Not merely a stopping place before crossing to Bali. Banyuwangi also has astonishing beaches comparable to those of Bali’s. The Green Bay Banyuwangi or Teluk Hijau is one of these beaches. Located at Sarongan Village, Pesanggrahan, it’s around 90 kilometers from downtown Banyuwangi.
As indicated by its name, Green Bay Banyuwangi main characteristic is its breathtaking turquoise water. Green Bay or teluk hijau beach is still in the same location as Meru Betiri National Park. The national park itself is known as the last habitat of the now extinct Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica).
At present, the park focuses on turtle conservation. Beaches at Meru Betiri are nesting grounds. For the species of leatherback turtles, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles. Its location at Meru Betiri makes Green Bay have many interesting neighbors. 20 meters from Green Bay, there’s a waterfall called Bidadari Waterfall.
Other beaches such as Batu Beach and Rajegwesi add up to the list of must-go after Green Bay. Visitors interested in turtles sightseeing can go even deeper into Meru Betiri. And of course visit Sukamade, where turtles conservation effort mostly takes place.
Green Bay’s Banyuwangi Highlight
Green Bay or teluk hijau beach offers clear turquoise water. Which turns blue gradually into the middle of the ocean. In a beautiful contrast with the water, the white sand looks warm. Warm enough to sunbathe on and is inviting to play with. The surrounding forest adds more colors to this vista.
Add the blue sky on a day with perfect weather, one could easily stay mesmerized for hours. The beach also has calm water. Its topography shields the shore from the Indian Ocean’s raging waves. Swimming is welcome, if not a must.
No one would miss the opportunity to swim in this pearly green water. Snorkeling can be another fun activity to do, but tourists will need to bring their own equipment.
Bidadari Waterfall is not far from Green Bay’s shoreline. It’s an 8-meter high waterfall flowing through cliffs located at the right side of teluk hijau beach. The only freshwater source around the beach. Bidadari Waterfall makes an excellent showering place after swimming at the sea. The water discharge is perfect, not too big but also not too small.
Camping, why not?
Camping at Green Bay Banyuwangi is possible but only for the most adventurous. It is practically a jungle with no facilities, so expect challenges testing campers’ survival skill. To go camping, first get permission from the park’s officials. Be careful with monkeys at night. They tend to steal, it’s a good idea to always keep the belongings under supervision.
Meru Betiri coast was hit by a tsunami in 1994. Although the bay was relatively unaffected, its neighbor Batu Beach faced a different fate. Batu had been a sandy beach before the tsunami. But now the beach shore consists mainly of rocks because the sand was all swept away by the tsunami wave.
Batu beach is located 300 meters from Green Bay. Batu beach may look like Green bay’s less interesting neighbor. But this beach is unique on its own. Enjoy the expanse of rocks, big and small, covering its shoreline.
Waves crashing into the rocks create a unique and relaxing sound not found at Green Bay. Since it is much less crowded than Green Bay, the beach is for those who seek a totally peaceful atmosphere.
A stop before Green Bay, Rajegwesi Beach located at a little fishing village with the same name. Enjoy the sight of fishing boats lining neatly along the shore. Chat with the fishermen too, they are known to be very friendly. The beach itself is also charming. It has yellowish sandy shore and perfect blue water.
Meru Betiri Trekking
The 2 km path from Rajegwesi to Green Bay is only a small part of Meru Betiri National Park. But it’s an interesting track nonetheless. The road is narrow and could be muddy on rainy days. It’s overgrown with zalacca plants and other large trees left and right.
Although Javan Tiger is believed to be extinct. Another type of big cat still lives at Meru Betiri, the Javan leopards. Not to worry though, they reside deep in the jungle. Along the path, visitors can also see Teluk Damai.
It is a cliff with concave-shaped walls and dark blue sea water below. Strong waves constantly hit the cliffs, listen to their pounding sound. The strong wave is also why tourists can only enjoy Teluk Damai from a height.
Green Bay Banyuwangi Opening Hours
Green Bay visiting hours follow Meru Betiri National Park. As the beach lies right in the national park area itself. It entrances counter open from 7 AM to 4.30 PM. The sea transport available from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm
|Teluk Hijau Beach Opening Hours|
|Everyday||07:00 – 16:30|
|Sea Transport||07:00 – 16:00|
Green Bay Banyuwangi Entrance Fee
Visitors need to pay an IDR 150k entrance fee to enter Meru Betiri National Park. The beach itself doesn’t require any tickets. There’s only a parking fee for visitors with private vehicles, IDR 5k for motorcycles and IDR 10k for cars.
|Green Bay Banyuwangi Entrance Fee|
|Retribution to Teluk Hijau Beach||Free|
|Meru Betiri National Park Entrance Fee||Rp150.000|
|Parking Fee||Rp5.000/motorcycle Rp10.000 car|
There are no man-made facilities at Green Bay. The nearest bathroom facility is located at the parking area on Rajegwesi Beach, around 2 kilometers from Green Bay. The same thing goes with accommodations and restaurants, visitors can only find them near Rajegwesi.
It’s recommended to bring food, drink, and first aid kit when visiting teluk hijau beach. There isn’t any trash bin either, trashes should be kept by visitors and throw away later.
How To Get To Green Bay Banyuwangi
It takes 2,5 hours to get to the green or teluk hijau beach from Banyuwangi. How to get there by public transport: From any point of Banyuwangi, head for Jajag Bus Station. Take a Damri Bus heading to Sarongan. Then take a motorcycle taxi to Rajegwesi Beach.
At Rajegwesi beach, there will be two options to access the bay. Visitors can either walk for 2 kilometers through Meru Betiri National Park or take a boat to get to the Bay.
Opt for walking when going to the beach and use boat service on the way back, hence visitors will get the best of both experiences. The boat trip costs IDR 35k for a return trip and IDR 25k for a one-way trip.