Tabuhan Island: A Gem in Banyuwangi


Just near the island of Bali, but still part of this district of Banyuwangi in East Java has located a gem of an island named Tabuhan, situated right in the Bali Straits. Although quite a small island, Tabuhan has wide sandy beaches, fabulous underwater lifestyle, intriguing plants and animals, some of them endangered, and, moreover, is ideal for kiteboarding.

Tabuhan Island is indeed one of the most ideal spots for kiteboarding in Southeast Asia because of the steady wind speed over the island that remains between 20-25 knots. This was also the main reason the island was chosen as the site to sponsor the Pro-Kiteboarding Championships last August 2015. Apart from this asset, Tabuhan also offers exciting opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Its reefs that are a habitat of varied fantastic sea life make people immediately pick up their diving gear and plunge into the waters to get real close and friendly with the multi-colored underwater creatures.

On property Tabuhan also protects Endangered animals among which the maleo bird, recognizable by its black feathers, yellow skin around its eyes and grey legs. In actual fact, it is only on the island of Sulawesi these critters are ordinarily found, so it is quite a discovery to obtain these on this particular island at the wild.

Besides the maleo, Tabunan can also be the habitat of the ivory colored hornbill, which is another endangered species. The area around its stomach, tail, and legs are white in color. Another much sought but protected plant would be the Setigi which is used to create artistic Japanese bonsai decorative potted plants.

Get There

To get to Banyuwangi, there are several transportations which you can Take from Jakarta or Surabaya, notably by air, train or bus. Upon Arrival in town to continue your journey by taxi to the Kampe Beach in Bangsring, then have a ship to the island of Tabuhan.


Clare Louise

The author Clare Louise