By Dian Hasan | September 13, 2009
Bali is Indonesia’s undisputed crown jewel of travel destinations, but that doesn’t take away the fact that her other islands are less interesting. Indonesia has MANY other islands – make that WAY MORE islands – thousands more actually, as the world’s largest Archipelago is home to over 17,000 islands (17,508 to be exact, according to Wikipedia). Although not all islands are inhabited, each has its own natural beauty.
Beaches, especially, come in all shapes and sizes, from black volcanic rock, karst and limestone-lined promontories, jaw-dropping cliffs, intricate series of underwater caves, white sandy beach of all imaginable hues, and a smattering of corals and boulders both under and above water. And swaying palm and coconut trees, the likes of what you’d see in postcards.
Next to Bali, Java is Indonesia’s important travel destination, home to the capital Jakarta, and cities such as Bandung, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya. The cradle of Javanese culture in Central Java, through the respective epicenters of the old Kratons (Palaces) of both Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta) and Solo (Surakarta).
Java is also the center of Batik, Wayang Kulit shadow puppet theater and Gamelan Orchestra traditions. The rich traditions of the mighty pre-Islam Hindu Kingdom of Majapahit that has bestowed Java with fine temples – both Buddhist and Hindu, scattered across much of Central and East Java, and beaches. Borobudur and Prambanan, are just two of the better known temples. And home to a bevy of beautiful beaches.
Magical beaches, notably those on the Southern Coast of Central Java, just outside of Yogyakarta, that are renowned for their natural setting as well as their mythical role. Home to the legendary Nyi Roro Kidul, Queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean).
Forming a string of beaches from east to west, each one different from the other. With interesting names such as: Baron, Kukup, Krakal, Sepanjang, Drini, Sundak, Siung, Ngobaran, among others.
Each beach is different from the other. There’s a series of all-black and all-white sand beaches. The choice is yours. Here’s a tour of them, albeit only a visual one.