• Bali Ijen Bromo tour

    Duration: 3 days & 2 nights

    Ijen crater lake - East Java, IndonesiaUncover two glorious but totally different active volcanoes in 3 days and 2 nights. You will have time to relax and to see more... The Bali Ijen Bromo tour starts in Ketapang and ends in Surabaya, but we can pick you up in Bali if you prefer. Surabaya is East Java's burstling capital.

  • Bromo Ijen tour - 3 days

    Duration: 3 days & 2 nights

    Smoking volcano Bromo in East Java - visit Bromo during the Bromo Ijen tour - 3 daysBromo and Ijen are Java's most impressive volcanoes. The volcanoes differ like day and night, which makes it hard to choose if you only have time for one. In this Bromo Ijen tour you have time to visit the Madakaripura waterfall, to explore the Hindu culture and to see the sunset over mount Bromo.

  • East Java volcano tour

    Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

    View at mount Semeru - from PananjakanDuring the East Java volcano tour you will climb 3 almighty active volcanoes. Semeru, Bromo and Ijen. All part of the famous Ring of Fire....

  • A photography tour is almost like a holiday; making photos is your freedom, but you will have to be at the right spot at the golden moment. You will get to explore new destinations with a proven record of some extraordinance. Between the golden moments for pictures in nature, you will have time to take culture related photos.
    You will have enough time to work on your skills, as you aren't wasting time to arrange transport, accommodation or all your other needs. You will always have at least 2 days at the spots as weather conditions need to be on your side as well.
    This is time for you and your expression.

    Main picture photography tour with Mt. Bromo


    Long and short Itinerary: Photography tour - 6 days

    Photography needs time. In cooperation with nature you can capture the most beautiful moments. In the meantime the locals and the local activities give you an insight in daily life.
    If you click on the description of the day, you can read a more complete itinerary.

    The enchanting Madakaripura Waterfalls & sunset photography at Mt. Bromo Symbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalMadakaripura waterfalls & sunset photography Mt. Bromo

    Your driver picks you up in Surabaya. In about 3 to 4 hours you will be driven to the Madakaripura Waterfalls. These are situated on your way to Mt. Bromo. This more than wonderful waterfall lies hidden at the end of a deep valley in the Tengger range. The valley is encircled by 7 waterfalls and a series of cascades to further enhance its beauty. Its beauty lies also hidden in local stories and saga. Human interest might be one of your topics to capture on picture.
    Once in CemaraLawang, you will check in into your hotel. You can relax with a view over the active volcano Bromo or explore the area if you feel up to it. Later on, prepare for a short walk to Mt. Mentigen to capture the sunset atmosphere.


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    Cemara Lawang - Pagupon Bromo, JavaGo by Jiwa Jawa.Relax in the beauty of nature. Each room is comfortable and the warmly designed spaces resulting in an intimate atmosphere.

    Mt. Pananjakan I & King Kong Hill - Sunrise - Mt. Bromo - the green savanna - village trekking Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaMt. Pananjakan I & King Kong hill - sunrise photography - Mt. Bromo - the green savanna - village trekking

    Milkyway photography at Mt. Bromo - East JavaRise and shine as you will be departing at 1 o’clock in the morning! Drink a cup of coffee or tea before leaving to Mt. Pananjakan I, a world famous viewpoint. With 2702 m it is one of the highest view points in the area. Perfect to see and experience the Milkyway once more. It's breathtaking when the sun is rising as also Mt. Semeru in the background as an active volcano plays with the light. The usual fog in the caldera is slowly making way for the day. Take your time.
    If you would like to walk down to the Sea of Sand  in stead of by Jeep, a porter will be waiting for you. The Sea of Sand will be crossed before walking up to Mt. Bromo. At the crater rim you have a beautiful view over the area in which this active volcano resides; the black Sea of Sand bordered by the steep ancient caldera rim and the contrasting savanna. Once back at the car, your driver will bring you to the savanna. Once set and done, you go back to your hotel. Time for breakfast. You have spare time as we only depart again in late afternoon to hike through villages and capture local activities on film.


