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Written by Soma Dutta
Co-written by Yan Lam Liang, Matin Firas Harahap

Have you already seen what there is to see in Malang? Think again!

A lot of us get easily attached to this beautiful city – the mild climate, the mountains in the horizon – and yes, the absolutely stunning beaches. It’s all so easy to fall in love with.

 

Getting there

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1. Take Lion Air, AirAsiaGaruda IndonesiaSilk Air or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Surabaya (Juanda International Airport). (Flight time: ~2h 45min, total return cost from SGD 200)

2. From Surabaya:

a) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

b) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

1. Take AirAsia, Tigerair from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Surabaya (Juanda International Airport). (Flight time: ~2h 45min, total return cost from RM 400)

2. From Surabaya:

a) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

b) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

Getting to Malang from Jakarta:

1. Take Lion AirBatik Air, CitilinkSriwijaya Air or Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta to Malang (Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport). (Flight time: ~1h 30min, total cost from Rp. 1.2 million)

Getting to Malang from Surabaya:

1) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

2) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

But if you’ve already visited the volcanoes, and explored the temples and parks here, maybe it’s time to dig deeper. You just might discover that the “Paris of East Java”  has more to its charm and some awe-inspiring hidden beaches the list of which seem to be never-ending.

That’s right the love affair with Malang, just grows deeper for us. So, we decided to do the hard work, and bring to you the most unusual and interesting beaches in the city – which are out of ordinary and certainly not on everybody’s radar.

These are the beaches that are the best kept secrets of the locals in Malang, and have been unknown to travellers for a long long time.

But, if you have the adventure bug in you, and the desire to uncover some attractive secret beaches, dive into your next destination in the beautiful city of Malang!

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1. Feel the touch of soft white sand against your feet: Ngliyep Beach

Ngliyep beach is named because of its soft white sand.

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There is a small island, Mount Kombang, which can be accessed via a wooden bridge. It is also a spectacular spot where you can watch the sunrise and sunset.

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You can also head over to Bukit Cinta Kasih, translated as “Hill of Love”. There are myths that young people who come to this place would become a couple.

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From the beach, you can also walk up a small hill to get to Teluk Putri, translated as Princess Bay. Its name is inspired by the silky soft smooth skin of the princess.

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Ngliyep Beach

Address: Kedungsalam, Donomulyo, Malang, Jawa Timur 65167, Indonesia
Getting there: Head 62 km towards the south of the city of Malang. You can travel through Donomulyo, or through Sumbermaning Kulon.
Coordinates here
Contact: +62 813-3318-3380
Price/Entrance fees: Ticket Price: IDR 15.000 (approx USD $1), Parking: IDR 5000 (approx USD $0.33)

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2. Build black sand castles at the black pearl of Malang – Pantai Licin

Yes, you can never go wrong with black! Especially when we are talking about smooth stretches of shining black sand against the pearly white waters of the sea.

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Quite aptly called the “black pearl of Malang”, Pantai Licin is a black sand beach that resulted from Mount Semeru’s volcanic activity.

Do watch your step here as the beach is named “Licin” or “Slick” thanks to the moss growing around it, making it quite slippery to walk on. Though we think a little slippery fun wouldn’t hurt much, and can add to the playful beach mood – do make sure to be careful!

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A long winding road will lead you to the beach that you can travel on via a motorbike. However, for the tough and twisty stretch, taking along your toughest motorbike is only recommended. The good news is, the roads might be developed for better in near future, making the beach more accessible.

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We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

Pantai Licin

Address: Lebakharjo, Ampelgading, Malang, East Java 65183, Indonesia
Getting there: Follow the road to Malang to Dampit. Head to Ampel Gading, turn at Sumerejo and continue on towards Lebakharjo.

3. The ultimate chill at a natural pool – Pantai Banyu Anjlok

Move over infinity pools – here’s a natural pool at the top of a waterfall, where you can take your next hit Instagram pic! (Yes, it can definitely beat those 5-star pools you end up spending a bomb at, and it’s all natural.)

