15 Exciting Spots for Adventurers in Yogyakarta: From Volcano Climbing to Whitewater Rafting

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Yogyakarta is one heck of a complete travel destination! From breathtaking nature to rich culture and history, it’s got it all.

And guess what? Yogyakarta also boasts some extreme adventure spots. You’ll need a good dose of courage to tackle the activities in those places!

Many folks opt to head to Jogja’s extreme attractions to get their adrenaline pumping. It could definitely be the ultimate recommendation if you’re up for a more thrilling and challenging holiday vibe. So, don’t miss out on knowing where these spots are!

15 Adventurer Destination in Yogyakarta

Now that we’ve explored some of the thrilling destinations in Yogyakarta perfect for adventurers, it’s clear that this vibrant city offers a plethora of experiences for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

From challenging cave explorations to daring encounters with the sea, Yogyakarta presents opportunities for unforgettable adventures.

Whether you’re drawn to the heights of the mountains or the depths of the caves, there’s something here to satisfy every adventurer’s craving for excitement.

So, gear up and get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey through the adventurer’s paradise that is Yogyakarta!

1. Jomblang Cave Yogyakarta

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The next adrenaline-pumping adventure you should try in Jogja is exploring the Jomblang Cave. This tourist spot has become increasingly popular lately, often visited by idols from South Korea.

Located in the Gunung Kidul area, you’ll need to start your journey early in the morning if you’re coming from downtown Jogja. Because you’ll need time to reach Jomblang Cave and witness its amazing phenomenon by midday.

Jomblang Cave extends 60 meters below the ground surface. It takes courage to descend using a manually operated pulley system.

Once inside, you can witness the beauty of the “heavenly light,” visible only from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on clear days. This heavenly light is sunlight entering through a hole at the top of Jomblang Cave.

Beyond the dramatic Heavenly Light, the cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, forming small hills that add to the charm of Jomblang Cave.

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2. Watugupit Paralayag


The location of Watugupit paragliding hill sits at a high altitude, making it perfect for a visit during the evening.

In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset with a beautiful view of the southern sea. It’s not just about enjoying the scenery; you can also indulge in various snacks available there.

If you’re someone who enjoys challenging activities, it’s worth trying paragliding. This activity is quite extreme, and only a few tourists dare to try it.

But don’t worry about safety because you’ll be guided by experts in the field with complete equipment.

3. Lava Tour Merapi

Jeep Merapi Lava Tour

Test your courage with off-road adventures exploring areas affected by cold lava flows and volcanic debris around the slopes of Merapi using a Jeep Willy’s.

The steep terrain requires the Willy’s engine to be revved up to pass through sandy fields scattered with large rocks.

The car will shake vigorously, so we need to hold on tight and move with the rhythm of the jeep to avoid being thrown off.

It’s a bit nerve-wracking but addictive, making you want to do it again. Besides having fun and boosting adrenaline, Lava Tour Merapi also provides a comprehensive understanding and overview of Mount Merapi.

4. Hiking at Nglanggeran Mountain

Mount Nglanggeran is the perfect getaway when you’re tired of beaches and cities. Even though it means embarking on a long and tiring journey, it’s all worth it.

Climbing the giant andesite rocks that were once a volcano will be an unforgettable experience. Walking along the rocky path with hills on both sides is an exciting adventure.

As you go higher, the path gets steeper. A narrow and steep crevice with rocky hills on both sides awaits. This narrow and somewhat dark passage can only be passed by one person, “it’s like in the movie 127 Hours, thrilling but cool…”

5. Riding Gondola at Timang Beach

Gondola in Timang Beach

Do at your own risk! That’s the first thing you need to know when deciding to ride the traditional gondola at Timang Beach.

A simple wooden box is combined with several pulleys and nine ropes without any guarantee; there’s no assurance the ropes won’t break, nor is there any guarantee the gondola isn’t fragile.

This daredevil gondola is the only transportation tool for lobster hunters from the coral hills of Timang Beach to the neighboring Watu Panjang Island.

However, in recent years, many tourists have come just to taste the thrill of riding it. The view from Watu Panjang Island is equally stunning.

The lineup of South Beaches, from Krakal Beach to the twin Turtle Islands owned by Nglambor Beach, is clearly visible from there.

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6. Rock Climbing at Siung Beach

Siung Beach is a haven for rock climbers. It’s rich in giant cliffs and boasts 250 climbing routes. Here, you’ll find dozens of cliff blocks with varying heights and levels of difficulty.

You can try starting from the welcome cliffs in the front block to the higher cliffs behind them.

Also, experience the sensation of hanging bivouac, spending the night while suspended on the cliff. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

7. Hanging Bridge, Sinden Beach

Another beach destination in Jogja worth visiting is Sinden Beach. This beach is located in the village of Jepitu, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul.

Sinden Beach boasts a strong sea with large and fierce waves. You can witness big waves crashing against the rocks under certain weather conditions.

For those with adventurous spirits, don’t forget to try walking on the iconic Sinden Beach Hanging Bridge. This bridge connects Sinden Beach with Kalong Island in the middle of the sea.

Your courage to cross this bridge, which is quite high above the water surface, will be rewarded with the beautiful nature of Kalong Island. For those who enjoy fishing, you can also fish on Kalong Island, which is famous as a habitat for jumbo-sized fish!

The entrance fee to Sinden Beach is Rp10,000, with an additional fee of Rp25,000 if you want to cross the Sinden Beach hanging bridge.

