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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
This park is a forest preservation area that covers about 25,000 hectares of the north coast of [[East Java]]. The park offers some great scenery and has organised safari activities. Safari is a much misused term in Asian travel circles but in this case it is very appropriate - there is something very African about the savannah grasslands of Baluran. Of the three large national parks in East Java, this is the easiest reached and by far the easiest to travel around.
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[[Image:Mount_Baluran_A.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Mount Baluran]]
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This park is a forest preservation area that covers about 25,000 hectares of the north coast of [[East Java]]. The park offers some great scenery and has organised safari activities. Safari is a much misused term in Asian travel circles but in this case it is appropriate - there is something very African about the savannah grasslands of Baluran. Of the three large national parks in East Java, this is the easiest reached and by far the easiest to travel around.
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
The value and unique nature of Baluran was first recorded in 1928 by Dutch botanist AH Loedeboer. Official national park status was granted in 1984 since which time the tourism potential o the park has slowly developed.  
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The value and unique nature of Baluran was first recorded in 1928 by Dutch botanist AH Loedeboer. Official national park status was granted in 1984 since which time the tourism potential of the park has slowly been realised.
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
[[Image:Mount Baluran.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Mount Baluran]]
 
The dominant feature of the park is 1,247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano. The forest is mostly lowland savannah inland and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km from the main entrance there is beautiful white sand beach called Bama Beach with fringing mangroves and a healthy offshore coral reef. Some 40 km of the north coast of Java are within the boundaries of the park and include some areas with excellent, healthy coral reefs close to shore.
 
  
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The dominant feature of the park is 1,247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano. The park is mostly savannah grass and acacia scrub inland and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km from the main entrance there is beautiful white sand beach called Bama Beach with fringing mangroves and a healthy offshore coral reef. Some 40 km of the north coast of Java are within the boundaries of the park and include some areas with excellent, healthy coral reefs close to shore.
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[[Image:Bama_beach.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Bama Beach, Baluran National Park]]
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
The center of area is the habitat of many exotic animals and birds such as wild pigs, deer, peafowl, indian jungefowl, some species of monkeys and the endangered java banten (buffalo).
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Mammals present include leopard cat, wild pig, Java rusa deer, three species of monkeys and the endangered java banteng (buffalo).
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Birdlife is diverse despite enormous trapping pressures for the cagebird trade before the national park was formed. Some poaching still occurs.
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
Aside from [[Madura]] this is the driest corner of Java and from April to October it is very dry, dusty and hot. Outside of the dry season, the weather is very much like the rest of Java.
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Aside from [[Madura]], this is the driest corner of Java and from April to October it is very dry. The best time to visit is the latter half of the dry season (June to October) when the grazing animals are at their most visible as they congegate the well known waterholes. Outside of the dry season, the weather is very much like the rest of Java.  It rains especially heavily in January and Febuary and during those months many areas of the park will be impassable due to flooding.
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===National Park Office===
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Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The nearest proper town to the park is Wonorejo on the north coast road between [[Banyuwangi]] and [[Probolinggo]]. The park entrance is no more than 30 minutes from the Banyuwangi ferry terminal by car or bus (take a Wonorejo-bound bus).
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
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Rp 20,000 per person payble at the park office on the main road near Wonorejo or in advance from:
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*Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Try to consider the wide ranges of this area, you will be better visit Baluran by your car or rent a car from Denpasar or Surabaya. You can also rent a car at Pasir Putih tourist resort or Situbondo. There is also motorbike public transportation called “ojek” in the main entrance that will take you to Bama Beach (with Negotiated cost)
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This is a large area with a lot of access roads leading through the park. Therefore if you are travelling independently, a hire car is a good idea.  Visitors arrive here having driven from [[Surabaya]], [[Malang]] and [[Bali]] - all very feasible.
  
