Banyuwangi's must-visit tourist attractions

Banyuwangi's must-visit tourist attractions
Mount Ijen
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Banyuwangi regency in East Java is set to attract 2 million tourists next year, as a direct flight from Jakarta to Banyuwangi will be operating soon.

Those looking for adventure may consult the list below.

Mount Ijen

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The Ijen volcano complex is known for its blue fire and turquoise-green sulfur lake.

The former is a natural phenomenon, which can only be found in Ijen and Iceland.

The blue fire comes from the crater's sulfuric gas, which ignites as it emerges and comes in contact with the air.

To see the blue fire, visitors need to hike for around two hours to reach the crater. reported that the blue fire only appears at night, before 5 a.m.

The trekking area opens at 1 a.m. and closes at 12 p.m. after sunrise.

As for the latter, tourists can see the beautiful lake from the caldera wall in the morning.

How to get there: From Banyuwangi's city centre, drive or rent a car to the last stop before climbing Paltuding.

In Paltuding, tourists can park their vehicles or set up a tent.

Those who do not fancy camping may drive from Banyuwangi's city centre in the middle of the night.

Bangsring Underwater

Situated 50 kilometers away from Banyunwangi's city centre, Bangsring underwater is a conservation area managed by Samudra Bakti fishermen group.

Over the past eight years, the group managed to restore the coral reefs and educate the fishermen about the marine life dwelling among beautiful coral colonies in a clean sea.

Similar to other islands, snorkeling and diving are the most common activities in Brangsing Underwater.

However, in Bangsring tourists can also participate in coral reef restoration activities along with the fishermen.

Bangsring Underwater also offers a baby shark-feeding activity on floating houses as well as an opportunity to go swimming with the sharks.

After a trip to Bangsring Underwater, visitors are suggested to drop by to uninhabited Tabuhan island.

Located along the Bali Strait, the white sandy beach and mangrove forest are managed independently by local fishermen, making it a must-see beach to see while visiting Banyuwangi.

How to get there: From Banyuwangi train station, rent a car or ojek (motorbike taxi) to Brangsing village.

From Ketapang Banyuwangi bus terminal, rent a car to the village.

Brangsing underwater also provides shuttle car.

Pulau Merah Beach

Nestled in Sumberagung village, Pesanggaran district, Pulau Merah Beach is located 67 kilometers away from Banyuwangi's city centre.

The beach is a popular surfing spot, which is a courtesy of its open sand and waves that can grow in size up to three meters.

In addition to surfing, Pulau Merah Beach is also suitable for landscape photographers, as they can take photographs of the breathtaking sunset.

How to get there: The beach is a three-hour drive away from Banyuwangi.

It can be reached by car or motorcycle.

Those looking for public transportation can take a bus to Ujang Jaya in the direction of Pesanggaran village from the city centre.

Stop at the Pesanggaran market then continue by ojek to Pulau Merah.

- Ini yang Bikin Banyuwangi Ngetop, Masuk Top 10 Indeks Wisata Indonesia BANYUWANGI – Di Rakornas IV Kemenpar di Hotel Sultan, Jakarta lalu, Banyuwangi ditetapkan sebagai 10 besar kabupaten/kota peringkat tertinggi Indeks Pariwisata Indonesia. Penilaian

- Ini yang Bikin Banyuwangi Ngetop, Masuk Top 10 Indeks Wisata Indonesia BANYUWANGI – Di Rakornas IV Kemenpar di Hotel Sultan, Jakarta lalu, Banyuwangi ditetapkan sebagai 10 besar kabupaten/kota peringkat tertinggi Indeks Pariwisata Indonesia. Penilaian ini dilakukan oleh Kementerian Pariwisata bersama tim peneliti Kompas Group, yang mengacu pada Travel and Tourism Competitive Index dari World Economic Forum (WEF). β€œDan sudah menggunakan global standart. Karena kalau mau menjadi global player, harus menggunakan global standart,” jelas Menpar Arief Yahya. Menpar yang mantan Dirut PT Telkom itu mengapresiasi kiprah Banyuwangi karena kabupaten di ujung timur Pulau Jawa ini berangkat nyaris dari nol, bahkan minus untuk mengembangkan pariwisatanya. Bagaimana tidak? Banyuwangi tahun 2010 menjadi kota terkotor di Jawa Timur, laporan keuangan selalu disclaimer, dan jauh dari kesan ramah pariwisata. Kini, sejak 2014, selalu juara, termasuk menjadi kota terbersih, paling rapi, di tanah air. Laporan keuangannya, juga langsung WTP (Wajar Tanpa Pengecualian). Infrastruktur pariwisatanya juga sudah makin maju. "Selamat. Banyuwangi terpilih sebagai Top-10 Indeks Pariwisata. Saya harap ini melecut semua pihak untuk bekerja lebih keras dan lebih cerdas lagi," kata Arief Yahya. Selengkapnya dapat dilihat di bio @kemenpar. @kemenpar Banyuwangi Sumber Foto :

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Teluk Ijo

Teluk Ijo's crystal clear green water and white sandy beach makes it Banyuwangi's best-kept secret.

Situated in Sarongan village, the green bay is part of Meru Betiri National Park.

Tourists can swim or relax around the bay.

Those who want to camp in Teluk Ijo may need a permit from Meru Betiri National Park.

How to get there: Drive to the fishermen village in Rajekwesi beach.

If the weather is good, tourists can hop on a fishermen's boat to go to Teluk Ijo.

However, if the weather is bad, visitors may hike through the hills and forest to reach Teluk Ijo.

Pine forest area

Banyuwangi's pine forest is located in Sumberbulu village, Songgon district.

A newly opened tourist spot, its hanging lanterns and red umbrellas have become instantly iconic, managing to steal the attention of local tourists.

The activities on offer include tree house climbing, trekking, cycling, safari jeep rides, outbound activities and camping.

How to get there: Pine forest can be reached by private car or motorbike.

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