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Pulau Merah Beach: Challenging Barreling Surf near Banyuwangi

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Overview

Pantai Pulau Merah: Pantai Kuta Bali Memiliki Saingan

Banyuwangi, located at the most-eastern edge of Java can boast yet another world class surf spot next to the already well known G-land at Plengkung: this is Pulau Merah Beach. 

Pulau Merah Beach is so called since just some 100 meters to the side of the beach is a picturesque little hilly island called Pulau Merah, that is reachable on foot. This is situation is similar to the location of

Pantai Pulau Merah: Pantai Kuta Bali Memiliki Saingan

Banyuwangi, located at the most-eastern edge of Java can boast yet another world class surf spot next to the already well known G-land at Plengkung: this is Pulau Merah Beach. 

Pulau Merah Beach is so called since just some 100 meters to the side of the beach is a picturesque little hilly island called Pulau Merah, that is reachable on foot. This is situation is similar to the location of the island of Tanah Lot to the main island of Bali.   But unlike at G-land where are found sharp coral rocks by the beach, the beach at Pulau Merah – or the Red Island Beach – is open sand so that it is also safe for beginner surfers.   

Compared to Bali’s Kuta Beach, surf here is stronger, offering large four meters high barrels with a length of 400 meters, ideal for surfers to try out tubing techniques. But since surf here comes in at an average of two meters height, beginners and amateur surfers alike can enjoy this beach. Whereas,  the beaches at Plengkung and G-land should be ventured by professionals only. 

Pulau Merah beach was originally known as Ringin Pitu. There are two versions for its name change. One version has it that because the color of the soil and sand are reddish, this is where it got its name from, while another story says that at one time some bright red rays shone from the small hilly Pulau Merah island onto the beach, thus giving it the name Pulau Merah beach. 

Another feature of the beach is the nearby fishing village called Pancer, where you can stay at villagers’ homes. Their hospitality to visitors in spite of their simple life is truly heartwarming.

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To Stay

If you wish to stay longer on the island, there are a number of homestays with rates starting around Rp100.000,-. 

Your alternative choice is to stay at Banyuwangi, with a number of accommodation as follows: 

Manyar Hotel

Jalan Gatot Subroto 110

+62-333-510172

 

Kalibaru Cottege

Jalan Raya Jember, Kalibaru

+62-333-8973333

 

Watu Dodol

Jalan Raya Situbondo Km 14

+62-

If you wish to stay longer on the island, there are a number of homestays with rates starting around Rp100.000,-. 

Your alternative choice is to stay at Banyuwangi, with a number of accommodation as follows: 

Manyar Hotel

Jalan Gatot Subroto 110

+62-333-510172

 

Kalibaru Cottege

Jalan Raya Jember, Kalibaru

+62-333-8973333

 

Watu Dodol

Jalan Raya Situbondo Km 14

+62-333-510048

 

Ketapang Indah

Jalan Gatot Subroto

+62-333-422280

 

Berlian Abadi

Jalan Yos Sudarso 165

+62-333-427688

 

Ikhtiar Surya

Jalan Gajah Mada 9

+62-333-421063

 

Ijen Resort and Villas

Jalan Randu Agung

+62-333-429000

 

Agung Jaya Mahkota

Jalan Raya Jember 55

+62-333-845346

 

Margo Utomo Argo Resort

Jalan Lapangan 10, Kalibaru

+62-333-897700

 

Margo Utomo Hill View

Jalan Raya Putri Gunung 3, Kalibaru

+62-333-897420

 

Surya

Jalan Yos Sudarso 2, Jajag

+62-333-396126

 

Kumala

Jalan Ahmad Yani 21

+62-333-423287

 

Blambangan

Jalan Dr. Wahid Sudirohusodo

+62-333-421598

 

Tanjung Sari

Jalan Mawar 8-10

+62-333-421786

 

Mahkota Plengkung

Jalan Yos Sudarso

+62-333-416586

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Tips

May through December are best months to visit Pulau Merah beach for its dry weather, and these are also best months for surfing. Even if you yourself donot surf, it is quite exciting just watching surfers challenge the waves.  While January through April the weather and sea conditions are not ideal for surfers, it is yet still enchanting to just visit this beach to enjoy its fresh sea breeze

May through December are best months to visit Pulau Merah beach for its dry weather, and these are also best months for surfing. Even if you yourself donot surf, it is quite exciting just watching surfers challenge the waves.  While January through April the weather and sea conditions are not ideal for surfers, it is yet still enchanting to just visit this beach to enjoy its fresh sea breeze and watch the sun slowly set behind the hills west of Pulau Merah Beach.