8. Cave Tubing, Kalisuci

Another fascinating and quite extreme cave location in Gunung Kidul is Kalisuci Cave. This natural attraction is located in the village of Pacarejo. To reach this location, you’ll have to travel 12 km if you’re coming from downtown Jogja.

This cave features a fairly long river to explore, with depths ranging from 2 to 3 meters. Exploration can be done through cave tubing or cave rafting, both of which are equally thrilling and enjoyable.

Rafting exploration is done with rubber boats, while cave tubing is done with individual float tubes. Kalisuci Cave Tubing can be quite an extreme activity but still safe.

You’ll be provided with a helmet and a life jacket. Professional instructors will accompany you throughout the exploration of Kalisuci Cave.

Enjoy an even more exciting adventure at Kalisuci Cave Tubing with an entrance ticket of Rp80,000. Prepare some extra cash for parking fees ranging from Rp3,000 to Rp6,000. For a hassle-free solution, consider getting a tour package with Nagantour.

9. Sandboarding Parangkusumo

If you’re into surfing, then this tourist spot is a must-visit. But here’s the twist: you won’t be surfing on water. Instead, you’ll be surfing on sand, making for a totally unique and thrilling experience, for sure.

You can ride the waves without worrying about getting wet. They’ve got surfboards and all the gear you need right there, so all you have to do is rent them. It’s located at Jl. Pantai Parangkusumo, Bantul, Jogja.

10. Rafting, Progo River

Another option is to go rafting on the Progo River. This adventure really gets visitors’ adrenaline pumping. You’ll be challenged to navigate the river on a rubber boat, tackling its swift currents.

But don’t worry, the difficulty level of the rafting can be adjusted to match your abilities and those of your friends. It’s perfect for group outings, offering a super fun and exciting atmosphere.

11. Goa Jepang Kaliurang

Goa Jepang Kaliurang is a recommended natural attraction near Malioboro with a historical twist.

True to its name, this cave is a remnant from the Japanese era when they sought refuge from their allies’ attacks.

When you visit this spot in Kaliurang, you’ll be accompanied by a tour guide ready to narrate the history of Goa Jepang Kaliurang, located near Mount Merapi.

Tour visits are limited until 3:00 PM with starting fees from Rp 10,000. Unfortunately, Goa Jepang Kaliurang isn’t equipped with lighting, so you’ll need to bring a flashlight if you want to explore the cave. If it rains, water might drip down the cave walls.

Make Goa Jepang Kaliurang your destination by visiting Kaliurang Street, Forest Area, Hargobinangun Sub-district, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta.

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12. Cliff Swing, Gunung Api Purba

Some of you may already know that Jogja is renowned as a tourist city. Not only does it boast beautiful natural attractions, but it also offers some extreme adventures that can be exciting destinations for you to explore.

One of the popular extreme activities in Jogja is the cliff swing at Gunung Api Purba. This adrenaline-pumping game involves swinging over a cliff. You can give it a try at Gunung Api Purba area, Nglanggeran, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta Special Region.

To experience this swinging sensation, you have to walk across a rope. Visitors can feel the thrill of swinging over a 100-meter deep abyss.

Trying out this extreme game is perfect for those who want to test their adrenaline. To enjoy it, visitors are charged according to the selected package. Prices range from Rp 3,000,000 to Rp 4,000,000. So, are you interested in trying out this extreme activity?

13. Motor Trail, Bunker Kaliadem

One extreme adventure you can try in Jogja is riding a trail bike at the beautiful Bunker Kaliadem. This tourist spot is located in the Kinarejo area, Hargobinangun, Pakem District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region.

Bunker Kaliadem offers a rugged rocky trail. Visitors can rent trail bikes from several local residents. You’ll enjoy the thrill of navigating through water puddles and unexpected rocky jumps.

14. Hiking at Shoka Sunset Hill

Shoka Sunset Hill is located in Giricahyo Forest Area, Purwosari, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Special Region. Shoka Sunset Hill is about 31 km away from the center of Yogyakarta and takes approximately 1 hour to reach.

Many visitors come and wait until sunset to witness the beauty of the sunset from the top of Shoka Hill. Visitors can enjoy the beach view while indulging in authentic Indonesian cuisine available there. The prices of food and drinks are also very affordable, ranging from Rp5,000 to Rp30,000.

The road access to Shoka Sunset Hill is a bit winding and slippery during rainy weather. Therefore, visitors should make sure to be cautious and wear comfortable footwear.

Shoka Sunset Hill is open every day from 07:00 to 21:00. Visitors are advised to visit this place in the morning to enjoy the cool air. If you want to see the sunset, it’s recommended not to arrive too late so that you can choose the desired view and seating location.

15. Trekking at Bukit Pengilon

Bukit Pengilon in Yogyakarta is located in Wates Hamlet, Purwodadi, Tepus, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region. Bukit Pengilon is 75 kilometers away from the center of Yogyakarta and takes about 2 hours to reach.

Visitors can only use vehicles up to the parking area. From the parking area, there is a trekking trail of about 1.5 kilometers to reach the top of Bukit Pengilon.

Visitors can enjoy the vast and beautiful grasslands as it is located at the foot of Mount Purba Batur. Additionally, visitors can see the expanse of the sea, hills, and sky from the height.

Bukit Pengilon is a favorite spot for camping and photography enthusiasts. Visitors can bring their own equipment and rent a camping area for Rp 20,000/night.

There are several facilities such as toilets, prayer rooms, parking areas, camping areas, and food stalls. Bukit Pengilon is open 24 hours every day. The entrance fee to Bukit Pengilon is very affordable, which is Rp 5,000/person with parking fees of Rp 2,000 for motorcycles and Rp 5,000 for cars.

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