Bawean island Gresik
Bawean island is also known as Bali of East Java. Let me proudly claimed about it. Why? Let’s read then!
Bawean isle appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming hillies and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. It is also famous for an endemic of Bawean deer’s home!
Bawean island also enchants with its traditional dances and colorful natural made handy craft. There are some Bawean’s crafts and products. They are plaited pandanus mat, purse, tissue box, some traditional products naturally material handmade and many things you would like to bring back home.
If you are thinking of bringing home souvenirs, your best bet is the souvenir center at Gunung Teguh village where you may be overwhelmed by choice.
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Bawean island The hidden gems of East Java
As Bawean is located in the equator, you will find the climate to be the typical tropical, warm and humid all year round with two main distinctive seasons: Dry Season and Rainy Season.
Bawean’s white beaches (Noko Gili and Noko Selayar) are certainly favorite destinations for family holidays. You can go swimming or you may just linger and enjoy good sunbathing by the sea.
Kastoba lake in the centre of Bawean also presents its pristine natural view. Try exploring or trekking Kastoba lake in Tropical forest park, where you may get up close and personal with Bawean’s natural lake.
Pump your Adrenaline by climb the highest hill, Ghunong Sabu. However, make sure to ask permission first from the local authorities.
Enjoy also the highest Laccar waterfall with its landscape natural view.
Sangkapura town of Bawean island is one of central districts in Bawean. Along with this stretch are an array of motels, restaurants, shops, and cafes. Most of the motels are located near the town area.
For a quieter evening enjoy the seaside at Sangkapura town area, a popular spot to consume traditional food and eat fresh barbecued seafood.
Enjoy your Vitamin Sea
The best dive spots can be located at Karang ceet, Karang pasong and Cena island, with its reef flat rich with small specis of fish.
Noko Gili Locates in the eastern of Bawean, you can go swimming or you may just linger and enjoy good sunbathing by the sea or enjoying sunset.
Cena island is in western part of Bawean, you can enjoy the beautiful coral reef. It is also famous for its diving activities renowned for reef conservation.
After exploring hours are done for the day, you can surrender in total relaxation and experience the best of local Bawean massage service.
Where is Bawean Island ?
Bawean island is Indonesia island in the Java sea about 80 NM north of Surabaya (150 Km). It locates between Borneo and Java Island on the East Java. It is a great place if you want to explore somewhere off the beaten track.
How to get to Bawean island ?
The gateway to enter Bawean by a flight route is through the Juanda International Airport. Susi Air will take the visitor to the Island of Bawean deer species.
Bawean is accessible by fast ferry ride from Gresik port. Every day except Friday you will be served by fast ferry to reach the island.
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Things to do in Bawean Island ?
Let’s visit Bawean and explore varies natural tourist destinations. The best things to do in Bawean isle include not-to-be-missed some of the most iconic landmarks and landscapes that you can find around this beautiful island. They are waterfall, lake, carst, hot springs, visit other small island, snorkeling, trekking, see monkey and endemic deer -Bawean deer (Axis Kuhlii)
How to Get Around in Bawean island ?
There are two modes of transportation to reach Bawean island. If you want to escape from your harsh reality, come to Bawean Island. 2 types of ferry, high speed ferry 3 hrs or cargo boat 9hrs and Susi Air for flight. You can click HERE for RENT CAR -SCOOTER – BOAT IN BAWEAN to rent transportation to go around in Bawean. You can also find and ask a car and driver with English spoken guide and private tour guide. Negotiate for your private guide and get an best affordable fee for him/her.
Get also some varieties of excellent half day, full day tour packages from your hotel desk or any of TRAVEL AGENT AND TOUR OPERATOR around Bawean isle.
Bawean Populer Tourist Destinations
The best Bawean tourist destinations that you can find around this wonderful island :
Bawean Deer Breeding
This deer reserved is located in Beto Gebang Pudakit Barat, Sangkapura district. It is about 10 Km from Sangkapura with 30 minutes trip. To reach this reserved that located in the hill area, you can use motorcycle or car. The road is look pretty good to reach the closest village. The road will be difficult to passed only in rainy season because the wet ground is so slippery when rain.
Bawean Deer or Axis Kulii that live in Bawean Deer reserved is not transfer animal from another reserved. This reserved is located at foot part of Mount Gadung and borders with Bawean conservation forest. The location is very potential for study tour, research and eco-tourism. Surely, the reserved is still fresh and there are many various birds here. The cliffs that surrounded the reserved are the recommended object for climbers. The wide of the reserved is about 4 hectares.