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Get Around

Pulau Merah Beach

When you wish to explore Pulau Merah Beach, head to Pura Tawang Alun temple. This Hindu temple was built in 1980 and is frequented by Hindus from the East Java’s Bromo mountain area as well as from Bali. Unfortunately, the 1994 tsunami destroyed the outer walls of the temple but the inner sanctuary (palinggih padmasana) has remained intact. During the tsunami a 13 meter wave swept across t

Pulau Merah Beach

When you wish to explore Pulau Merah Beach, head to Pura Tawang Alun temple. This Hindu temple was built in 1980 and is frequented by Hindus from the East Java’s Bromo mountain area as well as from Bali. Unfortunately, the 1994 tsunami destroyed the outer walls of the temple but the inner sanctuary (palinggih padmasana) has remained intact. During the tsunami a 13 meter wave swept across the village destroying all including parts of this temple.  

During your explorations you will see people wearing bright green uniforms. These are gold miners, at a mine found near the shore. Local villagers, however, are opposed to its existence here since the mine pollutes the sea

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Get There

Pulau Merah Beach is one of the many attractive beaches found along the southern coast of East Java.  To reach Pulau Merah Beach, you must first fly to Banyuwangi or you can also come in through the airports of Malang or Surabaya, capital of the province of East Java. Closest airport, however, is Banyuwangi.  

Located some 60 km from Banyuwangi, the beach can be reached by car or moto

Pulau Merah Beach is one of the many attractive beaches found along the southern coast of East Java.  To reach Pulau Merah Beach, you must first fly to Banyuwangi or you can also come in through the airports of Malang or Surabaya, capital of the province of East Java. Closest airport, however, is Banyuwangi.  

Located some 60 km from Banyuwangi, the beach can be reached by car or motorbike in three hours, near the village of Sumberagung, in the subdistrict of Pesanggaran. Since acess roads are smooth, it has become a favorite weekend destination for Banyuwangi residents. It is advisable to hire a car at the airport of Belimbingsari since there are few public buses heading to Pulau Merah from here. 

From the town of Banyuwangi you can take a bus to Ujang Jaya in the direction of Pesanggaran village. Alight at the Pesanggaran market then continue by “ojek” or motorbike taxi to Pulau Merah. From Jember, alight at the Jajag terminal, and connect with the bus to Pesanggaran. 

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To Eat

There are plenty of hawkers selling food on the beach, since the beach is quite close to the village. Cleanliness of surroundings and food seem to be adequately guarded. 

Of course, more is available at Banyuwangi. Try the Rujak Soto which is Banyuwangi’s specialty. Others are pecel rawon, pecel kare, and rujak bakso.   Soto is a soup mixed with coconut milk , while rujak is

There are plenty of hawkers selling food on the beach, since the beach is quite close to the village. Cleanliness of surroundings and food seem to be adequately guarded. 

Of course, more is available at Banyuwangi. Try the Rujak Soto which is Banyuwangi’s specialty. Others are pecel rawon, pecel kare, and rujak bakso.   Soto is a soup mixed with coconut milk , while rujak is a mixture of cut fruit and vegetables. Pecel on the other hand is a dish of mixed boiled vegetables, while Bakso means beef or chicken balls.   

For special East Java dishes, find these at the following:

 

Melaties

Jalan Raya Situbondo KM 12

+62-33-510042

 

Pondok Wina

Jalan Basuki Rakhmad

+62-333-412344

 

Wina Mac Joe

Jalan Basuki Rakhmad

+62-333-424824

 

Mitra

Jalan Japten Piere Tandean 21

+62-333-421151

 

Bik Atik

Jalan Ahmad Yani 83

+62-333-423165

 

Mahkota Plengkung

Jalan Yos Sudarso

+62-333-658641

 

Sariwangi

Jalan Basuki Rachmad 130

+62-816593454

 

Nikmat

Jalan Basuki Rachmad 59

+62-333-424650

 

Rumah Makan Bajak Laut

Jalan Ahmad Yani 65

+62-333-420099

 

Lesehan Gajah Mada

Jalan Gajah Mada-Mojopanggung

+62-333-413648

 

Depot Glenmore

Jalan Raya Jember, Glen,ore

+62-333-821281

 

Rumah Makan Bu Jamilah

Jalan Wahid Hasyim 4, Genteng

+62-333-845209

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To Do

The beach of Pulau Merah draws primarily surfers from around the world, but it has also become a favorite haunt for family holidays. Paragliding enthusiasts use the island’s hills to take off and glide down gracefully onto the beach.   

There are also opportunities for parasailing, while surfboards can be rented for between Rp25.000,- to Rp50.000,- for the day.

Pulau Merah Beach

Children love to

The beach of Pulau Merah draws primarily surfers from around the world, but it has also become a favorite haunt for family holidays. Paragliding enthusiasts use the island’s hills to take off and glide down gracefully onto the beach.   

There are also opportunities for parasailing, while surfboards can be rented for between Rp25.000,- to Rp50.000,- for the day.

Pulau Merah Beach

Children love to play with the sand while others are active in beach volley, and other sports, and others again prefer to stroll down the beach or read a book in the shade, while enjoying the fresh air from the Indian Ocean. 

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