Pacitan is a town in East Java located on the south of the island adjacent to the Indian Ocean.
Known as the City of 1001 Caves and more than 10 surfer beaches and spots, Pacitan is surrounded by cave-filled limestone karsts and hills and is also famous for its surf breaks. Although there is much potential for future tourism development, Pacitan is a town not yet on the tourism trail, lacking this infrastructure entirely. JavaConnections company will be the development advisor in 2019 - 2022. The project itself seems begin at the end of 2019. The feasibility and observation projects are still ongoing. Pacitan was the birthplace of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the 5th President of Indonesia. The President served the Nation for 2 terms Government periods. He did a lot of infrastructures (continued from the former Presidents) and continued by the recent President Mr. Joko Widodo with some big movements, especially in the Tourism industry.
The area of Pacitan Regency is 1,342.42 km² with a population of 638,000 people only (2015) and a mountainous beach area is a perfect location for the tourism industry. The challenging aspect of the tourism industry is connectivity. Pacitan seems to depend on other closed cities; Yogyakarta and Solo. The local government does not give up by building and developing the highway to support the connectivity. Also, conducting sport, cultural events to attract travelers and visitors. Surfing seems the highlight of Pacitan, for the beaches are certified for surfer beach. Hotels and Resorts has been ready and serving guests from all over the world.
Access to Pacitan and the surrounding region is by road only.
Travel minibusses (2-3 hours) leave Yogyakarta from travel agencies and the main bus terminal (Terminal Giwangan), predominantly in the morning. It is advisable to get in early or book ahead. Bintang Transport is one of the regular shuttle services to Pacitan.
Chartering a car is also another best option from Yogyakarta. You may book and ask for some advice from tour companies like: JavaBaliTrips, JogjaTravels, JavaConnections.
Public buses are available from Solo, leaving every hour, although services are more common earlier in the day (5 hours, Rp 30,000).
Hire a private car from Yogyakarta and Solo city are served by Java Bali Transport at the counter desk - Alila Hotel, Solo. A reliable tours and Transportation company in Yogyakarta and Solo.
Public transport in Pacitan is not managed well for the demand hasn't been too much with the low population and tourists low visit. Some becak do sporadically appear, although these are few and far between. Trips around town should cost between Rp 5,000-10,000, depending on your haggling skills.
Hotels may be able to arrange private transport around town, but don't count on it except some do professionally.
The best option by far is to hire your own vehicle or hire your own motorbike/scooter from Harry's Ocean House (Rp 50,000 per day, ask for Eddo on +62 878 95145533). Many motorbikes come with surfboard racks on the side.
One of the beach resorts which serve and provide tours and activities is Parai Beach Resort with its best concierge's desk supported by JavaBaliTrips company. Get in touch with the General Manager directly Mr. Simbolon +62-853-6382-8700 for best offers.
- The Alun-alun(town square) is alive after sunset with many warungs selling traditional cheap street-food. 4-person illuminated bicycles/cars are available for entertainment (Rp 10,000 for one lap around the square).
- Pancer and Teleng Ria beaches are a few kilometres south of Pacitan, offering some surfing (weather dependent). Swimming is not recommended, with warning signs and red flags along the beach in rough weather. Although some restaurants, warungs and hotels exist in this area, it feels eerily abandoned. An entry fee of Rp 5,000 per person exists along the main road access to this beach (although this fee can be avoided by entering via the eastern beach near Harry's Ocean House).
- Klayar beach is located 40km west of Pacitan, and is accessible via a turnoff after Gong Cave. Although swimming is not recommended at this beach, the blow-hole, black sand, unusual rock formations, large waves, and wave-powered waterfalls make it worth a visit. To view the blow-hole, guides can be hired from the beach for a small fee (Bahasa Indonesia only). Popular with young locals and families on the weekend.
- Gong Cave is 30km west of Pacitan, along the Solo road. The cave has spectacular stalagmites and stalactites, which attract large tour groups on the weekends. This is one of the more accessible caves in the region, so the cave is lit and has a path for visitors. A tour guide is not necessary, but it may be helpful to hire a torch from the vendors at the cave entrance. Cave entry is Rp 5,000 per person.
- Tabuhan Cave (also known as the musical cave)is a few kilometres from Gong Cave. Although nowhere near as spectacular as Gong Cave, Tabhuhan has a large and interesting entrance, and different musical notes can be made by tapping on the stalagtites. Guides can be hired for information (in Bahasa Indonesia only) for a small fee.
