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  • Salt fields and wind-powered pump
    Salt fields and wind-powered pump
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    A view from 50 m altitude
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Madura Things to Do

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    by meiyergani Written Jan 6, 2010

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    Bangkalan is one of Regency/District in Madura island, it was a small city where the attendants first visit when traveling to Madura island

    A corner at Bangkalan Alun Alun Bangkalan, a SQuare
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    by meiyergani Updated Jan 6, 2010

    Traveling to Madura island by Sea is an exciting, one could enjoy a beautiful sunset while sailing across Madura strait

    Madura strait in the afternoon
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    • Sailing and Boating

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    by meiyergani Written Jul 11, 2009

    A Ferry trip from Surabaya, Tanjung Perak Sea Port is an exciting, just 30 minutes crossing Madura Strait and enjoy the sunset scenery in the afternoon

    Ferry from Tanjung Perak Port to Madura
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Madura Shopping

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    by theo1006 Updated Jul 2, 2014

    When you come from Suramadu bridge and head west towards Bangkalan town, numerous outlets for Madura batik line the road. Difficult to choose where to buy. We followed the advice of the man who led us to the Sembilangan lighthouse and bought our batik at Usaha Dagang Al-Fath KKG.

    What to buy: The shop has batik in all price ranges, from Rp 95,000 for a simple printed cloth to over Rp 2 million for a top quality handmade sarong. Men's shirts typically go for Rp 250,000.

    Hours: Daily from 7:30am to 9:00pm.

    A poster marks the site of the shop
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Madura Off The Beaten Path

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    by theo1006 Updated Jun 27, 2014

    The cast-iron light-house at Sembilangan near Bangkalan was erected in 1879 by order of king William III of the Netherlands. It was shipped in parts from the foundry in the Netherlands and assembled on the spot. So it is now (2104) 135 years old and still fully functional.
    Unlike the lighthouse in Semarang the public is allowed to climb the 250 steps (give or take a few) to take in the fantastic view. Admission is only IDR 2000 and opening hours are 7am to 5pm.
    The lighthouse well deserves to be more widely known. When we asked around in town how to go to the Mercu Suar (Indonesian for Light-house), we were misdirected to Kamal harbour. There a guard jumped on his motorbike and led us all the way - 14 km - to the light-house, rejecting a tip for his service. A skinny old man took in the entrance fee. there were not many visitors, a few goat roamed the site and a couple was having there “pre-wedding” photo's made on the lighthouse.
    In recent years the light-house has obtained a modern companion of about the same height, i.e. a telecommuncation tower. See the pic with "The Two Towers".
    Directions: From Kamal Harbour straight north for 8.5 km; then at Socah market another 5.5 km north-west by a poorly paved road. From the main road in Bangkalan town take the well-paved road west just south of the stadium.

    Entrance of Bangkalan lighthouse Construction detail All panels individually numbered A view from 50 m altitude
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    by theo1006 Written Jun 12, 2014

    When driving from Bangkalan to Sampang we spotted a small sign Api Alam (Natural Fire), and following this up arrived in Genteng village. Here we found the fire just in front of the house of village head, Haji Ali Wafa, who owns the land with the fire.
    The designation Natural Fire is correct, for this site at least 'Eternal Fire' would be misleading; because though natural gas may have been seeping to the surface as long as people can remember, the fire is easily extinguished by a gust of wind. So the village head has installed a few pipes to collect the gas, and his son lighted the fire for us. Then we could blow out the fire and light it again ourselves. When the fire is extinguished, one can easily smell the gas.
    The son spoke English well and explained that the government had wanted to buy the land to develop the site for tourism purposes. But his father does not want to sell.
    There is a better-known site of Eternal Fire near Pamekasan, which we did not have time to seek out. And there are also eternal fires on Java, the biggest one being Kayangan Api in Bojonegoro regency. The latter one is really eternal, even heavy rain cannot extinguish it.

    Address: Genteng village, Konang district, Bangkalan regency.
    Directions: 10 km from Blega town, north by a well-sealed road through Konang village.

    The son and the fire... ... and the family with Helen
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