Banyuwangi Travel Guide

  • The sandy beach near Red Island
    The sandy beach near Red Island
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  • Red cliff face on Red Island
    Red cliff face on Red Island
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  • Reddish boulder on the beach
    Reddish boulder on the beach
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Banyuwangi Things to Do

  • Pulau Merah or Red Island

    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...

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  • Teluk Hijau or Green Bay

    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)...

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  • Sukamade, turtle conservation

    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?...

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  • Permisan, the remotest bay of Java

    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,...

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  • Ijen Crater

    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...

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  • Baluran National Park

    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...

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  • Plengkung Beach

    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...

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  • Meru Betiri National Park

    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

    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...

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  • Alas Purwo National Park - Blambangan

    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

    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...

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  • Alas Purwo National Park

    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...

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    by vicka Written Feb 14, 2005

    No name, not much coice, just sit and eat. Well, at least Ela fish is the best food you can try in Alas Purwo

    Favorite Dish: Ela fish!

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Banyuwangi Nightlife

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    by vicka Updated Feb 14, 2005

    Are you dare to go out in the middle of Alas Purwo Jungle??? My advice, just sit and relax while you listen to the sound of beach's waves.

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Banyuwangi Transportation

  • Sukamade, getting there

    Most foreign visitors come to Sukamade beach in Meru Betiri National Park with a tour ordered from their hotel in Banyuwangi, Kalibaru or Jember, or from a travel agent found on the internet. The tour operators invariable use a 4WD for the bumpy ride of the last 14 km. We made it with our Isuzu Panther which had just enough clearance, though we got...

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  • Ferry to Bali

    In Banyuwangi, we were almost immediately brought to the ferry that was to take us to Gilimanuk on the island of Bali. Not a very comfortable trip, the ferry we were on had to wait its turn for what seemed an awful long time before being allowed to enter the harbour. Karaoke and noodle soup. There were also lots of noisy trucks on our boat - all in...

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  • 4 x 4 is the best choice to Plengkung

    The average price to rent 4x4 vehicle is about 300.000 Rupiah per day, exclude the driver tips and the gasoline.

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