Red Island and Green Bay beach in Banyuwangi, the exotic hidden beach
Banyuwangi is at the easternmost tip of Java, and is best known for its ferry connection at Ketapang to Gilimanuk in Bali. This area has a lot more to offer though and it is becoming better known as a visitor destination in its own right. Banyuwangi is also the gateway to some stunning volcanic scenery on the Ijen Plateau as well as the main access point for the Baluran National Park, world renowned surfing at G-Land (Grajagan), and the remote Alas Purwo National Park, but beside all the famous tourism object there are two wonderful, exotic beach they are red island and green bay.
Red island beach or in Indonesian you can call Pulau Merah Beach is so called since just some 100 meters to the side of the beach is a picturesque little hilly island called Pulau Merah, that is reachable on foot. This is situation is similar to the location of the island of Tanah Lot to the main island of Bali. But unlike at G-land where are found sharp coral rocks by the beach, the beach at Pulau Merah – or the Red Island Beach – is open sand so that it is also safe for beginner surfers.
Compared to Bali’s Kuta Beach, surf here is stronger, offering large four meters high barrels with a length of 400 meters, ideal for surfers to try out tubing techniques. But since surf here comes in at an average of two meters height, beginners and amateur surfers alike can enjoy this beach. Whereas, the beaches at Plengkung and G-land should be ventured by professionals only.
Pulau Merah beach was originally known as Ringin Pitu. There are two versions for its name change. One version has it that because the color of the soil and sand are reddish, this is where it got its name from, while another story says that at one time some bright red rays shone from the small hilly Pulau Merah island onto the beach, thus giving it the name Pulau Merah beach.
Another feature of the beach is the nearby fishing village called Pancer, where you can stay at villagers’ homes. Their hospitality to visitors in spite of their simple life is truly heartwarming.
Green bay or in indonesian you can call teluk hijau is a coastal attractions that are within the area of the National Park Meru Betiri,located in District Pesanggaran Sarongan precisely in the village. Located about 90 km south of the city of Banyuwangi. To reach this beach of Banyuwangi we just follow the directions to Pesanggaran-Sarongan-Sukamade are still one lane route leading to the beach Sukamade Merubetiri National Park.
Green Bay has a unique fine white sand and easily attached to the skin. Bay which has panoramic sea water green with white sand and 8 meter high waterfall. At the end of the west and east also contained rocks. Having a crystal clear sea water and greenish and beautiful atmosphere makes anyone who saw amazed. Here we can swim or just play on the beach.at the east part there is a waterfall freshwater discharge that are commonly used for rinse and clean the body after swimming on beach. For those who like camping the location is also good enough to set up a tent.
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