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“The tracks were closed when we visited”

Meru Betiri National Park
Ranked #7 of 60 things to do in Banyuwangi
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We organised a trek through the MB National Park, but when we arrived we were informed the tracks were closed.... check carefully before coming... but if the tracks are open this would be a great hike I'm sure. Accommodation is primitive but normal for this part of the world.... the Turtle hatchery is a must if you visit...

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This place is very rich cause it has many kind of plantations and benefit plants or trees, around 1200 hectare width which has an active plantation such as rubber, coffee. So, Dutch had discovered it in 1972 for taking the natural richness of this place. Sukomade is Natural Resource Conservation in East java which incharges the propagation of turtles. If the visitors want to see the turtle, they have to take a night adventure tour to Sukomade beach, because the female turtles often start to land at 07.30 PM and return to the sea at 12.00 PM. November to March is the pak season for laying egg. But sometimes, we can predict it cause it is nature. Here you will be guided by some natural resource rangers to find turtles come to shore for laying eggs. The female turtle can lay eggs more than one hundred eggs on the sandy beach. To reach this place, the visitors have to pass from Rajegwesi beach, then passing Green Bay. From the green bay, it is about 20 kilometers. After that, the visitors arrive to the small village before continuing the next route, the next route they have to pass the big river and cocoa plantation and then they can arrive in the sukomade post.

4  Thank TheBest-Experience
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

From Kaliburu we made a two day trip to Sukemade beach hoping to see a seaturtle laying her eggs at night. This was always a dream of mine.

Before you reach the beach you travel through Meru Betiri National Park. It is a nice but very bumpy trip. You need a 4-wheel drive vehicle, as there are no bridges for crossing the rivers (really fun driving through the water, the kids liked it very much!!). On the road we came along rubber plantations, cacao plantations, coffee plantations and we have seen how sugar is made. Our guide explained a lot about all of this. It was very interesting, also for our kids.

During a short jungle walk we have seen various hornbills and monkeys.

In the evening we went to Sukemade beach. Before we walked on a 800 meters long path to the beach, we visited the turtle hatchery and we saw how turtle eggs are protected and how little turtles are growing before they are released into the ocean.

Then we went to the beach with the rangers. We were lucky: not much later the rangers let us know that a turtle was on the beach!!! It was very impressive to see her laying her eggs and making a fake path and finally see her walking to the sea.

Next day in the morning we released like 25 little turtles in the sea. We were all alone (without the rangers) to do this job. Very, very impressive.

It was a long trip but really worth it!

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Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile
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