Ijen tour

A turquoise, peaceful, but highly toxic lake. Sunrises can leave you breathless. Shades of pink and purple as a backdrop. Surrounded by sulphur clouds.
 • This tour starts in Surabaya


Sulphur miner at work - Ijen crater lake in East Java, Indonesia A sulphur miner at Ijen crater rim carrying a basket of sulphur - East Java, Indonesia Ijen crater lake - visit Ijen during Ijen tour start Surabaya


Itinerary: Ijen tour start Surabaya, 2 days tour 

Pick up in Surabaya. Your next destination is the fabled Ijen crater lake.
Miners, sunrise, blue fire....
After the tour you can easily head back to Surabaya (by plain or car) or continue to Bali (by car) or Jakarta (by flight from Banyuwangi).
This Ijen tour start Surabaya is your adventure.

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On your way to Ijen crater lakeDay 1; symbol; tour to Mt. Bromo & Mt. Ijen - East Java

Day 1; symbol; tour to Mt. Bromo & Mt. Ijen - East JavaSurabaya - Pasir Putih beach - Bondowoso

You will be picked up at your hotel or at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. Your team will be waiting for you with a name sign. Around 09:00 is a good time to start. 
It is approximately a four hour drive to beach Pasir Putih, where you can have late lunch (not included) and where you have time to spend on the beach. 
When you are ready to go, your driver is as well. You continue to drive for another 2 hours to Bondowoso city, where you stay for the night. You have some leisure time to spend in your hotel. The hotel has a swimming pool. Or, stretch your legs and go for a walk.
On-route from Surabaya you probably have time to visit one of the following: Madakaripura waterfalls, Pasir Putih, grey tutu shark watching, Probolinggo mangrove

Optional: in stead of Pasir Putih beach you could visit the Madakaripura waterfalls (one hour drive from Probolinggo), the mangroves of Probolinggo at Bee Jay Bakau Resort, or Tutul shark spotting (best chances in January and February, you can also snorkel with these guys).


Accommodation symbol Accommodation

Ijen View Hotel & Resort - strategically located between Surabaya and the Ijen Plateau. Staying in Bondowoso saves you hours on the road. The hotel comes with a relaxing swimming pool.
Looking for an upper class hotel or for cheaper accommodation, let us know

Ijen blue fire, Ijen crater lake, Kalibendo coffee plantation and Jagir waterfallSymbol day 2 - Bromo sunrise tour

Symbol day 2 - Bromo sunrise tourIjen crater lake, blue fire, miners, sunrise....

You will depart around midnight if you would like to see the blue fire – and if it is possible. In about 1.5 hours you will reach Paltuding, where your local guide is waiting for you.
Paltuding is the point where your hike to Ijen crater lake starts. It takes over one hour to trek the 3 km to the Ijen crater lake. To see the blue fire you will have to hike down into the crater of the active volcano Ijen, as it is here where one can see the incredible flames.
When the sun is about to rise, you can enjoy a colorful panorama at the crater rim. At the same time sulphur miners with a weight of around 80 kg on their shoulders hike up the crater rim. Once at the rim, they put their loads on a "trolley" and wheel them down the slopes of mount Ijen to the weighing area.
When you have experienced the beauty of the active volcano Ijen, you can hike down the slopes back to your car. Once back at the parking lot you can visit the sulphur weighing area just behind it. Sulphur miners get together to weigh their loads and to get paid.
Meet with your driver. Have a cup of coffee with a local snack, before heading to Ketapang harbour. En route, you can visit the coffee plantation Kalibendo and Jagir waterfall
Your Ijen tour start Surabaya ends...

Note 1: please keep in mind that officially it isn't allowed to see the blue fire at any time. You are heading down into the crater of an active volcano with a deathly acidic lake.
Note 2: seeing the blue fire is at your own risk.
Note 3: if you don't wish to see the blue fire you will depart around 04:30. You will have to leave the crater lake before 13:00 as the production of toxic gasses increases during the day.




Tour info - Ijen // 2 days

DURATION: 2 days
TRAVELERS: no min. or max.


2 travelers: 145
3 travelers:  
4-5 travelers:  

Price includes: pick up Surabaya, private transport with air conditioning, fuel, friendly little English speaking driver, English speaking guide if 4 travelers or more, accommodation: 1 night (Ijen View in Bondowoso), meals: 1x breakfast, entrance fee Ijen crater lake, coffee break at Paltuding, daily seasonal fresh fruit, daily mineral water in reasonable amounts, entrance Kalibendo coffee plantation, entrance Jagir waterfall, ferry to Bali
Price excludes: travel insurance, personal expenses, optional tours (e.g. Ijen blue fire)


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Onze websites


External linkwww.ijenplateau.com

External linkwww.bromo.co.id

External linkwww.heliostour.net