4 Things to Do in Banyuwangi that Will Make Your Trip Unforgettable

The land’s end of Java, Banyuwangi is the gateway to the rising dawn over this beautiful lush green island with the bright rays of the sun. Extending over 5800 sq. km., Banyuwangi is surrounded by southern beaches, Mt. Merapi at 2800 meters, and  Mt. Raung at 3282 meters above sea level. From bird watching, trekking, and hiking to craters and beaches, Banyuwangi is the traveler’s paradise on earth. Traveling to Banyuwangi can be best done by renting a car from the airport or you may also reach the town by train or flight. There are daily flights to Banyuwangi from Bali. It is considered a stopover destination while traveling to Bali, the heavenly abode of Gods. What makes Banyuwangi trip so special and why a stayover at Banyuwangi island is a must? Let us learn 4 things to do in Banyuwangi that will definitely make your trip unforgettable.

Enter the Wildlife Zone

Nature offers abundance in Indonesia. The captivating and lush flora, amazingly wonderful forests and wildlife, makes Banyuwangi the most sought-after destination for every adventure loving tourists. Baluran National Park, also known as the African Savannah of Java or little Africa in Java is about 45.9kms from Banyuwangi. It comprises several mesmerizing sites like the coral-rich Bama beach, Japanese cave or the Goa Jepang, 200 kinds of wild species, 444 sorts of flora, lush evergreen forest, and more.

The Alas Purwo National Park is another attraction of Banyuwangi where you can find endangered and rare varieties of species. Alas Purwo means the ancient forest and believed that it is the place from where the earth emerged. The Javanese New Year month witnesses heavy crowd of the spiritualists who flock the site for spiritual enlightenment. It is just 3.2km from Banyuwangi.

Discover the Untouched Beaches

Are you looking for a serene and calm escapade? The beaches around Banyuwangi region are the best if you are seeking a secluded and clean area to bask in the glory of the sun. For an astounding underwater experience, from snorkeling to getting tanned, Banyuwangi region’s coasts offer diversity at its best. The Tabuhan island, around 20kms from the Banyuwangi island can be reached by public boat. With a complete white sand beach, Tabuhan is 5 and coral reef offshore. Snorkeling or diving in Tabuhan beach can give you a pleasurable sight of crayfish, sponges, and other varieties. It is also ideal for kiteboarding.

The Pulau Merah island is 67.9kms and can be reached in approximate 2 hours. It has reddish colored soil and sand and is ideal for practicing tubing. The Grajagan beach is around 52.3km that can be reached in one and a half hour. It has black sand and ideal for an experience in fishing. The G-land or the Plenkung beach is popularly known for its 6 meters high, 7 rolls waves. It is a perfect beach for the professional surfers. With a range of beaches offering the best of it, Banyuwangi is definitely a great destination for all beach lovers.

Witness the Blue Flames from Ijen Crater

With several craters and volcanoes, Banyuwangi is a must visit place for all. Mount Raung has the most gigantic volcano in this region. It is about 3282 meters above the sea level and one of the most extreme climbs in Indonesia. Puncak Sejati is the highest point while hiking the mountain and can be covered in 3 days. It takes 7 hours to reach the base camp at Kalibaru from Banyuwangi and the hiking starts from then. Although it is quite a difficult hike, the tourists flock to the Ijen Crater to get a sight of the electric blue flames emerging from the cracks in the volcano.  It is a fascinating view and something to be conquered for sure.

Be a Part of the Festivals

The annual festivals held throughout the year by the Banyuwangi Regency management is something that tourists love to be a part of. This year-long festival is an enthralling mix of traditional, cultural, and contemporary events. For instance, the Kite and Wind Surfing competition, the Ijen Summer Jazz Banana music festival offering international as well as local musicians, and several other customary celebrations and events. The Kuwung Festival or the Rainbow festival, conducted by the Regency gives the people a unique cultural experience.

Do not miss the fun at Banyuwangi when you plan a trip to Indonesia and Bali. Banyuwangi is a great travel destination to rich flora, fauna, beaches, forests, and much more. Keep a day or two aside for fun and adventure at Banyuwangi to have an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.