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Merah Island, the Best Spot for Surfer in Banyuwangi

Merah Island or Red Island is one of tourist destination in the South Sea area. The natural scenery still can be seen by visitor who wants to spend their vacation. Along the beach, you can see the green belt that surrounds to be region protector. Merah Beach becomes a new alternative for surfers who want to challenge the powerful wave. Whether you are amateur or professional surfer, you will have fun when you visit the beach. When you come, you will agree if Merah Island is considered become a hidden pearl.

Merah Island is also identical with white sand. The natural scenery of the island and a hill with height 200 meters around the beach looks so stunning. The exotic view will accompany surfers while the challenge the powerful wave. Even, you can see many pandanus trees along the beach. The surface of area in the beach is covered by green trees. That is why people will love it because this combination makes it looks so different.
As a landmark in this area, there are two versions of story. The resident said that the island got the name because previously it has red color of ground. And the other said a long time ago, the resident saw red color of light in this place. Since that time, people who live in this area call the island as Merah Island or Red Island. The wave of water in Merah Island is suit for surfing. Besides that, the wind is not too strong. The height of wave can be 4 – 5 meters, and that makes surfers love to try this spot.

Merah Island is located at Sumberagung Village, Pesanggaran Sub-district, Banyuwangi City, East Java, Indonesia. It is about 70 km south of Banyuwangi. To reach the island, it needs extra effort because it will take around 2.5 hours. Bad infrastructure becomes a problem because less public transportation through this place. The bus only takes you to Pesanggaran Market and you still need to continue riding ojek for 45 minutes to Merah Island. The easiest way to reach it is by motorcycle and car.

Merah Island has complete facilities, such as toilet, parking car, small mosque, and home-stay. Some residents offer you to spend the night in their house. The cost is quite cheap because you only need to pay IDR100,000 or US$11 per night. In addition, you don’t need to worry about food because there are many food stalls along the beach to provide you local dishes. When the day almost dark, some people start to arrange chairs and you will see the beauty of night in this place by sipping your drinking.

Surfing is the most favorite activity in Merah Island. The power of wave is so strong and the wind will give you extra support to stay on your board. The goodness of the wave in this beach is because the wave rolling with two meters height and 300 meters long. This condition will enable the surfer to keep maneuvering. With less rocks and cliffs around the beach, the surfer will be safer to try new style of surfing. In some spot, the wave is not too strong, and the amateur surfer can try this one. The popularity of Merah Island becomes more spreading, and that is why surfers from around the world come nowadays.
If you have interest to learn surfing, there are rental equipments along the beach. You only need to pay IDR25.000 or US$2.8, you can start your new hobby. When the beach crowded, especially on holiday and weekend, you will be charged around IDR2,000 or US$0.2 to enter the beach. But, it will be free in the daily. While you come, you can enjoy surfers challenge to wave, and you will be accompanied by breezing wind. Some people spend their time in the beach by playing beach volleyball and paragliding.

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