Banyuwangi is the eastern-most regency of East Java. To the north
lies the regency of Situbondo. The regencies of Jember and Bondowoso
neighbor Banyuwangi to the west. To the east lies the island of
Bali and to the west lies the Indonesian Ocean. Banyuwangi is situated
on the coordinate 70 45’ 15” S and 113’ 38.2” E.
Because of its location, Banyuwangi has diverse natural scenery,
rich art, culture, customs and traditions.
The beauty of nature is spread across Banyuwangi from the west
to the east. Mountains, forests and beaches mark the landscape
of the regency. For instance, Ijen Crater, in the western part
of Banyuwangi is famous for its beautiful crater lake, the traditional
sulfur miners who amazingly climb up and down the slope of Mount
Merapi, and the plantations that cover the Crater’s slope.
The National Park of Meru Betiri is famous for its Java Tiger and
turtles. These locations form the center of the Tourism Developed
area which is called the Diamond Triangle, which connects one Tourism
Object to another.
Banyuwangi also has various art, culture, customs and traditions.
One of the typical arts of Banyuwangi is Gandrung, a welcoming
dance for distinguished guests. The dance is the defining dance
of Banyuwangi. Besides Gandrung, Seblang, Kuntulan, Damarwulan,
Angklung, Ketoprak, Barong, Kendang Kempul, Jaranan are arts that
can be seen in Banyuwangi. Other customs that can be observed in
Banyuwangi include the sea offering, metik (a celebration performed
before rice and coffee harvesting), Rebo Wekasan, Kebo Visit Banyuwangi
the Real Tropical Country keboan, Ruwatan, Tumplek punjen, Gredoan,
Endog-endogan, etc. These events are performed every year and are
included in the Calendar of Events of Banyuwangi. The typical handicrafts
and traditional foods are available across Banyuwangi. The products
and places that should be visited are Batik Tulis at Temenggungan
and Tempo, Bamboo handicraft at Kecamatan Rogojampi and Kalipuro,
etc. Banyuwangi also has typical food products; such as bagiak,
selai pisang (banana jam) etc.
There native people of Banyuwangi are Banyuwanginese. They have
their own dialect which combines the languages of Javanese and
Balinese. Ethnic Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and people from Banjar
also call Banyuwangi home. The diverse natural scenery, the rich
art, culture, customs and traditions, constitute worthy treasures
that must be introduced to all people. The people of Banyuwangi
and the local government will be supported and benefited by tourism.
The income from tourism will provide the capital to develop the
regency of Banyuwangi. Tourists will also benefit from their rich
experiences as they visit Banyuwangi.