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Along with the more popular Plengkung Beach (G-Land), Pulau Merah Beach, and Pesanggaran Beach, the black sand Grajagan Beach forms part of the enchanting shoreline that together make up the coast of Banyuwangi in the province of East Java. In recent years, however, Grajagan Beach has also gained popularity among surfing enthusiasts from around the globe.
Situated some 52Km south from the heart of the town of Banyuwangi, Grajagan beach lies inside the 314 hectares South Banyuwangi Forest Utilization Area (KPH) within the Alas Purwo National Park, and is located near the Grajagan Village, in the Purwoharjo district. The beach serves as gateway to other great surfing spots near Banyuwangi that includes the popular G-Land.
The vast swathe of beachfront is carpeted with beautiful black sand and decorated with caves and hills. Setting foot on the beach, one will be greeted with a panoramic scenery of a serene beach and rows of beautiful hills, brushed by the sound of rushing waves. Here one can also observe three caves that were once used by Japanese troops during World War II.
The beach also offers a one of a kind spectacle where you can watch traditional fishermen set sail for the open sea, and in the afternoon observe the boats return fully laden with their fish catch. Here you can buy freshly caught fish directly from the boats. Or for a one of a kind experience, why not try sail along with them and catch fish the traditional way.
The best time to catch the waves at Grajagan Beach is between August to September.
To reach Grajagan Beach is fairly easy, since there are already asphalted roads for cars and public transport. It takes approximately 1 hour from Banyuwangi to get to Grajagan Beach. The road is wide enough even for large buses.
If you wish to take public transport, take the Bus at Banyuwangi that goes to the town of Jember (and vice versa) and alight at Benculuk. From Benculuk, continue by mini bus for about 12Km before you reach Grajagan Beach