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  • The sandy beach near Red Island
    The sandy beach near Red Island
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  • Green Bay in Meru Betiri National Park
    Green Bay in Meru Betiri National Park
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  • Farthest corner of Green Bay
    Farthest corner of Green Bay
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    Pulau Merah or Red Island

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 9, 2014
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    On arriving at the beach, the first question coming to mind is: 'Why is the island called Red Island? It is covered with lush green foliage!' The locals are also vague about it: 'There is red sand.....?'
    We think the color depends on what side of the island you are looking at. Our map says there are sheer cliffs on the sea-side, where no vegetation can take hold, and these must be a reddish brown. An indication of this can be seen when you walk to the eastern end of the beach and view the island from there. Also at this end the beach is strewn with rocks, some of them reddish brown (containing iron ore?).
    The very shallow sandy beach is very safe. If you feel like it, you can cross over to the island; depending on the tide, the water is about waist deep. We saw local boys wading through fully dressed, but we would rather change into swimming apparel first.

    Admission: We paid Rp 3000 per person at the entrance to the beach (February 2014), which seemed to include parking, At least we were not asked for any parking fee.

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    Teluk Hijau or Green Bay

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 9, 2014
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    Meru Betiri National Park is the least accessable of the national parks in East Java, and the only place left on Java with lowland rain forest. Sukamade turtle beach receives a regular stream of visitors, but reaching even that south-eastern corner of the park needs a tough couple of hours on a bumpy mountain road.
    A visit to Teluk Hijau (Green Bay) is more popular among local holiday-makers. The bay takes its name fro the color of the sea water. It lies on the road to Sukamade, but only 3 km from the border of the park. We spent a couple of hours at the beach on our way back from Sukamade, but of course one can skip Sukamade and make a day trip to Teluk Hijau. Early on a working day, we had the bay for ourselves. When we left around noon some locals had arrived at the parking, and on a holiday the place may be pretty crowded.

    Admission: At the border of the park you have to pay the admission fee of Rp 20,000 per person plus Rp 50,000 if you bring a camera. Keep the ticket, it is valid for the whole park, also for Sukamade.

    Directions: The bay lies about 85 km by road from Banyuwangi or Kalibaru. A bus can bring you as far as Jajag (38 km), and a minibus from there to Pesanggaran (58 km) or Sarongan (80 km). For the next 3 km you may need to hire an ojek (motorbike with driver), then you have to walk. With own wheels follow signs to Pulau Merah until the turnoff 6 km from the island, then go direction Sarongan.
    At 3 km past Sarongan you reach a parking. Here a footpath goes down to the beach, but that is not Green Bay. They call it Teluk Damai (Peaceful Bay), here you can only admire the waves playing among the rocks. For Green Bay walk another 100 m uphill to where a flight of stairs leads farther uphill before the path descends for 1 km towards the shore. For those interested in botany, several trees along the path have been tagged with their local and Latin names.
    The path ends on a beach with pebbles, this is not yet Green Bay. Walk to the end of the pebbly beach, where you find a short footpath to a sandy beach. This is Green Bay. For the best spot keep going to the other end of the beach, where not only you can swim, but also take a shower under a small waterfall.

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    Sukamade, turtle conservation

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 4, 2014
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    If you come to Sukamade, you do so for seeing egg-laying turtles and conservation efforts. Some visitors report not having seen any egg-laying. By authority of the rangers we can say that you should come in the rainy season, October through March; in that season some turtles are guaranteed to come to the beach each night. Why not in the dry season? The sand at a certain depth needs to be moist, otherwise the turtle mother can't dig a hole; the dry sand rushes back in. But elsewhere (Taman Kili-Kili, Taman Beach) we were told that the turtles come to lay eggs in May.

