Monday, December 21, 2015

Wanderlust: Jogjakarta pt. I // Pantai Drini

Hi! Holiday is around the corner, so I want to post about my short trip to Jogjakarta few months ago. I want to apologize for the super late update but I also think that this is the perfect time to post this because of Christmas and New Year holiday! FYI, Indonesia is always hot so going to the beach is a nice choice for vacation.
This trip was actually kinda spontaneous, I went to Jogjakarta (Yogyakarta) with fellow colleagues from the studio I've had my internship. I showed my manager a photo of some locations in Jogjakarta one day and she suggested to go there when we had a few days off. We didn't go to that location in the end tho. To be honest, this was my first trip with friends, without my parents or family #preciousdaughter lol.

We departed from Bandung and it took around 12 hours to Jogjakarta. We didn't know it'd be that long to go there by bus!! It's around 6 A.M. when we arrived Jogjakarta and we continued our trip (another car ride!) to the beach. And guess what, we didn't even take a bath and my bang was just...ugh. Unfortunately, we got a sotoy driver and it was annoying. He didn't know the route well but he pretended to know very very well and we got lost in the end -_-
Thankfully, all of the bad feelings were gone once I arrived at this beach named Pantai Drini. The beach is sooo beautiful. You may think I'm exaggerating but I'm not. There are a lot of beautiful places in Indonesia and Pantai Drini is one of them. I hadn't gone to such a beautiful beach since 2009 in Bali. My family rarely go on vacation, so I really want to work hard and go traveling together someday.
Pantai Drini is located at Desa Banjarejo, Kecamatan Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul, Jogjakarta. It took around 2-3 hours from Jogjakarta, or around 60 km. It's also near from another beaches, which is 1 km to the east from Pantai Sepanjang and on the east of Pantai Baron.
When we arrived, sky was dark and the rain was pouring just a few moments later. Fortunately, the rain stopped and the weather turned out so nice.
This beach was separated by a coral island so the characteristic of its west and east is different. There were a lot of sea creatures like the photo above, it's cute and scary at the same time, lol. I tried really hard not to step on this when I walked. There were also little fishes and fyi I'm scared of fish. I love to see it but I'm afraid to touch. I actually really want to try snorkeling someday but this phobia is one of my concern *sob*.
We also climbed up the coral island to see Pantai Drini from above. You need to pay IDR 2000 to enjoy this scenery and it's totally worth it (with such a cheap price). I want to go to another destinations in Indonesia a.s.a.p!!!
pantai drini from above
Ah I should've taken a photo sitting here #regret
pantai drini gunung kidul
pantai drini jogja
Take me back!
They're much more prettier when the sky is clear, obviously. I didn't even care when the sun was so strong and I would be tanned.
beautiful beach jogjakarta
pantai bagus di jogja
After lunch, we took a further tour below the coral island. I never expected there would be fishes swimming among the corals. I've mentioned that I'm scared of fishes but the corals are so beautiful so it kinda won my fear. I stopped to take photos of them but can't catch the photos of the fish properly. Thought about getting a gopro but I already decided to invest on a mirrorless camera so...yeah...I don't know, hahaha. Wish I got lucky next year ;p
batu pulau pantai drini
karang pantai drini
Can you spot the tiny fish?
karang ikan pantai drini jogja
Sooo beautiful!
beautiful beach jogja gunung kidul
pantai di jogja
parasol pantai drini
So, that's it. If you travel to Jogjakarta, I suggest you to go to at least one of the beaches at Gunung Kidul area because they're so beautiful. I wish I could go to more than one beach, tho. Okay, I hope this post can help you when you visit Jogjakarta. I will post the part two soon, so stay tuned!

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