Thursday, April 18, 2013

Panjang Beach Bengkulu

Panjang beach at sunset
     Bengkulu’s main beach, Pantai Panjang, stretches for approximately 7 km (4.4 miles). It is located on the Indian Ocean, western coast of Bengkulu city, about 2 km from Suprapto shopping center. The beach has white sand and pretty good surf. Early morning on a mid to high tide will be the best time for a surf. It is the most popular beach for the local beach goers.

Delman (horse drawn vehicle)
You can find seaside cottages, nice hotels, shopping centers, warung-warung (street stalls) and night clubs along the beach. Other recreational facilities are also available such as: swimming pools, fishing ponds, etc. At the beach (right in front of Pasir Putih cottage) you can try a delman (horse drawn vehicle). The delmans are only available on every Sunday, and every national public holiday. Also, don’t miss another pleasure, kelapa muda (young coconut), the fresh juice drunk straight from a young coconut, bought at roadside around the beach. Drink the milk and then scoop out the flesh. If you enjoy the taste of young coconut water and can tolerate large amounts, it could help keep you hydrated. Unfortunately this beautiful beach still needs more and better supporting facilities, and also litter is a major environmental problem on the beach, litter is often left by the beach goers.

How to get there?
You can take a yellow angkot (city transport) from Jl. Suprapto or along its route to the beach center gate for Rp. 4,000 per one person. There is no entrance fee, except during Eid al Fitr public holiday also known as Lebaran, and Eid al Adha public holiday or Lebaran Haji, the visitors are charged for Rp. 1,000 per one person. If you are visiting by car, a parking fee of Rp. 3000 will be required.  

Warning: The beach has big waves which are kind of good for surfing, but be careful, it’s rarely suitable for swimming; it’s unsafe for swimming too far out because there are strong currents in some spots.

More photos of Panjang beach
Enjoying the sunset at Panjang beach Bengkulu
A nice late afternoon at Panjang beach
The most popular beach in town 
Panjang beach at sunset
Coconut water could help keep you hydrated.

Photos by Adriansyah Putera

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