Mangrove Bedul Ecotourism
A cooperation between the village of Sumberasri and Alas Purwo National Park, Mangrove Bedul Ecotourism (MBE) comprises a space of 2,300 hectares of intact mangrove forest with an adjoining lagoon of 18 km.
The original idea for the project was given by the community of the village of Sumberasri, in an attempt to restore and protect the mangrove area and all its existing flora and fauna.
The project also serves as an alternative to develop the local economy and improve the welfare of the community by providing employment opportunities and a leisure space.
So far, MBE is still solely managed by the tourism-board of the village of Sumberasri, making this project a genuine community-based tourism initiative, unique to Alas Purwo National Park.
Mangrove Bedul Ecotourism offers three different tours to explore its mangrove and wildlife.
On all three tours visitors are taken on traditional Javanese boats, the Gondang-Gandung, to discover the wildlife in the park: monkeys, monitor lizards and migratory birds from Australia are amongst some of the species who depend on the 26 different types of mangrove for their sustenance.
In the future, the park intends to increase its package tours to include a variety of activities that give visitors a chance to see up-close village life and engage with the local community.
The park also offers a pleasant location for those who wish to fish. The tranquil beach of Bedul is also easily accessible from the park, taking visitors through the lowland forest of Alas Purwo where deer, wild boar, peacocks and other wildlife can be spotted.
An English-speaking guide will accompany guests on all tours, and lunch can also be provided if requested.
For those who wish to enjoy this area for longer, a homestay in a traditional Javanese home can be arranged.
Tour 1 – Kêre
Guests are taken by boat to the mouth of the river Kêre where some species of wildlife and mangrove can be observed.
Visitors can finish their tour by crossing the lagoon and taking a walk through the lowland forest that leads to Bedul beach.
Route: 6 km return tripDuration: 45 min
Guests are taken by boat to the estuary of the lagoon where in the appropriate season, in addition to the wildlife that can be spotted all year round in the park, migrant birds from Australia can also be observed. This location provides a beautiful view point for sunset.
In low tide, visitors can reach the beach of Bedul within an easy 15 minute walk. Alternatively, they can take the path through the lowland forest to reach the beach.
Route: 10 km return tripDuration: 1 hour 30 min
Tour 3 – Ngagelan
Visitors take a 1 hour boat ride and a 30 minute walk through the lowland forest to reach the turtle hatchery beach of Ngagelan, comprised within Alas Purwo National Park, where they will be able to see the newly born turtles and learn how they are kept and safeguarded until they are ready to be released into the sea.
Route: 16 km return tripDuration: 3 hours
From Banyuwangi - Srono - Muncar - Tegaldlimo - Sumberasri - Bedul
From Banyuwangi - Srono - Benculuk - Purwoharjo - Sumberasri - Bedul
From Jember - Benculuk - Purwoharjo - Sumberasri - Bedul
Option 1: From Banyuwangi take the bus to Srono Muncar, in Muncar change transportation to Tegaldlimo, in Tegaldlimo take a moto-taxi to Sumberasri village and from there follow the directions to Bedul.
Option 2: Take a bus from Banyuwangi to Benculuk market. In Benculuk market take another public transport to Curahjati. In Curahjati hire a moto-taxi to Bedul.
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