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Indulge in nature at its best in the calming waters of the natural pool. Dive in and out of a waterfall, and feast your eyes on a mesmerising sunset.

The beach is so extraordinary and exclusive, it might just be one of the best discoveries you’ll make in your lifetime. Have your very own Columbus moment when you set foot here, and let your social media following go berserk!

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Like they say, “the best things come to those who try hard”, the path to get here can be a bit tricky depending on which option you choose to get there.

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Pantai Banyu Anjlok

Getting there: From the Lenggoksono beach, trek 2-3 hours over to the Pantai Banyu Anjlok. Alternatively, one can reserve a boat to crossover to the beach.

4. Up the ante with a natural beach jacuzzi – Pantai Batu Bengkung

Get a little more intimate with nature with your very own private jacuzzi on a beach. Nope, it’s not the kind of jacuzzi you might be imagining right now!

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Instead, this beautiful rocky beach on the south coast of Malang transforms into an area of small natural saltwater pools at high tide.

While one might be treated to the magnificent crashing waves of the Indian ocean here – the unusual beach is especially attractive when the sea water floods over the coral barricades and fills the basins turning them into natural pools.

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This is also a good time to swim in these pools, as the sea can be get pretty rough and unsuitable for swimming.

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The beach also has the most stunning sunset views one could hope for.

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The west-facing beach gets drowned in golden rays of the sun at sunset hours – and light doused black rocks becomes an unforgettable spectacle to all visitors who camp at the beach to catch the scenery.

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Pantai Banyu Anjlok

Getting there: The beach is about a 2-3 hours ride away from Malang. Follow the directions to beach Sendangbiru but turn towards Goa Cina beach and beach Bajulmati. Pantai Batu Bengkung is about 2kms from beach Bajulmati.
Entrance fees: Rp.5000 / USD $0.30 per person

5. Where waves hit ocean cliffs in refreshing sprays – Pantai Jonggring Saloko Malang

Who says you need to go for a swim to soak in the sea water? At Pantai Jonggring Saloko, the sea water comes to you!

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Experience a refreshing splash of sea water spray at this unconventional beach!

When the waves hit the sea cliffs, the water is sprayed across the shore in its foamy glory and bubbly delight! Hear the ocean call out to you, with a “brooosh” sound of short water bursts.

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It’s definitely not something you can come across at every other beach.

If you climb up to a higher cliff – you can enjoy the spectacle of the water forming a “white umbrella” of foam each time it hits the cliffs.

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If offbeat experiences such as this, are your cup of tea, don’t let the tough access deter you.

One must overcome a rock strewn path to get here – but you’ll be immensely rewarded for that and have the entire beach all to yourself complete with its stunning views and clear waters.

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Pantai Jonggring Saloko Malang

Address: Desa Mentaraman, Donomulyo, Malang, Jawa Timur 65167, Indonesia
Getting there: Follow directions to Kepang Pagak Pentai and then to Donomulyo, turn left from the T-Junction.

6. You’ll feel like you’re on the moon! – Pantai Mbehi

You know that feeling of being on the moon? Well, in Malang, this is the closest you can get to actually feeling like you’re on the moon!

Pantai Mbehi can put all the other pretty beaches to shame with its turquoise waters, white sands and beautiful protected forests that it’s located beyond.

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The reason you should go to the beach is the rare natural phenomenon that the beach holds. Firstly, prepare to be startled by this special “crater” with a hole in the middle, that gives an impression of a giant coral opening into the sea.

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During the bigger waves, the water rises through the hole with a roaring sound of a rampaging dragon, and a wondrous spectacle of water spurts.

Secondly, not far from the crater, one can come across the Gulf of Angels – a niche in the rocks that forms a shallow natural pool. A great spot to soak in, against the backdrop of the great Indian Ocean and mesmerising views.