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    Camara Lawang - Pagupon Bromo, JavaGo by Jiwa Jawa

    Night photography at Mt. Pananjakan II and get to know the Tengger peopleSymbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaNight photography Mt. Pananjakan II - Tengger people

    Horse man at Mt. Bromo - East JavaEarly morning you depart to Mt. Pananjakan II, again it will be one o'clock. This viewpoint has a different view over the caldera than Mt. Pananjakan I, that you visited on your second day. After sunrise you go back to your hotel to have breakfast.
    After breakfast you will go for a walk to watch local activities in the nearby village. You will have time to photograph Tengger people working on the land, maybe a ceremony that is taking place such as a wedding or a funeral, visit people and drink a cup of tea with them before you start photographing their way of life, the local market with all its activities, etc. After you expressed yourself through your pictures, you go back to your hotel to check out. Then it is time to depart to Bondowoso.


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    Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel

    Free time for your own photography ideas - the car is yours Day 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourFree time for your own photography ideas - the car is yours

    Today you will have a break which you can use to feel a 100% on holiday. To reload yourself and your batteries for the early morning the next day, when you will hunt photos at the Ijen crater lake. But, you can also decide to visit some spots in the neighborhood.


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    Bondowoso: Ijen View Hotel

    Ijen crater lake houses the biggest Blue Fire are in the world - discover East Java's coffee plantations Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaIjen blue fire - coffee plantation

    Ijen crater lake in East Java - BanyuwangiAt 23.00 you will depart to Pananjakan, from where your hike to the Ijen crater lake starts. Your guide will be waiting for you. He brings you a gas mask and a big smile. It is about 3,5 km to the top, after which you will have to go down into the crater where you can see the blue fire. It is also near the lake that the sulphur miners are harvesting the sulphur. An unbelievable human activity that is heavy and strenuous in an outer space environment. When it is dark enough you can have another Milkyway experience... Finally the sun will rise over the turquoise lake which looks stunning in its contrasting environment. When set and done, return to your car. Behind the parking area, sulphur miners get together at the weighing station to get their freight measured before loading it on the truck, which brings the sulphur to the purifying factory. Take a break at a local warung; drink a cup of coffee and get a local snack such as fried bananas.
    You will return to the Ijen Plateau - which you crossed early morning to get to the crater lake - to visit the area around the villages Blawan and Sempol and visit for example the strawberry garden and the coffee plantation. The strawberries are processed on the plateau as well as the macadamia nuts. Waterfalls and the coffee factory are other points of interest.
    When you are still feeling strong, there is time to visit the savannaat Kawah Wurung before heading back to your hotel. Depending on the road conditions you will either go by motorbike or car.
    You will spend the night in a basic home stay at the plantation.


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    Ijen Plateau - Homestay

    Ijen crater us the most acidic lake in the world and more than beautiful - Licin sulphur factory Symbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourVisit the Ijen crater lake once more before heading to the sulphur factory in Licin village

    Sulphur miner at the Ijen crater lake carrying a heavy load of about 80 kg - East JavaOf you are again, to the Ijen crater lake. Discuss with your driver whether you would like to depart early morning, or just around sunrise. There must be many undiscovered spots that you are curious to stop by.
    En route to Ketapang harbor, you still have time to visit the sulphur factory in Licin village where sulphur is purified and packed. It is a fascinating production line.... On your way to the ferry you will pass a waterfall, coffee plantations and clove plantations. If you wish to stop, feel free and ask your driver.
    Then you will be brought to Ketapang to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk your driver is waiting to bring you to the area around Sanur, Kuta or Ubud.



    1. the best season for photography at these two volcanoes is during dry season, especially in the months July and August. Although dry season, in 2016 the dry season wasn't as dry as it should be. Rain was still falling.... unpredictable when, how long and how many days in a row.
    2. bring you cleaning kit all the time when you visit Mt. Bromo as it is a dusty spot.
    3. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.


  • Semeru, Bromo, Ijen & Sukamade

    Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

    Snorkeling by local boat - Pemuteran, West Bali National ParkSukamade turtle beach is a diamond. This turtle conservation area is an inviting adventure after your hike to the top of 3 illustrious volcanoes in just 4 days. You will hike Java's highest, Java's most famous and Java's most acidic. You should be healthy & fit for this adventure.

