SIUNG BEACH Has 250 Rock Climbing Routes

SIUNG BEACH Has 250 Rock Climbing Routes – Siung Beach is rich in giant corals. The coral cliffs have 250 climbing routes, and are also a great place to enjoy panoramic views of the beach. There is also coral resembling a wanara clove which is the basis for the name of the beach.

Siung Beach is located in a remote area in Gunung Kidul Regency, precisely south of Tepus sub-district. The distance is around 70 km from the city center of Yogyakarta, or around 2 hours drive. Reaching this beach by motorbike or car is the choice of many people, because it is difficult to find public transportation. Colt or buses from Wonosari city usually only reach the Tepus area, and even then you have to wait for hours.

Excellent stamina and good vehicle performance are the main assets to be able to reach this beach. Understandably, there are many challenges that must be conquered, starting from climbs, sharp turns which are sometimes accompanied by descents to the scorching heat that hits your skin when you pass through roads surrounded by limestone hills and crops fields. Everything was in their way from Pathuk (the first sub-district in Gunung Kidul that was encountered) to the beach.

As if there was no choice to run away from the challenge. The Yogyakarta – Wonosari route which continues to the Wonosari – Baron and Baron – Tepus routes is the most easily accessible route, the road has been paved smoothly and perfectly. The other route via Yogyakarta – Imogiri – Gunung Kidul has more challenges because there are many potholes on the road, while the Wonogiri – Gunung Kidul route is too far from the city of Yogyakarta.

As the saying goes, “get sick first, have fun later”, that’s what a trip to Siung Beach is like. You can only feel pleasure, relief and peace when you arrive at the beach. The blue sea and white sand that is kept clean will soothe a tired body. There are a number of wooden houses on the beach, places to lean back and chat while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

One charm that stands out from Siung Beach is its coral rocks. The giant coral reefs on the west and east coast have an important role, not only as an addition to the beauty and as a barrier to other beaches. This coral is also the basis for the name of the beach, a witness to the glory of the coastal area in the past and the charm that makes this beach increasingly known, at least in Asia.

The rock that is the basis for the name of this beach is located slightly jutting out into the sea. The name of the beach is taken from the shape of the rock which according to Wastoyo, a local elder, resembles the teeth of a monkey or Siung Wanara. Until now, you can still enjoy the beauty of this rock, combined with the big waves that sometimes hit it, until the crevices are filled with slowly flowing sea water, presenting a dramatic view.

The monkey’s tartar, which is still resistant to the scouring of ocean waves, is also a witness to the glory of the Siung region in the past. According to Wastoyo’s story, the Siung area during the time of the saints was one of the trade centers in the Gunung Kidul area. Not far from the beach, precisely in the Winangun area, stands a market. In this place, lived Nyai Kami and Nyai Podi, wives of palace servants of the Yogyakarta and Surakarta Palaces.

Most of the residents of Siung at that time worked as salt farmers. They rely on sea water and its rich salt as a source of livelihood. The salt produced by Siung residents was the main merchandise at the Winangun market at that time. Even though it was rich in various types of fish, not many people dared to go to sea at that time. Generally, they only look for fish on the shore.

Things gradually became quiet when the Winangun market, according to Wastoyo, was brought to Yogyakarta. It is said that the moving market from Winangun in Yogyakarta is called Jowinangun, an abbreviation of Jobo Winangun or outside the Winganun area. Local residents have lost their livelihoods and not many people come to this area anymore. It is not clear what efforts the local population took to survive.

In the midst of this quiet period, the beauty of the coral rocks of Siung Beach comes into play again. Around 1989, a group of nature lovers from Japan used the coral cliffs to the west of the beach as a rock climbing arena. Then, in the 90s, the Asian Climbing Gathering competition took place which again used the coral cliffs of Siung Beach as a competition arena. Since then, the popularity of Siung Beach has begun to recover again.

Now, as many as 250 climbing routes are available on Siung Beach, facilitating rock climbing sports fans. It is possible that this route could still be added, considering that there are regulations to continue the existing route with the permission of the previous route creator. Many people have taken advantage of the climbing routes on this beach, such as a group of students from Yogyakarta State University who were preparing to go rock climbing when YogYES visited this beach.

Another facility that also supports rock climbing activities is the ground camp located to the east of the beach. At this ground camp, tents can be set up and campfire events can be held to spend the night. There is only one condition for using it, that it does not damage the environment and disturb the turtle habitat, as written on a warning board at the ground camp which can also be used by those who just want to spend the night.

Not far from the ground camp, there is a wooden stilt house that can be used as a base camp, an option other than setting up a tent. The size of the base camp is quite large, enough for 10 – 15 people. The shape of the house on stilts makes it easier for the eyes to enjoy the exoticism of the beach. Just by talking to local residents, maybe with a few rupiah, this base camp can be used for overnight stays.

At night or when there are few visitors, a group of long-tailed monkeys will descend from the top of the coral cliffs towards the beach. Long-tailed macaques, which are now increasingly rare, can still be found on this beach. The existence of this long-tailed monkey may also be one of the reasons why the rock that is the basis of the name is matched in shape to the teeth of a monkey, not other types of animals.

Wastoyo said, based on the accounts of the winasih (people who are able to read the future), Siung Beach will rejomulyo or return to its former glory in the not too distant future. The increasing number of visitors and its popularity as a rock climbing arena is a sign that this beach is on its way to glory. Visits from tourists, including you, will certainly accelerate the achievement of that success.

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