The Route
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Ojeks will take you from the main park office/entrance area and from Bekol to Bama Beach.
o If you take a car, it takes 5 hours from Surabaya and 4 hours from Denpasar, Bali.
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o For tourists who stay in Pasir Putih, it takes 1.5 hours and only 1 hours from Situbondo.
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==See==
 
==See==
* '''Gua Jepang''' (Japan Cave). Gua Jepang is one of historical witness that in this place (Baluran National Park) was happened battle between Indonesia army against Japanese army. Because unequal power, there are a lot of Indonesia army who died in that battle, so this place also called Batangan. Gua Jepang has wide about 12 km that contains in 2 chambers. The north chamber was used to save the weapon, while the south chamber was used as a fissure to see an enemy.
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* <see name="Bekol Savannah" alt="" address="" directions="12 km inside the park. Ask for free map from the main park office" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is the main viewing point for the herds that gather to drink at the water hole. You really will believe you are in Africa here gazing across dry savannah against the  backdrop of Mount Baluran. There is a also a tower which allows panoramic views of the whole area.</see>
  
* '''Bekol Savannah'''.  Beside Gua Jepang, in the Baluran National Park, you also can see Bekol savannah. It's about 12 km from the entrance Baluran National park. You will see a flock of deer, bulls, etc, in the morning and in the afternoon (when the sun goes down) to do their activity. You also can see their activity and behavior of those animals from the height.
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* <see name="Bama Beach" alt="" address="" directions="3 km from Bekol" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Nice white sand beach with good live coral close offshore. Decent snorkelling spot. There is some basic accommodation here. There are usually ojek riders waiting at Bekol to ferry visitors across the Bama Beach.</see>
 
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* '''Bama Beach'''.  Bama beach is located in the east of Baluran National Park. You can see the original beach and the fantastic panorama in here. Beside that you can see the mangrove forest, Bama source and Mantingan source. One of special moment here is that you can see monkey with the long tail (Macaca fascicularis) that fishing crabs with their long tail. If you like go on food, you can pass the truck and you can see the beautiful panorama of Bama Beach on the height. Just with 15,000 Rupiahs per person you can spend the night in Bama Beach to enjoy the beautiful panorama at night here.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
There are several activities that you can do in this park such as: - Safari Forest - forest adventure - Diving and snorkeling - Mountain hiking and mount climbing - Hill walking - Beach adventure to watch the fishermen's daily activities and seed seekers - Canoeing, rowing or boating until you the Fresh Water Gulf, Sejile Gulf and Bilik Beach.
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* Climb Mount Baluran. Not a high peak by Javanese standards but the views from the top are excellent in all directions including across the ocean to Madura. You can see Bali on a clear day.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
==Eat==
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==Eat and Drink==
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There are simple shops selling drinks at both Bekol and Bama.
  
==Drink==
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Bring in your own food with you. If you are camping or staying at the simple lodges, you can stock up with food in Banyuwangi (recommended) or at the simple stores in Wonorejo.
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If you have booked the park lodges in advance, they will offer to cook meals for you.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
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There are about 16 simple rooms available at the Bekol savannah watchpoint. These are rarely full but you might want to make advance reservations via the park office in Banyuwangi.
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* <sleep name="Rosa's Eco Lodge" alt="" address="Dusun Sidomulyo,
 
* <sleep name="Rosa's Eco Lodge" alt="" address="Dusun Sidomulyo,
Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java " directions="" phone="+62 338 453005" email="bineka@telkom.net" fax="" url="http://www.rosasecolodge.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A selfstyled safari tour operator which owns pleasant local propery. They aim to have you participate in their safaris and the accommodation is part of that. However, they will allow you to book their accommodation subject to availabiltiy after their safari guests are taken care of.</sleep>
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Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java " directions="" phone="+62 338 453005" email="bineka@telkom.net" fax="" url="http://www.rosasecolodge.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A self-styled safari tour operator which owns decent local cottages. They aim to have you participate in their safaris and the accommodation is part of that. However, they will allow you to book their accommodation subject to availability after their safari package guests are taken care of.</sleep>
  
==Stay safe==
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===Camping===
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Camping facilities are available in the park at Bekol.
  
