What an endless tales to tell about Banyuwangi! Being at the most-eartern-east of Java tip, Banyuwangi-means aromatic water-is the first region to be touched by the beautiful Indian Ocean Sunrise. How enchanting to feel the warmth of the shinny morning and fold up by the impressive mount Raung and Mount Merapi. Blessed with diverse nature scenery, Banyuwangi is also rich in art, culture, traditions and customs. This fantastic combination is as the result of its location that is close to magical Bali, colorful Madura Island, and of course, the energetic eastern Java.
Have you heard about the phenomenal blue flame? Yes, the fire in blue color! No? Well, that’s ok. Because there is only two places that have the blue flame in this planet. Banyuwangi is one of them. You can witness this blue flame at the Ijen Crater in the middle of night. While during the day, Ijen Crater is a place where the traditional sulfur miners still exists. See how those muscle men go up and down to the crater carrying big chunks of sulfur on their shoulders.
Another unique thing in Banyuwangi is a beach called Wedi Ireng. The surface of the sand is white, but underneath it, is black soft sand. And they don’t mix! Banywangi has many beautiful beach. But if you love the wave, go to the isolated Plengkung Beach. The wave is so tempting for all experienced surfers. Or, challenge yourself at the Plengkung Beach. This isolated beach has shallow reef breaks and long barrel waves that is a nature call for all experienced surfers.
Imagine hundreds of young dancers in their traditional colorful costumes perform in the public space where thousand of people gather. Banyuwangi is the regency of festivals. Their diverse traditions and customs make their festivals are special. Put the grandeur of Gandrung dance, the sea offering ceremony, harvest festival or as simple as marvelous handicrafts on your bucket list. Then spice it up with the world class jazz festival at the amphitheater of Ijen crater. Now, music and the view, those two things are close to nirvana.
Ever imagine drinking a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world? Well, make it happen! Banyuwangi produces this elusive luwak coffee and export it all over the world. It’s time to indulge yourself.