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Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

1. Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Bali–Ferry to Ketapang–Ijen Volcano You'll start your three-day adventure in the evening with pickup from your hotel. Then you'll head to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang. From there, drive to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Day 2: Ijen Volcano–Crater–Bromo Village Day two begins with a brief safety session before starting the roughly 2-hour trek to the crater. Once at the crater, you’ll be able to see the remarkable blue flames that can reach up to 16 feet tall. After exploring the area, refuel with a delicious breakfast and start the long drive to Bromo Village. Stop for rest and lunch along the way. Day 3: Bromo Village–Bromo Volcano Sunrise–Bali Day three will start with another early wake-up call and a drive to the Penanjakan Sunrise Point. You'll trek up another active volcano, Mount Bromo, before stopping to watch the majestic sunrise and take in panoramic views from the top of the volcano. Before it gets too hot, you’ll head back for breakfast before heading back to Bali.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

2. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater on a 90 to 120-minute hike, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, get dropped off back at the hotel or at Ketapang Harbor if you are continuing on to Bali.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

3. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

Be collected at your accommodation in Bali or Banyuwangi. The hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint takes 90-120 minutes from the foot of the path, which leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see the magical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. After witnessing the stunning blue flames from the viewpoint, continue to catch the beautiful sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island, called Ijen's Crater. On the way back to the parking lot, appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily tough life to continue fulfilling their family bread and butter.  After 1-hour trek down, you will reach the parking lot around 7:00 AM. Do not miss the experience to stop at the coffee and cloves plantation on the way back to your accommodation in Banyuwangi or Bali.

Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

4. Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

Benefit from pick-up from your hotel in Bali, and then travel to the westernmost tip to catch the ferry to Java from Gilimanuk. Upon arrival at Ketapang port in Banyuwangi, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Licin and drive through a rainforest of giant ferns and trees on the slopes of Mount Ijen.  Ascend to the summit to look into the crater and marvel at the blue fires of the volcano under a canopy of stars. Get a panoramic view of the sulfur lake and surrounding landscape in the first light of day. Then, return to the base of the mountain to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before the drive back to the Bali.

3-Day Excursion to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater from Bali

5. 3-Day Excursion to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater from Bali

Spend 3 days exploring the volcanic landscapes of East Java. Take in a spectacular sunrise and panoramic views from the peak of Mount Bromo. Marvel at the blue flames on a descent into the Ijen crater. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Bali–Gilimanuk Harbour–Mt. Bromo From western Bali travel by ferry to the eastern tip of Java. Drive to the Mount Bromo area, with a lunch stop along the way. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Day 2: Mt. Bromo–Banyuwangi (Ijen Crater) Very early in the morning, head to the rim of the Tengger caldera. Marvel at the panoramic views at sunrise with the active Mount Semeru volcano in the background. Continue to Mount Bromo. Take a short walk and climb the 240 stairs to the peak. After breakfast back at the hotel, drive to Banyuwangi, with a lunch break en route. Check in at the hotel. Day 3: Blue Fire Ijen Crater–Bali Just after midnight head out to the Ijen crater. Descend into the crater to see the amazing blue flames and the sulfur miners at work. Stop at the miner’s shack for a short rest and head back to the hotel for breakfast before the return trip to Bali.

From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Tour

6. From Surabaya: Mt. Bromo Sunrise Private Tour

Following pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Surabaya at 00.05 AM, travel to Mt Bromo for about 3 hours. Upon your arrival at Cemoro Lawang - the meeting point for the sunrise attraction - climb aboard a 4WD vehicle to start the adventure. Drive along a bumpy road to the sunrise viewpoint called Penanjakan. Walk for about 10 minutes from the parking area to the sunrise viewpoint and witness the magical Bromo sunrise view. After the sunrise is over, return to the parking area and travel to the sea of sand. Hike for 30 minutes to the peak of Mt Bromo. Take in the views of the crater, a temple, caldera and surrounding mountains including Mount Semeru, the highest peak in Java. After you have finished exploring Mt Bromo, enjoy a breakfast at a local restaurant. Choose the optional tour to Madakaripura waterfall, before journeying back to Surabaya city.

Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

7. Mount Bromo, Ijen, and Blue Flames: 3-Day Tour from Surabaya

Join an unforgettable 3-day trip to see the natural highlights of east Java. Visit Mount Bromo, the Madakaripura waterfall, and the Ijen crater. Day 1 Head straight to Bromo, where you’ll stay overnight in a Tosari village hotel. After a safety briefing and kit check, enjoy free time in the evening. Day 2 In the morning, travel by 4x4 vehicle to Mount Pananjakan to watch the sunrise from the viewpoint on the rim of the Tengger Caldera. Continue to the active Mount Bromo volcano to see the crater before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Stop for lunch on the way to Banyuwangi, where you’ll check in at your hotel. Day 3 Start out early to see Ijen’s blue-flame panorama at its best. There is a tough descent down into the caldera to see the blue flames and to reach the turquoise lake. Head back up to the crater rim to take in the spectacular sunrise, before the descent back to the car.

