Surabaya, Suarajatim.com - The importance of mangrove forests in coastal areas is well-known for their ability to prevent coastal erosion. Recognizing this, local governments, especially those in coastal regions like Surabaya, have been actively promoting the preservation and expansion of mangrove forests in recent years.
The Surabaya City Government has been at the forefront of transforming the city's landscape. What was once arid is now witnessing a significant push towards greening initiatives. Numerous green spaces have been developed across the city by the local government, with one notable example being the Wonorejo Mangrove Forest, located just 30 minutes away from the city center.
Covering an expansive 200 hectares, the Wonorejo Mangrove Forest is a habitat for 30 species of wildlife, including the long-tailed macaques and various coastal bird species. Beyond its ecological significance, the Wonorejo Mangrove Forest has also been developed into an affordable tourist destination for the people of Surabaya. More importantly, it serves as a critical location expected to mitigate coastal erosion along the eastern shores of Surabaya.
Accessing the mangrove forest is made easy with well-maintained roads and clear signage provided by the Surabaya City Government. Visitors are charged a nominal fee of Rp2,000 per person for entry, along with parking fees of Rp2,000 for motorcycles and Rp5,000 for cars. For those seeking a unique experience, boat rides with a capacity of 20-30 people are available at Rp25,000 for adults and Rp15,000 for children.
The journey through the mangrove forest, whether on foot or by boat, leads to two gazebos established by the Surabaya police and a state-owned enterprise. Visitors can relax in these gazebos, taking in the tranquility of the beautiful mangrove surroundings. If you bring your own snacks, the gazebos provide an excellent spot for a family picnic. The management of the Wonorejo Mangrove Ecotourism site ensures a 1.5-hour window from departure for visitors to explore before the boat returns to the dock.
At the end of the trail, a pavilion offers a resting place and information about the endemic species inhabiting this protected mangrove area. Visitors are advised not to bring packaged food to maintain cleanliness and the pristine condition of the area.
Remember to bring an adequate supply of bottled water but refrain from littering. Numerous trash bins are provided by the local authorities. Enjoy your weekend, and happy exploring without leaving anything behind except memories and photographs.