East Java Trip – Day 2 : Baluran National Park

It’s been a month since my last post on my East Java Trip…I didn’t even realize it has been that long, time goes so fast when you are busy. I guess it’s the story of my life now, busy with school. I’ll write about my work later because I am sure there’s a good story coming out of it ๐Ÿ˜‰ … but for now, let’s talk about my trip!

On the second day of my East Java Trip, we visited 2 places – The Ijen Crater (which I have shared a month ago) and Baluran National Park.


There’s nothing much to tell about Baluran National Park but I am glad we visited that place because I got great shots from that place. I am not saying that my photos are great but it’s more to the fact that Baluran offers great creatures, scenery and moments to catch.

The guide said that Baluran is famous for its EVERGREEN forest, it’s not actually a forest like rain forest but it is much denser and more untouched compared to Bogor Botanical Garden. It is called as evergreen because it’s still green even in dry season, however not far from that forest there’s a Savannah that looks like in Africa during dry season (I will talk about that a bit later). I didn’t take any shot of the forest because it doesn’t look great in picture. What’s interesting about the forest is that during rainy season, we can see a lot of Bunga Bangkai ( Corpse Flower). It is called as Corpse flower because it smells like dead animal. There are some corpse flower here in Indonesia, the one I saw was called Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (you can see it’s bigger version> here). the other known corpse flowers are: Amorphophallus titanum (here) and Rafflesia arnoldii (here)

It might smell bad (I didn’t smell anything at that time, maybe it was because the flower was still very young) but nature knows best because not far from that flower I saw this beautiful butterfly. It looks like it has tails…it’s actually its wings

We didn’t linger long near the flower because the place we were heading was still far. The Evergreen forest is quite vast because I fell asleep for few minutes when we were passing through it.

We finally arrived on the savannah…I love seeing that big open space. It was so green!! I love it!! But I am also curious to see it during dry season because the guide said that it looks exactly like in Africa (see the first photo). Maybe one day i can return there during dry season…nevertheless, I am still happy I got the chance to see such greenery.

Near the savannah, there are houses (I am not sure what those houses for, I forgot to ask because I was overwhelmed with the scenery). Around those houses, there were a lot of monkeys. The guide said that the monkeys are tricky, we had to guard our stuff well or they will steal it away from us.

The monkeys were great models ๐Ÿ˜‰

Those monkeys are lucky to be there…they don’t have to be chained to perform like the monkeys in Topeng Monyet (here).

The guide said that there are a lot of deers and bulls in that place but we have to be really lucky to be able to see them. I found the deer’s foot prints on the wet soil. They were just there, I guessed the rain made them go to other spot.


It won’t be Indonesia without a mountain ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mount Baluran
Mount Baluran

When we were about to leave the savannah, we got VERY lucky because we saw a huge group of deers resting not so far from the road. We tried to approach it a bit closer to get good shots but the leader made a shrill sound and that alerted the rest of the deers. They slowly got up andย  prepared to run if we got any closer to them. It was a great experience to be so close to wild deers and to hear the leader’s alarm call.

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We didn’t want to disturb them more that we already had…so we left them before they run away.

Our next destination was the beach. If we followed the coastline, we could actually reach Jakarta ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am not a beach person, for me they all look the same. I like mountains more because they always look different.

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There were more monkeys near the beach and these monkeys were trickier than the previous monkeys. They stayed near the cars and waited patiently to steal people’s food. A person in my travel group saw one of them attacked a woman carrying coke, it stole the coke and leisurely drank it. I almost got mobbed too, I held a cookie on my hand when I walked out of the car and one of them persistently chased me till someone pointed a catapult at it.

The people who lived them often scared them with a blank catapult. They (the monkeys) think that the catapult is loaded so they run away. Those monkeys areย  hilarious to see. These are my two favorites:

"I love you"
“I love you”

I guess it’s time for me to close this post ๐Ÿ™‚

All I can say is that if you’re planning to come to Surabaya, do visit Baluran National Park. It’s a lovely place.


16 thoughts on “East Java Trip – Day 2 : Baluran National Park

  1. My goodness! It does look a lot like the African savanna there. It’s greener, but I understand Africa looks much like this in the wet season when everything is in bloom. Nice to see more of your trip… you certainly got to see lots of amazing places.

    Hahaha!! The monkeys are adorable!! Big secret… after watching a lot of old “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle” TV shows when I was a girl I always wanted a monkey for a pet, but never told my Mom or Dad because I thought they would laugh. The closest I came to seeing them was at the zoo on a school field trip, but those particular monkeys were mean and threw poop at us from inside their enclosure. I couldn’t believe how different they behaved from the adorable ones on TV. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I have heard of that show but never seen one. Hahaha I think the adorable ones are Chimpanzee and Orang Utan, the rest are mean…in my case, they are tricky ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I think the closest I saw monkeys is during this trip…they were really close and walking here and there without being afraid of us Humans.

  2. I was wondering what happened to your next trip post!
    It’s really nice to be able to see some of the different places of your country. There’s some really beautiful areas, and I’m sure it was nice to get away from the big city.

    1. I have one more day to share ๐Ÿ™‚
      Soon…not sure when as I have so many to write but so little time to do it.

      Thank you Peter ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s always nice to get away from the city, tho I am not thinking of staying there but it’s nice to smell the fresh air and see beautiful landscape once in a while.

    1. It was a great trip…of course I looked so happy ๐Ÿ˜‰
      If you live here, I would have said do visit it but you are so far away in another country…I guess it’s going to be difficult for you to visit Baluran.

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