From Bali: 24-Hour Trip to Ijen Crater & Javanese Breakfast

8. From Bali: 24-Hour Trip to Ijen Crater & Javanese Breakfast

Your trip will be led by a professional guide. Thea guides passion and knowledge of the terrain will give you access to the best views and most spectacular sights as well as inform you about the geography and history of the volcano. Depart from Bali at 5:00 PM to begin your journey to the active volcano of  Kawah Ijen in East Java. You will arrive at night around 10/11:00 PM. You will climb to the rim of the 2370 meter volcano, before descending down to the crater floor. This is the only place in the world where you can see the ethereal blue sulfur fires and watch the Javanese workers harvesting sulfur. As dawn breaks and the light changes, your dramatic surroundings will reveal themselves from your position beside the largest acid lake in the world. Before you return to Bali, you will stop with a local family to enjoy a hearty home-cooked Javanese breakfast. Please come along for this once in a lifetime experience. Your professional guides and careful planning will assure you have a safe and memorable trip to the heart of Kawah Ijen.

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

9. From Yogyakarta: Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Ijen 4-Day Tour

Discover Java Island on this guided 4-day trip from Yogyakarta. Visit important temples, explore beautiful landscapes, hike to waterfalls and taste delicious local cuisine. Begin your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta and head to Setumbu Hill to witness the breathtaking Borobudur sunrise. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift, the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. After sunrise, explore the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. This is one of the world's greatest ancient monuments. Once you’ve seen the temple, you can choose to head back to your accommodation, or visit more of the landmarks surrounding Yogyakarta City, such as the Merapi Volcano, the Prambanan Temple, or Tamansari Water castle. On the second day, travel to Mount Bromo and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, you can enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise on the next day. Wake up early on day 3 to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience. You will be able to witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo as you explore the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, you will head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. On the final day, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater, which takes around 2 hours. Hike up to the Ijen Crater for about 90 to 120 minutes, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up. After exploring the crater, you can opt to be dropped off in Bali, and head back to your hotel in Banyuwangi, or Surabaya.

From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

10. From Bali: Private Mount Ijen Crater Volcano Midnight Trek

Embark on an exciting and unforgettable midnight hike up Ijen Volcano leaving from Bali and trust that this 24-hour adventure is worth the time. Begin your trek in pitch-black darkness and reach the crater in time to see the world's largest blue flame area, rising up to 16 ft. Hike back down as the sun rises and take in panoramic views of the magnificent natural surroundings.  The trip begins with pickup from your hotel and then a 4-hour drive to Gilimanuk Port, where the ferry for Java departs. Arrive at Ketapang, and go out for dinner to get energy for the hike. After your meal, set off for Mount Ijen’s blue fire, and arrive an hour and a half later at the base of the mountain. By midnight, the trek to the summit will start. The trek up will take around two hours. At the first stop, enjoy a spectacular view of the night sky and a photographer will teach you how to take photos of the stars. Head down to the Ijen Crater, which will take another 40 minutes. After a rocky path down to the bottom of the crater, see from a distance the mesmerizing electric blue fire from the volcano’s lava. Going back to the crater’s rim, be greeted by the breathtaking view of the sunrise overlooking the surrounding scenery. The trek will end at a local warung to eat breakfast before returning to Bali and your hotel.

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4.7 / 5

based on 140 reviews

I had an excellent tour! Everything was very well organized by the tour company and the very reliable and knowledgeable driver and guide. All the sites we visited were fabulous, starting from the Buddhist and Hindu temples around Yogjakarta to the impressive volcanoes in East Java. Yogjakarta has a lot to offer and I feel I could have spent a day or two more there. Consider arriving a few days before starting the tour to explore the city. The way from Yogjakarta to the volcanoes is quite long, but it gives you a chance to sit back in the car, observe local life and learn about the country and its culture from the local guide.

It was a great trip! Our guide Fahmi and our driver Kadek were extremely professional and experienced, as well as friendly and kind to us :-) The hike up the mountain was steep but manageable, as we could take as many breaks as we needed, and the trek down the crater, while more tricky, was well worth the views. It was a nice way to see another side of Indonesia (since we came from Bali) and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the outdoors/hiking! Pro tip: if you get Fahmi as a guide, ask him to sing for you LOL

This trip completely exceeded expectations! It was an incredible experience only to be made better by our lovely tour guide kadek and amazing tour guide Fahmi :) the hike wasn’t too long but was steep but there were many stop points so it wasn’t too bad. We star gazed in the way to the top and saw multiple shooting stars and the milky way. The top was truly spectacular views and the breakfast after the hike was delicious. Thanks so much for an amazing day out and an incredible experience!

A unique experience to do at least once in a lifetime. It was a really intense day but thanks to the excellent drivers and excellent friendly and really fun guides, we discovered a place on the planet that really leaves you breathless.

Was quite an experience. Everything went excellent, from pick up to drop off. Ask for Malik. He is a great guide!!