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10 Booming Spots In East Java You Should Drop In

Rofiq
Updated Aug 06, 2018

The global travelers often associate East Java with Mount Bromo. We’ve picked some newly discovered destinations in East Java awaiting the wanderers who are hungry for new adventure. Surabaya with the bustling capital, Blitar with the historical sites, and Banyuwangi with the blue fire phenomenon are just the little intriguing arrays of must-visit destinations. Are you curious about the 10 spots which will be huge trends in 2017? Let’s check them out!

1. Maron River, Pacitan

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If the Philippines has the Loboc to enjoy the peaceful river ambiance, Indonesia has Maron River. Situated in westernmost region, called Pacitan, Maron River is the real paradise. The enticing green stream surrounded by dense coconut trees is the feature of this lovely destination. To explore the river, you can try a tiny river cruise and do water tubing. The boat race is annually held in the green river.

Maron River

Address: Pacitan, East Java

Price: from 6.4 USD to 7.5 USD

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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2. Kedung Celeng Beach, Malang


The Indian ocean in south Java is famous for rough waves. It has a truly unforgiving current which makes it impossible to explore underwater. However, the Instagrammable Kedung Celeng Beach offers a different option to see the beautiful ocean. The tiny bay with a white sand beach has gorgeous underwater views. You can snorkel and swim at the Kedung Celeng Beach.

Kedung Celeng Beach

Address: South Malang, East Java

Price: free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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3. Ranu Gumbolo, Tulungagung


Ranu Gumbolo is one of the most visited spots in Tulung Agung due to its similarity with Ranu Kumbolo, the beautiful lake in Mount Semeru. The lake has an amazing landscape filled with still turquoise water and lush surrounding. This cool spot is actually the part of Wonorejo dam. At the right moment, you can take the best photography with the background of Ranu Gumbolo.

Ranu Gumbolo

Address: Tulungagung, East Java

Price: from 0.5 USD to 0.7 USD

Opening Hours 6am - 5pm

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4. Bukit Jamur (Mushroom Hills), Gresik


Mushroom Hills known as Bukit Jamur in Gresik has captivated people with its unique landscape. The mushroom-like limestone is naturally shaped by the wind and rain. The dusty site surrounded by a lovely meadow creates an image of hobbit village. Unfortunately, Bukit Jamur is open for public only on weekends. You can reach this Bukit Jamur from Surabaya.

Bukit Jamur

Address: Gresik, East Java

Price: from 0.2 USD to 0.4 USD (parking fee)

Opening Hours: 6am - 5pm (weekend)

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5. Mangrove Forest, Trenggalek


Time yourself for a nature experience in Mangrove forest. Situated in the southern coast of Trenggalek, you will be welcomed with a fresh view of mangrove trees. There is a wooden bridge called “jembatan galau” for visitors to stroll along the green area. If you want to enjoy the thick forest, you can ride on a small boat going along the river. Be sure to check the weather before visiting, to ensure a sunny day for exploration.

Hutan Mangrove

Address: Pance Cengkrong, Trenggalek

Price: from 0.2 USD

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6. Omah Kayu (Wooden House), Batu-Malang

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Feel a new sensation of staying at a wooden house in Batu, Malang. The cottage is built among pine trees where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Banyak and the city. All types of travelers are recommended to stay at the unusual house when stopping in Malang. The temperate climate of the region will add relaxing ambiance during your stay.

Omah Kayu

Address: Gunungsari, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java

Price: from 22.5 USD to 34 USD per night, 0.4 USD (taking selfie)

Contact Numbers +62813-3318-3380

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7. Kampung Warna-Warni Jodipan, Malang City

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You’ll think you’re in Mexico with all the vibrant colours you see at Kampung Warna-Warni Jodipan. In fact, you’re actually in Malang! This slum was given a make-over by a group of university students who had an innovative project to paint the entire slum. The mesmerizing murals and colorful paintings decorate the residents’ house in epic ways.

Kampung Jodipan

Address: Gang 1, Jodipan, Blimbing, Kota Malang

Price: from 0.15 USD

Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm

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8. Madakaripura Waterfall, Probolinggo


When you plan to make a trip to Bromo, never forget to make a stop in the nearby waterfall named Madakaripura. This enticing spot includes 7 tiny waterfalls and some amazing caves hidden in the middle of a verdant valley. To reach the humid site, you will pass a nice paved track loaded with food stalls. The best time to visit is in dry season to avoid landslide or unpredictable situation.

Madakaripura Waterfall

Address: Probolinggo, East Java

Price: from 0.4 USD

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9. Pulau Merah, Banyuwangi


If Bali has Kuta beach, then East Java has Pulau Merah Beach. “Pulau Merah” literally means “red island”. The white sand beach turns into reddish brown when the dry season comes. The small island nearby which looks like a green hill makes the lovely beach more attractive. This new destination is the best site for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, even surfing.

Pulau Merah

Address Pesanggaran, Banyuwangi

Price: from 0.2 USD to 0.4 USD

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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10. Bukit Teletubbies, Blitar


This newly found spot has been booming due to its amazing hill landscape. The name Teletubbies comes from the kid’s show Teletubby Land. To reach the peak, you need to climb some traditional stairs. There is another attraction nearby spot named “Bukit Cinta” or Hill of Love. The locals often visit the lush hill to take selfies and enjoying the scenery.

Bukit Teletubbies

Address: Nglegok, Blitar

Price: from 0.75 USD

Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm

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East Java is awaiting! Embrace adventure and make your journey!

East Java literally has many new things to offer. The travelers can opt for several attractive options. If they want to get more adventurous experience, Kedung Celeng beach and Madakaripura are extremely recommended. Meanwhile, family travelers can enjoy the panoramic view of Bukit Teletubbies with their children or enter the colorful spot named Kampung Jodipan. Other destinations are also worth to visit. What are you waiting for? Visit East Java!

This article was originally published on Mar 19, 2017

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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