  • Take a break is actually a holiday, a real holiday in which everything is as you want it to be. You want a day of laziness? No problem. You want a day full of excitement? No problem. Your guide is the key to the perfectly free holiday. Come along with your friends or just with your partner...
    One of Java's and Bali's best qualities, besides its fertile land, is the hospitality of the people. Sincere, friendly and lighthearted are only some of their best merits. This certainly will add to your feeling of having a break of almost everything.

    Take a break - leave for holidays in Java and Bali


    Long & short itinerary - 12 days: Take a break

    This most relaxing experience will guide you via Yogyakarta, Malang, the active volcanoes Bromo and Ijen, to the turtle beach Sukamade and Bali's most beautiful snorkeling spot.
    You can read the itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full description. You can choose in which class of hotel you prefer to stay: budget, standard and luxurious.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and BaliArrive in Yogyakarta

    After your travels to Yogyakarta, what would be better than having the feeling of being in Indonesia? That will certainly be possible in Yogyakarta as the cultural heart of Java. Malioboro is a fine street to start your adventures. Along this street you will also meet other destinations that might attract your attention.

    We pick you up at the airport or train station and bring you to your hotel.

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    Dewi Home Stay/EDU Hostel

    The garden of Dewi Home Stay in Yogyakarta, JavaIn a small corridor, just a 3 minutes walk to the Malioboro boulevard; traditional hostel Dewi Home Stay with a lush garden. Or stay in the more modern and relatively new EDU Hostel with a roof top terrace and a cozy swimming pool.

    Ibis Malioboro

    Ibis Hotel at Jl. Malioboro in YogyakartaStart your stay in Indonesia well. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Hotel Santika

    Swimming pool of the Hotel Santika in Yogyakarta - Central JavaSantika Jogja is tastefully accentuated with classic Javanese artistry which shows the city’s rich cultural heritage. This property is steeped in old world charm, yet offers all the necessary facilities and conveniences that every modern traveler desires.

    Yogyakarta holiday Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaYogyakarta holiday

    As it is your break, decide if you would like to do something. If the answer is yes, we will assist you with one of the tours mentioned under the heading Optional Tours. You can discuss with your guide, if you would like to do something that isn't on the list.

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and BaliHoliday still going strong!

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and Bali

    Holiday still going strong!

    Another day in Yogyakarta with many choices to make - if you wish. You can also just relax and do as you wish.....

    Symbol day 4 of a calender - Tour: Take a Break; East Java, IndonesiaBy Executive Train to Malang

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    By Executive Train to Malang

    A train ride is quite something else compared to transport over the road. As the views from the road are blocked by ribbon development, the views from the train can be marvelous as you pass villages and almost ever green sparkling rice fields. The train departs at 8 o'clock in the morning and you will arrive around 4 o'clock in Malang. You will be picked up at the train station and brought to your hotel.

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    Kampong Tourist

    Hostel Kampong Tourist in MalangYour private bamboo gazebo on top of another hotel is waiting for you! A warm shower with a panorama. Spectacular city and mountain views, complete with a freshly served drink and WiFi, you couldn't feel more relaxed. The bar is open from 07.00 till 22.00.

    Ibis Styles Malang

    Hotel Ibis Styles Malang - East JavaIbis Styles Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    The Shalimar - Boutique Hotel

    Hotel Shalimar - boutique hotel in MalangThe Shalimar Boutique Hotel is a glorious example of colonial architecture of the 1930s.
    The hotel consists of 44 rooms and offers its guests the comfort of the new millennium in the grandeur of the '30s, bringing together European modern flair and Indonesian culture.

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    Calender day 5 - tour Java and Bali

    Malang, the refreshing city in the hills

    An outspoken European atmosphere, situated at an altitude of 444 meters sandwiched by mountains and volcanoes. That is Malang. The city was beloved by the Dutch in the colonial era, as it is today by tourists, both local and foreign. In modern Malang you still find a lot of Javanese, Dutch, and Chinese architecture. Malang is still one of a kind, with a wonderful personality and identity, turning the city into an attractive place to explore.

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Malang and its surroundings have a lot to offer, that makes it more than just a transit to Mt. Bromo. South of Malang you will find unexplored white sandy beaches, while Batu offers modern outings such as the zoo, many kinds of museum and swimming pools. You can also dig further in Java's ancient history and visit temples. Or, a local cook will teach you the inside outs of traditional Javanese dishes in her house in the kampong... Please note that today is a free day in your program. You can choose one of the optional tours if you wish.