Candi Mini Waterfall
The visitors can say that Grojogan Candi waterfall is greeting spot of Kastoba lake because the distance is only a few steps from parking area to track path to Kastoba. The waterfall which was under Kastoba Lake and sourced water also from Kastoba Lake. The distance from Kastoba is about 200 M, here you can swim, or bath under the waterfall.
This waterfall is located in the middle of woods and still very natural, so it bring its coolness. Grojogan Candi waterfall falls flowing through the hills and very clear. Beside enjoy the fresh waterfalls, visitors will also enjoy the natural atmosphere around. Its green water and nature will make the visitor admires to this tourist area.
Besides its beautiful beach tourism and small islands, Bawean also has a very exotic lake. Kastoba lake is located in Paromaan village, Candi, Tambak district, Bawean Gresik. It takes only one and a half hour drive from Sangkapura dock, by passing Bawean road. Kastoba lake located on a high hill enough. There are hundreds of steps that you must go through the undergrowth on either side of the road. Must be careful to get to the top, because the road to the lake is still very natural.
Quiet and peaceful atmosphere will greet you in a lake with 725 ha width. Its location on a hill surrounded by trees make the air feel so cool. Of course this will make you want to stay all day in the only lake in Bawean island. Lush green landscape with giant shade trees, the very clean and clear lake water will make all visitors feel at home.
To reach the lake is not easy. The visitors should be go to Peromaan village, Tambak district. Arrive in the village, visitors must walk through the path then enter the forest. The road is up and down through hills and have to walk for about 1 Km to get to Kastoba Lake. It because the Kastoba lake is located on hill. But this not discourage the tourists. There still many visitors visit the lake in holidays. Kastoba lake gives special feels to those nature lovers. Besides, there are many rare animal species and various insects that not same as others insect in Indonesia. So that, this location has a tremendous appeal and it is difficult to compare with other tourist destinations in Indonesia.
Labuhan Beach for North Anchorage Bay
Labuhan beach is a tourist icon in Bawean island located in Tanjunggori village, Tambak district. The beach is known for its beautiful and worthy for such marine tourism just like in Kuta beach Bali and other. Labuhan beach is also known for its beaches with an abundance of charm underwater. When dusk comes, this place is the most appropriate place to see the moment of sunset in the west of Bawean island.
Labuhan beach is virgin beach with so clean sand that spread on the beach. It also has so calm waves so the visitors can swim here. The visitors will also meet some crabs houses around the beach. So fantastic and wonderful beach to visit
Laccar waterfall is located in Laccar sub-village, Kebun teluk dalam village, Sangkapura district, about 15 km from the center Sangkapura district. The location can reached by four wheel drive vehicles up to Laccar sub-village. Arrive the tourist sites, not directly meet the waterfall, but you have to walk through forest path which surrounded by palm trees as far as about 500 meters. Continued by passed the rocky river about 200 meters, then get to Laccar waterfall area.
This waterfall has about 25 meters height with artistic cliffs background, but for last ten years, the water flow is heavily and has influenced by season. If the rainy season comes, the water flows swift and mighty strength. Otherwise, during the dry season, the water becomes more weak. This tourist area has surrounded by hills that covered with leafy trees, provides cool air atmosphere. Of course, this condition makes visitors feel comfortable to enjoy the roar of the water that falls in between the rocks and the chirping sounds of variety birds and monkeys of forest dwellers around Laccar waterfall. Those are heard at any time, as if to greet all visitors who come to enjoy the beauty of natural scenery.
The nature atmosphere around gives coolness with a gentle breeze blowing wet, with rocks piled which is usually used as a stopover for many people and ready to play a natural shower or swim in cool pool. Laccar waterfall will always be a potential natural destination in Bawean. Beside Laccar waterfall, Laccar sub-village also has beautiful environment, natural footpaths in the forest and then pass through a river with twisted contortion water flow to get to the waterfall are giving particular challenge for visitors. Along the way to the waterfall, visitors will encountered wildlife such as monkeys and various birds chirping, which adds the nature impression.
All Bawean people surely knowing well with Martalaya. The visitors will passed the winding road and if you look down, there is a deep ravine. In this ravine, you will see beautiful nature scenery with river and rocks that so neatly. The special of this waterfall is the neat rocks with nature atmosphere around.
Noko Gili Atoll
Noko Island is a very small island, uninhabited, and has wide enough of white sand. The water is crystal clear, the island is clean, and the sand is smooth. The waves are calm or even almost no waves. The island which adjacent to Gili Island has about one square kilometer with the rest of the land is filled by beautiful white sand. It is suitable for beach and underwater lovers. You can also snorkel to enjoy the underwater beauty, with of course bring your own tools.
