archipelago can be difficult to comprehend, it is made up of more than 17,500
islands, around 6,000 of which are inhabited. To discover all that this island
chain nation has to offer would provide a lifetime of discovery for even the
most avid of explorers. This unique archipelago has the ability to excite,
amaze, enthrall and enchant, exhausting the most hardened adventurer.
wishing to experience all the Indonesian archipelago has to offer needs a place
to start. To maximize the experience of exploring Indonesia, there is no better
place to start than Banyuwangi. Separated from Bali by the Strait of Bali, lies
the island of Java, and to the East of the island is the Banyuwangi Regency. According
to the local folklore, known as Sri Tanjung, Banyuwangi means “Fragrant Water”.
the largest of the Javanese provinces and Banyuwangi town is the provincial
capital. To the West, Banyuwangi is overlooked by verdant forest and mountains,
to the East and South it is fringed with beaches lapped by the blue waters
where the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean meet.
Nature’s Gift to Banyuwangi
Flora and fauna,
Volcanos, mountains, forests and beaches, in and around Banyuwangi nature has
held nothing back. Here, nature’s incredible phenomena humbles mankind into a
feeling of justifiable insignificance.
Trekkers will be
spoilt for choice at Banyuwangi. Guided treks through forests and up mountains
and volcanos are the best way to see and feel nature at its most incredible.
Trekking up Mount Bromo is one of many incredible experiences. Here you can
feast your eyes upon the Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls.
semi-circular falls are aptly named, Tumpak Sewu loosely translates as “A
thousand waterfalls”. Dozens of individual spouts of tumbling water spew from
the dense greenery around the lip of the falls. Sunlight at its base creates a
prismatic cascade of colour bringing an almost mesmerizing quality to what is
an incredible vision.
volcano is a must do experience. The volcano has a one-kilometer-wide crater
which is a photo opportunity not to be missed. The crater is filed with Sulphur
laden water which is the purest turquoise imaginable. Often fringed with low
level cloud and mist, this is a vision that will last a lifetime and should not
Ijen blue flame
fires are another box to tick for the curious and inquisitive. Sulfuric gasses
under great pressure break free from the volcano through small fissures, and on
exposure to air, spontaneously ignite. Electric blue fires then appear to
tumble down the mountain in what is an almost unearthly vision.
For a less
physically demanding trek, and by total contrast, there is Sadengan Savannah,
part of the Alas Purwo National Park. Here, mornings and afternoons, visitors
can watch as animals lazing and grazing. The wild bull, barking dear and wild
boar are abundant across the savannah. Those with an interest in ornithology
will delight at the many birds and wild fowl which have made Sadengan Savannah
as their home.
the Western side of Banyuwangi it is the beaches that amaze and delight. There
are many secluded beaches along the coast which remain totally un-spoilt.
Fortunately, these beaches have not fallen victim to being used as picturesque
fringes to concrete and commercialism. Quite the contrary is true, their
isolated beauty is preserved, Teluk Hijua, Wedi Ireng and Watudodol are just a
few of the many beaches waiting to be discovered.
beaches exude peace and tranquility, soft white sand shielded and encircled by
verdant green forest. The energetic will trek through forest and jungle to
reach these little bits of paradise. Those with a more lethargic bent can enjoy
a leisurely boat ride to visit the beach of their choice, each of which is a
perfect piece of escapism.
contrast, and yet staying with the aquatic theme, there is G-Land. Also known
as Plengkung Beach, G-Land, Grajagan Bay, has an international reputation with
surfers and for surfing competitions. Its discovery as desirable location for
surf camps came about in 1972 when a group American surfers trekked to the
beach to set up a base camp for surfers visiting by boat. Since then, the
Plengkung wave break has become one of the most renown and consistently
rideable waves in the world.
As with any
desirable destination, shopping is never going to be far away, Banyuwangi is no
different in this respect. There is a modern shopping mall in the main town,
but it is the Banyuwangi traditional market of Blambangan which is a must see
for the visitor. Traditional arts and crafts can be browsed and haggled for and
local food delicacies enjoyed.
experiences offered by a visit to Banyuwangi should always be booked through
reputable agents, it is recommended to use Bali Ferry for safe and