Along with the more popular Plengkung Beach (G-Land), Pulau Merah Beach, and Pesanggaran Beach, the black sand Grajagan Beach forms part of the enchanting shoreline that together make up the coast of Banyuwangi in the province of East Java. In recent years, however, Grajagan Beach has also gained popularity among surfing enthusiasts from around the globe.
Situated some 52 Km south from the heart of the town of Banyuwangi, Grajagan beach lies inside the 314 hectares South Banyuwangi Forest Utilization Area (KPH) within the Alas Purwo National Park, and is located near the Grajagan Village, in the Purwoharjo district. The beach serves as gateway to other great surfing spots near Banyuwangi that includes the popular G-Land.
Grajagan Beach, East Java (Source : grajagan.com)
The vast swathe of beachfront is carpeted with beautiful black sand and decorated with caves and hills. Setting foot on the beach, one will be greeted with a panoramic scenery of a serene beach and rows of beautiful hills, brushed by the sound of rushing waves. Here one can also observe three caves that were once used by Japanese troops during World War II.
The beach also offers a one of a kind spectacle where you can watch traditional fishermen set sail for the open sea, and in the afternoon observe the boats return fully laden with their fish catch. Here you can buy freshly caught fish directly from the boats. Or for a one of a kind experience, why not try sail along with them and catch fish the traditional way.
If you want to search for Banyuwangi’s distinct cuisines and snacks, you can go to Pelangi Sari which is located at Jalan Brawijaya 3. Aside from offering various traditional Banyuwangi and East Javanese culinary delights, the restaurant is also the best place to rest and relax before venturing on to various other tourist attractions within this regency.
Several modest inns are available at Grajagan Beach that also serve as facility center for those traveling on to G-Land or the Alas Purwo National Park. There are at least 10 rooms and 2 bungalows available with prices ranging from Rp 150,000 to Rp 200,000.
Just like its neighboring beaches, Grajagan also offers thrilling waves for those who enjoy surfing. A course in surfing is available in the area, which is run by Made Supartha. The 40 years’ old surfer is the only trainer at Grajagan who gained experience from various places in Bali. He returned to his homeland in Grajagan where he joined the beach rescue team and eventually opened a surfing course. Surf boards are available for rent ranging for Rp 25,000 to Rp 35,000.
Surfing at Grajagan Beach, East Java (Source : grajagan.com)
Grajagan Beach is also situated near Cungur Beach which has the Segoro Anak Lake, which is the perfect place for water skiing, canoeing, and other water sports. Since this area is sheltered from the open sea, Grajagan is perfect for sunbathing and other beachside relaxing activities.
In Grajagan are also a number of man-made caves by the beach that are said to have been built by Japanese troops when they occupied the Indonesian Archipelago during World War II.
To reach Grajagan Beach is fairly easy, since there are already asphalted roads for cars and public transport. It takes approximately 1 hour from Banyuwangi to get to Grajagan Beach. The road is wide enough even for large buses.
If you wish to take public transport, take the Bus at Banyuwangi that goes to the town of Jember (and vice versa) and alight at Benculuk. From Benculuk, continue by mini bus for about 12 Km before you reach Grajagan Beach.
The best time to catch the waves at Grajagan Beach is between August to September.
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