Banyuwangi is ocated on the eastern-most edge of the island of Java, just across Bali Island. There is Ketapang port that 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.
Banyuwangi is one of the exotic regencies in East Java. Being the east-most city on Java, make the dawn first rises in the morning here, throwing its welcoming rays over Java, and the area is also 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.
Visiting this regency will keep your memories spinning and craving to coming back, because there are plenty of beautiful destinations that await:
Ijen Crater (Taman National Ijen / Ijen Plateau)
Ijen Crater Ijen is the complex of volcanic area, which there is a crater of Ijen and its plateau, that has 2,600 m and 8,660 M high. Ijen is located in three parts of regencies, which in Situbondo, Bondowoso, and Banyuwangi, East Java. This volcanic area become the most incredible and surreal volcanic area in East Java. In this volcanic mountain, there is also the sulfur mining, regarding that the mountain is still active and produce the natural sulfur. In here, we can see the sulfur miners that collect and carry huge loads of pure sulfur up from the crater floor along a steep, rocky path in the middle of clouds of sulfur dioxide gas. Ijen volcanic area is lies to west of Merapi Mountain. The crater is having a wide turquoise colored acid lake that rich in sulfur. The dramatic nuance can be seen around this marvelous Turquois Lake.
Plengkung beach is known as one of the best surfing beaches in the world. The word “G” in “G-Land” derives from Grajagan, the name of the bay where the huge waves is can be found at the south of Banyuwangi. It is surrounded by virgin tropical land forest. G-Land offers the world’s most demanding surfing sport, and recommended for professional surfers only. On 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 go to National Park of Alas Purwo, G-Land or cross the Grajagan Bay to Plengkung beach where the waves challenge invite the surfers. However it is not recommended for novices. Grajagan Beach Grajagan is an interesting beach to visit. A wide clean sand hampers the beach. The hill across the sea, stick on the ground strongly. The beautiful panorama of Grajagan fishing village can be seen here. The caves for the battle protection in Japanese Era can also be seen here. The cottages and motel are available for the visitors. Grajagan is located about 53 km to the South of Banyuwangi.
Kemiren village, is located in Glagah District, Banyuwangi Regency, this countryside is the tourism destinatination that still exist by its tradition until present time. Banyuwangi cultural heritage is still remaining by the existing of Kemiren Village as one of tourism object nowadays. The people and the government are together maintaining the tourism as a genuinely tourism object to show the particular things which arose from the old Banyuwangi till present time. The culture itself is stand still with its genuine parts, like the everlasting history which still remain by the time changes. For instance, the houses around Kemiren village are charmingly stood with its unique architecture of Gebyuk and the tradition inside the house.
Segara Anakan means small Ocean. It can be reach 45 minutes from Grajagan by boat. This area is an area that is still virgin with mangrove forests around it. This area is also to be made suitable land for water sports such as water skiing and swimming. This region has an area of 18.8 km and a width of 400 m.
Teluk Hijau or Green bay is located in Pesanggaran District , precisely in Sarongan village. It located about 90 km to south of Banyuwangi town. To reach this beach from Banyuwangi we just follow the directions to Pesanggaran-Sarongan-Sukamade, that are still one lane of route to Sukamade beach, Merubetiri National Park. Green Bay is typical white sandy beach and the sand is find and it easily embedded in the skin. The bay also has panoramic view with green sea water inside and 8 meter high of waterfall. For those who give visit to this bay, the vehicles can be parked near Rajagwesi beach then we can walked to Green bay as far as +/- 2km. There is also a parking spot closer to the Green bay, but the roads are inadequate.