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Walking through the ornamental entrance gates of the Botanical Garden a long avenue stretches away from you as far as the eye can see with Mt. Baung just visible in the far distance. Enormously tall Jacaranda and Golden Shower trees line the central path that divides the gardens into two halves. Just to mention some items: an area of palms, the amazing giant arum; one of the largest flowers in the world, two meters in height and 40 centimeters across, and five pretty ponds, a series of glasshouses features 525 species of orchids.
    The enchanting Madakaripura Waterfalls are of importance to the local Hindus, who are the ancestors of some famous kings of the kingdoms once reigning in Java. You will find these waterfalls at the end of a dazzling green valley.
    Then, when you are in time, one can see a beautiful sunset just from the ancient crater edge.... Situated at an altitude of 2300 m it can get cold in the evening. Average day temperatures are about 20 ºC.

    But, if you would like to do none of the above, or would like do an optional tour, we can drive you directly to Cemara Lawang village at any time that suits you.

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    Home Stay

    Home Stay Bromo area - East JavaAs Mt. Bromo is a tourist destination, basic home stays are available but at a certain price. Don't expect to much of the price-quality balance, as it is certainly out of proportion. Depending on the availability, we will make arrangements.

    Cafe Lava Hotel

    Hotel Cafe Lava - Cemara Lawang village, East JavaCafe Lava sits right at the edge of the ancient caldera and therefore guarantees some beautiful views just nearby. The hotel has a WiFi spot in case you need connection.

    Jiwa Jawa Bromo

    Hotel Jiwa Jawa - luxurious hotel near Mt. BromoThe warmly decorated rooms have flat-screens, and tea and coffeemakers, and some have a balcony with mountain views. There’s no air-conditioning as it is not necessary. Room service is offered.

    Sunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and Bali

    Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and BaliSunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen

    Early morning today... you have something on your program!? An exciting sunrise over an outer space landscape that is incomparable with other stunning parts of the world. You can either see the sunrise from the famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan or from any other spot, such as King Kong Hill or Mt. Seruni. The choice depends on the mode of transport you prefer; either walking or by Jeep.
    After the sun has risen and you feel warm again, you will descend to the black Sea of Sand which you will have to cross to reach the crater rim of the active volcano Bromo. Walking up the carter, you already get an impression of the tremendous lunar-like surroundings in which you are standing.
    Once back at the Jeep, you will be heading back to your hotel to have breakfast as you might feel hungry. After you have packed your bags, your journey continuous in the direction of Mt. Ijen.

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    Catimor Homestay

    Catimor Home Stay at the Ijen Plateau - Sempol village Catimor Home Stay is near Ijen crater lake and situated at the Ijen Plateau next doors a coffee factory. A swimming pool will refresh your mind after a long day.

    Ijen View Bondowoso

    ijen view hotel bondowosoLocated in the not-that-alive-city named Bondowoso, the hotel offers a swimming pool, a spa and a children play ground. This relatively small hotel has only 55 rooms. Bondowoso isn't a booming city, but a good pass through on your way to the Ijen crater lake.

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen in Banyuwangi city - East Java"Where the beauty of nature and the charm of culture come harmoniously together", according to the Jawa Resort Ijen. Proper waste management, no tree cutting policy and carbon footprints minimalisation are their commitment to preserve the environment.

    Ijen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and Bali

    Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and BaliIjen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners

    Ijen Blue Fire is the largest blue flame area in the world. This blue glow which is unusual for a volcano isn't lava, as often thought. The glow is the light from the combustion of sulphuric gases. The gases emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature. When they come in contact with the air, they ignite, sending flames up to 5 meters high. Interested? Then you will have to wake up early. Please note that this tour only suits those in a healthy and good condition.
    If you don't feel like waking up early, it will be less early before you depart but not that late as the advice is to descend before noon. Besides you still have to travel to Sukamade as well. The Ijen crater lake in its colorful glory is something words can't describe. It contrasts beautifully with its surroundings. Take your time to memorize your views before descending to Paltuding. Meet the sulphur miners, make some small talk, offer them a cigarette, buy some souvenirs and feel at home.
    Once back at the parking area, you can visit the sulphur weighing station where the miners get paid. You will find it just behind the parking area.
    After a small coffee break with a local snack, you will continue to Sukamade. In Jajag you will change cars to a four wheel drive Trooper or Jeep. You will pass extensive plantations, drive along the coast and Merah and Hijau islands before arriving in Sukamade turtle beach in Meru Betiri National Park. As there is only one option to spend the night, namely the Ranger's Lodge, you won't have a choice. Around 7 in the evening a ranger will pick you up and guide you to the beach to meet with egg-laying turtles. The possibility that you will meet the turtles is not 100%, but something close. Watching these giant creatures emerge from the surf and struggle-up the beach to lay their eggs on a moonlit night is an incomparable experience.

