By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009
There’s of course coastline aplenty across Indonesia, the world’s biggest Archipelago. So when if you fancy some fishing, have rod and bait ready, and your only dilemma will be which beach to go for. Even in Java, which among the world’s most densely populated places, a beach you can call your own is not difficult to find. Offering respite and a breather from big city life. And whether its fishing or a mere walk on the beach that draws you to the coast, this beach will not disappoint. Srai Beach, just outside of Pacitan, East Java, near the Central Java border.
Pacitan was just a small unkown town with no claim to fame, until 2004, when its own Son – Susilo Bambang Yudoyono – became Indonesia’s 6th President. A retired General, SBY, as Indonesians love acronyms, and his election suddenly fueled interest in Pacitan and its surroundings.
To appease her, there are regular offering ceremonies, of which the Sasi Suro, (Satu Suro) or first of the Javanese Calendar month is the biggest. Held at the Sultan’s Kraton (Palace) in Yogyakarta.
One beach in particular, Srai Beach, is worth a visit. A typical beach of Java’s southern coast, with cliffs, rocky promontories, little coves that open to white sandy beaches with crystal clear water. And a ruggedness that befits the Southern Sea that the Javanese consider sacred. For they believe it is where “Nyi Roro Kidul” Queen of Southern Sea resides. A mythical figure of a mermaid with the hipnotizing beauty of a woman, who has amazing powers. She loves the color green and will drag anyone in a green bathing suit to her underwater kingdom. So the legend goes. It makes for an interesting background.
But nevertheless you’ll be hard-pressed to catch any Javanese (and Indonesian, for that matter) swimming in green bathing suit. While legends are always anyone’s guess, and they give a place its unique flavor and identity.
Local fishermen commonly climb over the hills and station themselves on cliffs near the water level.
Several types of fish can be caught in the area; aomong others: grouper.
After all, East Java is home to a world-famous beach which to most people would mean nothing, but mention the name to a surfer, and they’ll tell you that’s where they’re going surfing before they die. G-Land (Grajagan Bay), in the extreme southeastern tip of East Java overlooking Bali Straits.