geographical region in East Java, Indonesia
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The Horseshoe (Indonesian: Tapal Kuda) is a region of East Java in Indonesia.

Regions

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Map of The Horseshoe
  Banyuwangi Regency
the most eastern area in East Java
  Bondowoso Regency
prehistoric stones are scattered in the region and this is the western gateway to the Ijen Crater
  Jember Regency
verdant hills on the north and beautiful beaches on the south
  Lumajang Regency
a regency famous for its unique bananas and Selokambang nature swimming pool
  Pasuruan Regency
safari park and botanical garden
  Probolinggo Regency
the gateway to the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park
  Situbondo Regency
the gateway to the Baluran National Park

Cities

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Other destinations

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Understand

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The origin of the name Horseshoe is because the shape of this area on the map is similar to the shape of a horseshoe. In English, this area is known as The Eastern Salient and in Dutch as De Oosthoek, both of which mean east corner. The horseshoe is an area that is thick with Madurese culture on the island of Java which is called the Pendalungan Madura Culture and the area is the easternmost tip of Java Island and directly borders the Bali Strait to the east.

Talk

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Most of people speak Javanese and Madurese. Several other languages ​​spoken in a few places are Tenggerese and Osing. Indonesian language is also understood by almost everyone.

Get in

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By train

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Cities served by the rail network include Pasuruan, Probolinggo, Jember, and Banyuwangi.

By bus

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There are a lot of buses to go to each city in this area mainly from Bungurasih Purabaya Bus Terminal in Surabaya.

Get around

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By bus

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You can wave to get an economy bus from the side of the road.

By car

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The area is covered by good condition provincial road.

Nature

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Ijen crater near Banyuwangi emits a natural blue light flame at night.

National Parks

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There are several national parks with various flora and fauna in the area such as Alas Purwo National Park, Baluran National Park, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, and Meru Betiri National Park.

Mountaineering

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The caldera of Mount Raung

Climb active volcanoes, Mount Argopuro, Mount Raung, or Mount Semeru.

Surfing

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Surf in G-Land, Banyuwangi, a place that used to host the World Surf League (WSL).

In this area, the food is dominated by Javanese dishes such as rawon, soto, sate, bakso and so on. In coastal areas like Banyuwangi, Probolinggo, and Situbondo, seafood is effortless to find.

Drink

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As an area with a Muslim majority, it is very difficult to find alcohol drinks. The common drinks are sweet iced tea and instant coffee. In coastal area, fresh coconut drink and es kelapa muda can be leisurely obtained.

Stay safe

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Beware when playing on the beach because the waves can be very high especially in the south of the area.

Go next

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  • Bali — the island of Gods with Hindu cultures. 45 min by ferry from Banyuwangi.
  • Madura — knowns for bull race, the satay, deep fried duck meat, and the white sand beaches in Kangean Islands. 4 hours by ferry from Jangkar Harbour in Situbondo.
  • Southern Mountainous — spectacular scenery of mountains and beaches toward Indian Ocean. A couple of hours to the its largest city, Malang by bus or train.
This region travel guide to The Horseshoe is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.