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    Sukamade Ranger's Lodge

    sukamade lodgeThe Sukamade Ranger's Lodge is only place to stay at Sukamade itself. A big wide terrace, and the 12 rooms are clean with cold water and Indonesian-style bathrooms. Electricity runs from 18:00 until 22:00 after which it is kerosene lamps only.

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    Symbol calender day 10Release baby turtles and get to the beach in Bali

    Sukamade beach is a natural, quiet, beautiful place and part of the 50,000 hectare Meru Betiri National Park. The eggs are taken by the rangers to protect them from predators, both human and other animals. These are incubated in the safety of the park hatchery and the youngsters are released to the ocean on the very beach from where the eggs were laid. The stability of the turtle population has been helped by a careful system of tagging and monitoring, as well as the use of the special hatcheries. You will release the baby turtles early morning.
    After you are set and done, you will be driven to Ketapang harbour to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk you will be picked up and head strait to Pemuteran in the province of West Bali.

    Snorkeling in one of the most beautiful spots of Bali Day 11 of tour Take a Break by Smartine Indonesia Travel

    Day 11 of tour Take a Break by Smartine Indonesia TravelSnorkeling in one of the most beautiful spots of Bali

    Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies the little island Menjangan surrounded by hectares of marvelous coral reef. The island is situated in West Bali National Park. The diverse eco biology is its main attraction. Many visitors rate snorkeling in this area as the best snorkeling spot in Bali. Awesome to get a day out in this marine park.


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    Molas Homestay

    A room in Molas Home Stay in Pemuteran - West BaliThis tiny homestay with just 3 rooms is run by a family. The rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom.

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto in Pemuteran - West Bali provinceKubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome. Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto is a small hotel with only 14 rooms. They all are situated among the mango, banana, lemon, papaya, and guava trees with either mountain and garden views.

    Kinaara Resort & Spa

    Kinaara Resort & Spa in Pemuteran, West BaliThe 20 rooms have a unique wooden construction, with a seating area, safe, fan, electric cattle, hairdryer, and an en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower. On outdoor pool and free WiFi in the public areas are also for your convenience.

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Your trip has come to an end... after check out time we will drop you off anywhere on Bali.


  • The Ring of Fire is an imaginary ring of 40,000 km in the shape of a horse shoe in the Pacific Ocean. A large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in this area. The ring has 452 volcanoes - more than 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes - and you will be climbing 5 of them; 4 in East Java and 1 in Lombok. 

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    Long & short itinerary: Volcano trekking - 12 days

    This adventurous tour brings you to five most amazing active volcanoes and their landscapes. These volcanoes are Bromo, Semeru, Raung, and Ijen in East Java and Rinjani on Lombok island.
    You can read the itinerary below. If you click on one of the days you can read the extensive itinerary.

    Meeting point Malang Symbol day 1 - Tour

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Meeting point Malang

    You will be picked up in Surabaya at the airport, hotel or train station, or in Malang. After you checked in, took a shower and a rest you will meet your guide in the afternoon or early evening. You will have some time to get to know each other and to ask questions. He will explain everything about your program for the coming days. If you have some spare time, you could pay the historical city Malang a visit as well.
    Don't forget to enjoy some quietness and rest as you will be leaving early the next morning.

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    Hotel Helios -Your hotel is located near the city center. If you feel up to it, you will have some time to explore the city or shop for the last necessities.

