There are two things that you have to know first before reading this blog post about Yogyakarta. First, I went here with my Shembot Squad friends, and should you see words like we, our and us in the post, I am referring to our group. Second, this travel to Yogyakarta is the first leg of our great Indonesian getaway, which means we planned, intended and went to explore many travel destinations in the whole country of Indonesia. Our gateway to Indonesia was its capital city, Jakarta.
Read along to learn how to go here, what to explore and who to contact in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
HOW TO GO TO YOGYAKARTA
We entered Indonesia via plane from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Jakarta (Soekarno Hatta International Airport) at night. We did not intend to go around Jakarta as we planned to head straight to Yogyakarta. We waited for several hours in the airport before riding our plane from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (Adi Sutjipto International Airport), where our Indonesian travel will really commence.
Yogyakarta (called Jogjakarta) is one of the cities in the island region of Java, Indonesia. While it is known for their education, culture and arts, Yogyakarta mainly draws tourists because of its proximity to Indonesia’s famed temples. What is little known by people is that it also boasts beautiful beaches along its coastlines.
WHAT PLACES TO EXPLORE:
Probably the most famous among the beaches in Yogyakarta, Timang Beach is popular to travelers because of its huge waves, amazing cliffs and gondola. Strictly speaking, I did not see any sandy beach part in the area – this is why you can’t expect to swim here.
While Timang Beach provides an exhilarating view of the humongous waves as they hit the shore and its rock formations, it is disappointing that certain areas here require payment from the visitors. Thankfully, we were still able to find spots that are worthy of picture-taking. I wanted to ride the gondola, but after seeing that it would only take about 10 seconds one-way, I opted not to.
INDRAYANTI BEACH (also called Pulang Syawal)
Now, this is where we were able to chill out in Yogyakarta. Even though we were not able to swim (despite the inviting waves of the beach), it is here where we were able to relax along the sandy beach while eating Indo Mie (a popular pancit canton of Indonesia), taking pictures, sharing stories and just sitting around. We found many stores offering snacks, drinks and various street food here so you won’t get hungry once you’re here.
Indrayanti Beach offers a long stretch of creamy, fine sand. Aside from small restaurants and eateries, there are also shops where you can buy various items from shirts, keychains and other gift items.
While we really did not stay here in Krakal Beach for too long, I saw Krakal Beach’s interesting series of waves along its gorgeous coastline. It turns out that this beach is very good for surfing. Even though it’s already very late in the afternoon when we visited here, we still saw some visitors surfing along the waves.
Krakal Beach has creamy, fine sand that is said to stretch for about 5 km. Entrance fee to the beach is 10,000 IDR, but because we only stayed here for a short time, we didn’t need to pay thanks to our tour guide/driver who talked to the beach’s caretaker.
Here’s a rough draft of our itinerary in Yogyakarta:
INDONESIAN GETAWAY DAY 1
5:45 AM – We rode the plane from Jakarta to Yogyakarta.
6:55 AM – ETA in Yogyakarta. We hailed a taxi to go to our homestay.
8 AM – Arrival in homestay. We then fixed our things, washed up and prepared for the day ahead. We asked the owner of our homestay, Mr. Agung, to help us find a driver with car who will be touring us around Yogyakarta. He talked to Mr. Gogorobong of Busto Trans (Rental Mobil Dan Motor).
9:30 to 10 AM – When Mr. Gogorobong arrived, we talked to him about our plans for the day.
11 AM – We went to a local eatery in Yogyakarta. This is our very first legit Indonesian meal!
12 NN to 6 PM – We explored the beaches of Yogyakarta: Timang Beach, Indrayanti Beach and Krakal Beach
7 PM – We exchanged some more of our money in foreign exchange shops found in the city (US dollars, Philippine pesos to Indonesian rupiah), bought pocket wi-fi in one of their malls and also purchased polos made of batik, a clothing made from the technique of wax-resist dyeing.
9 PM – We were already hungry at this point. We were too tired to go around the city for dinner so we opted to ask on what we could do instead. We’re thankful to a female neighbor of our homestay owner because she helped us call the local McDonald’s to have our dinner delivered!
WHO TO CONTACT:
For homestay (called Hotel Pelangi): Mr. Agung – 082242321100
While the place where we stayed was called Hotel Pelangi, it was a homestay and not a hotel. They have rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people. The rooms are pretty simple; it has clean beds, a few furniture and a bathroom. The bathroom may underwhelm (it has underwhelmed us haha), but it serves its purpose of bathing and relieving oneself of human waste.
For car rental: Busro Trans: Rental Mobil Dan Motor – 081903725501, 087839942403, (0274) 513-473
LIST OF EXPENSES:
152,000 IDR (group) – Taxi from airport to homestay
260,000 IDR (group) – Hotel Pelangi
600,000 IDR (group) – Car rental and guide
100,000 IDR (individual) – Habal-habal going to and from Timang Beach
TOTAL (per pax): 268,667 IDR or P1,021.52 (excluding food and other expenses)
Thank you for reading the first leg of our Indonesian getaway. Look out for the next blog posts that would include our trips to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, Mt. Bromo, Komodo National Park, Lombok and Bali!