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.
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:
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
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)
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:
More story about Ijen Crater, check the website below.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.