other beaches in Yogyakarta, Depok Beach is apparently the only beach
that is designed to become the center of culinary tourism to enjoy
various seafood menus. Some of the warongs were intentionally designed
to face the ocean so that visitors can enjoy the waves rushing to the
shore while having delicious meals.
warongs and the activities of the fishermen have been improving since
10 years ago. The story tells that around 1997 some fishermen from
Cilacap area found Depok Beach to be a good place to put their catches
ashore. The fishermen with good catches of fish inspired the local
people who made their living as farmers to catch fish.
of the coastal community began to become tekong, local term for
fishermen. The tekongs go to sea with their motorboats. Catching fish
is done almost throughout the year, except certain days that are
considered sacred, namely Tuesday and Friday of Kliwon (one of the five
Javanese days of the week). The tekongs make good catches except June
to September when fish are rare.
such big quantity of catches, local people opened a center for fish
landing that later was completed with a center for fish trading called
Mina Bahari 45. Fishermen from other areas can even sell their catches
there. When YogYES paid a visit, this fish trading center was occupied
by many visitors.
With the increasing number of visitors to the
beach that is located 1.5 kilometers from Parangtritis Beach, seafood
warongs were opened accordingly. Generally, the warongs offer
traditional nuance. The buildings are simple with traditional shape of
roofs called limasan, while the seating is arranged for cross-legged on
mats with small tables for eating. Simple, they are clean and
seafood cuisines are worth trying. The most popular fish dish at
reasonable price is tuna, at IDR 8,000 per/kg, consisting of 5-6 fish.
Other kinds of fish are white kakap and red kakap that sell around IDR
17,000 - IDR 25,000 per kilogram. Quite expensive fish is bawal that
sells at IDR 27,000 - IDR 60,000 per kilogram. In addition to fish,
there are also crabs, lobsters and squids.
Seafood is usually served
grilled or fried. You can choose fresh fish, other catches yourself,
and then you go to one of the warongs to have them cooked. YogYES tried
to have half a kilogram of tuna fish cooked and had them with a glass
of tea that totally cost IDR 22,000 only.
After having good meals,
you may leave Depok Beach for Parangkusumo and Parangtritis Beaches by
turning right when you get to the asphalted road. On the way, you will
see the amazing sand dunes as the only such a view in South-East Asia
and it is rarely found in tropical areas. The wide sandy area looks
takes thousands of years for the formation of the sand dunes through
unique process. Some forms of them are barchan dune, comb dune,
parabolic dune and longitudinal dune. Now, only barchan and
longitudinal ones are present. The wind of the sea and the steep
mountain slope in the east caused the sands, resulted from the activity
of Merapi Mountain, at the bank of the river to blow away to the shore
to form the sand dunes.
In order to get the place where you can
enjoy having seafood while admiring the sand dunes, you can take the
same road leading you from Yogyakarta to Parangtritis. Just before
arriving the ticket box to Parangtritis Beach, you turn right through
small-asphalted road. The entrance ticket to Depok Beach is IDR 4,000
for two people and one motorcycle. If you go by a car, you pay IDR
5,000 for the car plus additional fare per person.