Often dubbed the Sunrise of Java, Banyuwangi packs a punch with its mind-blowing adventures and amazing natural wonders that certainly live up to their expectation. Just like Bali, Banyuwangi has many, if not more, hidden gems of its own waiting to be uncovered.
Banyuwangi is the largest district in the East Java province and is slowly becoming an increasingly popular travel destination in Indonesia for good reason. Thanks to its diverse terrain that consists of flat plains, rugged mountains, verdant forests, and spectacular coastlines by the sea, the action never ends in Banyuwangi.
Amongst the endless list of activities in Banyuwangi on offer, its most popular by far has got to be the legendary Ijen Crater, a stratovolcano complex with a 1 kilometre-wide aqua-coloured acidic crater lake. Albeit the treacherous hike to the crater, those who conquer its craggy ascends and descends will be rewarded with an elusive glimpse of its electric blue flame.
The fun continues at Banyuwangi’s fascinating national parks that are home to alluring wildlife, delightful fauna and spiritual caves, and pristine coastlines that afford furious waves for surfing as well as rich marine life for diving, snorkeling and island hopping. Alternatively, go chasing Banyuwangi’s scenic waterfalls for refreshing dips in cooling waters.
Further enriching the appeal of Banyuwangi is its vibrant heritage and culture. One of these highlights is Gandrung, a traditional dance ritual the town is famously known for, as well as an endless host of cultural events such as food fairs, parades, and cultural performances that showcase the local community’s tenacity and customs.