    Sense the top of Mt. Semeru at camp Kalimati Day 2 of your tour to hike 5 volcanoes in 12 days

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaSense the top of Mt. Semeru at Camp Kalimati

    At 05.00 in the morning a Jeep is ready to drive you to the village Ranu Pane at 2,100 m asl. After preparing you will depart to the camp Kalimati, which is situated at 2,700 m asl. Depending on your speed it takes 6 to 8 hours to reach the camp. You will have a small break at the lake Kumbolo to have lunch and a cup of coffee if you like. Hiking in a relaxed pace makes it possible to enjoy the views. As Mt. Semeru is an active volcano, you might see it erupt as it erupts every 20 minutes smoke and stones. You will camp at Kalimati. Dinner will be prepared, while you relax and get some rest.

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    Kalimati (2,700 m asl)- Camping under the dawn of Mt. Semeru. A special event to camp such close to the crater of an active volcano.

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    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaReach Semeru's summit & watch the sun set over Mt. Bromo

    The top of Mt. Semeru - the highest mountain in Java, IndonesiaIt is still dark when you start walking. It takes about an hour to get to Arcapada, which is the last spot where you could have camped. Arcapada sits on the vegetation border, while at Kalimati one can find a water source. After Arcapada the really heavy work starts. Sandy and rocky loose ground will be your rival. Prepare to slide down with every step that you take. Those with a good endurance can overcome this last difficult task in an hour, while those less trained climbers might take as long as 3 hours.
    At the top of Mt. Semeru you will be rewarded when the sun rises. Feel the sun on your face, and warming you up while seeing both the Javanese Sea and the Indian Ocean. You are standing at the highest mountain and active volcano in Java. It is your achievement of today.
    The National Park's board advises to decent before noon due to gas production and smoke eruptions by the volcano. You will descend to Kalimati Camp to have breakfast. Take a break after this exceptional morning. 
    Then prepare for your hike back to Ranu Pane village via Mt. Ayek-Ayek. In Ranu Pane you will have lunch, after which you continue by Jeep to the savannah that decorates Mt. Bromo. You will have to cross this amazingly green area to get to Cemara Lawang village. Here you will spend the night.

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    Cemara Lawang- this village sits on the rim of the crater of the ancient caldera in which Mt. Bromo resides. A perfect spot to enjoy being in the vicinity of your second active volcano which is also part of the Ring of Fire. You will spend the night in Bromo Permai Hotel or Cafe Lava Hotel (or similar, depending on the availability)

    Today the sun also rises over Mt. Bromo - destination Mt. Raung Day 4 of your tour Hike Volcanoes

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourToday the sun also rises over Mt. Bromo - destination Mt. Raung

    Early morning you will be picked up by a Jeep. You will go to Mt. Pananjakan. If you are interested in any other viewpoint, just ask us about the possibilities. At any viewpoint you can see - if the weather conditions are on your side - the sun rising marvelously over the caldera of Mt. Bromo with Mt. Semeru at the back. This magnificent view, will be printed in your memory.
    When you meet with your driver again, he will bring you as close to the crater of Mt. Bromo as you can get for which you will cross the black Sea of Sand. When the car stops, it will be a 45 minutes walk to get to the 'top' of Mt. Bromo. Take your time to embrace the moonlike landscape which is unique in the world.
    Then the Jeep will bring you back to your hotel to have breakfast.
    Once packed and ready you continue to Bondowoso via the mountain Arak Arak; a winding road and beautiful mountain views. Your road will end at Sumber Wringin village that sits on the slopes of Mt. Raung. It will be late afternoon when you arrive.

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    Sumber Wringin village- a local guesthouse will be your shelter for the night. It is a basic accommodation.

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    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaHeading to your third volcano in the Ring of Fire; Mt. Raung

    Camping volcano tour East JavaMeet your local guide and porter after breakfast. The porter will help to reach the top of Mt. Raung as he will carry the necessary equipment and food. A Jeep will drive you to Pondok Motor in one hour. Here your hike starts. Be ready for a 4 hours walk. You first will cross agricultural land followed by a path that leads up and into the forest. Lunch then will be served at Pondok Sumur. You will need to stack your energy as the next hike will take 5 hours. You will have to reach Pondok Angin before the evening falls as it is the last post before the summit. Vegetation is scarce. Your team will prepare your dinner.

