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14 Top Things to Do in Tuban, East Java Indonesia

by Hindarko Luh Setyawanto

Tuban is a regency in East Java Province that is located about 101 km from northwest of Surabaya, the capital of East Java. Tuban Regency, whose capital is Tuban City, consists of 20 districts. The mainland Tuban region is dominated by lime rock, which is the raw material of cement. Therefore the government built a cement factory in this region, namely PT Semen Indonesia, Tbk. The famous Bengawan Solo river also flows through Tuban.

Currently Tuban can only be accessed by buses or cars. Since it’s located in the lane Pantura, Tuban is often bypassed by vehicles with the route of Surabaya – Jakarta or vice versa. Buses from major cities such as Bandung, Semarang, and Yogyakarta also serve the destination route of Tuban

Most people know Tuban because of its relation with Wali Songo. Besides, Tuban also has beautiful beaches and caves that are challenging to be explored. So friends, let’s find out the best things to do in Tuban East Java Indonesia.

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1. Visiting Boom Beach
The first best things to do in Tuban East Java Indonesia is visiting Boom Beach. For the record, Boom Beach has an artificial peninsula that is about 1000 meters long. This artificial peninsula is used as a dock by traditional fishermen. There is also a road that juts into the sea that is usually used by visitors to enjoy the amazing sea view. Visitors can rest in the gazebos too that are around the beach, while enjoying beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Boom Beach is equipped with jogging track and a playground. There are swings, slides, seesaws, trains, etc. Visitors can also fish here. Boom Beach is located at north side of Tuban Square, Tuban City. Because of its strategic location, it can be reached by private or public transportation. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.500. It opens 6 am – 10 pm.

2. Visiting Pine Beach
Next thing to do in Tuban East Java Indonesia is enjoying Pine Beach. Pine Beach offers the charm of shady pine trees that line the shore. Not only strolling around, visitors can also exercise like jogging, playing badminton, playing volleyball or playing futsal on the wide beach.

Pine Beach has many food stalls that line along the beach. There are also sellers of typical Tuban rujak. So visitors do not have to worry about starving when traveling on the beach. Pine Beach is located at Sugihwaras, Jenu, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 6.3 km from downtown Tuban or around 15 minutes by car. Visitors only need to pay parking fee Rp 5.000. It opens 24 hours.

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3. Visiting Coconut Beach
Coconut Beach or also known by the name of Panyuran Beach has a beautiful panoramic view with rows of coconut trees. Therefore it’s visited by many tourists on weekdays and holidays, some even camping on the beach.

Coconut Beach is decorated with medium rocks. Lots of shells hide on the rocks. The shells are sought by local residents for side dishes. If visitors come at the same time as the return of fishermen, visitors can buy fresh crabs and fish from them. Coconut Beach is located at Panyuran Village, Palang District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 5 km from downtown Tuban or around 15 minutes by car. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 3.000 and opens 7 am – 5 pm.

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4. Visiting Sowan Beach
Sowan Beach has beautiful and exotic landscapes. The beach used to be a wood storage place. Therefore the beach area surrounded by shady trees. Rows of kelampis trees on the beach make the atmosphere cooler. The stretch of rocks on the beach gives a typical view that is wonderful. In addition admiring panoramic scenery, visitors can also see the activities of fishermen in the sea while enjoying grilled fish.

Sowan Beach has been equipped with appropriate facilities such as parking lot, rest room, restaurant and room for prayer. The beach is located at Bogorejo Village, Bancar District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 40 km from downtown Tuban. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000 and opens 7 am – 5 pm.

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5. Visiting Nglirip Waterfall
Nglirip Waterfall is actually an irrigation dam whose water flows to a lower area. This waterfall has a height of 35 meters and 28 meters wide. There is a small bridge made of iron at the top of the waterfall. By standing on the bridge, visitors can see the flowing of waterfalls and the stunning scenery of the surrounding nature. Nglirip Waterfall is located at Mulyo Agung Village, Singgahan District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 37 km from southwest of Tuban. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 2.000 and opens 8 am to 5 pm.

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6. Exploring Ngerong Cave
Ngerong Cave is a water cave that can only be explored using rubber boat. The cave has many fishes such as tawes, bader and nila. But visitors are forbidden to catch these fishes. If the ban is violated, it’s believed that the visitors will get bad luck. There are also bats that live at a depth of 700 meters. When they come out in the afternoon, it becomes a spectacular view.

Ngerong Cave has clean and clear water that is used by locals for bathing, washing and irrigation. The cave is located at Rengel Village, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 30 minutes from downtown Tuban by car. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 3.000 and opens 8 am – 5 pm.

7. Exploring Akbar Cave
Akbar Cave is right below the traditional market. The cave is full of religious stories. It’s believed that Sunan Kalijogo and Sunan Bonang once meditated here. The cave has a natural water source named Kedung Tirta Agung. The water is believed to be efficacious for health and strength.

The path inside the cave has been fitted with paving block and equipped with iron fence barrier so that visitors will not get lost in the cave. Colored lights also have been installed inside the cave to show the texture of the cave. Akbar Cave is located at Gajah Mada Street, Tuban City It’s about 1.4 km from Tuban square or 5 minutes by car. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 5.000 and opens 8 am – 5 pm.

