Watu dodol is a beach based attraction located in Kalipuro, Banyuwangi, East Java. The location is on the way from Banyuwangi to Situbondo or the opposite. From Banyuwangi to watudodol is 14 km destance and only 5 km from Ketapang port. As the nature of the location, this area is used as resting area, and it is also full of local visitors during weekend.
Here, visitors can enjoy ocean panorama, or even do stroll to the hill located across the road. From top of the hill, beautiful panorama of Bali strait can be seen. Culinary activities is other interesting thing to do here. Souvenirs made of shells and also stones are on sale on small shops.
Arriving at Watudodol from north route, Gandrung statue welcomes visitor. This statue is the icon of Banyuwangi, Gandrung is a traditional dance from this city.
The peculiar about this shore is that there is a fresh water well located here. When the tide out, this well can be reached. Local people build a wall encircle the well that even when tide in they can take water using pail. On Vesak or other Hindu Great Days, Balinese and people from parts of Indonesia collect water of this well. The water is believed to have healing virtue.
Located close to Gandrung Statue, there is a big rock that looks like dodol (food made of fruits, tape), probably because of this the area is called Watudodol. Watu is Javanese word for rock or stones. There was a mystical story about this rock. This area was occupied by Japanese during the World War 2, and the Japanese considered this rock distracting their activities. They tried to remove the rock by ordering men to cut the stones, but it did not work. Japanese then desiced to pull it with boat, and still it did not work, instead the boat was drawn. Balinese and also truck drivers are said to put offering on the rock until today.
This area also the eastern gate of Java. On April 14th 1946, Dutch tried to anchor in Ketapang Port, driven away by Banyuwangi people. On July 20th 1947, Dutch failed again to anchor in Meneng and Ketapang as troops led by Mayor Abdul Rifai by cannon assault. The next day Dutch returned again with air assault, but then back up after their ship was sunk.