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    Pondok Angin camp site - Camping

    The summit of one of the most active volcanoes in Java Symbol day 6 - Hike Volcanoes tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourThe summit of one of the most active volcanoes in Java

    volcano raung east javaAfter the sun has risen - which is early in Java - you will head to the peak of Mt. Raung at 3,332 m asl. It will take only 1,5 hours via a rocky and adventurous route. The narrow stony path is bordered by canyons. Feel welcomed by the big crater of Mt. Raung.
    After you met this impressive volcano, it is time to descend back to the camp site at Pondok Angin. Breakfast is ready. Once you gathered your belongings, you will walk back to Sumber Wringin village to spend another night.

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    Sumber Wringin village - Basic accommodation

    A restful day after severe hiking Day 7 of the Volcano trekking tour

    Day 7 of the Volcano trekking tourA restfull day after severe hiking

    After a good night sleep and a good breakfast you will be transferred to Blawan village at the Ijen Plateau. You will pass through coffee plantations. Mainly Arabica coffee is grown on the Plateau. You will have a stop at Sempol, as it is famous for its strawberries, vegetables and flowers. Then it is only a short drive to Catimor Home Stay. If you feel up to it, you can walk to the nearby hot spring and waterfall.

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    Blawan village - Catimor Home Stay is a basic and far from accommodation. It is not an idyllic home stay but its location and surroundings make up for it.

    Ijen crater lake is where you will find the largest blue fire area in the world!Symbol day 8 - day 8 of the volcano trekking tour in which one reaches the Ijen crater lake

    Symbol day 8 - day 8 of the volcano trekking tour in which one reaches the Ijen crater lakeIjen crater lake: the largest Blue fire area in the world!

    It is around 02.00 in the morning when you depart to Paltuding Post at the Ijen Nature Reserve. Your local guide is waiting for you with your gas mask. He will guide you up the mountain and then into the crater. It is about 2 hours walking, because of the difficulty - steep - of the road.
    The blue flames in Ijen's crater can be up to 5 meters high. Some of the gas condenses to liquid and is still ignited. Ijen is the largest blue flame area in the world!
    Early morning sulphur miners are already at work. In the crater they collect the sulphur and put it in bamboo baskets which they will carry up the rim and then down the slopes to Paltuding weighing center. When the sun starts to rise, be prepared for the colorful scene that you will get to see. Enjoy yourself before getting back to Paltuding. 
    Take a small break at one of the local warungs, eat and drink something, before you will go to Ketapang. The cross to Bali takes about 1 hour, after you will be brought to Sanur village in East Bali.

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    Sanur - Peneeda View Beach Hotel. Bordered by the beach, the hotel houses a total of 56 rooms, 1 lobby, 1 beach-side restaurant and 3 pools. Enjoy...

    A wonderful day at the beach Day 9 - calender symbol

    Day 9 - calender symbolA wonderful day at the beach

    Relax at the beach, not much more to say about this day. Bali is widely known for its beach and culture. It is your day, do as you please. If you need some advise, just ask your experienced guide...

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    Sanur - Peneeda View Beach Hotel.

    Fly to Lombok and get ready for Mt. Rinjani Symbol day 10 - day 10 of the volcano trekking tour in which one gets to Mt. Rinjani

    Symbol day 10 - day 10 of the volcano trekking tour in which one gets to Mt. RinjaniFly to Lombok and get ready for Mt. Rinjani

    An easy going day. Have a rest before you climb your last challenge: the active volcano Rinjani..... You will fly from Denpasar to Mataram in only 40 minutes. Then it takes about 2,5 hours to reach Sembalun village where you will spend the night in a basic home stay.

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    Sembalun village - Basic home stay.

    Crater rim of the active volcano Rinjani Symbol day 11 - Volcano Trekking Tour

    Symbol day 11 - Volcano Trekking TourCrater rim of the active volcano Rinjani

    Rinjani crater lake on Lombok - IndonesiaAs Sembalun village is situated at an altitude of 1,156 m and you will have to climb to Sembalun crater rim at 2,639 m, you can understand the task you are up to today. In total you will be hiking about 7 hours. You will wake up at 6 'o clock to have breakfast before you will be heading by Jeep to your starting point. It is about 1 hour driving. You will have to register at the Rinjani Information Center before you can start your hike.
    Your hike starts with a 2 hours walk to Post 1 at 1,300 m. Take a small break, before you continue to the second Post - named Tengengean - at 1,500 m which you will reach in about 1 hour. Another hour is needed to arrive at the Pada Balong Post at 1,800 m. Here you will have a relaxed break with lunch that will be prepared by your team. Then your last challenge is to reach the Sembalun crater rim at an height of 2,639 m. It will take you 3 hours including a steep climb to reach the crater rim. You will camp at the crater rim while enjoying awesome views. Experience both sunset and sunsrise at Sembalun crater rim!

