This 4 days and 3 nights tour is one of our most complete experience of East Java. It will bring you to two of the most emblematic and breathe taking scenery : The mount Bromo and the Kawah Ijen with an option to Madakaripura Waterfall. But also, you have the opportunity to discover Sukamade beach, a very remote beach where you can watch turtles nesting. From the Sea of Sand of the Tender Caldera to the turquoise water and blue Fire of the Ijen Volcanic complex passing thought a lost beach that green turtles have chosen to lay their eggs, Ijen Volcano Tours will ensure you to live this experience in total security, with nothing to worry about except taking the best pictures ever and will give you a human insight of the life in eastern Java.
Starting at 12am from Denpasar Airport, Kuta, Ubud, Sanur or any other places in Bali, our english speaking driver will pick you up in the beginning of the afternoon with an AC vehicle to bring you to the most western part of Bali in Gilimanuk (Ferry terminal to Java). The trip takes about 4 hours and goes through the rural lanscape of western Bali facing the Indian Ocean.
Once in Gilimanuk, the ferry ride takes 1 hour to reach Ketapang (Banyuwangi ferry terminal) and from there you might be able to enjoy the sunset over the first volcanoes of Java. Remember that Java is h-1 compared to Bali. The car will then continue to your hotel where you can reset before climbing the Kawah Ijen during the night (Arrival around 6pm).
Starting from your hotel in the Banyuwangi area or in Licin, our driver will pick you up around 12:00pm.
From there, we will bring you to Paltuding rest area (1-1,5 hour). The road offers a number of magic landscapes in the middle of rice fields, small villages and one one the last primary tropical rainforest left on Java island rounded by numerous volcanoes. You will mainly enjoy those sceneries on the way back during daytime.
From Paltuding Area, at around 1:30pm, you will start hiking to Ijen Crater. It takes about 1:30 -1:45 minutes for the 3km hike following gentle slope and slightly uphill to reach the summit. The path is pretty well maintained in good condition and other views of rounding volcanoes and luxurious vegetation will accompany your journey. From the crater rim, providing you gas mask, we will bring you down to see the blue fire right on the edge of the acidic lake (temperature of the lake : +- 40°c; Ph: 0,5 ; max depth:+-200m). The laker is also the source for the river Banyupahit, resulting in highly acidic and metal-enriched river water which has a significant detrimental effect on the downstream river ecosystem.
Hike to go down (+- 45mins, rocky) .
The blue fire flammes occurring at the sulfur mine of the Kawah Ijen volcano are ignited sulphuric gases emerging from cracks through fumaroles at the south west border of the acid lake. Their temperature can reach up to 600°c. Those gases are directly originated from the magmatic chamber under the volcano and the hydrothermal system. The flames can be up to 5 meters high. The gases are channelled throught a network of pipes, capturing and facilitating the cooling process. The miners working in the crater are spraying water from the lake on those pipes so part of the gases reaching a lower temperature can then condensate. The almost pure sulfur liquid, deep red in color and sometimes still ignited turns bright yellow when solidifying at ambiant temperature. The miners break the cooled material into large pieces and carry it away in bamboo baskets. They can carry loads ranging from 75 kilograms to 90 kilograms, up to the crater rim, 200 meters above the lake level on a rocky and steep path with a gradient of 45 up to 60 degrees. Most miners make this journey twice a day. This is one of the purest natural sulfur mine in the word but also on of the hardest job inspiring respect and admiration.
After enjoying the spectacular Blue Fire, we go back to crater rim to enjoy the sunrise over
Bali and over the entire volcanic area.
The hike to go down takes about 45 – 1h. The driver will pick you up in Paltuding to go back to your hotel to have breakfast.
After Breakfast, we are heading to Sukamade located at 100km south-west of Banyuwangi. The road takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach this spectacular, wild and remote area involving crossing rivers and rainforest with a special 4WD vehicle. The road takes place in the middle of coffee, rubber and cacao plantation.
From Banyuwangi you also have the option to stop at Pulau Merah (Red Island), a quite isolated beach famous for its spectacular waves and an a stunning island standing right in the middle of the bay. This trip will bring you to one of the most remote and inaccessible area in eastern Java where you will enjoy very nice and untouched scenery. Arriving in the afternoon in your guesthouse in Sukamade you will have some time to enjoy the 3 kilometers of untouched sandy white beach and the sunset on the Indian Ocean.
In the evening, you will be guided by a ranger to watch the turtles lying their eggs. Special instruction will be given to avoid as much as possible to disturb these animals. Green turtles are listed as part the endangered species, they weight up to 150 Kg and lay over 150 egg at once. This is one of the latest place on earth where they can reproduce with minimal disturbance. After watching this process, we go back to the guesthouse. The park also host a hatchery, depending of the ranger’s schedule and the season you might be able to witness the release of baby turtles on the beach.
After having Breakfast, you can keep enjoy the surroundings of Sukamade beach. You ll meet our driver before noon to head to Mount Bromo Area (+-7-8h). Stop for Lunch at local restaurant.
Arriving in your hotel in Cemoro Lawang, a village overlooking the Bromo-Tenger caldera, you will have some time to rest before going up the next day to enjoy the sunrise.
Wake up at 3:00 am for a departure at 3:30. A 4WD vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to bring you to Penanjakan View point (2775m) located just north of the caldera on the highest point of the rim of the Bromo-Tengger national park. As this place is quite crowded, leaving early will ensure you to reach the viewpoint before dawn and have a good position to watch the sunrise of a lifetime over a sea of sand and many volcanoes. If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase “desolate beauty”, then this is surely it.
From there if the weather is clear, you can see up to the majestic stratovolcano Semeru that sits just behind the Bromo. this mountain is also iconic, puffing ashes and smoke through small eruptions every 30mins. Ancient Javanese Hindu texts tell of how Bromo-Penanjakan-Semeru was the spiritual axis of the universe and the point of all creation. The view from Penanjakan will explain why it is truly breathtaking. After this, back in 4WD, thought the sea of sand we will continue our journey to the Broom crater. From the parking area you have to options to reach the crater, by foot (free) or horse riding (not included) passing right next to “The Poten”.The Poten is the Tenggerese Hindu temple that sits looking eerily beautiful in the sea of sand close to Mount Bromo. There is something quite magical about this place and the frugality of its decoration and austere design seems very appropriate for the location. It takes around 30 mins to reach the crater rim. Bromo is still a very active volcano and sometimes the access is restricted to some areas for security concerns. We will keep you informed about the status at the time of reservation.
At 8:00, back in the car for breakfast at your hotel.
The Driver will then pick you up to end your journey in Surabaya (+- 3 hours)
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