- Watu Karung beach. is a breath taking white sandy beach. Strong current for swimming, great for surfing. edit
- Banyu Anget Hot Springs are located 15 kilometres north of Pacitan. These hot springs consist of 3 pools of varying temperatures (scalding, boiling and hot), and are very popular with locals in the afternoon. Lockers and change-rooms are available for a small fee, and food and drinks can be purchased from nearby vendors. Entry Rp 5,000 per person. Be sure to dress modestly whilst bathing as you will already be receiving enough attention as a foreigner!
- Surfing. Many surf spots around, such as Pacer beach, Srau beach, Teleng Ria beach and the best one is in Watu Karung beach edit
- There is a Daily market along Jalan Panglima Sudirman (just east of the bridge) sells a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and other foodstuffs. There are many convenience stores located throughout Pacitan selling basic necessities.
- Warungs at the alun-alun (main square) serve tasty local fare.
- Jetsky Cafe located on Jalan Lehan Jenderal R Suprapto serves icy cold drinks and a variety of western-based food catering to local tastes. Wifi available here.
- Unnamed Cafe located opposite Jetsky cafe on Jalan Lehan Jenderal R Suprapto. This small restaurant is popular with students, serving amazing spicy roasted corn, tofu, and a variety of roasted fish ect.
- Sri Kandi Hotel Restaurant located along Jalan Ahmad Yani, serves up traditional Indonesian favourites along with a selection of seafood, chicken, and beef dishes, as well as some vegetarian options (be sure to emphasize that you're vegetarian if required). Also does a good western breakfast and sells cold beer.
- Sea View Restaurant (sea view, sea view restaurant, parai beach resort, parai telengria), Jalan WR Supratman (Parai TelengRia Resort), ☎ 0818466933, . Sea View Restaurant is located at Parai Beach Resort, TelengRia. The Restaurant serves any kind of foods and beverage with a spacious outdoor area. It is a great relaxing atmosphere to have breakfast, lunch, and Dinner at reasonable prices. (-8.219871,111.079892) edit
No bars are found in Pacitan, although alcohol can be purchased at convenience stores for a reasonable price.
- Parai Beach Resort, ☎ +62-813-2868-8977 ([email protected]), . checkin: 01.00 pm; checkout: 12.00 pm. The air-conditioned rooms and cottages are clean and tidy with furnish types of equipment and a private bathroom. Tea and coffee are provided in the room with the maker. Mr. Simbolon, the General Manager stays at the property is ready for any helps and assistance.Located perfectly at a private beach (TelengRia) with the front beach and hills view (-8.219871,111.079892) edit.
- Hotel GrandBromo Pacitan, ☎ +62-813-2868-8977 ([email protected]), . checkin: 01.00 pm; checkout: 12.00 pm. The air-conditioned rooms and facilities are clean and tidy with furnish types of equipment and a private bathroom. Tea and coffee are provided in the room with the maker. Contact JavaConnections as the Marketing representative and development in Java island. located closed to TelengRia beach (300 meters) with the beach and hills view from the rooftop. (-8.2163498,111.0772428) edit
- Sri Kandi Hotel located at 67A Jalan Ahmad Yani (phone +62 357 881252). Rooms are clean and tidy with televisions, and come with an attached bathroom and mandi. The hotel is situated in a scenic area surrounded by rice paddies, although this has lead to an influx of mosquitoes. The air-conditioned rooms here are mosquito-proof. Tea and coffee delivered to your door each evening. Overall friendly, but absolutely useless staff. Limited English available. Rooms from Rp 130,000-300,000 depending on room type.
- Harry's Ocean House located on Pancer beach (phone +62 878 95145533). Bungalows are available with attached bathrooms and mandis. A communal kitchen allows tourists to self-cater. Motorbike hire is available here for Rp 50,000 per day.
- eHomestay Surfing Pacitan (Watu Karung Surfing Camp), . Coming soon, a traditional Javanese Wooden House right by Watu Karung beach. A good surfing spot. Sea view of white sandy beach. edit
No internet facilities are available in town. Wifi connection is common at hotels and restaurant like Jetsky cafe and Sea View Restaurant at Parai Beach Resort.
- A small bus terminal is located along Jalan Gatot Subroto, with buses leaving for Solo (5hrs, Rp30,000) approximately every hour.