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==Stay safe==
  
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==Contact==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* On to [[Probolinggo]] for the [[Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park]].
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* [[Malang]] - the cultural heart of East Java
  
 
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[[Wikipedia:Baluran National Park]]

Revision as of 11:53, 27 January 2014

Baluran National Park is in East Java, Indonesia.

Contents

Understand

Mount Baluran

This park is a forest preservation area that covers about 25,000 hectares of the north coast of East Java. The park offers some great scenery and has organised safari activities. Safari is a much misused term in Asian travel circles but in this case it is appropriate - there is something very African about the savannah grasslands of Baluran. Of the three large national parks in East Java, this is the easiest reached and by far the easiest to travel around.

History

The value and unique nature of Baluran was first recorded in 1928 by Dutch botanist AH Loedeboer. Official national park status was granted in 1984 since which time the tourism potential of the park has slowly been realised.

Landscape

The dominant feature of the park is 1,247 m high Mount Baluran, a dormant volcano. The park is mostly savannah grass and acacia scrub inland and monsoon forest with mangroves on the coast. 15 km from the main entrance there is beautiful white sand beach called Bama Beach with fringing mangroves and a healthy offshore coral reef. Some 40 km of the north coast of Java are within the boundaries of the park and include some areas with excellent, healthy coral reefs close to shore.

Bama Beach, Baluran National Park

Flora and fauna

Mammals present include leopard cat, wild pig, Java rusa deer, three species of monkeys and the endangered java banteng (buffalo).

Birdlife is diverse despite enormous trapping pressures for the cagebird trade before the national park was formed. Some poaching still occurs.

Climate

Aside from Madura, this is the driest corner of Java and from April to October it is very dry. The best time to visit is the latter half of the dry season (June to October) when the grazing animals are at their most visible as they congegate the well known waterholes. Outside of the dry season, the weather is very much like the rest of Java. It rains especially heavily in January and Febuary and during those months many areas of the park will be impassable due to flooding.

National Park Office

Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.

Get in

The nearest proper town to the park is Wonorejo on the north coast road between Banyuwangi and Probolinggo. The park entrance is no more than 30 minutes from the Banyuwangi ferry terminal by car or bus (take a Wonorejo-bound bus).

Fees/Permits

Rp 20,000 per person payble at the park office on the main road near Wonorejo or in advance from:

  • Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.

Get around

This is a large area with a lot of access roads leading through the park. Therefore if you are travelling independently, a hire car is a good idea. Visitors arrive here having driven from Surabaya, Malang and Bali - all very feasible.

Ojeks will take you from the main park office/entrance area and from Bekol to Bama Beach.

See

  • Bekol Savannah, (12 km inside the park. Ask for free map from the main park office). This is the main viewing point for the herds that gather to drink at the water hole. You really will believe you are in Africa here gazing across dry savannah against the backdrop of Mount Baluran. There is a also a tower which allows panoramic views of the whole area.
  • Bama Beach, (3 km from Bekol). Nice white sand beach with good live coral close offshore. Decent snorkelling spot. There is some basic accommodation here. There are usually ojek riders waiting at Bekol to ferry visitors across the Bama Beach.

Do

  • Climb Mount Baluran. Not a high peak by Javanese standards but the views from the top are excellent in all directions including across the ocean to Madura. You can see Bali on a clear day.

Buy

Eat and Drink

There are simple shops selling drinks at both Bekol and Bama.

Bring in your own food with you. If you are camping or staying at the simple lodges, you can stock up with food in Banyuwangi (recommended) or at the simple stores in Wonorejo.

If you have booked the park lodges in advance, they will offer to cook meals for you.

Sleep

Lodging

There are about 16 simple rooms available at the Bekol savannah watchpoint. These are rarely full but you might want to make advance reservations via the park office in Banyuwangi.

  • Rosa's Eco Lodge, Dusun Sidomulyo, Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java, +62 338 453005 (), [1]. A self-styled safari tour operator which owns decent local cottages. They aim to have you participate in their safaris and the accommodation is part of that. However, they will allow you to book their accommodation subject to availability after their safari package guests are taken care of.

Camping

Camping facilities are available in the park at Bekol.

Stay safe

Contact

Get out



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