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Baluran National Park is in East Java, Indonesia.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
This is a lage area with a lot of access roads leading through the park. Therefore if you are travelling independenly, a hire car is a good idea. Vistiors arrive here havign driven from Surabaya, Malang and Bali - all very feasible.
Bemos and ojeks will take you from the main park entrance to Bama Beach.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Rosa's Eco Lodge, Dusun Sidomulyo, Sumberwaru, Banyuputih, Situbondo 68734, East Java, ☎ +62 338 453005 ([email protected]), . 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.