It is quite far from downtown. No wonder Srau beach is so quiet. The nearest village lays on kilometers away. No hotel, no restaurant around. There are only food stalls providing snacks, instant noodles, teas, and coffees. One more thing which makes the beach is not crowded with tourists: the route. It is narrow, hilly, with a lot of hairpin bends.
But after all, all you see is the beauty. The sand. The sea. The wave. You can do snorkeling and surfing. Srau beach is located at Candi Village, Pringkuku Sub-district, 25 kilometers west from Pacitan Regency, East Java Province. Hidden behind a row of hills, it is one of the surfer’s heaven in Indonesia. At least for intermediate surfers.
The wave type is reef break. It means that the waves are created by the crash of water to the reefs. The area is dominated by big reefs. You, wave riders, must pay attention on that. There is no watch or SAR team in the beach. And you must also anticipate the fact that no cellular signal either.
When is the best time to come to Srau for surfing, by the way? According to the local, it is between November and February. At those, the Srau’s wave is magnificent.
For your information, Srau beach is divided into three surf spots. First spot is what we call the Portal. It is located at the back of the ticket portal. Second, the Pancingan. It is under the reef cliff on the west hill. As its name, Pancingan is often used as a fishing location by fishermen. And third, the Pandan. It is located just behind Pancingan Hill.
Due to the clear sea water in Srau, it is also the recommended for snorkeling while enjoying the underwater panorama. Unfortunately, there is no surfing or snorkeling equipment rental in Srau Beach. So you have to prepare them by yourself.
Don’t feel like sport such as surfing or snorkeling? You will get the other ideas. Srau beach is also offering the view. Beautiful, white sandy beach with the marvelous reefs. Try to go hike the short hill. You can go fishing on the reef hill. Or simply catch the sight of amazing southern ocean. Listen to what it whispers. [photos by Ineke Trimulyani]
Written by Ineke Trimulyani, a copywriter in SAM Design. You may like her other articles: