Location: Wonorejo Village, Banyuputih District, Situbondo Regency and Bajulmati Village, Wongsorejo District, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java Province
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HTM: Motorcycle Rp. 5,000, Car Rp. 10,000
Open and close: 07.00 – 17.00
The beauty of the Wayag Islands in Raja Ampat is certainly foreign to travelers. However, not all of them have the opportunity to visit these exotic islands, because to go to West Papua, it takes not only a long time but also a lot of money.
For those of you who want to taste the charm of Raja Ampat at a much cheaper cost, you can visit the eastern tip of Java Island, to be precise at Bajulmati Reservoir in Banyuwangi Regency. Here, the landscape of the Wayag Islands is presented in mini sizes plus a variety of interesting activities.
So beautiful the natural charm that is served by Bajulmati Reservoir, making this tourist attraction visited by tourists even though it has not been used as a tourism object for so long.
Not only that, tourists can also enjoy the natural charm of Africa that is served by Baluran National Park, which is located next to the dam, as well as a number of other interesting tourist destinations in Banyuwangi, such as Tabuhan Island, Ijen Crater, Osing Kemiren Tourism Village, Meru Betiri National Park. , Plengkung Beach and a number of other exotic tourist attractions.
Based on sources from wikipedia, the origin of the name Bajulmati Reservoir, because this 91.93 hectare dam dams the Bajul Mati River with an area of 98.43 km of catchment area.2 and an inundation area of 91.93 hectares, which has the capacity to hold 100 million meters of water3.
The development process, starting from the location survey, feasibility study, environmental impact analysis, social and economic impacts, the land acquisition process to the initial work was carried out during the period 1980 – 2006.
Furthermore, the construction of this project was carried out in 2 phases and completed at the end of 2015. However, the inauguration and utilization of the reservoir as a tourism object was only carried out in early 2017.
The dam, which spent a budget of Rp. 422 billion, has multiple functions, namely for the Microhydro Power Plant (PLTMH), irrigation, raw water supply, water conservation, cage fisheries, and tourism objects.
As a tourism object, the largest dam in the former Besuki Residency immediately attracted the attention of the people who live in the Tapak Kuda area (Lumajang, Jember, Bondowoso, Situbondo and Banyuwangi) because it offers a unique and stunning view.
This unique and yet mesmerizing view lies in the water area in the middle of the reservoir which is decorated with small islands in the shape of a miniature Wayag Islands in Raja Ampat.
To be able to enjoy the beautiful panorama in the dam area, visitors can come between 07.00 – 17.00 without paying an entrance ticket, but only paying a parking fee of IDR 5,000 for motorbikes and IDR 10,000 for cars.
Route to Location
Although geographically this dam lies in two villages in two different districts.
Namely Wonorejo Village, Banyuputih District, Situbondo Regency and Bajulmati Village, Wongsorejo District, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, but administratively the address of the Bajulmati Reservoir is in Bwi, as well as the entrance to the location.
To visit the Bajulmati Reservoir, tourists who come from the East, such as from Bali, once crossing at Ketapang Harbor can immediately continue their journey along the main road connecting Banyuwangi with Situbondo.
Continue to follow the path that leads to Baluran National Park by passing Watu Dodol and Bajul Mati Market, until you arrive at Baluran. The location of this dam is right next to Baluran, or about 10 minutes by motor vehicle.
For tourists who come from the West and North, such as from Surabaya and Malang, they can go directly to Situbondo and follow the Pantura route that connects Situbondo – Banyuwangi.
As for those who use public transportation, you can take a bus from Bungurasi Terminal in Surabaya or Arjosari Terminal in Malang.
There are two bus routes to choose from, the first is Surabaya – Banyuwangi via Situbondo and stops right at the entrance gate of Bajulmati Reservoir. The two Departments are Surabaya – Banyuwangi via Jember, which must get off at the Probolinggo Terminal and change to a bus to Situbondo or Banyuwangi via Situbondo.
As a guide to the tourist location, when approaching the destination, look for a 5 meter tall statue of a pair of Gandrung Dancers on the side of the road. In front of the statue, the entrance gate to Bajulmati Reservoir.
If Baluran National Park gets the nickname Little Africa van Java, then the nickname attached to the Bajulmati Reservoir is Miniatur Raja Ampat. The nickname is pinned because in the middle of the dam waters there are small islands that are similar in shape to the Wayag Islands in Raja Ampat.
These small, exotic islands are the main attraction of Bajulmati Reservoir, both to spoil the eyes and to make photo backgrounds.
Another photo spot that is no less interesting is the road that stretches across the reservoir area with a length of about 100 meters. The road that is bordered by this fence, when immortalized into the language of the image, will resemble a borderless hallway.
The panoramic beauty of the reservoir area is even more attractive with a landscape of trees as well as Mount Baluran and Mount Ijen that appear in the distance when the weather is sunny.
Of course, it’s not just taking pictures, but interesting activities that can be done at Bajulmati Reservoir. As a tourist spot, the dam, which is managed by BBWS Brantas Surabaya, also provides a number of facilities to add to the comfort of tourists, such as outbound areas and ATV games.
Visitors who want to explore the water area and stop at the small islands in the middle of the dam can also rent a speedboat at an affordable price. As for visitors who like fishing, there are quite a lot of fishing spots on site.
You don’t need to worry about filling your stomach because you can find a number of cafes, stalls and restaurants serving various menus since passing the gate.
One menu that should be tried is the Banyuwangi specialty, namely: Sego Cawuk, Nasi Tempong and a menu which is a combination of two types of dishes, namely Rujak – Soto, and Pecel – Rawon.
For tourists who want to spend the night around the dam area, there are a number of cottages with a back to nature concept that use wood as the main building material. You can also do camping by renting a tent on the manager’s side.
Other facilities available to visitors are a large parking area, bathrooms and toilets, as well as a 4,000 meter tree-shaded rest area.2, complete with outlets that sell a variety of superior products from MSMEs in the Banyuwangi and Situbondo areas.