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Positioned at the eastern point of East Java, Banyuwangi links the “bridge” between Java and Bali, a geographic characteristic also reflected in its own cultural and artistic combination. Therefore don’t be surprised when you find that lots of items from the neighboring island of the Gods can be viewed within this small region! If you are interested in performing some daring things, Banyuwangi in East Java may be the perfect destination place for you. Here are the three most recommended activities you must do in Banyuwangi.
- Baluran National Park
As you enter Baluran National Park, the largest organic savanna from Java, you will feel like you’ve stepped into an African safari. Don’t be shocked if you randomly chance on a herd of deer galloping openly, a peacock opening his graceful tail, a troop of bulls, a dozen eagles searching for prey, or a group of monkeys moving around at the trees, along with herds of rodents, storks, plus more. Get ready to fulfill the local fauna in this rich land!
You may also camp at the park – a campsite and a guesthouse with fundamental utilities have been set up. And as you’re here immediately, you do not want to miss catching a photo of the sunrise the following day – it is a spectacular one at which the sun gradually goes up at the foggy sidelines. You could even enter before the official opening hours to see the sunrise; however, you’ll have to call the office to arrange your visit the day before. Please don’t disturb or destroy the fauna and flora in the playground or filthy the place when you are here. Let’s protect nature and maintain the environment clean!
- Ijen Crater
Although Indonesia’s landscape is dotted with volcanoes, Mount Ijen is among the most spectacular all-natural formations you’d ever encounter. Situated at the mountain peak, at precisely 2,443 meters above sea level, a caldera lake retains the saltiest water on the planet. This turquoise acidic crater lake using foggy sulfur fumes is the main highlight at Ijen, and a pure miracle that you do not need to miss!
The very ideal time to see the crater is early in the morning to catch the sunrise. This is also perfect when you’re able to observe the labor-intensive sulfur mining processes inactivity, during which sulfur-laden baskets are transported by hand from the crater floor. You will have to hike for 2 hours until you reach the rim of this crater, followed by a 45-minute hike farther down the bank of this crater. Don’t forget to draw protective masks, because it’s unhealthy to inhale excess sulfur fumes blown to the trekking area. If you walk around the crater area, it is going to take you 8 to ten hours. If you love the thrill of an adventure, you may opt to go to the caldera during the night using a manual. The blue flames will seem to be more mesmerizing from the dark!
- Mount Raung
If you like a dose of adrenaline throughout your travels, consider the challenge to climb the second-highest mountain in East Java, Mount Raung. However, before you get excited, do bear in mind that trekking this mountain is quite strenuous and needs prior hiking experience.
Geographically, Mount Raung belongs to Banyuwangi, Bondowoso and Jember districts. Raung is different from other neighboring mountains because of its 500-meter-deep caldera surrounded by a grayish border. You can hike up one of Mount Raung’s four peaks – you will pass by Bendera (the Flag Peak), 17 Peak, Tusuk Gigi (Toothpick Peak – named after its own towering columns ), and the maximum point at Sejati (Real Peak) at 3,344 meters).
Raung Mountain is the 2nd most active volcano in Indonesia after Mount Tambora, also enjoying its uniqueness and beauty is no picnic to start with. The increase is one of the toughest and intense ones in Java Island, and also a professional level of trekking, trekking, and rock climbing is required to complete your mission. But if you are a seasoned hiker, you can be confident that all your efforts will be paid off when you reach the peak and revel in the spectacular view.
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