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    Sembalun crater rim - Camping.

    Extraordinary walking at height Symbol day 12 - calender

    Symbol day 12 - calenderExtraordinary walking at height

    Those who wish to see the sunrise, will have to wake up early as you start trekking at 03.00. You will get a bit higher as you will walk to an altitude of 2,639 m in about 3.5 hours to reach the summit. Parts of your trek will be fairly hard; the last hour is hard as you will get 2 step up while falling 1 step back. Your reward is beautiful.
    After the sun has risen, you will walk back to your camp site to have breakfast. After breakfast you will be heading down in about 4 to 5 hours to Senaru village. On your way back you will have lunch as you probably will be hungry again. A car then will bring you to Sengigi.

    1. if you wish to get to the lake and soak in a hot spring, you will have to extend this tour with 1 night camping. You can let is know when you are booking this tour.
    2. the tour ends in Sengigi or Mataram. Let us know if you would like to be dropped somewhere else.




    1. The minimum age of the climber is 18 years.
    2. There is no maximum age, but the climber should be healthy and in a good condition.
    3. Although this tour is not extreme, it is certainly challenging. Therefore this tour is only suitable for people in good to excellent physical condition and should be an experienced hiker and in outdoor activities. You will have to walk on partly difficult terrain with steep passages on loose or rocky ground.
    4. Bring only whath you need when hiking the volcanoes, such as clothes, warm jacket, personal medicines, and water storage (about 1 l). We will store your big bag before the hike starts.
    5. For this tour we will ask for a copy of your pasport to arrange your permit to hike the volcanoes
    6. For this tour we also need a copy of your travel insurance to arrange the permit to hike the volcanoes



    Mt. Semeru

    Volcano Semeru in East JavaMt. Semeru is an active volcano located in East Java. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java. This strato volcano is also known as Mahameru, meaning 'The Great Mountain'. The name is derived from the Hindu-Buddhist mythical story about Mt. Meru or Sumeru, the abode of gods.
    Highest point: 3676 m. Mountain type: Strato volcano. Last eruption: continuously erupting since 1967

    Mt. Bromo

    Mt. Bromo is an active volcano in East JavaMt. Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif in East Java. With 2,329 meters Mt. Bromo is not the highest peak of the massif, but the most famous. Mt. Bromo its name is derived from the Javanese word Brahma.
    Highest point: 2329 m. Mountain type: Somma volcano. Last eruption: November 2015 - February 2016

    Mt. Raung

    Volcano Raung in East JavaMt. Raung is one of the most active volcanoes on Java. This volcano is located in the province of East Java and has a two kilometer wide and 500 meter deep caldera surrounded by an impressive rim. Mt. Raung can be seen on clear days from Lovina Beach in North Bali.
    Highest point: 3332 m. Mountain type: Strato volcano. Last eruption: April to August 2015

    Mt. Ijen

    Volcano Ijen and its lakeThe Ijen volcano complex is a group of composite volcanoes in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java. Mt. Ijen's sulphuric lake is the most acidic in the world, so are its rivers. Ijen is also the largest blue flame area in the world. While the sulphur miners have one of the hardest jobs in the world.
    Highest point: 2799 m. Mountain type: Stratovolcano. Last eruption: still active

    Mt. Rinjani

    Volcano Rinjani at Lombok - IndonesiaMt. Rinjani is another active volcano on the island of Lombok, east of Bali. It is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The volcano is topped with a 6 by 8.5 kilometer caldera, which is partly filled by a lake. The caldera also contains hot springs.
    Highest point: 3726 m. Mountain type: Somma volcano. Last eruption: eruption of the baby volcano - 29 September 2016

  • Yogya highlights mixed with nature

    Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

    Malioborostreet is the central market of YogyakartaThe famous temples Borobudur and Prambanan. Top culture combined with Indonesia's landmarks. The active volcano Bromo and Ijen the most acidic lake on earth. This all in one tour: Yogya highlights mixed with nature.