choice as it was the only place to spend the night! The particularity of this homestay is that it is a typical Javanese wooden house. We had also sympathised with the owner. On our last visit to Pantai Klayar, we could see that he had expanded his property with rooms outside in another building. We know he offers rooms between 150,000IDR (10€) and 250,000IDR (16.82€) depending on the options. Unfortunately, we can not tell you more about the rooms. But what we remember is that he is in a very strategic place! This homestay is located on the top of a cliff that offers you a magnificent view on Klayar beach.
In any case, you will find a place to sleep because the homestays grow like flowers! In just 4 years, the number of accommodation has increased from one to about 18 !!
WHAT TO DO IN PANTAI KLAYAR
Pantai Klayar is no longer an authentic place as it was 10 years ago. However, very few foreign tourists know this divine beach.
- Rent an ATV:
Issei inquired for you (as an Indonesian, prices are generally fairer!) and they offer to rent a ATV for 75,000IDR (5€) for 30min. But if you see that there are not many people on the beach, means the business doesn’t run well for them (which is to your advantage!), then you can negotiate to keep the quad for 1h for the same price. Everything depends on your talent in bargaining!
- Rent a Guide:
You can rent the services of a guide who will accompany you by ATV or walk. They will show you the highlights and viewpoints of the surroundings. But on top of that, they will tell you the story of this beach and its evolution. For those who like to know more about the places visited, then a guide can be very useful. There is no fixed price, but a donation to the good graces of tourists! Of course, you will have to give him something, up to you how much. Issei tells me that a fair price would be around 50.000 IDR (3.36€) minimum.
- Walk :
Yes, Pantai Klayar isn’t just a beach, it also offers beautiful walks on the cliffs. Here are the ones we can recommend:
Karang Bolong: Which means coral with a hole. We went there for the sunset. A short walk of about 20min to reach it. You will have to go up the slope towards the entrance or exit of Pantai Klayar and turn on the left just before the gate then always straight!
In the middle of the road, you will pass, according to Issei, the house of his dreams! Not because it is luxurious but because it is alone in the middle of nature with a breathtaking view. Continue straight ahead and you will arrive at the edge of the cliff. You will observe that the ground is cracked and that the locals do not cultivate anything on this land, simply because you are on the cliff with the hole just under your feet! So stay alert!!
On Pantai Klayar: Stroll along the beach and enjoy the view! It will take you a good quarter of an hour to go from one end to the other.
On the neighbouring cliff: Do not miss to walk on this cliff located at the opposite of the parking spot. Once you have walked along the beach, you will be able to take a path that will bring you to the top of the cliff where you will find the best view of the Klayar beach. It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk.
- Enjoying a coconut: Hundreds of coconut trees will surround you, so it would be a shame not to enjoy their benefits! You will find plenty of small wooden restaurant along the beach that offers coconuts. The price for a fresh coconut is around 10.000IDR or (0.67 €).
But also what we cannot do in Pantai Klayar!!
What I haven’t told you yet is what we usually do on a beach, either swimming or sunbathing aren’t really possible here! This is often the case on the beaches of Java! Swimming is first difficult because of many dead corals as soon as you enter the water and especially because it is very dangerous. This beach is very steep with a strong current and huge waves. There were several drownings on this beach and to give you an idea, this week, 4 young people died because they wanted to go swimming. So please be careful and like me stay the butt in the water on the edge!
Of course, if you want to sunbathe, you can! Nothing forbid you to do it, it’s just that you will not see any naked Indonesians on the white sand of this beach. Two simple reasons … one is that we are in a predominantly Muslim country, so no bikini for women and the other is that the Indonesians do not want to stay under the sun for fear of seeing their skin become too Brown. As their main criterion of beauty is having a white skin! Yes the opposite of us! It’s up to you to see what you decide, but do not be surprised or offended if the locals look at you a little oddly if you are a woman in a bikini! Personally, I stay in shorts and t-shirt!
Enjoy your swim!
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