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September 29, 2009

East Java Bird Watching Spots

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East Java Bird Watching Spots


This huge city is the hub of East Java. I really like it here. Stay at the Bamboe Denn, Jl. Kemambang Kali.

Looking at Java
East Java

Gunung Bromo
Mount Bromo and Java’s largest mountain, Gunung Semeru make up the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. It is a well-known tourist resort and can get crowded with people who want to see the sun rise. You can stay at the Cafe Lava Hostel at Cemoro Lawang. To get there, take a mini-bus from Probolinggo. There is an endemic Russet Bush-warbler to be seen here. Other birds that may be seen here include Barred Cuckoo-dove, Sunda Bush-warbler or Mountain White-eye.

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

Purwodadi Waterfall. Kebun Raya Purwodadi is a couple of kilometres north of Lawang.

Baluran National Park
Baluran National Park

Baluran National Park.
Update: April, 2012. You can get the bus to the National Park entrance from either Banyuwangi or Surabaya. Entry cost is 20k. Cost for an ojek to Bekol is 30k. Bring food if staying at Bekol. You can cook your own. Bed is 30k per night. Bama Beach is 3k down the road. Room cost is 100k per night and there is a warung serving excellent meals. The birding here is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Balurn National Park Office – Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.
There is basic accommodation(three guest houses) at Bekol and Bama. You may have to bring your own food. A mini-bus can get you there from the ferry that comes from Bali. The park is in the north east of Java and the entrance to the Baluran National Park is in Wolerojo, where you get your permit at the headquarters. Birds to be seen here include Green Peafowl, Green Junglefowl, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Crested Goshawk, Mangrove Whistler, Greater Flameback.

You can use Banyuwangi as a base for the Ijen-Merapi-Maeleng Reserve. The Ijen caldera is about twenty kilometers wide. Whilst there, you may see such birds as the Javan Owlet, Rufous Woodcock, the endemic White-faced Partridge, Javan Bush-warbler, Orange-breasted Trogon and Sunda Minivet.
You can also stay at Pos Paltuding or Arabika Homestay at Sempol, 13k before Pos Paltuding.

Meru Betiri National Park
Travel from the city of Jember and book accommodation for the park at the office on Jalan Sriwijaya. The KSDA office on Jalan Jawa 36 can give you information on Pulau Sempu. From Jember you can also go to Puger Beach, Watu Ulo and Papuma Beach. Meru Betiri National Park is on the south coast of Java. From Jember, go to Rajekwesi, then Sukamade beach, and on to the the park. There is accommodation in the park, but you have to book in Jember and possibly bring your own food. Another possibility is the hotel Marco Utomo, in Kalibaru, and they have two guides. There are guesthouses in Sukamade and one in Bandealit. The park is reputed to be home to 180 species of birds such as White-faced Partridge, Green Peafowl, Javan Hawk-eagle, Black-banded Barbet, Javan Coucal, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Spotted Kestrel and the Java Sparrow. The Rhinoceros Hornbill can also be seen relatively easily there as well. Semeru Tours can offer more information on this area.

Meru Betiri National Park.
Get there from Jember -> Glenmore -> Jajag -> Pesanggaran(1pm truck) -> Sarongan -> Sukamade
Stay: Wisma Sukamade, or Mess Pantai.

Stay: Hotel Bandung Permai.
National Park Office – Meru Betiri National Park Office: Jl Sriwijaya 53, Jember 68121, East Java, Tel/Fax: +62 331 321530, E-mail:
Go to Watu Ulo and Papuma Beaches – 30km south of Jember via bus. At Watu Ulo stay at Hotel Vishnu.


Bamboe Denn, Jalan Arjuna No1, Malang.
Hotel Helios, Hotel Tosari.

Balekambang Beaches are 30km South of Malang, also Ngliyep and Sedangbiru. Go to Pulau Sempu from Sedangbiru. Places to stay from 10,000.

Purwodadi Botanical Gardens – Kebun Raya Purwodadi, Pasuruan. 20km North of Malang.

PPLH Seloliman
Take an ojek from Trawas, north-west of Malang. Located on the slopes of Gunung Penanggungan.

Raden Soerjo Forest Park
The Raden Soerjo Conservation Forest Park or Taman Hutan Raya, is located at Tulungrejo village(Cangar Tourist Object), near Batu, 38 kilometers north west of Malang. Stay at Batu, Hotel Sumber or Arumdalu. Or stay at Selekta. You can also climb the Arjuno-Welirang volcano if you want. It is still active and last erupted in 1952.

Pacitan is a southern seaside resort 120km south of Solo. Stay at Happy Day Beach Bungalows or any of the losmen on the beach.


The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Indonesia (National Parks of the World)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands

Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali



    The nearest proper town to the park is Wonorejo on the north coast road between Banyuwangi and Probolinggo. The park entrance is no more than 30 minutes from the Banyuwangi ferry terminal by car or bus (take a Wonorejo-bound bus).

    National Park Office

    Baluran National Park Office, Jl Jenderal A Yani No108, Banyuwangi. Tel: +62 333 24119.

    Comment by @steve_happ — March 23, 2012 @ 3:32 am

  2. Baluran.

    Comment by @steve_happ — March 28, 2012 @ 8:23 am

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