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These are reasons enough for anyone to embark on a journey to discover this beach, even though it’s certainly not an easy ride.

Seriously, what can be more epic?

Pantai Mbehi

Address: Bandungrejo, Bantur, Malang, East Java 65179, Indonesia
Getting there: From Malang center, head south towards the Kondang Merak Beach. Pantai Mbehi is approximately 3km from Kondang Merak Beach. Feel free to check with the locals for directions there.
Coordinates here

7. Get lost in a private beach paradise at Sempu Island Beach – Segara Anakan

Want your very own private paradise lagoon?

Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of traveling to a secluded, exclusive beach just like Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach? Or you just need to get a taste of peace and calm away from the hustle of commercial beaches? The island beach of Sempu Island is for you!

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Traveling to the beach of Segara Anakan is a little adventure itself. If you have the heart for an escapade, the prize at the end is nature’s untouched beauty, awaiting you in its full glory!

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Take a drive from Malang to Sendang Biru, and then a boat ride Teluk Semut (Ant Bay). After a fun and interesting trek, you’ll finally reach the private lagoon that will tease your senses!

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Once you get to the island – it’s all yours! Bask in the virgin white sands, build your very own tents or get a sneak peak into a castaway life without actually getting lost!

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Beautiful waves crashing against coral rocks that surround the lagoon, shielding it from the Indian Ocean, and the sparkling still waters of the lagoon itself – brings in a feeling of serenity like you’ve never experienced before.

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Segara Anakan

Getting there: Take a 3 hour drive to Sedang Biru from Malang. Rent a boat for 15 mins ride to the Teluk Semut Bay. Then trek 2 km and arrive at the lagoon. Tip: Arrange your return boat from the bay with your boat driver.

8. The super secret beach with plenty of surprises – Pantai Bantol

We’ll let you in on this secret – Pantai Bantol (or Bantol Beach). This beach is virgin and still void of tourists – but the bigger surprise might be how the beach has somehow evaded the limelight considering how beautiful it is.

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Only a handful of locals, fisherman and hobby groups seem to know of its existence!

While it’s technically a bay, Pantai Bantol has the kind of exotic allure that you don’t come across everyday – with its calm clear waters with colorful coral clusters visible underneath.

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If you’re lucky enough to be there at the right month, you just might be able to witness the most beautiful sunset in your lifetime. The sun slowly making its descent behind gorgeous reefs jutting out into the sea.

Love marine life? You’re in luck! You can meet three unique kinds of lobsters here – the flower, leopard and tiger! The nature lover in you will get even more excited with exploring the lush green forests in a lake just off the beach.

Apart from that, there are also limestone caves you can discover around the teak forests. Feel free to let your inner adventurer loose!

Pantai Bantol

Address: Dusun Sumberceleng, Desa Banjarejo, Donomulyo, Malang, Jawa Timur 60253, Indonesia
Getting there: Approx. 10 km from Sumbermanjing Kulon village, District Pagak

9. Pantai Goa Cina, but better! – Pantai Watu Leter

Pantai Goa Cina (or Chinese Cave Beach) might be all the rage, but Pantai Watu Leter might be even better.

Especially if you are one who’d like to avoid the crowds, and enjoy the peace and calm of a secluded beach – this one’s for you!

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The beach looks very similar to Goa Cina, but this one’s the quieter twin of the two. Perhaps it’s the mangroves that deters cars from entering the beach that has diverted tourists’ attention from it.

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All the hard work of making your way here will be well worth the gorgeous serenity of the place, the cool, calm waters and the soft breeze on your skin.

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Especially if you are a marine life lover and would like to meet little turtles, you must find your way to Watu Leter.

The beach has been used as a place for turtle conservation and a landing place for them to lay eggs. Something worth putting in that bucket list, right?

