A long way from anywhere, the small south-coast town of Pacitan lies on a horseshoe bay ringed by rocky cliffs. It's a beach resort with limited accommodation and a few fresh seafood restaurants. For a long time very few foreigners ever made it here. Today, thanks to the discovery of some epic surf spots in the town's vicinity an ever-increasing number of foreign surfers are passing through. Non-surfing tourists remain rare, but the stunning coastline here offers much tourist potential.
The blonde beach at Pacitan itself is set in a rather dramatic bay shaped like a stemless wine glass. The natural harbour to the west is set against the towering jungled cliffs, and there's a series of decent beach peaks as the beach meanders east toward a reasonable point break.
If you make an off-season visit during the week, you've a good chance of having a virtually deserted beach to yourself.