These 6 hidden beaches in Banyuwangi that will leave you awestruck are truly some Indonesian treasures that you must appreciate. The district of Banyuwangi is located at the eastern-most tip of Java facing the Bali Strait. Mrsnwhile the port of Ketapang is the starting point where you take the ferry to Bali and beyond to East Indonesia. Literally, Banyuwangi translates as Aromatic Water.
This place is obviously a heaven of natural tourist attractions, such as the Blue Fire of Ijen Crater and the surprising beaches with wonderful waves. Before you join the ferry to enjoy the magical Bali, do stay here for a while to unveil the hidden Indonesian treasures that all spell Banyuwangi. Being so blessed with superb beaches that are yet to be explored, Banyuwangi is filled with a high dose of vitamin-sea.
Here are the 6 hidden beaches in Banyuwangi that will leave you awestruck:
1. Wedi Ireng Beach — Dusun Pancer, Desa Sumberagung, Kecamatan Pesanggaran
In this gorgeous beach, you can indulge yourself with a relaxing sunbathe on the beach that has mixed volcanic black sand with pearly white warm sands. In the Javanese language, wedi literally means sand and ireng means black. Moreover, Wedi Ireng is actually one of Banyuwangi’s hidden eden with such a beautiful landscape. Hence, this quiet beach is a perfect place to watch the sunrise and sunsets.
In fact, all water activities from swimming, snorkeling, to just relaxing on this beach will bring wonderful memories of Banyuwangi. While enjoying your fun leisure moments, do always make sure of your own personal safety.
Therefore, please take note of the boundaries and any caution signs about the waves. Don’t violate any signs for the sake of your safety. You can also go to a nearby island that is visible from shore. Just kindly ask a local guide to assist you. No worries, some food stalls offering tasty meals and refreshments are available for you to try and fill your tummy at very reasonable prices.
How to get there:
Wedi Ireng is only 3 km away from the Red Island (Pulau Merah) or some 65 km south of the center of Banyuwangi. Thence, you can rent a car or a motorbike and go ahead in the direction towards The Red Beach (Pantai Merah), which will take around 2-3 hours drive. Before you see the entrance sign to the Red Beach, you should turn right and head straight to the Mustika Beach. At the Mustika Beach, you can buy your boat ticket at the info booth for IDR 25,000 per person one way to Wedi Ireng. The boat ride will take about 15 minutes.
2. Sukamade Beach — Sarongan Village, Meru Betiri National Park, Pesanggaran
Obviously, Sukamade beach is part of the 8.45 km2 coastal area spreading inside the vast 580 km2 total area of Meru Betiri National Park. It is a very important conservation area since almost every night throughout the year, sea turtles land here from the sea onto the sandy beach in order to lay their eggs. Although there are other beaches within the Park but it seems that the turtles have decided to make this place as their favorite turf. For more safety, park rangers always protect the park and the beach around.
Furthermore, a special turtle hatchery is also constructed to ensure the safety of the eggs. Indeed, it is a unique experience to be able to see directly how these wonderful creatures slowly land on shore under the silvery moonlight and lay hundreds of their precious eggs. Usually, the green turtles arrive around 7.30 pm and return back to sea around midnight. Do stay at the local lodge for the night to witness this amazing natural event. In the morning, you can join the park rangers to help the tiny hatchlings take their first steps into the big blue ocean.
How to get there:
Sukamade beach is located about 97 km southwest of Banyuwangi. Hence, you will have to drive over rough roads, and cross several rivers. This quite hard journey will requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle or large SUV built for off road terrain. Needless to worry, you can easily hire a local guide who has the suitable transportation required. The journey into Sukamade will usually take about 3-4 hours. During the journey, you will surely enjoy the scenic route that alternates from beautifully stretching rice fields and plantations, to cliffs and wonderful beaches.
3. Teluk Hijau Beach — Sarongan Village, Meru Betiri National Park, Pesanggaran
Teluk Hijau or Green Bay becomes another captivating wonder located within the Meru Betiri National Park. Here, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of turquoise water and a shoreline of white grains of sand surrounded by beautiful lush green forest. Moreover, this is a quiet, clean, and tranquil spot to bury yourself in the sand.
Then, you can clean yourself from the briny water under a small waterfall and a fresh cool stream providing a natural shower. Amazingly, some monkeys may appear to greet you, but please be sure not to feed them. Also, do read the message on the beach at the entrance which saying Do not leave anything but footprints. Do not take anything but pictures. Lets keep this unspoiled environment clean to preserve its natural charm.
How to get there:
Visitors can choose a number of options either by land or by sea to reach the edge of the Green Bay beach. The land trip requires an off-road transportation with a skillful guide and driver. Meanwhile, the second option will be to approach the beach by sea.
You can drive towards Rajegwesi beach, and then continue on a traditional fishing boat to reach the Green Bay beach. Always make sure to rent a life vest to keep you safe on your journey. Theres also a more adventurous trekking path if you would like to explore the surroundings before actually hitting the clear aquamarine water.
You can find out more of the 6 hidden beaches in Banyuwangi that will leave you awestruck in the following part of the article. Hence, you can explore more of Banyuwangis natural beauty still kept within the city. You can plan your journey now to experience the heaven in Banyuwangi.