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Don’t forget to check out the unique stone formations from which the beach actually derives its name – one of these is even shaped like an actual Indonesian letter!

Pantai Watu Leter

Address: Rowotrate, Sitiarjo, Sumbermanjing, Malang, Jawa Timur 65176, Indonesia

10. Ride a canoe to get to this Amazon beach! – Pantai Kondang Buntung

Let your mind be blown with the ultimate jungle safari, right here in the heart of Malang!

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Pantai Kondang Buntung is nothing like the beaches you’ve seen before. It will surprise you with its lush green surroundings, and it’s dense jungles reminiscent of the Amazon.

The entrance to the beach is same as that of Bale Kambang which is about 5000 meters away. The overarching green trees, and the soothing waters is enough reason to go, but as a bonus you get to ride a canoe here!

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That’s right, it’s just like you’ve landed yourself in some river in a deep African jungle.

The canoe ride will set you back by a Rp.25,000, but the breathtaking scenery guarantees that it is one experience you simply cannot afford to miss if you are beach-hopping in Malang!

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Pantai Kondang Buntung

Address: Tambakrejo, Sumbermanjing, Malang, East Java 65176, Indonesia

11. The beach that was literally smashed by the waves – Pantai Watu Pecah

Why? Because it’s all about rocks and plenty of leisure time!

Close to Sedang Biru, yet another hidden gem of Malang is Pantai Watu Pecah (or Broken Stone Beach). Interesting and unusual stone structures line the shoreline here.

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Some might say the stones seem as if they were smashed by the waves – the reason that led locals to naming it Broken Stone Beach!

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One needs to cross over Clungup beach to access Pantai Watu Pecah, which forms the entrance to the beach.

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Once here one can revel in the views of the beautiful blue waters, or just idle your time away till sunset – which is also exceptionally beautiful behind the stone structures.

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The recluse in you will definitely enjoy spending some quality time here!

Pantai Watu Pecah

Getting there: Follow the route from Malang to Bululawang, Turen. The beach is at a distance of 2.5 hours from Sumber Manjing Wetan, plus 1 hour of trekking through Clungup Beach.

12. Malang’s very own Tanah Lot – Balekambang Beach

It isn’t hard to understand why Balekambang Beach is often called Malang’s ‘Tanah Lot’ by the locals – with its very own gorgeous temple, Amerta Jati. Sitting gracefully on Ismoyo Island, Amerta Jati was built to accommodate the Hindu ceremony of ‘Suroan’, an offering to commemorate the Javanese/Islamic new year.

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Sunsets aren’t the only time to enjoy the Balekambang Beach. During low tide, the sea retreats, unveiling the coral stones that extend beyond the sand, flaunting the colours of its coral flora. Go ahead and do a little exploration, and let brightly coloured fish tickle your feet, as they weave in and out of the coral garden!

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Stretching 2km over mostly flat sand, Balekambang Beach provides an excellent panoramic view of the 3 beaches off its shore – named after the famous Wayang leather puppets, Anoman, Wisanggeni, and Ismoyo.

Balekambang Beach

Address: Balekambang Beach, Balekambang, Malang, East Java
Contact: 085764556423
Entrance: IDR 5000 / USD$ 0.30

13. Play among the the ‘crocodiles’: Bajul Mati Beach

Bajul Mati Beach, which is located in the South of Malang near Goa Cina and Sendang Biru Beach, is translated as ‘Dead Crocodile Beach’.

Indeed, the green rocky gulfs resemble a patient crocodile lying quietly in the waters.

Before entering, you will see its iconic structure – a semi-circular 90-metre-long bridge that crosses over a wide river, where you can see hills and sea corals.

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Pantai Bajul boasts of pure white sand and crystal clear waters. The waves are huge, so we don’t advise you to swim!

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But if you would like a dip in the waters, you can head down to the river estuary, characterised by its calm and greenish waters.

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You can also explore Goa Wil, a cave at Pantai Bajul Mati.