    The turtle you will most likely see is the penyu hijau (green turtle, chelonia mydas). It is the most common of the four species laying eggs at Sukamade. The rarest is the penyu belimbing (leatherback turtle, dermochelys olivacea), weighing up to 200 kg. One ranger told us he had been on duty for six years and seen a belimbing only once.

    If you have arrived by daylight, you will be shown around the hatchery. Then you can have dinner and should be back at the hatchery by 7.30pm, when the rangers go on their daily egg-collecting round. Bring your own flashlight! The rangers will tell you to wait while they search along the beach, then ask you to approach when the mother has started laying. If she is disturbed before she has started, she will return to the sea without achieving her purpose. But once she starts laying, nothing can stop her and you can touch her and make photo's with flashlight.

    The rangers take the eggs from under the mother as soon as they are laid, for a reason. If they even wait to dig them up the next morning, wild pigs will have already done so and eaten them all. So the sole reason to hatch the eggs in a protected area is to save them from the pigs. The eggs are counted, one mother lays at least a hundred, and reburied at the hatchery.

    It takes about two months for the eggs to hatch. As some are collected each night, some hatch each day too. The rangers release the new turtle babies to the sea in the morning (7 am) and in the afternoon (4 pm). Get the most out of your visit and make sure to be there on time; then you yourself may set the babies free.

    The standard fee for the rangers to guide you at night is Rp 100,000 - for a group irrespective of how many you are. A donation is welcome for the releasing of the babies; we gave them another Rp 100,000.

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    Permisan, the remotest bay of Java

    by theo1006 Written Mar 3, 2014

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    Permisan Bay in Meru Betiri National Park (1977)
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    They say the name Permisan is a Javanese rendering of the Dutch word vermisten. If so, it is an apt name, because vermisten means 'lost people'. And it is easy to get lost in Meru Betiri National Park on your way to Permisan Bay.

    In other words, you cannot go there without a guide. In August 1977 Theo went with a guide from Sukamade plantation, spending a night sleeping on the beach. We thought of going there again, but thought the better of it. After all, we are not that young any more. So the pictures with this tip are from old diapositives.

    Permisan Bay is three times deeper than it is wide, therefore the surf is very calm. There is a small island in the middle of the bay. Nowadays the bay seems to be even more deserted than 37 years ago. At that time villagers came by boat to harvest molluscs clinging to the rocks. But they did that so well that none are left, so now the locals have no reason to come here any more.

    Should you wish to feel utterly alone, and be prepared to do a 4 hour hike one way with a difference in altitude of 300 m, the Sukamade rangers are willing to guide you; Rp 500,000 for a day trip accompanied by two rangers, more for an overnight. There is an alternative to the hike: you can charter a boat from Rajegwesi beach near Sarongan.

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    Ijen Crater

    by WisnuY Written Jan 5, 2013
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    Ijen plateau or known as “Kawah Ijen” is highly recommended to mountain buffs and hikers. The Plateau was at one time a huge active crater, 134 sq km in area. Today, Ijen is an active volcano, and the landscape is dominated by the volcanic cones of Ijen (2,368 asl) and Merapi (2,800 asl) on the northeastern edge of the Plateau, and Raung (3,332 asl) on the southwest corner.

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    Baluran National Park

    by blue_sky04 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beach

    Located in the north part of Banyuwangi, Baluran is an interesting park to visit. You will be able to spot deer, peacock, monkey, etc. It also has a nice beach inside the park.

    Visitors can stay overnight at the facilities managed by the Park Management:
    - The Pesanggrahan Bekol at Bekol
    - The Pesanggrahan Bama on Bama Beach.

    The camping grounds are at Wonorejo, around 500 metres East, before the entrance to the Baluran National Park.

    For more describtion and photos, check the website below:

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    Plengkung Beach

    by blue_sky04 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Plengkung beach is a popular place for surfers. Big wave from the Indian Ocean attract many surfer from around the world to this remote place - the best five surfing place in the world.
    Famous surfing camp is the G-Land. Check the website for more information.

