Pacitan Regency

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Motto: Tata Pramana Hargeng Praja
Coordinates: 8°12′S 111°7′E / 8.200°S 111.117°E / -8.200; 111.117
Country  Indonesia
Province East Java
 • Total 1,389.87 km2 (536.63 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 538,000
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)

Pacitan (Indonesian: Kabupaten Pacitan) is a regency located in the southwestern East Java Province, with Central Java Province on its west border. Located between 7.55° - 8.17°S and 110.55° - 111.25°E. The borders of Pacitan Regency are: Wonogiri Regency (Central Java) in the west, Ponorogo Regency and Wonogiri Regency in the north, Trenggalek Regency in the east, and Indian Ocean in the south. The capital of Pacitan Regency is Pacitan city. The majority of citizens in Pacitan speak Javanese as their first language, while speaking Indonesian as a second language.


Watu Karung Beach, Pringkuku, Pacitan
Klayar Beach, Donorojo, Pacitan

The area of Pacitan Regency is about 1,342.42 km². Most of it is mountainous and rocky, also having a few rocky canyons. That sort of geography covers about 88% of the regency, and this is because Pacitan is located in the Thousand Mountains. The highest mountain in Pacitan is Mount Lima in Kebonagung, and Mount Gembes in Bandar as the spring of Grindulu River.

Comparison of land types:

  • Flat (0 - 5% slope) = 53.7 km² (40%)
  • Bumpy (6 - 10% slope) = 134.24 km² (10%)
  • Wavy (11 - 30% slope) = 322.18 km² (24%)
  • Hilly (31 - 50% slope) = 698.06 km² (52%)
  • Mountainous (more than 51% slope) = 134.24 km² (10%)

Generally, the land in Pacitan can be divided into two categories, calcium rich in the south, and fertile land in the north. The land consists of lithosal association, red mediterranean lithosal, tuf and volcanic compound, reddish lithosal complex, and grey alluvial, clay sediments containing many potential minerals. The minerals are feldspar, ball clay, bentonite, pyrophyllite, calcite, gips, phosphate, silical stone, coal, dolomite, gemstone, tin, and mangan.

Pacitan Regency consists 130.87 km² of rice fields and 1,211.55 km² of dry land. According irrigation type the rice fields can be grouped into: technical irrigation rice field (16.06 km²), half technical irrigation rice field (11.88 km²), simple irrigation rice field (40.63 km²), and rain-dependent rice field (62.3 km²).

Administrative divisions[edit]

Pacitan Regency is divided into twelve districts (kecamatan):

  • Pacitan
  • Kebonagung
  • Arjosari
  • Tulakan
  • Ngadirojo
  • Punung
  • Pringkuku
  • Donorojo
  • Nawangan
  • Tegalombo
  • Sudimoro
  • Bandar

Surfer beaches[edit]

Pacitan is recognized as having many great beaches for surfing. While still relatively unknown among the international surfing world, there is a consistent stream of surfers from around the world that enjoy its beaches. While there are many beautiful beaches in Pacitan, these 4 beaches ideal fur surfing:[1]

  • Teleng Ria Beach, ideal for beginners, suitable months are November to February. This is Surya's favorite beach.
  • Pancer Beach, ideal for beginners, suitable months are May to October
  • Srau Beach, rocky beach, suitable months are November to February
  • Watu Karung Beach, rocky beach, suitable months are April to October

Notable people[edit]

Pacitan is also the birthplace of the former army general and the current and first directly elected President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.