Pantai (Beach) Rajegwesi, Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

Rajegwesi beach is located in Sukamade National Park, a gateway to the national park. The beach is colored by wooden boats owned by local fishermen. The boat is motor boat, and usually catch fishes on the sea nearby the beach. But as the location is at the southern sea of Java which has big swell, sometimes fishermen do not go for work due to weather and swell.

Administratively Rajegwesi is located Desa Sarongan, Kecamatan Pesanggaran, Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur, Indonesia. From Banyuwangi is about 65 KM, and can be reached in 3.5 hours. On the way there, passing Sungai Lembu Plantation. Cacao, coconut, and rubber grow green on left and right side. Plantation workers collecting rubber can be seen along the way, which they carry with bicycle or on foot to nearby factory.

Rajegwesi means fence made of iron. Local people said that there were iron fence at the beach area, but after the advent of Japanese in 1942, the iron fence was gone.

The beach has white sand though it is not that wide, swimming is fun to do here, sure when the wave is friendly. This beach is popular for locals people of Banyuwangi to enjoy weekend and for foreigners this beach is a rest area on the way to Sukamade, Turtle Beach. Here there is a small stall selling basic needs including coffee and other drink where visitors can sit and take short break before continue the trip to Sumamade or Green Bay.On weekdays and non holiday, the beach is very quiet.

Someone who visited Sukamade, said that she was very impressed by locals who were so polite to visitors. They smile and wave. And children will wave when they see visitors. Event the 4X4 driver nod, smile and said hi en route when passing the local people.

There is no accommodation hotel available here, but is visitors are interested to stay overnight, they can rent room at local people house. Rajegwesi is recently developed community based tourism to increase its tourism.

Not far from the beach area there is an endemic flower of Raflesia, and Japanese cave used by Japanese in the WW II.

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