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Find Your New Bali: 10 Best Things To Do In Jember, Indonesia

Rofiq
Updated Aug 20, 2018

Best known as one of the leading tobacco producers in Indonesia, Jember, an East Java region, is awaiting you for an exploration. There is a wide array of worthwhile venues in the tropical heaven, ranging from the sprawling sandy beaches to cultural attractions. Moreover, the famed world class carnival has enticed a large number of visitors and skipping the annual event is such a big mistake. Get ready for more discovery in the region, neighboring to Banyuwangi. Have no idea what sort of things to do? Just pay attention to this following list:

Top 3 activities to book in Jember

1. Go beach hopping in Papuma

Papuma beach

Hit Papuma Beach for an incredible escape. Surrounded by towering rocks, the exotic pearly white sand beach is a spot to enjoy the sunrise. It doesn’t stop there, the blue Indian Ocean paired with the sunny weather is well-suited for those who love the sunbathing experience. Try the most delectable seafood at the nearby restaurant and quench your thirst with a freshly picked coconut whilst adoring the beach beauty.

Papuma Beach

Address: Desa Lojejer, Kecamatan Wuluhan, Kabupaten, Jember

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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2. Hunt for freshly caught fish at Puger Beach


Strolling down the rocky beaches and haggling over the price of freshly caught fish at the fish auction is worth a try while exploring Puger Beach. Don’t forget to show your charm to the smiling local fishermen – who knows, you might get a pile of fish for free. The beach is also famous for the annual unique ritual called “Larung Sesaji,” which you shouldn’t miss out on. The villagers present their offerings at the sea for a thanksgiving ceremony.

Puger Beach

Address: Desa Puger, Jember

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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3. Feel the vibrancy of the world-class carnival

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Experience the breathtaking walking parade called “Jember Fashion Carnaval” annually held in the hub of the city. It extravagantly presents the chicest runway with giant ethnic costumes. The vibrant participants with their colorful headdresses and mind-blowing outfits strut and dance gracefully across the street. The Brazilian style procession applying different themes each year should be your must-see destination when including Jember on your bucket list.

Jember Fashion Carnaval

Website: JFC

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4. Discover Tancak Waterfall


Jember is home to varied captivating nature, such as Tancak Waterfall. The highest waterfall in the entire region features a silver line-look stream, vertically dropping from up high. Enjoy the fresh breeze and bathe in the cold water for an amazing waterfall experience. To get there, just go by motorbike and feel the sensation of greenery surrounding you as you ride. The nearby coffee plantation shouldn’t be skipped either.

Tancak Waterfall

Address: Suci, Panti, Jember Regency

Contact Number: +62 85336063386

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5. Escape to Watu Ulo Beach

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Sprawling out on a lounge under the shade of an umbrella would be a great idea whilst on Watu Ulo Beach. Located in the opposite direction to Papuma Beach, the scenic southern shore offers a peaceful retreat, as well as the Japanese ruin. The serpentine rocks, accorded with its name has never stopped allowing people to be mesmerized with its grace. Plan to meditate? Just hit the the adjacent cave filled with a hoard of bats.

Watu Ulo Beach

Address: Sumberrejo, Ambulu, Jember Regency

Entrance Ticket: From 7,500 IDR (0.6 USD)

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6. Go explore Lereng Raung Waterfall

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Addicted to waterfall adventures? Just head northeast of Jember to find Lereng Raung Waterfall. It highlights the natural beauty of a river stream set in three layers and dropping from the peak of Mount Raung. According to the local myth, anyone who bathes in the fall will stay fresh and young. Trekking on the challenging trail might be tiring, yet the scenic view of durian trees will add to your colorful journey.

Lereng Raung Waterfall

Address: Desa Rowosari, Kecamatan Sumber, Jember

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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7. Have a taste on the local tea

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Make time for a tea adventure at Gunung Gambir, an old tea plantation since the Dutch occupation age. Situated in Northeast Jember, the cool site offers a wonderful green landscape filled with tons of tea trees, ideally good for refreshing the mind. Try the local tea during your visit and stay overnight at the on-site accommodation. To reach here is just a 15-minute drive from the city center.

Perkebunan Teh Gunung Gambir

Address: Gn. Gambir, Gelang, Sumber Baru, Jember Regency

Entrance Ticket: 6,000 IDR (0.5 USD)

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8. Watch the dancing horse

Beberapa hari lalu kira-kira awal bulan desember 2016 di kota Lumajang mengadakan festival jaran kencak. Ya Jaran (kuda) kencak adalah salah satu kesenian tradisi tentang seekor kuda yang bisa menari mengikuti irama musik yg biasanya di iringi dengan gamelan. Kesenian tradisi jaran kencak yang banyak menyebar di lumajang-jember-bondowoso. Kuda ini menari dan melakukan atraksi di iringi oleh pawangnya. Dan di belakang rombongan kuda yang melakukan atraksi biasanya selalu di ikuti oleh rombongan kuda manten yang di hiasi bermacam- macam ornamen yang berwarna-warni. Dulu ketika saya masih kecil, kuda-kuda ini biasa di gunakan ketika anak2 kecil hendak di sunat. Mereka menaiki kuda manten sambil diarak keliling kampung.. Selamat Hari Jadi Kota Lumjang.ke 761 #jarankencak #traditional #art #lumajang #harjalu761 #photography #canon #700d #instagram #instalike #indonesian #culture #indonesiaraja

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Are you Javanese culture fanatics? Never miss the cultural attraction called “Jaran Kencak” (the dancing horse). In the past, it was performed at a circumcision ceremony or public event. But now, you can find this must-see animal performance in culture festivals and carnivals. You will be amazed at the horses, dressed up in colorful costumes and dancing energetically.

Jaran Kencak

Location: entire Jember region

Best Time to Visit: August (Independence Month)

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9. Try the pecel gudeg

#pecelgudeg #lumintu #jember

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Hi all foodies, your culinary adventure seems incomplete without trying the tasty Jemberese dish named pecel gudeg. It’s the blend of two popular Javanese delicacies–the pecel (blanched green veggies topped with spicy peanut sauce) and the gudeg (young jack fruit stew). Try the phenomenal pecel gudeg at Warung Lumintu. Experiencing the authentic taste of the dish adds to your flavorful journey.

Warung Lumintu

Address: Jl. Kertanegara No.33, Jember Kidul, Kaliwates, Kabupaten Jember

Opening Hours: 6am to 2pm

Price: 20,000 IDR (1.5 USD)

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10. Snack on Suwar-Suwir


If Yogyakarta has dodol; dark and sticky confections made of glutenous rice and palm sugar, Jember has traditional candies called Suwar-Suwir. These fermented cassava based sweets vary in color and are shaped like rectangles. The colorful Suwar-Suwir is served as a unique gift.

Suwar-Suwir

Price: From 24,000 IDR (1.8 USD)

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Jember waiting for you

Arranging a journey to Indonesia? Never skip Jember for an incredible escape. Have the best time traveling by discovering the stretches of white sand, the fascinating hidden waterfalls, and unique cultural attractions. Taking only a day to drive from Bali, Jember is about to give its best to you.

This article was originally published on May 11, 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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