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Banyuwangi: East Java’s Wildlife Safaris and Barrelling Surf

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  1. Banyuwangi Pulau Merah

    Pulau Pantai Merah (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kabupaten Banyuwangi)
  2. Banyuwangi Kawah Ijen

    Banyuwangi Kawah Ijen (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kabupaten Banyuwangi)
  3. Banyuwangi-Grajakan

    (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kabupaten Banyuwangi)
  4. Banyuwangi-G-LAND

    (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kabupaten Banyuwangi)
  5. Banyuwangi-Savana-Sadengan

    (Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kabupaten Banyuwangi)
  6. Tari Gandrung

  7. Tari Gandrung

  8. Tari Gandrung

  9. Tari Gandrung

  10. Tari Gandrung

  11. Kebo-Keboan

 

Overview

Banyuwangi

Located on the eastern-most edge of the island of Java, just across the island of Bali, lies the town of Banyuwangi. Its busy port, Ketapang, serves regular ferries that ply daily between Bali and Java carrying passengers, cars and buses, as well as trucks laden with all sorts of goods to and from Java.

Being the east-most city on Java, this is where the dawn first rises in the morning throwin

Banyuwangi

Located on the eastern-most edge of the island of Java, just across the island of Bali, lies the town of Banyuwangi. Its busy port, Ketapang, serves regular ferries that ply daily between Bali and Java carrying passengers, cars and buses, as well as trucks laden with all sorts of goods to and from Java.

Being the east-most city on Java, this is where the dawn first rises in the morning throwing its welcoming rays over Java, this lush green but also most densely populated island.  Not yet quite popular as a tourist destination, the regency of Banyuwangi, in fact, hides many secret gems, from looming mountains, natural game reserves to rolling surge of waves, that are the dream of surfers all over the world.   Here also live the Osing ethnic sub-group, believed to speak the oldest Javanese language from which evolved Java’s most sophisticated civilization over the centuries. 

Banyuwangi Regency extends over an area of 5,800 sq. km, comprising southern beaches brushed by the Indian Ocean, to impressive Mt. Raung that stands at 3,282 m and Mt. Merapi at 2,800 m above sea level.  To its north is the Regency of Situbondo, while the Regencies of Jember and Bondowoso lie to its west, and to its east is the island of Bali.   

 Besides being the largest regency on Java, Banyuwangi is also the largest fish producer of the province of East Java, with the town of Muncar by the Bali Strait, its main fishing wharf. Banyuwangi is also known for its banana crops. Almost all gardens in this district boast trees that produce luscious bananas.

Because of the close proximity here between the islands Bali and Java and for centuries being a busy trading port, the exchange of many cultural influences in Banyuwangi is unavoidable.  Here the kingdom of Blambangan was once its most greatest kingdom, showing a fusion between the cultures of Java and Bali, mixed with that of the island of Madura, as well as absorbing Malay, Eropean, Chinese influences and traces of ancient roots from the ancient Osing Jawa people.  Some typical Banyuwangi dances that are infused with these multi-cultural influences are: the gandrung dance, barong kemiren, seblang, janger, rengganis, hadrah kunthulan, patrol, mocopatan pacul goang, jaranan butho, barong, kebo-keboan, angklung caruk, and gedhogan. These are shown during the annual Banyuwangi Etno Carnival where most of the ethnic dances are performed for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Banyuwangi literally means Aromatic Water, which is associated with the local legend, The story goes that once upon a time a king abducted the wife of his own prime minister. When the minister came to know about it he went into a rage and stabbed his wife. But before she died, she vowed that as proof that she had always remained faithful to her husband the water of the river where her blood flowed would exude an aromatic perfume, which indeed it did. The prime minister, who dearly loved his wife, regretted the murder for the rest of his life.

 The town of Banyuwangi is the gateway to your explorations to watch wild animals roam freely in the reserve of Alas Purwo, the oldest game reserve on Java, go trekking through the savannahs of Baluran, or find secluded and untouched beaches at Pulau Merah or G-Land, and travel to Sukamade Beach where turtles come to hatch their eggs.  Mountain climbers can hike up from Banyuwangi to the stunning Ijen Crater and be amazed by blue flames that spring out among the yellow sulphurous rocks, cut and gathered manually by traditional miners.

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See on The Map

To Stay

Banyuwangi-Grajakan

Banyuwangi offers a  number of accommodation options, depending on whether you wish to stay in town or near National Parks. 

Below are hotels in the city of Banyuwangi and Resorts :

 

Manyar Hotel

Jalan Gatot Subroto 110

+ 62 333-510172

 

Kalibaru Cottage

Jalan Raya Jember, Kalibaru

+ 62 333-8973333

 

Watu Dodol

Jalan Raya Situbondo Km 14

+62 333-510048

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Banyuwangi-Grajakan

Banyuwangi offers a  number of accommodation options, depending on whether you wish to stay in town or near National Parks. 