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8. Exploring Putri Asih Cave
Putri Asih Cave is rich in stone ornaments such as stalactite, stalagmites, pillars, and gordyns. The cave has 9 rooms, but only room 1 to room 3 that are open to public. Room 1 is a meeting room. The beauty of stalactite and stalagmite can be seen here. Room 2 is a hermitage room. Room 3 is believed to be a kitchen and bathroom.

Putih Asih Cave used to be a meeting place of Wali Songo for discussing the spread and development of Islam. The cave is located at Nguluhan Village, Montong District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 30 km south of downtown Tuban. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000 for adults and Rp 5.000 for children. It opens 8 am – 5pm.

9. Soaking in Bektiharjo Baths
Bektiharjo Baths have natural springs that come out of the ground cavities, rocks and tree roots. The water is so clear so that visitors can look the bottom of the baths. Besides for tourist spot, Bektiharjo springs are also utilized by Tuban Water Company as one of the water sources for the consumption of the people of Tuban.

Bektiharjo baths have unique residents. They are monkeys that live around the baths. Visitors no need to worry about these monkeys because they are tame and friendly. Facilities also have been built in this place such as parking lot, stalls, playground, restaurants, and children’s pool. Bektiharjo Baths are located at Bektiharjo Village, Semanding District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 5 km from downtown Tuban or around 15 minutes by car. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 4.500 and opens 9 am – 5 pm.

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10. Soaking in Hot Spring Prataan
Hot springs in this region come from Mount Kendeng. Therefore the hot springs are still very natural with the water temperature reaching 56 degrees Celsius. With high sulfur content, Hot Spring Prataan is believed by locals can cure various diseases such as skin disease, stroke, itching, gout and rheumatism.

Hot Spring Prataan has been equipped with rest room and room for prayer. Besides soaking, visitors can also enjoy playing activities suh as flying fox and war game. Hot Spring Prataan is located at Wukiharjo Village, Parengan District, Regency of Tuban. It’s about 45 km southwest of downtown Tuban. The price of entrance ticket is Rp 10.000 on weekdays and Rp 12.500 on weekend. It opens 9 am – 5 pm.

11. Visiting the Tomb of Sunan Bonang
Sunan Bonang was one of the Wali Songo figures who used art for the spread of Islam. Sunan Bonang passed away in 1525. His tomb is located behind the Grand Mosque of Tuban City. Mystical things often occur in the Tomb of Sunan Bonang, so many visitors consider the tomb as a place for praying.

Since the renovation in 2012, the compound of the tomb looks neat and can accommodate many pilgrims without fear of heat and rain. The tomb of Sunan Bonang is located at Gajah Mada Street, downtown Tuban. It’s free entry and opens 24 hours for pilgrims.

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12. Visiting Grand Mosque of Tuban
Grand Mosque of Tuban has a magnificent shape with the beauty of a fairy tale building in 1001 nights. The architecture of the mosque combines cultural diversity from various countries such as Arabic, Turkish and Indian. The use of bright colors greatly accentuates the building in the middle of Tuban City.

Grand Mosque of Tuban was built in the 15th century by the first Tuban Regent who embraced Islam, the Duke of Raden Ario Tedjo. The mosque has undergone several restorations, namely in 1894, 1985 and last in 2005. Grand Mosque of Tuban is located at Bonang Street, downtown Tuban. It’s free entry and opens according to schedule of worship.

13. Visiting Kwan Sing Bio Klenteng
Kwan Sing Bio Temple was built in 18th century. Kwan Sing Bio means the temple of the saint. The temple overlooks the sea and there is a crab statue above its gate, instead of a dragon like other temples. The origin of the crab symbol was preceded by a temple official’s dream. He dreamed of a giant crab entering the pagoda. After discussion, the officials finally selected crabs as a symbol of Kwan Sing Bio Temple. Until now Kwan Sing Bio Temple is also known as a Crab Temple.

Kwan Sing Bio Temple is the largest temple in Southeast Asia. Many visitors come from Surabaya, Jakarta, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hongkong. Kwan Sing Bio Temple is located at R.E. Martadinata Street, Karangsari Village, Regency of Tuban. It’s free entry and opens 6 am – 9 pm on weekdays and 6 am – 10 pm on weekend.

14. Visiting Kambang Putih Museum
Kambang Putih Museum is the only museum in Tuban Regency. The museum has an interesting collection of historic objects. One of them is Koes Plus Bersaudara which is a legendary Indonesian band originating from Tuban. A collection of tapes and photos of Koes Plus is presented here.

Kambang Putih Museum also has a collection of old money, both paper and coins, from the 19th – 20th century, traditional fishing equipment and examples of typical Tuban batik. Kambang Putih Museum is located at Kartini Street, downtown Tuban. It’s free entry and opens 9am – 5 pm on Tuesday – Sunday. Ok guys… Now you know the best things to do in Tuban East Java Indonesia. Let’s travel in Indonesia!

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