2 Days 1 Night
Witnessing one of great natural event of surviving pre-historic reptile can be one great vacation experience. The principal object of this adventure sukamade tour is watching the turtle to lay their eggs on virgin secluded beach which is well-known as Sukamade beach.
But before searching the turtle you will go through tropical low land rainforest Meru Betiri National Park tour on the southern coast of Java island. It is also possible to walk on jungle road for half to one hour after long driving from Kalibaru or Banyuwangi to Rajekwesi (Fishermen villages).
Taman National Meru Betiri that has been set in colonial era as one of wildlife reserved in east java is worth to visit during your vacation especially sukamade turtle beach tour in Indonesia. The peak season for green turtle (mostly found laying their eggs on sukamade banyuwangi) is on wet season but usually can be found on entire year.
Sukamade Turtle Conservation or sukamade beach located 78 km south of Banyuwangi, the beach is known for its deep turquoise waters and 250 kg sea turtles which come to lay their eggs here. On Meru Betiri National Park, wildlife of all kinds thrives here, like black panthers, leopards and sea turtles in here.
* Note: Weekend and national Holidays extra IDR 75.000 per person
Depart to Rajekwesi Beach (1st stop on the tour) then we stop at the gate of Meru Betiri National Park, continue by walking to Rajekwesi fishermen village (500 – 750 m) and having Lunch and rests on Rajekwesi food stall.
Continue the trip to sukamade guest house ( the most difficult one, four wheel drive vehicle mostly recommended) and stop at Teluk Damai (literally translated means “PEACE BAY”). It’s possible and recommended walking on jungle road from the flat point to security post ( haft to one hour walk).
Visit the plantation factory of coffee,cocoa,rubber (the crops are can be seen on the way to sukamade) and continue visit the Sukamade plantation village (Afdeling).
Arrive at the guest house, take a shower, rest until dinner time. Dinner on Sukamade Guest house. Depart to Sukamade Beach by jeep (5 km).
Stop at Turtle hatchery or Park Ranger Office (possible to see the turtle hatchlings all the time of year). Walk to the beach (800 m) and sitting on the beach wait for the signals from park ranger who search for the turtle (Not allowed to smoke, turn on the flashlight, loud talking or making any loud noises). If we are lucky to find the turtle and watch the wonderful processing of laying eggs, we go back to guest house and have nice dream.
Wake up in the morning to witness baby turtle return to ocean. Breakfast on Sukamade Guest House. Check out and depart to Banyuwangi or Ketapang stop by at Rajegwesi beach. Drop at the hotel or Ketapang harbour. End of Tour. See you next time.