BANYUWANGI; JAVA'S HUB FOR NATURE AND CULTURE
Banyuwangi is located an hour and a half's ferry ride away from Bali, prompting visitors of the beach paradise to take short trips to the East Javan regency. It will be some fight to displace Bali as the area's top tourist destination, but with the establishment of direct flights into the city, Banyuwangi can become more than a side attraction. Blessed with the most stunning landscapes and a rich but humble cultural heritage, it has all the makings of a top Southeast Asian destination. It's only a matter of time before people start recognising this place. Here are a few of the prime examples of Banyuwangi's natural and cultural beauty.
Ijen Volcano Complex
Mt. Ijen is probably the most well known icon of Banyuwangi. This volcanic complex is known for the blue sulphur flames visible in the dark down in the crater. Overnight hikes up the mountain yields an impressive reward; dawn views of the aqua blue lake in the crater, the surrounding mountains covered in mist, and of course the blue fire itself.
Located just outside Banyuwangi at Bondowoso Regency, Kawah Wurung offers incomparable views of the surrounding savanna and mountains. You will be able to see grazing buffalos as well as mystic Mt. Ijen and Mt. Raung shrouded in puffy white clouds.
Alas Purwo National Park
One of the national parks in Indonesia that is 100 percent free of logging and harmful human activities. Local legend has it that this is the first area in the world to emerge from the ocean! The park covers around 43,000 hectares, including a savanna roaming with wild animals, and pristine deserted beaches.
Known as a forest in the city, this six hectare-large national reserve consists of towering century-old trees. It is a popular spot for wedding photos and outdoor activities. The sheer sizes of the trembesi trees have drawn comparison to The Shire in Lord of the Rings, walking around may just make visitors feel like hobbits!
Taman Gandrung Terakota
A hidden gem to learn about local traditions. Taman Gandrung Terakota is a little bit off the path, but a treasure cove of information and photoshoot opportunities of local traditions. Visitors can witness the mesmerising gandrung dance by skilled performers at the amphitheatre.
Three Citilink flights depart from KLIA to Banyuwangi Airport weekly on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. For more information, check out https://www.citilink.co.id/en/.