G-Land (Plengkung Beach), Outstanding Wave for Challenging Surfing Experience
Indonesia is most proud of the Plengkung Beach at the eastern tip of Java Island. Aside from its enchanting natural beauty, the long curving coast line here is recognized as one of the best surfing sites on the face of the earth. More familiarly known among world’s renowned international surfers as G-land, the beach, located in the Banyuwangi Regency, is a paradise for surfers offering some of the most outstanding waves in the world. For, Plengkung Beach is dubbed “The Seven Giant Waves Wonder” by international surfers for its legendary 7 rolls of waves that can reach up to 6 meters high.
The popular name G-land itself is said to have been given by surfers, where the G is said to refer to three different meanings; “Great”, "Green" or "Green Land", and “Grajagan”. There are also others who suggest that the name G-Land was given because of the curving coast of Plengkung Beach that resembles the letter “G”.
What makes G-Land's waves unique is that they break after 1-2 km, rolling from east to west with heights reaching 4-6 meters in about 5 minutes intervals. This is hugely favored among surfers since they can then enjoy thrilling long barrels. No wonder the beach has hosted at least five international surfing championships. With seven layers of towering waves constantly hitting the shores in the “go to left” formation, G-land is also favorite with left-handed surfers.
The waves of G-land are considered 2nd best waves in the world after Hawaii only. Whereas Hawaii offers constant waves all year, the peak of waves in Plengkung Beach occur predominantly between the months of April to August. Besides Plengkung and Hawaii, similar waves can be found only in Australia and South Africa.
The vast swathe of white sandy beach is surrounded by pristine lush green tropical forests secluded from any hustle and bustle of city life. Obviously you will not get any phone reception here or even a television network. However, that is exactly what makes this beach so special: it is a perfect place to escape from the “modern city” atmosphere so that you can truly enjoy what nature has so generously provided. In other words, forget all else, just get into the water and surf!
There are two main routes to get to Plengkung Beach. The first and longest route is overland by car by the Banyuwangi-Kalipahit road. The distance from Banyuwangi to Kalipahit is about 59 KM, this is followed by the Kalipahit-Pasaranyar road for 3 km. From Pasaranyar, the road continues to Trianggulasi-Pancur for another 15 KM, before you finally reach Plengkung (Pancur-Plengkung) after another 9 KM.
The second is via the land-water route. From Banyuwangi you can head overland to Benculuk for approximately 35 KM, and followed by the 18 KM route from Benculuk to Grajagan. From Grajagan Beach take the speed boat to Plengkung Beach. While others actually arrive by boat direcly from Bali.