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  • Live local - an extraordinary tour in East Java

    The world is a neighborhood.Live like a local; that is the idea of this tour. You will find yourself in a Moslem culture in Batu and in a Hindu Tengger culture near Mt. Bromo. Besides culture, nature is also stunning. Take time to spend with the family you're staying with... You will discover that the Indonesians are the most friendly and patient people in the world.


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    Short & long itinerary: Live Local Tour - 8 days

    Live like a local, get to know how an Indonesian Moslem spends his day and discover Tengger traditions at Mt. Bromo.
    Below you can read the short itinerary. If you would like to more know about one of the days, just click on the title. If you have any questions, please use the contact form on this page.

    Arrive in Batu and meet your familySymbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalArriving in Batu

    Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport or train station in either Malang or Surabaya and bring you to Batu.
    Welcome to Batu, the area that the Dutch already discovered for its healthy surroundings. Many swimming pools and health resorts got established. You also will find sulphuric hot springs and beautiful agricultural land with flowers, rice fields and apple orchards.

    Your adventure starts... Get to know your new Moslem family, get acquainted with local food and explore your neighborhood.

     

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    Budi's house - Check in time in your local house is from 2 pm on wards. Take your time to get acquainted with your surroundings to feel at ease and at home.

    Spend time with your 'adopted' Moslem family and look into your new neighborhoodDay 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaYour own day at your own terms

    RelaxIf you wish to stay in your local house, enjoy the environments and your family, you can do that. If you wish to choose an item from the optional tours, you can do that. If you wish to go out on your own, you can do that as well. Find some ideas under the heading "Ideas".

     

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    Budi's house

    Half a day tour: hiking to the top of Mt. Panderman in Batu - half a day to experience cultureSymbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaHiking to the top of Mt. Panderman

    Mt. Panderman in BatuTo get an idea of the area where you are staying, it is a good exercise to hike to the highest top in the neighborhood, that is Mt. Panderman. It is just a 4 hours walk, nothing too heavy or too difficult. We leave early morning. Your guide will be waiting for you.

    In the afternoon you have free time. You can help the family where you are staying with the work that needs to be done in and around the house or at the fields. Or, you can choose one of the options from the "Optional tours" or the "Ideas list". You could also just have an evening out with 'your family'.

     

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    Budi's house

    A perfect day for another mix between nature (Cangar hot spring) and cultureDay 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourThe unexpected green winding road leads to Cangar hot spring

    The road to Cangar hot spring, 25 km from Batu villageCangar hot spring is about 25 km north of Batu at the slopes of Arjuno-Welirang. The winding road to this sulphuric hot spring is already a memory to make. As colors are best early morning, you will depart after breakfast. Your guide will get you off road at several spots to see the local activities and if you wish to participate in it, he will show you how to.
    Once at Cangar hot spring enjoy your surroundings as well. If you feel up to it, you can also walk to the waterfall and the cave that you can find near the hot spring.

    You can also pick an Optional tour or something from the Ideas list as Cangar hot spring can be visited in half a day.

     

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    Budi's house

    Move to your new Tengger home near Mt. Bromo & visit the Madakaripura waterfalls Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

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    Madakaripura Waterfalls - new Tengger home at the Bromo area

    After breakfast you will be transfered to the Bromo area. It will be an approximately 3 hours drive. After Probolinggo we will stop at the Madakaripura Waterfalls. Take your time to visit this special hide out. It was already important to the Hindu community hundreds of years ago.

    Once back at the car, you will continue to Ngadisari village where you will stay with the Tengger family of Mrs. Nuristiyani and her husband. They have two kids of 10 and 12 years old. You will have your own cozy room. She and her family are really open to visitors (as actually all Indonesians). Feel free to take your time to get to know all the members of the family, the neighbors and everybody who drops by. It will be around three when you are completely settled.

    In the afternoon, your schedule is open.

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Bromo sunrise tour and a hike through the savanna Symbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourBromo sunrise tour - hike through the savanna back to Cemara Lawang

    The savanna one can found in the same caldera as Mt. Bromo - East JavAt around 3, Mrs. Nuristiyani prepared you a light breakfast with some coffee or tea. You will depart by Jeep to Mt. Pananjakan. Or, optional, you could walk to a viewpoint which not necessarily has to be Mt. Pananjakan. The sun will rise between 4 and 5 in the morning, depending on the season. If weather conditions are on your side (most often clear mornings), you will have a stunning view over the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Mt. Semeru is also an active volcano and the highest mountain in Java (3676 m), which every 20 minutes has a small eruption with rocks and smoke. Take your time before heading down into the Sea of Sand, where you can have breakfast pick-nick style. The low temperatures on the viewpoint probably made you hungry and thirsty.
    Then it is time to head to Bromo's crater. Just walk in 45 minutes to the crater rim. Feel free and enjoy. Once back at the parking area, you can hike with your guide around Mt. Bromo, through the savanna and some shrub lands. It will take about 4 to 5 hours. You will feel very tiny in this colossal bowl that once was a crater of an enormous volcano. If you feel tired a motorbike can pick you up.

     

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Paint with a local artist, walk the lava river, a medicinal experience or Tengger spa Symbol day 7

    Symbol day 7Painting - Lava river walk - Medicinal experience - Tengger Spa

    Relax through the dayA day to dig deeper into the local Tengger culture. Involve in your family's daily activities and take some time for the extra options: painting with a local artist, hiking through the ancient lava river, collect herbs and shrubs with the local medicine man and make your own brew or relax and indulge in a traditional Tengger massage.

     

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    Mrs. Nuristiyani's home

    Last day with your Hindu family before 'check out'

    Symbol day 8 of your Live Local Tour in East JavaThe last moment with your Hindu family before checking out

    Already your last day of this Live Local adventure. Time to have your last special moment with your family. Pack your bags and "check out".
    Around 12 noon we can transfer you to anywhere in Java or help you to arrange your transfer. Please inform us where you would like to go.

     

    INFORMATION FOR THE INTERESTED TRAVELER

    1. the sun rises around 05.00 and sets at around 17.30. The mosque starts singing at around 04.00 and people wake up to enjoy the day as long as possible.
    2. for women: please dress according the "Indonesian" dress code. Wear shirts that cover your shoulders and trousers that are at least till over your knees.
    3. in general women don't smoke. Best is not to smoke in a Muslim community
    4. don't drink alcohol in public in and around your family's house.

    PREPARE MENTALLY

    1. be prepared that some misunderstandings based upon culture might occure. An example: if somebody tells you that you have become more voluminous during your week stay, that is a compliment as it means you have become "wealthier". Another example: they will offer you food all the time, because that is an invitation to feel welcome. You, on the other hand, might think "oooh no, I already have eaten 5 times, do I really have to eat again?"
    2. the hygienic standards differ from yours. Don't bring your western standards to Indonesia as you will be diasppointed.

     

  • Sempu island & Sendang Biru village

    Duration: 2 days & 1 night

    Fishermen boat at Sendang Biru village - south of Malang city, East JavaSempu island is a sanctuary and best known - if already known - for its pristine blue lagoon. At Sendang Biru village one takes a traditional boat to reach the island. It happens that this village is an interesting fishermen village, which is worth your visit.

  • Sempu island, beaches & Mt. Bromo

    Duration: 3 days & 2 nights

    The Segara Anakan lagoon at Sempu island - south coast Malang RegencySempu island is about 14 km2 and its main characteristic is the blue lagoon Segara Anakan. Most of the beaches along Java's south coast are hardly discovered. After relaxation, you will visit one of Indonesia's icons that is worth the visit.