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    BLAMBANGAN PIER or BOOM PIER

    by meiyergani Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    When I was try to get around the downtown of Banyuwangi by taking a becak or tricycle... from the center of town to the north east of TAMAN SRITANJUNG with a pretty road and crossing a bridge over a swampy canal then found a fantastic view of Blambangan Pier .... among the peoples of Banyuwangi it was popular with Pelabuhan BOOM.... Pelabuhan (harbor) Boom is located at Kampung Mandar, an old village which was exist since the Dutch colony ..... long ago it is called as Pelabuhan Blambangan .... The beautiful scenery of blue sea water which furnish by wooden made canoe and many small fishing ship stranded at the rim of the pier....from faraway is a beautiful view of a Ijen mountain, Merapi Mountain and Raung Mountain .....

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    TAMAN SRITANJUNG

    by meiyergani Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    BANYUWANGI is the capital of BANYUWANGI REGENVY as the center of Local Government Administration .... it would say that nowadays Banyuwangi is one of a small town in East Java with a new Administration who have a good willingness to develop the region more and more better than a few years back....ALUN ALUN BANYUWANGI or TAMAN RITANJUNG ....is a SQuare which located in front of PENDOPO Banyuwangi is the center of peoples activities from its bright morning, in the afternoon and till late of night...the parks with green grass and trees is where the peoples enjoy their leisure time with their family, at the center of the park you would find a water fountain and at south side of the park, there were many stall for culinary ....

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    Pendapa Sabha Swagata Blambangan

    by meiyergani Updated Jan 17, 2015

    Pendopo Sabha Swagata Blambangan is Bupati (the Head of the Regent) Residence ... in the Dutch Colonize the building is called as Regentschap and as the Office of the Regent.... The building is located at the northern part of Taman Sritanjung and was been built in 15 century

    adalah rumah dinas Bupati Banyuwangi sejak masa pemerintahan Bupati Joko Supaat Slamet. Sebelumnya, pemerintahan kabupaten (Kantor Pemkab) menempati bangunan ini. Bangunan ini ada sejak berdirinya Kabupaten (atau disebut Regentschap pada masa kolonial Belanda) Banyuwangi, atau pada masa pemerintahan bupati pertama Tumenggung Wiroguno I atau Mas Alit.

    Bangunan ini terletak di kawasan Taman Sritanjung (dulu bernama Lapangan Tegal Masjid). Kawasan ini dahulu adalah kawasan yang diistilahkan sebagai "sistem pemerintahan macapat" dimana Lapangan Tegal Masjid (Taman Sritanjung) sebagai tempat berkumpulnya warga (alun-alun) terdapat di tengah-tengah, lalu Pendopo sebagai pusat pemerintahan di sisi utara lapangan, Masjid Jami’ sebagai tempat ibadah di sisi barat lapangan, penjara sebagai perlambang keamanan (kini menjadi Mall of Sritanjung) di sisi timur lapangan dan Pasar Banyuwangi sebagai pusat kegiatan ekonomi di sisi selatan lapangan
    pick from: http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendapa_Sabha_Swagata_Blambangan

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    TAMAN BLAMBANGAN

    by meiyergani Written Jan 16, 2015

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    TAMAN BLAMBANGAN is a big sQuare which located at the city center of Banyuwangi... long ago it was popular with TEGAL LOJI Square in which time when the Dutch Government in about 16 century was play an important role in Banyuwangi Region where the Dutch authorities build some Office for the colonial goverment ...at the west corner of the square there is a stadium for Art and Drama (dancing) Performance and at the center of the stadium there is a monument which was been built like a Temple with the relief ornaments

    Taman Blambangan adalah sebuah lapangan besar (alun-alun) yang terletak di Kota Banyuwangi. Sebelumnya, area ini dinamakan Lapangan Tegaloji dikarenakan disekelilingnya terdapat bangunan-bangunan yang diperuntukkan untuk warga kolonial Belanda.Taman Blambangan berbentuk lapangan luas berumput yang di tepinya terdapat arena untuk lari kecil. Sedangkan di bagian barat lapangan terdapat Gelanggang Seni dan Budaya (Gesibu Blambangan) yang ditandai dengan sebuah bangunan seperti candi. Area ini dilengkapi dengan lapangan bola basket, arena skateboard dan area kuliner. Taman Blambangan digunakan untuk keperluan upacara atau acara yang membutuhkan massa besar seperti konser musik dan kampanye partai politik. Selain itu, setiap hari Minggu di area ini diadakan Car free day.

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    BANYUWANGI MARKET

    by meiyergani Written Jan 16, 2015

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    PASAR BANYUWANGI or BANYUWANGI MARKET is one of the peoples activities....the old market is still exist, located inside the market compound which sale many kind of daily necessities, from vegetables, meat , chicken eggs and some other spices ...while at the boulevard you would see some stall for fruits and snack... of course this is the only market which showing one of the peoples activities since the era of Dutch colonization...

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    BLIMBINGSARI AIRPORT

    by meiyergani Written Jan 16, 2015

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    BLIMBINGSARI AIRPORT is located at Desa (village) Blimbingsari, Kecamatan (sub district) Rogojampi, Kabupaten (District) Banyuwangi, East Java Province. The Airport with 1.400 meter in wide was officially open in 29 December 2010 located between the green of Rice field and in a faraway you would see a bluish hiilside. There were LiION Air and GARUDA INDONESIA which fly from Surabaya to Banyuwangi vise verse and Denpasar (Bali) to Banyuwangi vise verse.

