This is East Java's third largest city after Surabaya and Malang. Whilst not the most attractive or interesting of cities, it does have decent facilities for visitors and makes a good base for exploring the southern part of the East Java region. Reaching the remote Sukamade turtle conservation area is often tackled from here.
Any visitors should note though that Jember is a big commercial centre and is almost invariably congested and crowded.
Jember Tourism Office, Jl Gajah Mada No 325, Jember. Tel +62 331 425471.
Meru Betiri National Park Office: Jl Sriwijaya 53, Jember 68121, East Java, Tel/Fax: +62 331 321530, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent first stop for information about visiting the turtle conservation facility at Sukamade and other parts of the national park.
Jember is on the main East Java line and there are many services linking it with other cities in the region and in Central Java. Longer distance rail access from Jakarta involves a change in Jogjakarta or Surabaya. Check the PT Kereta Api (Persero) website for detailed schedules.
The main long distance bus terminal is called Tawang Alun and is about 5km west of the city centre. This is serviced by buses from Banyuwangi (about 2 hours), Surabaya (about 5 hours), Malang (about 5 hours) and many other smaller towns in East Java.
Watu Ulo Beach and Papuma Beach, (30 km south of Jember city centre). It is strange that the not very attractive Watu Ulo is the better known of these two nearby beaches. Papuma is by far the nicer of the two and many regard it as the best beach in the whole of East Java. The beach at Watu Ulo is black sand and the large rock from which the beach takes it name (Watu Ulo means Snake Rock in Javanesse language) juts impressively out of the ocean just offshore. Papuma is pristine white sand, a nicer shape and just altogether a better experience. Both beaches border the western edge of the Meru Betiri National Park and this is a beautifully wild area. It does get crowded at weekends and during school holidays with day trippers from Jember but otherwise it is quiet and an excellent place to get away from it all. There are no buses from Jember to Watu Ulo. you can arrange a car and driver at your hotel or take an ojek or bemo (between 50k and 100k). Once at Watu Ulo there is no shortage of ojek and bemo transport to take you over to Papuma or to the even quieter fishing village at Mayangan Beach just to the east.edit
JFC (Jember Fashion Carnaval), . A spectacular event Fashion Carnaval on The Street, with the concept of costume fashion trend of the world. Followed by around 600 participants witnessed by hundreds of thousands of spectators. It has been recorded in the MURI as a demonstration with the longest catwalk 3.6 km.edit
Go to Sukamade to visit the turtle conservation facility. The full details of this are covered in the Sukamade article. Whilst in Jember, a visit to the national park office to obtain some advance information and purchase permits is not a bad idea. Contact details below.
Once you visit Jember, something that you cannot miss is to buy gifts. There are various gifts from Jember. One of that is traditional food made from fermented tapioca called Tape. It has sweet and sour flavor and often gives warm feel on your body. The other thing is Suwar Suwir. It is basically also made from fermented tapioca, but slightly modified to other shape and can be grouped as sweets. It has sweet flavor as well. A lot of shops sell those food. One popular shop is "Primadona", located next to Pasar Tanjung. Here, you can also find Brownies Tape. It is brownies cake as you usually know, with the flavor of tape. You can also go to Hardys supermarket, located in Jl. Raya Sultan Agung or Matahari Department store.
Depot Jawa Timur- great restaurant with fast service. It's a charming mix of old and new with a wide menu selection. Try it if you are downtown near Alun-Alun. Jalan Gatot Subroto No. 8.
Sate (skewers of chicken or beef)- There is a great Sate street (great peanut sauce!!) stand next to "Sari Buah"ruit store on Jalan Trunojoyo near the Granmedia store past Golden Market grocery store.
Mie Apong- this is a Jember instittuion for great "Mie" or noodles. They serve big portions and the half portion is almost as big as the full portion. Use the sauces on the table to spice it up or add flavor. There is one near the Mata Hari grocery store- the original. There is a new one on Jalan Jawa between the campuses of UNMUH and UNEJ.
Most of the hotels in Jember city are aimed at local business travellers. This tends to mean that they are efficient and clean but not the most interesting of places. The more rural options may appeal more to overseas visitors.
Hotel Bandung Permai, Jl Hayam Wuruk No38 Jember., ☎ +62 331 484528. A business hotel with a convenient city location and lage swimming pool. 55 rooms.From Rp 220,000. edit
Kalibaru Cottages, Jl Raya Jember, Kalibaru, Banyuwangi (on the main road from Jember to Banuwangi, 43 km east of Jember), ☎ +62 333 897333 (email@example.com), . This hotel has a pleasant rural setting with rooms that are good value for the prices asked. Large swimming pool and restaurant. Offer a full program of East Java regional tours.From US$ 50. edit
Margo Utomo Agro Resort, Jalan Lapangan 10, Kajarharjo, Kalibaru, East Java, Indonesia (about 40 km east of Jember), ☎ +62 333 897700 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A truly lovely place run by fine people. This started as a tiny homestay which was a huge success and the owners have expanded to the point where there are now 51 rooms. Big swimming pool and gorgeous grounds. Offer lots of rural based activities and tours including visiting Sukamade Beach.From US$ 45. edit
Panorama Hotel, Jl KH Agus Salim No 28, Jember, ☎ +62 331333666 (email@example.com), . Probably the best hotel in the city centre with a wide range of options from fairly cheap standard rooms up to luxury suites. Decent restaurant, fitness centre and .. errr.. VIP karaoke rooms.edit
Rembangan Hotel, Jl Rembangan 65, Baratan, Patrang, Jember 68112, ☎ +62 331 420273. In a nice rural setting in the hills 12 km north of Jember city centre.From about Rp 250,000. edit
Hotel Sulawesi, Jln. Letjen Suprapto no. 48 (East Java Jember), ☎ +62 331-5039555. checkout: 12:00. A great hotel, located up on a large hill in central Jember with an good view.The hotel is constantly being maintained. The rooms are very clean and well maintained. The staff are very friendly and the Coffee shop is open 24hrs with a full menu. Easy to get to on yellow local transportation called 'lin' with letter G. 225000-450000. edit
Banyuwangi Take a bus from Pakusari terminal.it cost 30,000rp or less to Banyuwangi.
Bali There are direct local buses to Bali, cost around 75,000rp from Pakusari terminal the bus will drop you in Denpasar station in Bali. didn't see any private AC buses but if this is a big deal take a bus to Banyuwangi then a private bus from there.
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