Banyuwangi is part of East Java, jutting out into the sea. It’s only a short ferry ride from Bali and is among the most famous crossing points for tourists traveling east. Before you jump on that boat, however, there’s a couple of places you should check out.
- Red Island Beach (Pantai Merah)
Red Island or “Pantai Merah” impresses tourists worldwide, especially surfers who look for great waves. Red Island waves are approximately 2 meters high–ideal for beginners. Blue, crystal clear waters, and significantly red sand add charm to this secluded coastline.
- Plengkung Beach
Situated in Alas Purwo National Park, Plengkung is another surfer’s paradise that has earned international fame. Renowned as G-Land, this beach boasts the “Seven Giant Waves Wonder,” a string of large waves (usually seven) over six meters tall. The beach lies on the edge of dense rainforest, and you need to trek through the tropical paradise to get there.
- Parang Kursi Beach
Situated between Red Island and Lampoon Beach, Parang Kursi is another tropical paradise with turquoise water and pinkish-beige powder-like sand. Giant rock formations dot the landscape. Getting here needs another jungle trek!
- Parang Ireng Beach
Famous as the emerald of Banyuwangi, Parang Ireng has magnificent coral and rock formations that turn green with algae. The shore is surrounded by the lush rainforest of Alas Purwo. Parang Ireng is a dazzling blend of green, beige (from the pepper-like sand), and blue. It gets its name from the heap of black stones to one side. You won’t find any facilities here, and you need a guide and rented truck to reach it – but by the time you get there, you will probably have it all to yourself.
- Green Bay Beach
Located in Meru Betiri National Park, this heaven-on-earth enchants for tourists with a stunning view of greenish-blue sea and white, powder-like sand covered by small rocks. The beach is backed by beautiful green woods, which gives it the title Green Bay or Teluk Hijau.
- Blue Bay Beach
This is a newly popular destination in Banyuwangi, Blue Bay, or Teluk Banyu Biru (or Senggrong, as locals call it), is filled with marine life. The colorful corals are home to fish and other sea animals, making the secluded beach a perfect place to snorkel.
- Kelor Beach
Nestled in Baluran National Park, Kelor is just another white sandy beach. Part of the fun is the experience there. As you go along a jungle path, surrounded by enormous trees, you can spot a ton of wild birds, including white, black, and wreathed hornbills.
- Wedi Ireng Beach
This beautiful beach has black volcanic sand mixed with traditional white. This place is ideal for sunbathing!
- Tabuhan Island
Off the northern coast of Banyuwangi is located Tabuhan Island, a little tropical paradise offering sun, sea, and sand. This island is also an ideal spot for personal snorkeling sessions. A one-hour boat ride from Banyuwangi can reach Tabuhan.
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