Gnarly edged secluded beach
Published/Last edited or updated: 23rd November, 2016
A gnarled coastline dotted with caves, crevices and holes forms a small cove and edges a narrow strip of pristine silky white sand that is Oro Beach, nine kilometres northeast from Waitabula.
Oro is not easily seen from the main road, and although a couple of small roads lead to the beach, it’s best reached via the signposted path to Oro Beach Houses and Restaurant. If within your budget, this is one of the best places to stay in the Waitabula area, but if not, stop here for a delicious fresh home-cooked meal when you visit the beach.
Except for the occasional hotel guest, and a few locals on weekends, Oro sees hardly any traffic — it’s secluded and peaceful. From the cliff edge, a short path takes you a couple of metres down over rocks to the beach. Clean, clear water gives great visibility to the small colourful reef. Although Oro Beach Houses rents out snorkelling gear, if you’re not staying it’s best to bring your own.
The sandy strip is perfect for sun worshippers too and a couple of small beach caves provide a bit of a shade when needed. If you wish to sunbath, plan your visit for low tide, as the sand all but disappears at high tide and the sea can get quite choppy, although there are no big waves.
There is no public transport to Oro Beach. An ojek one way from Waitabula is a standard 50,000 rupiah. You will need to arrange a pick up time with your driver beforehand as phone signals are patchy. Or hire for the day and visit neighbouring Pantai Kita and further along the coast see the salt making at Katewel.
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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