Papuma beach is located in my hometown, Jember. It is about 25 kilometers from downtown or maybe one hour drive. I seldom to visit this beach because I used to be afraid of the hairpin bend in Papuma hill which is the only entrance to enter the beach. Usually I went there by car or got a ride from my friend who can ride motorcycle well. Until on that day, Emyl and I encouraged ourselves to go to Papuma by reading motorcycle even we were not so sure. In fact, it was not so scary as people say. I won’t be afraid again.
The beach was quiet. It was not on the weekend so few people came. Walking down the seaside, we could enjoy the view of white sand against the blue of sea water, and the medium wave hits the rock. It’s amazing. “Subhanallah”. Then we hiked Siti Inggil hill to see Papuma from above. In the hill, we met merchant lady with a basket of snacks and drinks. She offered us some snacks but we refused. Briefly, we chatted. She told us that weeks before our visit there was an accident. There were tourists from Surabaya who were washed away by the waves. Some was found and one lost. Another accident also happened. There was a man who jumped into the sea from somewhere hill. “He seems broken heart” says that lady. After that Papuma was closed for a week.
Before going home, we dropped by in the Papuma basecamp for a while. We found out that actually there are many activities we can do at Papuma. Such as trekking to Goa Jepang, exploring Nusabarong island, snorkeling, diving, camping, etc. We were interested to try snorkeling but at that time we were not ready yet, maybe on the next visit.
Oh ya, these pictures below were taken when I went to Papuma with my classmates in senior high school. We spent for 5 hours in the beach until the sea low tide. It was fun. I miss them indeed!
Thanks for dropping by. See you, sampai jumpa!