Monday, December 25, 2006

Jember Tourism

Watu Ulo Beach
Watu Ulo is one of the tourist objects which lies in the side of Indonesian ocean that has beautiful panorama and it is the right place for enjoying the sea. It is called "watu ulo" by the native inhabitants because in the former time there was a snake making asceticism. After succeeding his asceticism, it became a stone resembling a snake, sticking into the sea, and its body lied on the land. In the Japanese occupation period at the coastal area, the Japanese soldiers made fortresses which are used for fortifying against the attacking enemies and now some of the fortresses become tourist objects. The people in the coastal area called it Japanese fortress because beside the Japanese fortress, there is also a bat cave inhabited thousands of bats. The visitors can across along the shore and the sand to get to the cave. The lonely situation of the cave is often used for meditation by people, remembering that the cave has 100m depth. To get there, the visitors can use public transportation or rental car in 30 minutes from down town.

Papuma Beach
Beside Watu Ulo beach, there is a Papuma beach with its white sands that make its more interesting. Along the beach, beautiful white sands spread to see and to enjoy on walking. The beach is always used as the place for sunbathing by foreign tourists. Besides the beauty nature, it is also rich with of fauna like lizard forest cock, various birds, pig, deer porcupine, scaly anteater and many others. For more perfection in enjoying the panorama at Papuma, there is a restaurant which provides Indonesian and specific Papuma food, baked fish. The visitors can reach the location by public transportation or rental car in 30 minutes from down town.

Puger Beach
Puger is a tourism object which lies 36 km in the southwest of Jember. It is famous for selling of auction fish. The visitors can not only enjoy the beauty of the sea but also see the traditional wooden ship 'prau'. Every year the people around the coastal area celebrate the traditional rite of "Larung Sesaji", the ritual activities on purpose to thank God for avoiding unexpected disasters, especially the Puger fishermen. Besides Puger beach, there is also a beach which is more interesting called Kucur beach In this beach the visitors can see red monkeys if the visitors bring some fruits or food. The monkeys seem very happy to welcome them. One of the native folk tale said that if the visitors hurt one of the monkeys, they will get bad thing in their life. To get there, the visitors can take public transportation in 30 minutes from Jember.

Bandealit Beach
Bandealit is a beach resort situated on the forestry area 35 km in the southern part of Jember. Nearby Bandealit, there is Sukamade Beach the place of breeding sea turtles). This beach is famous for the calm waves and the beauty of the flora. Bandealit is very suitable for the visitors who like off road activities because of the hard road to get there. In Bandealit the visitors can do hiking, fishing and windsurfing. The visitors can go there by truck and rental car in 90 minutes from central town.


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