    Plengkung beach is in the area of Alas Purwo National Park. There are some cottages and camping ground, if you would like to stay over night.

    Location: south east of Banyuwangi

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    Meru Betiri National Park

    by Elva-4 Written Oct 31, 2006

    My main destination was in sukamade beach because i wanted to see the turtle. Too bad wrong time! Not much of disatisfaction, i watched the other wildlifes such as black monkeys, eagles and others.
    Everything in this national park is worth to see!

    The trip take aprox. 4 hours from banyuwangi (main city)

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    Mount Ijen or Ijen Crater

    by blue_sky04 Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    Ijen Crater

    Beautiful Mountain with a traditional sulfurs mine. It is also known as Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) as the mountain has a big crater lake (Crater = kawah in Indonesian language) The mountain can be reached from the city of Bondowoso, approximately 4 hours driving from Surabaya. It can also be reached from Banyuwangi.

    Mt Ijen is located in one mountainous area together with Mt Raung & Mt Merapi (these two are active volcanoes). This mountainous area is also quite close to the Baluran National Park.

    Best time to visit: June - September
    Visitors must walk up to reach the summit.

    Warning: no smoking in the crater area!

    A new resort recently opened in this area – Ijen Resort & Villas.
    For the info and pic of this resort, check:
    http://www.alliance-indonesia.com/beyondbali/eastjava/Ijen_resort_villas.htm

    More story about Ijen Crater, check the website below.

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    Alas Purwo National Park - Blambangan

    by blue_sky04 Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    old pic from the beach @ Alas Purwo Nat. Park

    This park is located in the southeast of Banyuwangi. It has beach forest, mangroves, and savanna. You will be able to spot some animals inside the park, too.

    Check the website for more information (in Indonesian language)

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    The Savannah of Sadengan

    by vicka Written Feb 14, 2005

    Sadengan is the feeding ground for wild animals in the area of Alas Purwo National Park. The visitors can see the wild animals such as wild bull (Bos Javanicus), barking deer (Munticus Munoak)Wild Pig (Sus scofa), Peacock (Pavo Muticus), Jungle fowl (Galus sp) and many kind of birds. The wild animals are grassing and can be seen in the morning and afternoon from viewing tower.

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    Alas Purwo National Park

    by vicka Updated Feb 14, 2005

    Wild life reserves at the Blambangan Peninsula is also known as "Alas Purwo". Alas means forest or jungle, and Purwo is the beginning of everything. The width of Alas Purwo is 42 hectares square which is completed by many kind of wild animals, especially the species of Banteng (Bos Javanicus), deer, pigs, and peacocks. There are many caves in the forest which are covered by many kinds of plantations. (Dinas Pariwisata Seni dan Budaya Kabupaten Banyuwangi)

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    Surfing in G-Land

    by vicka Updated Feb 14, 2005

    Plengkung is known as one of the best surfing beaches in the world. The word of "G" in "G-Land" derives from Grajagan, the name of the bay where the huge waves were found at the south of Banyuwangi. It is surrounded by virgin tropical land forest. G-Land offers the worlds most demanding surfing sport, and recomended for professional surfers only. May to October is the best time for surfing. No doubt it is a world of surfer paradise. Most surfers start from Bali, take an overland to Banyuwangi and directly to National park of Alas Purwo, G-Land or cross the Grajagan Bay to Plengkung beach where the waves challeng invite the surfers. However, it is not recomended for novices. (Dinas Pariwisata Seni dan Budaya Kabupaten Banyuwangi)

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    Mount Raung

    by blue_sky04 Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Do you love mountain?
    Banyuwangi has Mount Raung, which can be seen from Bali island, too.

    This mountain is not far from the other mountain - Mt. Ijen. Both Mt. Raung & Ijen are very interesting mountains to visit. Mt. Ijen or Ijen crater has a traditional sulfur mine.
    The scenery around this area is certainly beautiful.

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