Bajul Mati Beach

Address: Gajahrejo, Gedangan, Malang 65178, Indonesia
Getting there: It is about 58 km from the city of Malang. From Malang, head towards Turen then turn south towards Sumbermanjing Wetan and straight toward Sendang Biru Beach. Then there were the T-junction with a placard to head towards the right to go to the beach Bajulmati. You can also reach there via beach Balekambang, turn left when there is an intersection. The distance between the beach and Goa Bajulmati China is only about 2 kilometers or about 10 minutes away by motor vehicle.
Coordinates here
Contact: +62 813-3318-3380
Opening hours: Daily
Price/Entrance fees: IDR 4000 (approx USD $0.26)

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14. Prove it for yourself: Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach)

Opened to the public only recently, Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach) has created a major buzz across travel communities all over the country.

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Located in a nature conservation, reservations have to be made at least a week before (a month if you are planning a weekend trip) to ensure not too many visitors crowd the area.

The clear gradation of the water’s blue, green and white colours from the sandy beaches is not the only fascinating sight in this part of Malang. The journey is a pleasure of its own.

Start at Clungup Mangrove Conservation, a mangrove forest located right at the mouth of a river. Apart from protecting waves from eroding the beaches, they also provide welcome protection against the sun.

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After a short walk southwards, visitors can choose to rest their legs, grab a snack from the canteen, or even set up camp. Don’t get too caught up though – there is still an hour’s trek to the main attraction, but that won’t be too much trouble since the stroll along the coastline will keep you in great spirits with the sand and sea on the right and lush greenery on the left.

After an uphill climb, you will finally set eyes on the tricoloured beach. The irresistible shade of mermaid turquoise (bluish green) waters will make you want to jump right in!

But before that, do take a moment to soak in this bizarre phenomenon of nature. With crystal clear waters, the coral reefs can be seen more vividly if you decide to snorkel. (You may rent a snorkel mask with optional life vest at only IDR 15.000 / USD$ 1!)

Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach)

Address: Clunggup and Tiga Warna Mangrove Conservational Center
Contact:: 081232677713 (SMS) | 08123339889 (Call)
Entrance: IDR 100.000 / USD$ 7 (for a max. group of 10)
Opening hours: 8am to 4pm

15. The beach with an eerie history – Pantai Rowo Indah / Pantai Goa China (Chinese Cave Beach)

With 3 islands decorating the horizon, the sight of the setting sun from Rowo Indah Beach is quite a view to take in. It’s so breathtaking that many forget the chilling history behind this small patch of sand, 90 minutes from the Malang.

Rowo Indah Beach (which means Chinese Cave Beach) was popularised as ‘Pantai Goa Cina’ after an eerie discovery some twenty years ago. A corpse was found with Chinese inscriptions on the walls of a cave, believed to be the remains of a monk who meditated to his death.

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Another strange occurrence on Rowo Indah Beach is that for some reason, not far from the shore, a junction of strong waves coming from the East, South, and West, creates dangerous undertows making this beach unsafe to swim.

If you won’t go to the beach if you can’t take a dip however, don’t worry! Ngliyep Beach (located in the same area) provides far more calmer waters with its crescent bay, and trees that provide shelter,perfect for an afternoon siesta at the beach!

Pantai Rowo Indah / Pantai Goa China (Chinese Cave Beach)

Address: Pantai Rowo Indah (Goa Cina), Dusun Tumpak Awu, Desa Sitiarjo, Sumbermanjing Wetan, Malang, East Java
Entrance: IDR 10.000 / USD$ 0.70
Getting there: From Malang, head south on Jl Sudanco and Jl. Supriadi,. Rowo Indah Beach is located in the Ngliyep Beach complex. From the locket, directions will be given.
Coordinates here.

Have you discovered any secret beaches in Malang you’d really like to check out? Let us know in the comments below!

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