If you are a big fan of The Beach or Leonardo DiCaprio then this has to be on your to do list. Segara Anakan is a 3-4 hours drive from Malang to Sendang Biru and a 15 minute boat ride from Sendang Biru to Teluk Semut (Ant Bay). After a tiny pinch of ‘easy’ trekking you will arrive at the tasty private lagoon, Segara Anakan.

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Sempu island beach

The journey to reach the lagoon is a great example of the hard work and sacrifices you need to make to find some really beauty. I remember the last time I went there it took me about 45 minutes to walk from Ant Bay to the lagoon. I slept over night on the beach and it rained hard all night. It was a disaster! The dry track that we had walked along the previous day had become a muddy mess. It took us 2,5 hours to get back to Ant Bay from the Lagoon. The walk was a torture my tail bone, because I repeatedly slipped over on the muddy track.

Sempu island path

When you finally  arrive the beauty of the lagoon and the nature makes you realise that all of the hard work was worth while. This private lagoon is perfectly fenced in by coral/rock walls, that separate the lagoon and the Indian Ocean.  Half way around the lagoon there is a hole in the cliff where the waves from the sea crash through into the lagoons calm waters. The hole is called Karang Bolong, which means perforated reef.  It’s important to remember not to swim close to the hole while the waves crash in from the outside.  The strong current will suck you towards the sharp rocks.

Cliff on sempu island

Even though there is no electricity or any facilities on the island, you can still definitely enjoy your time here. There are a tons of activities you can do like swimming, playing with the sand, having a picnic and climbing the black coral cliffs to see how the ocean waves crash against the coastline.

A great way to get a good view of the lagoon is to climb the cliffs. From the top you can see how the colour of the lagoon contrasts with the sea. Be really careful when you climb though because the rock is very sharp and there are big gaps between the steps.

Segara anakan from the top

If climbing sounds like too much hard work then you can just be lazy on the beach enjoying the sounds of nature, reminding yourself you are a world away from any machines and the hustle and bustle of the city. However, this lagoon can get quite packed during the weekends because it is a popular spot with locals.

Segara anakan lagoon

If you don’t want to repeat my disastrous trekking experience, then I advise you go there during the dry season. Otherwise you might have to say goodbye to your sandals like a friend of mine, since his sandals like the mud more than his feet. If you are a fan of dancing on a muddy track then it won’t matter which season you visit.


muddy on sempu island