Sukamade Beach

Sukamade Beach, Banyuwangi: Address, Sukamade Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

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Gina C
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Jan 2020
Such an unusual experience to see the turtle lay eggs and amazing that each turtle can lay up to a hundred eggs each time. Another interesting experience is that at the Sukamade Beach you can have the pleasure of releasing baby turtle back into the sea and the excitement that the turtle enjoy when they heard the sound of the sea waves What an experience !!!!!!
Written February 16, 2020
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Ridho Wardana
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Dec 2019
A long journey to reach the beach via the jungle of meru betiri .... but finally find the turtle at night and release tukik the next morning. Happy to see tukik walk to the sea .... Please use long sleeves and be prepared for adas (beach mosquito)
Written January 8, 2020
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MapMate
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia12 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This is and will always be my most favorite advanture, nature, calm, relaxing place to go. The track and all sceneries are on the next level but I never feel bored to visit over and over again. The green crystal clear bay along the way you'll pass by. The cute monkeys follow you. The oksigen galore. What else you ask. It gives you everything already. Ah, and dont forget that transparent river!
Written October 6, 2019
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clark
38 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This adventure is not limited to passing damaged roads, descending and climbing. A river blocked my journey and the Java Private Tour team i rented to arrange this adventure. Very fortunate that the Java Private Tour team car was an all terrain car that became a true adventurous partner. The distance from Rajegwesi to Sukamade when viewed on GPS is not too far, but the road conditions are very steep and challenging. The steep incline and descent, and the narrow and dark road because they have to divide the wilderness of the forest which is famous for the habitat of Javan striped big cats. Thank you Java Private Tour for making my adventure plans to explore the land of Java realized.
Written September 24, 2019
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Trekbud
Loughborough, UK1,006 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is an incredible beach. Our journey there included four hours in a four wheel drive vehicle and I hope that this effort to access the place protects it.

The rangers were very clear with us that nature does not work to suit visitors and that seeing turtles would require luck. Everyone was asked to leave the beach by 5pm so that any turtles arriving early are not put off by humans.

We were led down to the beach after dinner and instructed to wait while the rangers looked for activity. I recommend taking something to sit or lay on. We enjoyed star gazing for a number of hours and thought that we might be out of luck.

Just before “turn-back” time one of the rangers spotted a turtle 1.5km along the beach. Those with very small children left at this point. The rest of us eagerly walked along the beach. The rangers held us back until the turtle was settled in laying her eggs. We were guided by the rangers to approach only from behind and without lights or camera flashes. The night that we were there visitors seemed considerate, were quiet and rotated about so that everyone had the chance to watch.

The rangers mark the nest site and remove the eggs to a protected shelter as they believe that they increase the number of turtles that make it to the sea by doing this.
Written September 3, 2019
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Jane800
St. Albans, UK164 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
On arrival we were told that we were unlikely to see turtles, it was low season and they hadn't been seen on the previous 2 nights. There was a very large number of people, over 50 also wanting to see turtles. Spent hours on the beach but saw nothing. Check before you come whether you are likely to see anything.

Accomodation and food are very basic. We had a toilet but no sink or shower. All the room had in it was 2 beds.
Written August 18, 2019
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poerhadinata
Pesanggaran, Indonesia31 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Java Turtle Homestay is located in Rajegwesi fisherman village , you can spend a night before you go to sukamade ,
You can do cycling around the village to see the fisherman activities,the processing of making brown sugar,dragon fruit field,
Then you can enjoy the beach
At green bay
Then you can take a Jeep from Java Turtle Homestay to sukamade
Written July 3, 2019
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Myx2017
Antwerp, Belgium35 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
It’s very hard to tell if it’s a good thing for the turtles to visit this “natural reserve” as a tourist. As I have watched turtles coming on shore in Australia (where they’re very strict about the rules for the public), I had a good reference of how things should be done.

Turtles coming on shore/egg laying (evening)
Firstly, the ranger tells the tourist the rules: always stay behind the turtle, don’t make noise, only whisper and dont shine with your torch (these creatures are under huge stress while laying their eggs - imagine 50 people or more standing around it). So far so good.

But when it comes to the reality, rules are ignored, the indonesian rangers don’t enforce them! While you watch the turtle laying its eggs, people are laughing, coming very close to it, shining with their phone torch... it’s bad. In addition, what really broke our heart is the fact that the turtle is digging through trash in order to lay its eggs. Glass bottles, plastic bags, shoes, you name it... the turtle is burrying its eggs in trash.

We told the ranger he should bring a trash bag and ask every tourist to pick up one or 2 items on the beach. If they do this every night with every group of tourists (10-20 pax per night in low season, almost 100 pax per night in high season), then the beach would be cleaned very fast! Please remind them of this idea if you go there!!

Secondly, as compared to Australia, the Indonesian ranger removed the eggs from the nest (digged hole by the turtle) while the turtle was laying its eggs (so they need to get under the turtle with their arms). In Australia they don’t want to disturb the process and just mark the nest spot and take the eggs out after the turtle has gone back to the sea.

New-born Turtle release (morning)
First of all, the ranger says eggs naturally hatch at night and so small turtles go to the sea at night. Hence, they release 80% of the new-borns of their hatchery at night. However, the ranger admits they keep 20% of the young turtles for the tourists so they can release them to the sea in the morning... So actually, you’re doing something which isn’t natural, just for tourism amusement. Let recapitulate - the turtle is an endangered species, but let’s release 20% during the day which makes it even worse-. Moreover, in Australia they urge you shouldn’t touch the small turtles! Here you get your bucket of young turtles that you carry to the beach, you can pose with them, cuddle them, rangers don’t care... as I said, it’s bad.

So, to conclude, the rangers are doing their best effort and they do really care for the best interest of the animal, and above all, they need the money for the hatchery. But some of their practices are just not right. Some tourists just don’t respect nature, they think it’s just another tourist attraction; that’s why rangers need to enforce the rules and put the animal first, the tourist second and not the other way around!!! Please remind your ranger of this!
Written June 26, 2019
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Keith F
Singaraja, Indonesia45 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
You need a 4WD to get there, on a bone-shaking road from Rajegwesi through jungle and rubber plantations. In the evening if you’re lucky you can watch a turtle lay eggs ... on the night we were there we did indeed see a turtle, but the blaze of light from illegal fishing boats just off the beach disoriented her to the extent that she didn’t lay eggs and went back to sea. Our very knowledgeable guide (with excellent English) explained that there were not adequate resources (or perhaps will) to combat the illegal fishing.
Next morning we released some hatchlings on the one in a thousand chance that there would be a survivor. Then inspected the hatchery.
And that’s about all you can do! Unless you feel like a 3 day hike ...
Our guide and driver from Rajegwesi village, Pak Poer, was excellent.
Written April 9, 2019
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,224 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
It was one of the highlights of our trip through eastern Java. Sukamade is at the end of the world, no mobile network and long drive from the city of Banyuwangi. But they do great things there at the turtles centre. We visited the place twice:
- in the evening to watch the adult female turtle laying eggs in the sand (people from the centre take the eggs to the hatchery)
- the following morning we visited the hatchery and were given a bucket with small turtles that we released on the beach and watched them running to the sea. UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE!

The majority of the turtles coming to Sukamade beach are green turtles but other species can also be spotted. By keeping the eggs in the hatchery, the next generation of turtles are protected from birds of prey or wild pigs – it’s crucial as the number of them significantly decreased in past years. The scenery is beautiful and keeping those small creatures in your hands and letting them go, just makes you feel good.
Written January 25, 2019
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