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Pulau Merah Beach, Best Place to Surf in Banyuwangi

Pulau Merah Beach means spectacular. That’s right. If you are a real travelers, love surfing, crazy to hunt local culinary and want to challenge the adrenaline, here is the best place to visit. The pounding of the wave would be your best friend in Pulau Merah Beach. Watching the surfer who is showing off their skill to conquer the wave is also a common performance as the beach is so popular for surfing.

Even, Pulau Merah Beach becomes a subscription place as International Surfing Competition. That is mean the wave of the beach is admitted and suitable for surfing. The beach is also having picturesque view. Yes, Banyuwangi has a beautiful beach and it must be introduced to the world. Now, if you interested and plan to go there, you surely need to know the location and what other things you can do? Lets find out one by one.
Location of Pulau Merah Beach Banyuwangi
Pulau Merah Beach is situated at Sumberagung Village, Pesanggaran sub-district, 60 km from Banyuwangi City which is can be reached within 3 hours. From Belimbingsari Airport, you can rent a car because only few public transportation will take you there. The access is adequate because there are so many post-sign directing you to Pulau Merah Beach.

However, if you want to take public transportation from Banyuwangi City, you can take a bus Ujang Jaya or Minto Bus to Pesanggaran, precisely at Pesanggaran Market. Next you can take ojek or motorcycle taxi to Pulau Merah Beach. But, if you start it from Jember City, you need to get down at Jajag Terminal and continue the trip by a bus to Pesanggaran. What about the ticket? Well, in a holiday season, there is no entrance ticket, so it is free. But for daily visit, you need to pay IDR2.5k

International Surfing Competition at Pulau Merah Beach
Having a high and constant wave make Pulau Merah Beach becomes favorite spot for surfing. That is why International Surfing Competition attract professional surfers from around the world. They come from Thailand, France, Hungary, Korea, USA, Germany, Swiss, Venezuela  and they will compete in 7 categories.

The length of wave that come from the sea can be 400 meters. That is why international surfers love to come and challenge the adrenaline. And now, the competition becomes an event sport tourism and will be held annually. Moreover, this event becomes a free promotion to invite tourists to explore the other tourist destinations in Banyuwangi.

Surfing Pulau Merah Beach
Actually, the type of wave in Pulau Merah Beach is similar to Kuta Beach in Bali, but a bit bigger. Even, under the wave is sandy and not rocky just like G-Land. That is why this spot is safe for surfing. What make it special is because during April to September, the wave is high but not as extreme as at G-Land.

In Pulau Merah Beach, the wave is supportive for surfers to do any maneuver such as tubing technique because the wave is more serious, plus less of rock at the base of the beach, so that this is safer for surfers. Although the the wave is pretty high, but both professional and amateur can surf at Pulau Merah Beach.

Aside having Pulau Merah Beach, Banyuwangi also have Plengkung Beach that previously known as surfing spot. Plus, Plengkung Beach is popular to G-Land and having higher wave compared by Pulau Merah Beach. As you know, G-Land is more suitable for professional surfer because the Kingkong wave is more challenging. While in surfing Pulau Merah Beach, the beach is slope slightly and suitable for surf school.

Waiting for the sunset at Pulau Merah Beach
The main character of the beach is having white to brown sand with 3 km length seaside. The beach is also surrounded by the hills and under the the hill itself is full of rocks. When the sunset comes, the shine light having orange to red color. The hill is also having red color. As the water is receding, you can go to the hill easily. That is why people name the beach as Pulau Merah or Red Island.

Travelers, don’t think the crowd of the people in Pulau Merah Beach only exist in the morning or daytime. You will surprise to know that even when the day going to dark, the people come more and more to the beach to see dozens of surfers who are trying to conquer the ferocity of wave in Pulau Merah Beach. Moreover, the people interested to wait the sunset at the beach. And for for photographer, the sunset in the beach is one of spectacular spot in Banyuwangi as well.

Other activities at Pulau Merah Beach
Travelers, if you don't have experience of surfing, you can take surf school at Pulau Merah Beach. Don't worry about the equipment because you can rent board surf from IDR25k – IDR50k a day near the beach. But if you want to do something else, you still have some activities there.

For paralayang lover, you can use the hill at the island to take off. The other chance you can try is parasailing. Even, in certain occasion, you also will be invited to release baby turtles to the beach. And because the height of the wave is around 2 – 5 meters and that is why Pulau Merah Beach is not suitable for swimming. So, don’t swim there.

Hunting local culiner at Pulau Merah Beach
After tired of surfing in Pulau Merah Beach, you may feel hungry. There are so many food stalls offers you seafood and coconut water. Besides that, you also will find traditional food from Banyuwangi. The presence of street vendors is also very helpful because when the situation is crowded, they can provide you mineral water.

Then where to stay in Pulau Merah Beach? Don't worry, you can stay overnight at Manyar Hotel, Kalibatu Cottege, Watu Dodol, Ketapang Indah, Berlian Abadi, Ikhtiar Surya, Ijen Resort and Villas, Agung Jaya Mahkota, Margo Utomo Argo Resort, and Margo Utomo Hill View.

How it sounds travelers? Interesting, isn’t it? 
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