Below are hotels in the city of Banyuwangi and Resorts :

 

Manyar Hotel

Jalan Gatot Subroto 110

+ 62 333-510172

 

Kalibaru Cottage

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

The Tourist Office of Banyuwangi now provides Information that you can access through your Android mobile phone @ “Banyuwangi Tourism”. Alternatively,  you can visit the Tourist Information Center at the following address:

Banyuwangi Government Culture and Tourism Service

Jalan A. Yani 78 Banyuwangi

Phone : +62  0333-424172

 

Or at the:

 Katapang Harbour (ASD

The Tourist Office of Banyuwangi now provides Information that you can access through your Android mobile phone @ “Banyuwangi Tourism”. Alternatively,  you can visit the Tourist Information Center at the following address:

Banyuwangi Government Culture and Tourism Service

Jalan A. Yani 78 Banyuwangi

Phone : +62  0333-424172

 

Or at the:

 Katapang Harbour (ASDP)

Jalan Brawijaya Subroto

 Katapang Banyuwangi

 

Following are usesful addresses of Travel Agents you may wish to contact:

 

  • G-LAND Joyo's Surf Camp

Jalan Benesari. No 77, Poppies Lane 2, Kuta 80361, Bali.

Phone: +62 (361) 763166; +62 (361) 7462838;  +62 812380 5899

Website: http://www.g-land.com

 

  • Wana Wisata Alam Hayati Tour

Jalan Yos Sudarso 68, Banyuwangi

Phone : +62 333-410149

 

  • Plengkung Indah Wisata Tour

G-Land, Plengkung Beach

Phone : +62 333-593799

 

  • Wanasari Tour-Bobby’s Surf  Resort

G-Land, Plengkung Beach, Banyuwangi

Phone : +62 333-755690

 

 

  • Saweri Gading

Jalan Yos Sudarso 235 Jajag

Phone: +62 333 396323

 

  • Ramayana Tour and Travel

Jalan Raya Rogojampi 97

Phone : +62 333-630201

 

  • Pesona Ijen Tour

Jalan A. Yani 93A, Banyuwangi

Phone: +62 333-417799

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To Buy

Banyuwangi offers a large variety of handicrafts and souvenirs that can easily compete with those in Yogyakarta or Bali. Look for these in the many traditional markets, or find them in shopping centers like Vionata, Banyuwangi Plaza, Giant Supermarket, Kalisari Genteng, Bernardi, Roxy, and others. 

While art shops, batik galleries, and shops for handicrafts and souvenirs are the following:

Banyuwangi offers a large variety of handicrafts and souvenirs that can easily compete with those in Yogyakarta or Bali. Look for these in the many traditional markets, or find them in shopping centers like Vionata, Banyuwangi Plaza, Giant Supermarket, Kalisari Genteng, Bernardi, Roxy, and others. 

While art shops, batik galleries, and shops for handicrafts and souvenirs are the following:

Pelangi

Jalan Letkol Ngurah Rai 16, Banyuwangi, Telp. 0333-426704

Jalan Gajah Mada 3, Banyuwangi, Phone: +62 333-418344

 

Ardial

Basuki Rahmat 115, Banyuwangi, Phone: +62 333-421717

 

Sanggar Genjah Arum

Kemiren, Glajah, Banyuwangi, Phone: .+62 333-413889

 

Masnur (wood carving)

Jalan Nusa Indah 57, Banyuwangi, Phone:.+62 333-410898

 

Amphibious (knives)

Jalan Kerinci No. 11, Banyuwangi, Phone:. +62 333 425410

 

Kejaya Handicraft

Kejaya, Tambong, Kabat, Banyuwangi, Phone: +62 0333-412893

 

Bamboo Handicraft

Gintangan, Rogojampi, Banyuwangi

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Get There

Banyuwangi

The city of Banyuwangi is located around 239 km east of Surabaya, capital of the province of East Java. You can travel to Banyuwangi by car or by train.

 Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya is connected directly from abroad by a number of international airlines. You can then connect on Garuda Indonesia or Lion Air flights from Surabaya to Banyuwangi’s Blimbingsari airpor

Banyuwangi

The city of Banyuwangi is located around 239 km east of Surabaya, capital of the province of East Java. You can travel to Banyuwangi by car or by train.

 Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya is connected directly from abroad by a number of international airlines. You can then connect on Garuda Indonesia or Lion Air flights from Surabaya to Banyuwangi’s Blimbingsari airport. There are also daily flights from Bali to Banyuwangi.

If you wish to travel overland from Bali, catch the ferry at Gilimanuk port, on the western tip of Bali which sails to the port of Ketapang at Banyuwangi. You can of course, also travel by car from Surabaya or any other large city in East Java to Banyuwangi.  

