Camping on Sundak Beach – Jogja, Indonesia

by Arifin on May 17, 2012

Sundak Beach

Do you have plans for travel to Indonesia, Yogyakarta in particular? If yes, then you should visit the Sundak beach.

We’re at batik village, Solo

A couple weeks ago, me and my friends went for a trip to Solo and Yogyakarta. We departed from Bandung at around 8:20 PM by the train and arrived in Solo at around 7:00 AM. Almost 12 hours on the train, we felt like dying. When we arrived at Solo Jebres station, a friend of us was already there and picked us up to his home. We rested for a while in his house, took a bath, and had breakfast. After that, we went to some interesting places in Solo. Solo is known as batik town. A lot of high quality batik made in this town. We used an old car to go to these places. Unfortunately, the weather that time was so hot and there’s no AC in the car. If we are cookies, we should have been half-baked that time.

The old car..

After we satisfied in Solo, we took a train again to Yogyakarta. We arrived in Yogyakarta in about 30 minutes by train. From the station, we took a 3 hour drive to Sundak beach. Sundak beach is located in Sidoharjo village, Yogyakarta. The name of Sundak comes from an interesting incident. Around the year 1976, a hungry dog went to a cave and found a hedgehog. The dog tried to eat hedgehog, but the hedgehog fought back. There was a fight that eventually won by the dog. Sundak is an abbreviation of the two animals, dog (asu) and hedgehog (landak).

Yans setting up the tent

We arrived at the beach when the sun was almost set. Fortunately, I still have a chance to take a picture of it. Then we set up the tent. It’s not a big tent, but more than enough for the two girls in our group. The rest were sleeping outside. We were very tired and hungry. So, we were just lying down and had some chat while waiting for dinner. Actually, we wanted to have a barbeque, but we forgot to bring the barbeque equipment.

Waiting for dinner

It was a good experience to sleep ‘under the sky’. The sky was full of stars, and I can see them clearly. I tried to figure out some constellations until I fell asleep.

Morning talks

Next morning, I was the last one up. Some of my friends were already ‘playing’ with the waves. The view was so beautiful. We were having a chat and drinking some tea while enjoying that beautiful scenery. Sea breeze, white sand, and blue ocean. That’s what you always expect from a beach, don’t you?

Here we are...


We have plenty of time to play in the beach. We swam, snorkeling, taking some photos, and playing sand-man. I was the one buried in the sand. My friends transformed me to many characters. A small man, turtle, also a character from Spongebob Squarepants – Patrick star.

Patrick star..

After all we had a blast, as you can see :)

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Krisztian May 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Super cool camping! I want to go there too :)
Great pictures too. Thanks for posting the story, it’s very cool! No mosquito attacks while sleeping outside?


Andrew May 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

What a woot! Thanks for the awesome camping location. I love snorkeling and diving so I’m putting this on the list for sure.


Arifin May 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Fortunately there are no mosquitoes attack, but crab attack.. A small crab went into pants of my friends.. He’s hysterics in the middle of the night.. :D


MedLey May 18, 2012 at 3:00 am

This is one of the best camping experiences ever written that will surely bring a smile to a reader’s face. Where is the next camping site? Oh, Boy! I can’t wait for another amusing story with cool pictures from you guys.


Roger May 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

This was a very fun article and I will definitely have to put this on my list of places I want to visit. I am like some of your other readers and I love to go diving and snorkeling and this looks like the perfect place to do this. Can you tell us though if you happened to see any sharks in the water out there and possibly what kind are indigenous to the area?


Simon June 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

Great article Arifin!
I can’t wait to get over to Indonesia some day (soon)!
Please keep the articles coming :)


Krisztian June 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Yeah Simon it could be good for diving. But I am not really sure to be honest. Any good diving spots there? Must be I guess …


Yvonne June 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

I love Moreton Island. I cant wait to go again!


Jennifer June 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for an amazing put up!


Andrew June 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Your welcome Jennifer! thanks for dropping by


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