Pantai Panjang, translated to mean Long Beach, boasts a coastline of fine, white sands that stretches 7 kilometers. As the beach has no reefs, its width expands to 500 meters when the tide is low. The beach area is a central tourism district and is lined with restaurants, hotels, cottages and shops. Pantai Panjang is located just 15 minutes from downtown Bengkulu, Southwest of the island of Sumatra.
Unlike many beaches, Pantai Panjang has no coconut or palm trees, but is dominated by Spruces and Pines which create a lovely shelter for beach-goers to rest and relax under. As a prime tourist area, a variety of facilities are positioned along the beach such as restaurants, cafes, accommodations, a children’s playground as well as sports facilities.
The Bengkulu community also uses the beach as a place for jogging in the mornings and evenings.
The must try dishes of Bengkulu are ikan laut bakar bumbu kuning (yellow-spiced grilled ocean fish,) gulai kepala ikan kakap (Snapper fish-head curry,) and oseng terong campur jengkol (stir-fried eggplant with jengkol.) To complement the typical lunch, the meal is served with a drink of fresh, iced coconut milk and a side of barbecued corn. Also to be tried is the local coffee of Bengkulu.
As a popular tourist spot, Pantai Panjang is not short of food stalls, souvenir stores and shops. So, finding some memorabilia from your trip should be an easy task.
Splash Hotel is Bengkulu’s leading business hotel. It is ideally located just 6 km from the Fatmawati airport, and is close to select destinations throughout the city. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge, business center, meeting rooms and hotspots around the hotel.
Address: Jl. Sudirman No. 48 Bengkulu Indonesia
Hotel Santika is located in the Sawah Lebar District, an ideal location for visiting the city’s attractions and Soekarno’s home, Marlborough Fort and Bengkulu’s beautiful Panjang Beach. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, each including the usual amenities. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a ballroom with a 500 person capacity, Fitness center, Restaurant and Spa.
Address: Jalan Raya Jati No. 45, Sawah Lebar, Bengkulu
Grage Horizon Hotel is located beside Long Beach, just 20 minutes from the airport and close to the city center, making it ideal for both business and leisure visitors. Grage hotel comprises of 58 rooms of 6 different types to suit your varying needs. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, meeting room and ballroom.
Address: Jalan Pantai Nala 142 Anggut Bawah Bengkulu – Indonesia
Pantai Panjang is coated with exceptionally fine sand that will not hurt your feet, making it perfect for long strolls or a morning jog. The waves are not too choppy, so feel free to play in the water, go swimming or fishing.
The outskirts of the beach are lined with rows of fragrant spruce and pine trees, complementing the beauty of the soft, white sands and shining sun.
The afternoon is the ideal time to go to the beach as the weather will be cool. Stick around long enough for evening to come around, and watch the colors of the horizon light up in the glow of the setting sun.
The beach is also a popular place for travellers to set up camp for the night.
About 5 kilometers from Pantai Panjang is Danau Dendam Tak Sudah, or Lake of Never-ending Revenge, which is surrounded by rolling green hills and is habitat for several rare species of fish.
Another interesting place to visit is the tea plantation in Kabewatan, Kepahiang, about 60 kilometers from Bengkulu’s city center.
Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu is a domestic airport, serving only Jakarta and Batam.
Pantai Panjang is located to the west of the city along Jalan Parawisata Kota Bengkulu. The beach is just 1.5 kilometers from the city center and is easily accessible by car, minibus, taxi or motorcycle.
Public transportation is available at all times, or you could try the more traditional forms of transportation such as the horse carts and carriages.