To visit the many attractions around Banyuwangi it is best to rent a car at the airport or through your hotel or travel agent.  Best make sure to have a sturdy amd comfortable vehicle especially when you plan to visit mountain regions or savannahs, although generally speaking, roads around here are good.

 

Taxi:

Jalan Brawijaya No. 4, Banyuwangi, Phone :.+62 0333-418362

 

Bus Terminals

Terminal Sritanjung, Katapang, Phone : .  +62 333-510396

Terminal Brawijaya, Banyuwangi, Phone. +62 333-424438

 

Train Stations

Banyuwangi Baru, Katapang, Phone:. +62 33510635

Karang Asem, Banyuwangi, Phone : 3+62 333-424306

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To Eat

Besides beautiful nature and cultural attractions, Banyuwangi also offers its special cuisine.  Try the rujak soto, which is a fusion between Surabaya’s wellknown rujak cingur and soto babat. The taste of rujak cingur with its shrimp paste covered in soto soup, provides a taste all its own. This meal usually comes with a local drink of ice cold temulawak.

Other dishes to try are: sego

Besides beautiful nature and cultural attractions, Banyuwangi also offers its special cuisine.  Try the rujak soto, which is a fusion between Surabaya’s wellknown rujak cingur and soto babat. The taste of rujak cingur with its shrimp paste covered in soto soup, provides a taste all its own. This meal usually comes with a local drink of ice cold temulawak.

Other dishes to try are: sego tempong, sego cawuk, sate kalak, pecel pitik, sambel lucu, jangan kelor, jangan kesrut, jangan pakis, jangan bobohan, jangan jawar, jangan leroban,  uyah asem pitik, pindang koyong, bothok simbukan, pecel thotol, and lak-lak. While as accompanying drink try the sweet drinks of  secang, selasih, ronde,  and angsle, that you can order either ice cold or piping hot,

 

Below is a short list of restaurants in town:

 

Melaties

Jalan Raya Situbondo KM 12

+62 333-510042

 

Pondok Wina

Jalan Basuki Rakhmad

+62 333-412344

 

Wina Mac Joe

Jalan Basuki Rakhmad

+62 333-424824

 

Mitra

Jalan Kapten Piere Tandean 21

+62 333-421151

 

Bik Atik

Jalan Ahmad Yani 83

+62 333-423165

 

Mahkota Plengkung

Jalan Yos Sudarso

+62 333-658641

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To Do

Banyuwangi G-Land

Start your journey across Banyuwangi by climbing up the Ijen volcano right to its crater and be amazed at how miners work the yellow sulphurous rocks, and carry these heavy loads on their shoulders. Be at the foot of the mountain just after midnight and climb to the Ijen crater to watch the mesmerizing blue flames of liquid sulphur spark out of the crater. See how traditional miners risk their l

Banyuwangi G-Land

Start your journey across Banyuwangi by climbing up the Ijen volcano right to its crater and be amazed at how miners work the yellow sulphurous rocks, and carry these heavy loads on their shoulders. Be at the foot of the mountain just after midnight and climb to the Ijen crater to watch the mesmerizing blue flames of liquid sulphur spark out of the crater. See how traditional miners risk their lives daily by carrying heavy sulphur rocks in baskets up and down the crater. 

Then take time for a safari ride through the savannahs of the Baluran National Park where you can watch the Java banteng, deer, wild monkeys and peacocks or even leopards roam free across the grassland. There is also Bama Beach where you can go snorkeling or take a lazy a boat ride through thick mangrove forests.

Or explore the wild nature of Alas Purwo National Park or the Meru Betiri National Park; help baby turtles take their first steps to the ocean at the beach of Sukamade, or join surfers at Pulau Merah Beach even if you are a beginner. Professionals should ride the challenging world-renowned barrels of G-Land. Regular international surfing competitions are held at both beaches.

Those enjoying visiting plantations, visit the coffee plantation at Bayu Lor. While Kali Klatak plantation produces coffee, rubber and cloves.

Banyuwangi also has pilgrimage sites visited by congregations from different religions. Every Friday the tomb of Maqom Waliullah Datuh Abdurahim biin Abubakar bin Bauzir is crowded with Muslim pilgrims. While Balinese and Javanese Hindus frequent the temple of Pura Agung Blambangan at Muncar. On the other hand, Chinese visit the Hoo Tong Bio temple at Karangrejo, said to have been built in 1768. And at the Museum of Blambangan you will find a collection of historic artifacts if you are interested to study the history of this ancient kingdom.

When in Banyuwangi, taste its delicious cuisine, and buy some of their handicraft, especially batik cloths that you can find at Virdes, bamboo handicrafts in the vilage of Desa Gintangan, woven cloths in the village of Kemiran, iron blades are made at Singotrunan, woodcarvings at Masnus, crafts made from banana fiber at the village of Kemiren, and doll-making at Tukang Kayu.

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