Pulau Merah Beach – Ticket , Routes, Photos, Visitor Reviews


Banyuwangi is currently often considered one of the favorite tourist destinations on the island of Java, if Bandung is famous for its urban atmosphere and Jogja is famous for its cultural tourism, Banyuwangi is famous for its natural beauty, ranging from hills, national parks, to beautiful beaches on the eastern tip of Java Island. very tempting for tourists who are thirsty for the experience of enjoying nature. There are dozens of beaches that surround Banyuwangi Regency. One of the most famous and excellent tourism in Banyuwangi City is Pulau Merah Beach.

This beach is located in the southern part of Banyuwangi Regency. The name Pulau Merah Beach comes from the presence of a small hill which has a height of about 200m and is composed of red soil located near the beach. This hill can be visited when the sea water is receding and when the tide is high, this hill will become an island separated by sea water from the beach.

On this red island beach, there is also a temple that is often used by Hindus in the area to perform mekiyis religious ceremonies. The red island beach is a stretch of white sand that extends up to 3 km. This pntai faces directly to the Indian Ocean to the south. The sand on this beach has a white color and sometimes looks a little pink or reddish.

Price of admission

To enter Pulau Merah Beach you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Enough with IDR 8,000 per person you can enjoy the beauty of this beach. To park the vehicle, of course, you have to pay a different fee from the entrance ticket. To park your car, you are required to pay IDR 5,000, while motorcycle parking is IDR 2,000. The parking fee is also relatively cheap for the size of the tourist spot. For those of you who are far from the beach you can use the homestay facilities to rest at night. The average homestay on this beach has a rate of around Rp. 100,000 per night.

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To reach Pulau Merah Beach you have to travel about 60 kilometers from the center of Banyuwangi district. From the city center you have to drive towards Srono then towards Kesilir and continue on to Pulau Merah. Although there will be many village roads and a lot of winding, the trip to this beach is quite easy because this beach is already famous so you will find many signposts towards the Red Island Beach. If you can’t use a private vehicle, you can also use public transportation from Banyuwangi Terminal. From the terminal you can take the bus to Pesanggaran. If you have arrived at Pesanggaran you can use an ojek service because it’s not too far away. If you use public transportation from the direction of Jember, get off at Jajag Terminal to change buses to Pesanggaran.

Interesting thing

1. Snorkeling

Although it is not like Karimun Jawa or other snorkeling beaches, this beach still offers quite beautiful underwater tours. To experience snorkeling on this red island beach, you have to rent snorkeling equipment at a price that is not too expensive. You can see underwater life such as coral reefs and marine fish in a shallow depth.

2. Enjoy the beach view

This red island beach stretches for 3 km, of course you will not get bored around this beach because there is not enough time to do it. In addition, if you want to relax enjoying the view of the vast expanse of sea you can rent a beach chair for Rp. 25,000 for a rental period of 60 minutes.

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3. Surf

Besides Plengkung Beach, it turns out that Pulau Merah Beach is a destination for surfers while in Banyuwangi Regency. Red Island Beach has even hosted international surfing competitions. Although the waves are not as high as Plengkung Island which can reach 6 meters, the waves which are 2-4 meters high on this beach can be a solution for tourists who are just trying or want to learn to surf because the waves are friendlier. For those of you who don’t have your own surfboard, don’t worry because many local people open surfing rental services for around Rp. 50,000.

4. Go around the red dunes

To be able to reach this hill, you have to wait for the sea water to recede so that land forms as a way to the hill. The best time to visit the hill is in the afternoon around 3 o’clock because at that time the sea water starts to recede. From the top of the hill you can see the expanse of the blue sea more clearly and you can also see the beautiful twilight sky light meets the reflection of the sunset on the sea surface. On the way from the coast to the hills you can find a variety of marine life left behind by receding sea water. It is highly recommended to wear a kakai mat to avoid stepping on small clams with sharp shells which can injure your feet.

5. Visiting the temple

Near this red island beach there is a temple which is often used for religious ceremonies of Hindus in this area. The local people named this temple Pura Tawang Alun. The temple has apparently been built since the 1980s.

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6. Culinary Tourism

When you enter the Red Island Beach area, you don’t have to worry about starving because on this beach you can find various kinds of Banyuwangi specialties, starting from rujak soto, rujak bakso, rawon, and various other specialties.

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