Kawah Ijen tour from Bali

Volcano Ijen is one of Java's many active volcanoes. There isn't even one volcano that can be compared to another. Each is unique. Ijen is unique because of its lake, the blue fire, and the unearthly hard working sulphur miners. Do your adventure on this Kawah Ijen tour from Bali.


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Itinerary: Kawah Ijen tour from Bali - 1 day

You can find Kawah Ijen - or Ijen crater lake - at the top of mount Ijen at an height of 2368 m. Almost the same height as mount Bromo that is 2392 m tall. Two other dominating volcanoes in this vast volcanic region are Merapi (2800 m) and Raung (3332 m).


Kawah Ijen tour from Bali: Ijen crater lake, blue fire, and sulphur miners

Day 1; symbol; Bromo sunrise tour, drop in KetapangTravel from Bali to Ijen and back in about 20 hours

At 19:30 a comfortable private car with an experienced friendly driver will pick you up at your hotel in Bali. In about 4 hours - from the region Denpasar - you will drive to Gilimanuk where you will catch the ferry to Java. 
The cross over to Java takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. The ferry departs regularly.
In Ketapang harbour you will be picked up by our Java crew. Note that Java time is 1 hour behind Bali time. After a short coffee break you will continue to Paltuding.
In Paltuding your hike to Ijen crater lake starts. Though the hike to the lake is 3.3 km only, at some points the slope is rather steep. Therefore you will need more than 1 hour to reach the top. 
As you will be hiking up during the night, it is obliged to go with a local guide. He will bring your gas mask. He will guide you up the mountain and into the crater to see the blue fire.
Kawah Ijen hosts the biggest blue fire area in the world as well as the most acidic lake on earth. An amazing place to be!
When the sun is about to rise, you can climb back to Ijen's crater rim. Slowly the sky is giving away nature's secrets. Colours change while the sun is rising. On clear days you can see that Java is an island.
In the mean time sulphur miners are still working. They have one of the hardest jobs in the world; harvesting sulphur without hardly any protection while the volcano emits toxic gasses continuously. Once they chopped off the solidified sulphur the miners carry heavy baskets out of the crater. Nowadays most miners have a trolley to wheel down their harvest to the sulphur weighing area just behind the parking lot in Paltuding.
When you are ready, head back to the parking area. Meet your driver, have a break, and commence your travels back to Bali. You will be back around 16:00 in the Denpasar area. But, we can drop you anywhere.

Note: the Ijen blue fire tour is at your own risk as hiking into the crater is officially not allowed at all. In case something happens Smartine Indonesia Travel can't be hold liable.


  • Ater the tour you could also head further west, to mount Bromo and Yogyakarta. 
  • Do you have more time? Do you have an extra day? You could also visit Sukamade turtle beach in the Meru Betiri National Park. 



Tour info - Kawah Ijen tour from Bali

TRAVELERS: no min. or max.


2 travelers: 123
3 travelers: 91
4-6 travelers: 80

Price includes: pick up and drop off Denpasar area, private car with air conditioning, fuel, parking, friendly little English speaking driver, entrance fee Ijen crater lake, coffee break, ferry to Java and back, meals: breakfast, fresh seasonal fruit, mineral water in reasonable amount, local guide Ijen crater lake with gas mask
Price excludes: travel insurance, personal expenses (e.g. souvenirs, toilet visits), meals: all lunches and dinners, optional tours

Reservation - tour start Bali