As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Madura is a magnificent island! Still not touristy and not many travelers go there, it is still a virgin island! And the time to visit Madura is definitely now, not later!
There are many reasons as to why you should visit Madura Island as soon as possible. The main one, as I mentioned many times before, is the lack of tourists now. There is no better feeling while traveling than to be the only “tourist”. That ‘explorer’ feeling brings a lot of pride in you, as well as feeling unique, being the only one seeing this beauty at this given moment.
Speaking of beauty, Madura is not less beautiful than other Indonesian islands. In fact, it could be even more beautiful! Given that it is still untouched. And until this moment it is left purely to nature to shape its beauty! The island has so many beaches, even if some of them (especially on the North West side) are very rocky. But still you can find sandy beaches on the North East side as well as the southern coast of the island.
The island also has a Hawaiian feeling all over it. With coast lines littered with palm trees and fallen coconuts! It is simply breathtaking, you could easily lose time just standing by the road and watching the beautiful coast line!
But still, why now?
This is an easy yet an indefinite question. But I expect major changes in the island of Madura in the coming years. Especially that the Indonesian government is starting to look into the infra structure of the island. Add to that Suramadu Bridge that has connected the island with Surabaya city, making it very easy to go back and forth between Madura and Java island, and very close to the second biggest city (with an international airport) in Indonesia.
The government is also starting to look into tourism opportunities in the island. And according to wiki travel, they are looking into deals with major hotel franchises. I expect that this will not be a very hard job for them, as the island really has so much potential to become the next Bali!
Sooner than we think, Madura will become a major touristic island!
This makes NOW the perfect time for a visit!
Now, with the government concentration on the roads and infrastructure, Madura enjoys an amazing road network circling the island and connecting all cities. These are roads that are even better than the ones connecting major cities on Java, the main island! WITH LESS (or no) TRAFFIC!
Planning the road trip around the island, I expected long driving hours, as usual in Indonesia. However I was surprised to always find myself in my destination sooner than I have planned. Simply because the roads are mostly very smooth, with little to no traffic at all!
Also, now before it is very touristy, prices are still very cheap. I spent 5 days in Madura, spending a little less than 50 dollars! This included, of course, accommodation, (usually we were kind of forced to take the air conditioned rooms!) food, and gas for my motorbike!
Again, I highly recommend that if you are in Indonesia and have extra time, or no strict itinerary, you should definitely visit Madura! It doesn’t have to be 5 days as I did. If I had less time, I would start with just driving along the Northern road all the way to Sumenep (on the east side of the island) and spend at least 1 night in Sumenep, visiting the beaches north of Sumenep the next morning.
One advice I’d give for visiting Madura, take your own alcohol with you, if you would like to have some alcohol there. As there is no available alcohol on the island until now!
Have you ever been to Madura? Do you agree with what I said? If you haven’t, do you plan on visiting while in Indonesia?
Pictures in this post that do not have my signature are courtesy of my girlfriend