Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Looking for a virgin beach? Visit Wedi Ombo! It is an amazing tourism destination located at Jepitu-Girisubo, just 75 kms from downtown Yogyakarta province and 39 kms southeast of Wonosari, the capital of Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The beach structure and location offer an unforgetable experience. A relatively clean and unexploited white-sand beach is another reason. In addition to very beautiful nature, this beach also offers peace and serenity. Surrounded by karst hill, it has several places of interest such as karst caves, underground channel, dry forest, camping ground and wild animal conservation park. Seen from the hill, the whole scene of the beach is very beautiful.
The location of this beach is far lower than the surrounding lands. You have to get down by the stairs in order to reach the beach and enjoy the panorama.
One other interesting thing in this beach is that many trees surrounding the beach are kept uncut. These trees make the beach greener, cooler and healthier. It is very cool to sit under the trees enjoying the beauty of the beach.
Have hobby in fishing? Wediombo is a perfect place to fish, especially Panjo fishes. You can fish directly from the beach or, more extremely, from the height of the coral cliff. We have to walk eastward through the shore; climbing steep and slipper cliff and sometimes the waves hit us. Although not easy to reach the cliff, but once you get the top, the difficult way you experience before is paid off. The cliff, facing directly to the deep ocean, offers wonderful place to fish. Big fishes are sometimes caught by the hobbyists.
Wanna enjoy something more special and unique? Visit Wediombo beach when an annual ritual ceremony, called Ngalangi, is held. This ceremony takes place once a year in which the objective is to express the gratitude to God for what have been granted in the past and asking for good fortune for the future. The fortune is mainly good catches in sufficient quantity to fulfill daily needs.
The procession of the ceremony is unique; it begins by spreading gawar - the fishnet made from wawar tree. This kind of fishnet was used to catch fish before the present nylon fishnet. The gawar is spread out from Kedongkowok hill to the area of the rise and fall of the tides in order to trap the fish that are washed away by the waves.

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