If you google image “Indonesia Beach” you will find pictures of pristine tranquil tropical beaches, with white sandy beach and clear blue water complete with coconut tree. For the location, you probably find popular tourist destination such as Bali, Lombok and Raja Ampat (west papua). Those pictures maybe look similar to the beach in Thailand or Philippine and many other beach in south east asia.
Well, Depok Beach is different, it’s located near fishermen village on Java and it’s destination for local tourist.
Indonesia consist of lots of scattered small islands, 5 large island here in Indonesia is relatively very small compared to a continent, so technically wherever we go here in Indonesia we can find beaches everywhere. Not all the beach in Indonesia is pristine and tranquil, there are also beach that always full with local tourist every weekend and busy with fishermen activity on regular day. Local people in Indonesia go to the beach in full clothes, not wearing bathing suit or bikini. Little children swim in their underwears or naked, but teenage or adults will jump into water with full clothes. Not because the weather is cold, but because short and tight clothes are appropriate in publics, especially in more traditional area such as Depok Beach. The ladies will find a spot to sit in the shade because most of the ladies here are afraid of getting their skin tanned.
This is the look of local beaches in Indonesia. The sand is black in color because the beach located near the volcano. So the sand were mixed with volcano ashes that blew away during eruption.