- Banyuwangi could be turned into a major hub for maritime tourism.
- Benoa Port in Bali and the future Tanjung Lesung near Jakarta are also Indonesia other major port facilities for international cruise liners.
2016 will see the launch of the construction of a new marina in the selected tourist site of Banyuwangi in Indonesia’s province of East Java. The site is part of Indonesia president agenda to develop maritime economic activities including seaside tourism.
Banyuwangi is located at the easternmost end of Java Island and is already a sea gateway for travellers on their way to Bali. It takes only 45 minutes from Banyuwangi to cross by ferry the Strait of Bali and reach Bali Island.
The construction of the cruise ship marina will be under the supervision of the real estate subsidiary of State Port Authority PT Pelindo. The agency identified 30 hectares of land for the marina which will be able to accommodate up to 150 yachts and cruise ships.
The president director of subsidiary PT Pelindo Properti, Prasetyo, indicated to local media that the project is also linked with the renovation of Boom Beach, a well-known area for surfers.
A technical team from port operator PT Pelindo III has held several meetings with the Banyuwangi administration to discuss the marina construction concept together with Ahmad Juhara, a renowned Indonesian architect. “The construction is set to start in early 2016,” Prasetyo said as quoted by kompas.com.
The future marina is due to integrate tourism facilities such as hotels and restaurants as well as a water activities centre and a cruise terminal dedicated to regional cruises to Bali and surrounding destinations such as Merah Island, Plengkung Beach and Sukamade. According to the architect, the marina concept will be to prioritize green areas by integrating parks and large dedicated spaces reserved only for pedestrians and cyclists.
The marina development was planned to be integrated with the development of Tanjung Benoa in Bali and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara. “The next phase of the area development includes a resort construction on a small island off the coast of Boom Beach,” Prasetyo added.
Ten ports have been identified for development to receive international cruises, including Benoa and Padang Bay in Bali, Karimun Jawa and Semarang in Central Java, Komodo in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Lembar in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
The two largest cruise facilities under development are Benoa Port in Bali, which is already Indonesia largest cruise port facility with 40% of all cruise ships in Indonesia docking at the Balinese facility. The port has two piers of 205 m and 300 m as well as an international terminal. The East pier is now lengthen to 250 meters.
A new port located at Tanjung Lesung in the Banten province is looking to take over cruise business to Jakarta. Construction for the latter was launched last year for a targeted completion in 2018. The cruise ship terminal will be built on 40- to- 50-hectares of land and will feature 300 docks for private yachts and 300 docks for public use.