Written by Fanti.
This is my first time to visit Bawean island, in October 2015 with together with Shafia (who is on Bawean island for the third time) and Dinda. First we went from Jakarta to Surabaya by train, then travelled to the city Gresik and then took a ferry from Gresik harbor to Bawean island. The express ship takes 4 hours, there is also a slow ship that can transport cars and needs 8 hours.
When I arrived on Bawean, I was really amazed with the beautiful beach. In general, Bawean has comfortable and safe ambience, so I love it here. The Bawean residents are so friendly and majority they have a good financial condition. Some of the residents work in Singapur and Malaysia. Almost of the resident staying on Bawean own cattle, which they keep on the fields. Others do fishing and farming to covered their daily needs. The photo shows some fish catchement from the local community. They consume their harvest to covered their daily needed but also they sell it to the traditional market.
There is no gas station in Bawean. Some people sell gasoline in small shops and we can even buy gasoline with retail. Bawean has no mall or big shopping centre, but there are many traditional market which open in every early morning. They sell everything including (traditional) food, but also everything that is necessary such as clothes, toiletries, and others.