Pulau Merah Beach: A Picturesque Beach at The Edge of Java Island



Banyuwangi, situated in the very eastern border of Java could boast yet another top-notch surf spot next to the already well-known G shore in Plengkung is Pulau Merah beach. Pulau Merah Beach is so called because only some 100 meters to the side of the beach is a beautiful hully island called Pulau Merah, that’s accessible on foot. This situation is much like the location of the island of Tanah Lot to the main island of Bali. Unlike at G shore where are located sharp coral cliffs of the beach, the beach in Pulau Merah is safe for beginner surfers.

Compared to Bali’s Kuta Beach, surfing here’s stronger. The large 4 meters large barrels with a span of 400 meters is perfect for surfers to try tubing methods. Because the tide here comes in at an average of two meters height, beginners and amateur surfers alike may enjoy this beach, while the beaches at Plengkung and G Land should be ventured by professionals only.

Pulau Merah beach was initially known as Ringin Pitu. There are two versions for where the name came from. One version has it that since the color of the sand and soil are red, while another story states that at one time several bright red rays shone from the small scenic Pulau Merah island on the beach, hence giving it the name Pulau Merah beach.

Another feature of the beach is the local fishing village called Pancer, where you could stay at villagers homes. Their hospitality to visitors regardless of their natural life’s heartwarming.

Whenever you would like to explore Pulau Merah Beach, don’t forget to go to Pura Tawang Alun temple. This Hindu temple was built in 1980. Sadly, the 1994 tsunami destroyed the walls of the temple; however, the inner sanctuary has stayed undamaged. Throughout the tsunami, 13 meters tide swept across the village ruining all including portions of this temple. Throughout your explorations, you’ll see folks wearing bright green uniforms. These are miners, in a mine located close to the shore. Local villagers, however, are opposed to the existence here because the mine pollutes the ocean.


Dorothy Latch

The author Dorothy Latch