Let’s Get to Know More about Banyuwangi and Its Fabulous Charms!
It’s quite sad knowing how Banyuwangi seems to lose in popularity contest against the other more well-known cities in Java Island when it comes to tourist attractions. Many people know Jogja, or Bandung, or Solo more than Banyuwangi. In fact, Banyuwangi is just as good as those cities. Located in the farthest east part of Eastern Java Province, Banyuwangi is actually the “bridge” that connects Java Island and Bali Island.
Due to the location, Banyuwangi is actually really unique because you can find the influence from Javanese and Balinese culture at the same time. And it’s not only that, the nature’s condition in Banyuwangi is also comparable to Bali. Well, it’s a good thing to know how Banyuwangi has started gaining more attention lately especially after UNWTO has awarded Banyuwangi with UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism back in 2016. So, there’s no reason for us not to visit Banyuwangi during our next traveling, right?
Here, you’re going to learn even further about Banyuwangi in relation to its tourist attraction. To tell you the truth, there’s just too many things to recommend once you are in Banyuwangi. However, the explanation below covers some of the must-do things and must-visit places. So, are you ready to get to know more about the so-called “The Sunrise of Java”?
- Bajulmati Reservoir
Fun fact about this reservoir is how it really resembles Raja Ampat in Papua but the scale is smaller. That’s why may people call this reservoir as “Miniature of Raja Ampat”. Located right in the border between Banyuwangi and Situbondo, this reservoir is the house for more than 10 million cubic of water. It actually hasn’t been that long since this reservoir is open for public in 2016. But it doesn’t take a long time for Bajulmati Reservoir to gain the attention of the travelers because the scenery is really fabulous. The hills in the reservoir will look like small islands and that’s what make Bajulmati get its reputation as the miniature of Raja Ampat.
- Kalibaru Train Tour
What do you think about enjoying the awesomeness of nature by riding train specially designed for tourists? That’s what you’re going to experience by taking a ride on Kalibaru Train. The train departs from Kalibaru Station towards Mrawan PP Station. And please prepare yourself because there will be endless nature’s beauty along the way. You’ll be carried to get through coffee plantation located in Gumitir Mountain which will make the trip even more dramatic and memorable.
Not long after National Geographic reported electric-blue flame of Ijen crater, this mountain’s popularity is skyrocketed. It’s a truly fantastic view to see such blue flame coming out of the crater. But, you’re wrong if you think Ijen is only about the unique blue flame. Ijen nowadays is filled with relaxing resorts which are so perfect for your temporary place to stay when you’re in Banyuwangi. Almost every room in the resorts will make it possible for you to see the scenery of the nature right after you open the window. Staying in such resorts will definitely bring rejuvenation which is so perfect for your traveling.
- Raung Mountain
And lastly, this one is perfect if you are the type of adrenaline-junky traveler. Raung Mountain is the second highest mountain in East Java. The mountain offers great hiking experience with exotic panorama all round you. Once you’re at the peak, take a look at the crater and you’ll find that Raung Mountain has unique crater as it’s shaped in elliptical way and the depth is about 500 meters.