East Java’s governor, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, has been pushing the idea of visitors visiting Seruni Point instead of the more well-known Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) due to the ongoing forest and land fires.
Prioritising Firefighter Safety After Extinguishing All Flames
The decision to temporarily close Mount Bromo was taken with a firm dedication to the protection of tourists. This action also permits a more organised and comprehensive firefighting operation to put out the blaze. Visitors, Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa reminds you, will need to be patient. He insists the lockdown will remain in place until all fires have been doused and no smoke remains.
Bromo’s tourist site will stay partly closed until all fires are put out and there is assurance that no lingering smoke remains, as Governor Khofifah says. The authorities have made it their job to get rid of anything that may be dangerous for tourists.
Stunning Alternative: Seruni Point
While Mount Bromo is closed for maintenance, visitors may still enjoy the region’s stunning beauty at Seruni Point, a charming spot just outside the TNBTS gates. The TNBTS area is home to a breathtaking dawn, and Governor Khofifah is encouraging visitors to make the drive to this alternative venue.
“Once the situation is entirely secure and under control,” Khofifah says, “the TNBTS National Park Office will collaborate with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in Bromo to initiate the reopening of tourism activities in Bromo.”
However, it is still crucial to check that the whole region is free of dangers such as flames or lingering smoke, since the presence of the latter may indicate the presence of ongoing fires.
An Overview of Seruni Point and Its Administration
Seruni Point is an attractive choice located in Ngadisari Village, Sukapura District, Probolinggo Regency, East Java. It’s important to note that the locals, not TNBTS, are in charge of this beautiful area.
The TNBTS National Park Office’s Administrative Section Head, Septi Eka Wardhani, explains, “Seruni Point lies outside the boundaries of TNBTS.”
Seruni Point, an Enticing Alternate That Isn’t Bothered by the Closure
TNBTS National Park Office Head Hendro Widjanarko explains that Penanjakan, Bukit Teletubies, and Pasir Berbisik have temporarily halted operations as tourist sites. Tourists may still visit several attractions controlled by locals, like the captivating Seruni Point.
Having driven visitors around Bromo for many years, Fendi is well-qualified to provide their perspective: “Last Sunday, I had tourists on board. We usually go all the way to Bukit Teletubbies. The only place we take them to now is Seruni Point. The location of Seruni Point, which is quite far from TNBTS, is the main cause for this.
On September 6, 2023, the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Office officially shut down. As the TNBTS area continues to be devastated by wildfires, the estimated reopening date is still unknown.