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    Wildlife at Sadengan savannah

    by theo1006 Written Jun 26, 2014

    Alas Purwo was the last of East Java's national parks we visited. We found it the best for watching grazers. But we think that the government could do a better job managing the park.
    According to our information we could stay the night near Trianggulasi beach, but when we arrived at the park gate we learned that the accommodation there had been out of service for seven years. We were advised to head to Plengkung Beach, 14 km further south “where you can surf”, only to be stopped after 5 km at a barrier. From there we were supposed to move on in a jeep at the rate of Rp 250,000 for a trip. We declined that offer and prepared to return to Jember after visiting the Sadengan savannah.
    However, the rangers at Sadengan offered us a room in their very modest office. They themselves slept on a mattress in the living. We could cook our evening meal in their kitchen. In the morning they let us share their breakfast of rice and vegetables. They did not ask for money but accepted what we were prepared to pay for their services. Actually these rangers were not even government employees like at other national parks. They get no monthly salary but are paid by the day. If you want to stay with them at Sadengan, call Mr Susianto, mobile 082 148 987 618.
    In front of the office is a wooden tower looking out over the savannah. Perhaps we were just lucky, but when we arrived there were the deer and Javanese buffaloes (bos javanicus) close enough to make good photos with our 24x zoom camera, see Travelogue Wildlife at Alas Purwo. And the next morning at daybreak they were even closer. The animals are attracted by the water holes provided for them, though they can also find water at a greater distance. The conservation efforts for the buffaloes are successful; their numbers have grown to over one hundred.
    Office address: Balai Taman Nasional Alas Purwo, Jl. Brawijaya 20, Banyuwangi 68417
    Office phone:Telp. (0333) 428675
    Website in Indonesian: www.tnalaspurwo.org
    Website in English: http://tourismbanyuwangi.blogspot.com/2011/01/alas-purwo-national-park.html
    Directions: From Genteng the distance to Sadengan was about 45 km, from Banyuwangi it is perhaps 10 km more. We followed signboards “Wisata Plengkung” which led us to the border of the park near Tegaldlima village. But the ticket office is 10 km further south at Pasar Anyar. 2.7 km beyond the ticket office a sign points left to the “Sadengan feeding grounds”.
    Admission (May 2014): Rp 2,500 (locals) or Rp 20,000 (foreigners), plus Rp 6,000 for a car and Rp 5,000 for bringing a camera.

    Buffalo herd at early morning Border of Alas Purwo National Park In the rangers' kitchen Deserted cabins at Trianggulasi Watch tower at Sadengan
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    Baluran National Park

    by theo1006 Updated May 7, 2014

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    Baluran National Park is large, 250 km2. The casual visitor, like us, only sees a small part in the south east. We did a two nights trip to Baluran National Park, arriving in the afternoon. The next morning before daybreak we did the wildlife spotting with a guide. First we walked around in the dark, meeting herds of deer and a buffalo family; when it was light enough we climbed the lookout tower. The remainder of the day we spent near the beach and we departed after another night at Bekol. For some pictures of the wildlife, see our travelogue Wildlife at Baluran.
    One needs to stay at least one night at the park. Doing Baluran as a daytrip is useless, because most animals only show themselves around daybreak and around nightfall.
    We did not book in advance, as we considered it was low season. But at peak season it is essential to book, because accommodation in the park is limited. Also for more extensive exploration of the park e.g. to Baluran volcano, one should make arrangements beforehand.
    Bring your own food and water. There is no food to be had inside the park, though for a small fee a ranger may be willing to cook what you brought. As for water, you would certainly want to boil what is available. The park is the most arid region of Java, and at midday quite hot.
    Getting there:
    It is hard to visit Baluran National Park without own transport. You can ask a bus running between Banyuwangi and Situbondo to drop you off at the entrance of the park. But then it is still almost 12 km to Bekol, the main park office with accommodation. You might negotiate with a ranger to bring you those 12 km on motorbike, or wait for a lift on one of their 4WD vehicles.
    Accommodation:
    There is basic accomodation (17 beds) at Bekol, and at Bama beach (16 beds). These are 3.5 km apart, so if you have no wheels, think where you want to stay. For the early morning wildlife spotting you need to be at Bekol. On the other hand, the walk from Bekol to Bama is a nice one to do soon after daybreak.
    Office address: Kantor : Jl. KH Agus Salim No. 132 Banyuwangi 68425, Jawa Timur.
    Phone: (0333) 424119
    Park entrance: Wonorejo village, Situbondo regency.

    Baluran volcano dominates the park Relaxing on Bama beach Water is why the animals come so close Accommodation at Bekol Lookour tower at Bekol
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    Pulau Merah or Red Island

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 9, 2014

    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.

    Green foliage on Red Island Red cliff face on Red Island Here one can wade to Red Island Reddish boulder on the beach The sandy beach near Red Island
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    Teluk Hijau or Green Bay

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 9, 2014

    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.

    Green Bay in Meru Betiri National Park Farthest corner of Green Bay The pebble beach The stairs ot Green Bay The natural shower at Green Bay
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    Sukamade, turtle conservation

    by theo1006 Updated Mar 4, 2014

    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.

    Green turtle laying eggs 105 eggs of one mother Turtle nest ravaged by wild pigs Burying the eggs in a protected area Newly hatched turtle baby coming up
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    Permisan, the remotest bay of Java

    by theo1006 Written Mar 3, 2014

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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.

    Permisan Bay in Meru Betiri National Park (1977) Permisan Bay in Meru Betiri National Park (1977) Permisan Bay in Meru Betiri National Park (1977) Harvesting molluscs in Permisan Bay (1977) The island in Permisan Bay (1977)
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    Ijen Crater

    by WisnuY Written Jan 5, 2013

    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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    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:

    The beach
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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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