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Bawean Island. What comes to your mind when reading the two words above?
Certainly… I’m sure. There must be someone who is just dumbfounded, then looks away to the ceiling of the room while trying to remember when he last read or heard about Bawean Island.
Yes, right ?
Never mind. Don’t force the memory if the two words have never been written in your head. We recommend that you prepare hot tea or coffee, and continue reading this article.
Not many people know it as a tourist location, especially for people outside East Java. Because indeed, the city government of Gresik hasn’t named Bawean as a tourist location for too long.
Promotion is not yet intense. It is fortunate that many online media have started writing about this island so that they are indirectly participating in the process of promoting it.
Finally, although it did not have an immediate impact, the increase in the number of visitors showed an increase. Gradually, it will definitely become a famous tourist destination like other tourist locations in Indonesia.
Before further discussing tourist objects on this island. I want to invite you first to get to know him more deeply. Where is the exact location, what is the state of the area and what is the population like.
Let’s get started.
This island is a land in the middle of the Java sea. This land area is approximately 196.3 square kilometers with a slightly hilly contour.
If you look for the exact location of the city of Gresik, then it is located to the north of Gresik. And if measured, the distance from Gresik Port is about 120 kilometers.
Administratively, the island, which has two sub-districts, namely the Sangkapura district and the Tambak sub-district, is included in the Gresik Regency area. On it, live about 107,000 people with the Bawen tribe as the original tribe.
Apart from the Bawean tribe, there are also residents who are a mixture of other tribes such as the Javanese, Sumatran, Kalimantan, Madurese and Sulawesi tribes who complement the indigenous tribes.
In terms of belief, the majority of the population is Muslim. To make a living, native men usually work as farmers and fishermen.
In addition, in order to seek better welfare. Many indigenous people also choose to migrate to other countries as workers. The countries they currently subscribe to are Malaysia and Singapore.
Due to the large number of native men who chose to migrate, finally now the inhabitants of Bawean Island are mostly women.
A brief History
Some of you certainly have a great curiosity about the origin of the word Bawean. Naturally, I used to feel the same way when I first read about him.
Here’s the story. Bawean word is taken from Sanskrit. If interpreted, it means “the emergence of sunlight”.
That said, around the year 1350 ago. A group of sailors from Majapahit caught in a big storm in the middle of the Java Sea. The incident that took place that night became a tense moment for the sailors.
But thanks to Allah’s help, they were being beaten by a storm towards a land. And just as the sun rose, the sailors managed to set their feet on the edge of the island which is now named Bawean.
Besides the story of the Majapahit sailors above. There is also another story that is believed to have happened and accompanied its existence.
This story is also what makes him not only known as Bawean. If you have read reviews from other media, you may find information that it is also known as the island princess.
How is the story
The story begins with the voyage of a family from the kingdom of Campa. At that time they sailed from the kingdom with the aim of Java. But on the way, the king’s daughter suddenly became ill. The king finally chose to stop for a moment at Bawean Island.
Long story short, the king’s daughter finally died there. Even the tomb of the princess can still be found in Kumalasa village until now. The tomb is currently known as the jujuk Campa tomb.
In honor of the king’s daughter who died. So finally this island was also named the island of a princess.
So, if you hear people mentioning Putri Island, then they must be referring to Bawean Island.
Which are interesting
Everyone who goes on vacation will want a comfortable atmosphere and a beautiful place. Because with this atmosphere, they will get peace of mind and soul which ultimately impacts on fresh thoughts and the return of enthusiasm to live life.
Everything you need to get that comfort and satisfaction is on this island. Besides the warm hospitality of the residents, the tourist objects there are also very complete.
You can enjoy almost all types of tourist objects such as marine tourism, nature tourism and fauna tourism. In addition to being integrated with Bawean, these tourist objects are also separate, but can be enjoyed in locations that are not too far away ..
Rather than being curious. Let’s look at a brief review of the tourist objects in Bawean and its surroundings.
- Bawean deer breeding
This fauna tourism object can be said to be a distinguishing feature between Bawean and other tours in Indonesia. Here, you can enjoy and witness the daily life of deer in captivity.
Don’t be surprised, you won’t find this type of deer anywhere else. Because these deer are endemic animals that only exist in Bawean.
- Tanjung gaang
In this place, you will be presented with a natural view in the form of a line of coral reefs that sticks out above sea level. Green grass on the rock plus the clear sea water, adds to the impression of being beautiful and charming.
You can enjoy the beauty of Tanjung Gaang by going around using a fishing boat, which can be rented for only a few thousand.
- Gili island
Gili is the largest island around Bawean. it is also an inhabited island with a population of around 700 families.
Here you can spend time playing in the sand while enjoying the waves. In the morning or evening, you can see the beauty of the sunset and sunrise from the coast.
- Noko island
Just like Gili Island, you can do the same thing on Noko Island. This land, with an area of 1 square kilometer, has clean white sand and beach waves that are not too big. Very comfortable to play sand and water.
In addition, here you can also snorkel to enjoy panoramic views of ornamental fish and underwater coral reefs.
- Lake Kastoba
This lake is right in the middle of Bawean Island. The area is still very natural with clear and fresh water. You can enjoy this place by fishing, taking a shower or sitting back and enjoying the panoramic view of the lake from the edge.
Apart from the 5 attractions above. There are still many other tourist objects such as Noko Selayar, Mayangkara Beach, Ria Beach, Long Grave Beach and Laccar Waterfall.
Facilities and Accommodation
Besides having many choices of tourist objects. Bawean has also been equipped with a number of supporting facilities to facilitate and provide comfort to every visitor.
These facilities include lodging in the form of a hotel or homestay provided for travelers. There are also various kinds of other public facilities with easy access.
Route to Location
To get to Bawean Island, you can choose sea and air routes. If you choose the sea route, you can access it from the Gresik port using a traveler ship that is already commonly used.
Meanwhile, if you choose the air line. You can access it from Surabaya with the destination of Bawean Island flights.
Price of admission
To be able to enjoy all the natural charms in Bawean, you only have to pay the cost of purchasing a boat ticket when crossing. The rest when you arrive at the beach, you are not charged an entrance fee. All for free.
It’s just that when visiting tourist objects in Bawean and around them, you may be charged an entrance ticket purchase fee.
That is the brief information about Bawean Island. Hopefully it can inspire all of you to visit there immediately and enjoy all its beauty. Have a good vacation.