Jember is a regency located in East Java, Indonesia. The regency covers a great area of around three thousand kilometre-squared and has a total population of 2.4 million people based on a census done in 2014. This makes Jember the third most populated urban area in the province of East Java. Jember does not have any municipality or city status. The Regency is famous for its tobacco farms and tapay, a traditional delicacy that is made of fermented cassava.
1. Notohadinegoro Airport
This is a regional airport that serves the regency of Jember. It is located approximately seven kilometres from the city centre. The airport was first opened in 2005 with only one runway. In 2008, the sole runway was extended from 1200 meters to 1560 meters. Notohadinegoro Airport is the first commercial passenger airport in Indonesia that was built by the local regency. The airport only handles one route, that is going to and from Surabaya. As of now, there are only two airlines operate at Notohadinegoro Airport; the Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air. The flight to Surabaya cuts the travelling time to just half an hour instead of four to seven hours by land transportations. Notohadinegor Airport is connected to the city centre in several ways. Airport taxis are aplenty at the airport and fare is calculated by using the taximeter. Shuttle vans are also available, but due to a limited number of flights, the frequency of the trips are also limited. For those who are driving, there is a parking space that can park around 50 cars at one time.
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Just like most of Indonesia, there are only two climates in Jember. Half of the year, Jember will be hot and dry while the rest, there will be plenty of rains and windy. Rainy seasons start from November to March with raining usually occurs late in the afternoon. Tourists are usually smaller in number during the rainy season and accommodations are cheaper. The rest of the months have quite a crowd of tourists. Jember celebrates some festivals all year round especially religion-related celebrations, such as the Eids for the Muslims and Christmas for the Christians. Jember Fashion Carnaval is an annual celebration in Jember. It is one of the most awaited celebration every year that brings out the best and extravagant costumes — this fashion week usually held in August. There is also a cultural festival, a tradition of calling for the rain that is held during the dry season.
1. Visit Papuma Beach – The Papuma Beach is regarded as the best beach in the whole of East Java. It has pristine, sandy white beach shaped in a crescent moon. Papuma Beach is a great place to sit back and relax, surrounded by the beautiful view. It is located just half an hour drive from the city centre.
2. Tancak Waterfall – It is located in the Desa Suci, 16 kilometres away from the city and will take half an hour worth of driving. The waterfall is only accessible by walking; some three kilometres hike into the village. Tancak Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Jember, reaching around 250 meters. Its crest is usually engulfed by the clouds, and thus, locals sometimes call it ‘the waterfall from the clouds.’
3. Local Delicacy – Since the city is well-known for its tapay, the fermented cassava, do not miss a chance to try it whether in its pure form or as part of dishes such as brownies.