Gili Island or Gili Timur Island is a small island within 2.3 Km east of Bawean island. To visit this island, you can cross by renting a fishing boat and need about 30 minutes trip. Gili Island is one of dense inhabited island in Bawean. There are about 700 heads of families of various ethnic groups living in this island. Gili island offers beaches with beautiful white sand. Do not miss the beaches on Gili island and its amazing sunset.
Noko Selayar Atoll
Noko Selayar is a mountain in the middle of sea, separated from Bawean land. Selayar tourist destination located in Sungairujing village, Sangkapura district. Noko Selayar is just like a mound of white sand. No home, no more trees, almost nothing other than smooth white sand.
Access to the island is very easy, can ride a motorcycle or a car. Whereas to get to the island, you can use speed boat or boat motor with about 4.5 km distance and can reach for about 20 minutes from Bawean island. With about 6000 m2 area, Noko Selayar offers the charm of beauty underwater. The uniqueness of the island is the position of the island (hills) which located in offshore.
Around the island (in the middle of sea) is full of scenic rocks and shrubs. There are many sea shells here and on the afternoon, there are many people around come to collect those sea shells. Coral flowers that surround the island forming beautiful marine park, moreover, with their ornamental fish with different colors playing on the sidelines of the sponge. Beside, the coral reefs in Bawean still intact and very nice, the diverse and charming are almost same to Bunaken marine park. The tourism spot on the island is also very suitable for tourists who want snorkeling or diving. Moreover, the waves on the beach is also small, so it would not be an obstacle for tourists who want to swim or snorkel.
Cena Island is very rich of marine life charming. Visitors can dive and enjoy a variety of marine life, such as table coral (coral that formed table), reef fish, sea eel, magpie, starfish, clams and Kima mussels. This Cena island is quite close to the mainland Bawean. If the low tide, we could even walk to the island from Dedawang sub-village, Telukjatidawang village. Similarly to Nusa Island, Cena Island located in west part of Bawean. However, the better spot is in the western and northern part of the island, so if visitors walk from Bawean, you have to turn a bit far.
If the visitors coming from Nusa Island, visitors can use kelotok (traditional boat made from woods material). So you will be greeted with a big enough of lined rock. Now the higher stone is in the north part. Just walk rather bit and you will find ‘Batu Pengantin’ (Bride Stone). In this Cena Island you can not play sand. But for you who like to swim, have fun here. The water is clear and the banks are not too deep
Tajung Ga’ang Carst
One of famous tourist destination in Bawean island is the amazing Tanjung Ga’ang. The unique one of Tanjung Ga’ang is its nature view. The visitors will passed several tourist destinations such as; Tanjung Kodok, rocked coral, and another marine sceneries. Tanjung Ga’ang location is not too far from Sangkapura. It is about 8km, precisely located in Somor-Somor village, Tanjung Kima area, also part of Kumalasa area.
The main interesting of Tanjung Ga’ang is its beautiful coral cliffs. Those cliffs are very famous for Bawean visitors, even it has said that there is marble contains in those cliffs. From the cliffs, the visitors can enjoy the beautiful and clear water with the colorful fishes. Tanjung Ga’ang itself can divided into three tourism spots. First, enjoy the expanse of cliffs from the sea by boat charter. Second, enjoy the expanse of wide coral by looking at the beauty of the sea water. And the last one is Tanjung Kodok beach in before we climbed the rocks, when we will be over the cliff.
Tanjung Ga’ang is stretch of very wide coral above the clear blue sea. So the first option to enjoy Tanjung Ga’ang is enjoy the cliffs along with a chartered boat ride. The stunning coral scenery, the blue color of the sea as seen from the corals, will pay your hard journey to reach this spot. Besides, visitors can also swim, sun bathing and snorkeling.
Tanjung Kima is another tourist destination in Bawean island which offers its stunning and beauty coral. Tanjung Kima is near to Tanjung Ga’ang, about 8km from Sangkapura districts. It is located in Somor-Somor village, Sangkapura district. If you go to Tanjung Ga’ang, then you have to pass this Tanjung Kima first because the two objects is indeed inline.
In this area visitors will be treated by coconut trees view. After passing through the forest and Somor-Somor village, visitors will reach Tanjung Kima beach. Elongated beaches with smooth sand soaked by sea water get near to the shore. Rocks spread in almost all beach. If visitors continue the journey towards Tanjung Ga’ang, then after this Tanjung Kima, you will arrive in Tanjung Kodok then go to Tanjung Ga’ang.
Okay, That’s all about Bawean island we can write here. If you have any travel query to visit Bawean, you may contact us for details of the tour packages, rental service, private English tour guide. Thanks for reading!! – Baweanis