Ijen Crater is a Stratovolcano mountain which is located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency, East Java, Indonesia. Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) has the highest peak of 2.799 meters above sea level. I’ve been the iconic places, even been the favorite destination for the tourists. Why? Because we ensure you that if the Ijen Crater is the best choice for their vacations. Ijen crater having all the wonderful thing, that you want to see it.
The turquoise Lake, that’s what the tourist called Ijen Crater, One of the instagramable places to take some photos. Ijen Crater Lake has a depth 200 meters, that the crater has a high acidity that is close to zero. So that could dissolve the human body quickly. When we see the crater lake from the peak of Ijen Mountain you will see the oldest dam of Ijen Crater. The Ijen Crater Dam has built when in the Dutch era. It functions to avoid the overflow of crater water.
You can also see the best sunrise ever and the rare phenomenon which is only two in the world, after Iceland, it called “BLUE FIRE”. The blue fire has been there a few hundred years ago or maybe a thousand years ago. And yet, the existence was known around 1950. Blue fire formed because the solfatara hole with sufficient hot temperature (600 degrees Celcius) is burning the closest sulfurs.
THE ITINERARY :
Day 1 Bali-Kawah Ijen
Our Ijen Expedition team will pick up you from Denpasar Airport, Kuta, Ubud, Sanur, or wherever to pick up the place that you choose by the AC vehicles for bringing you to the most western part of Bali, Gilimanuk harbor.
And the next route, we’ll bring you to go to Banyuwangi city (The Sunrise of Java) by the ferry ship. It will take 1 hour to reach The Ketapang Harbor. When you will arrive in Banyuwangi, the times are change to one hour slower. Not WITA (Middle Indonesian Time) but using WIB (Western Indonesian Time).
Finally, you’ve arrived in Banyuwangi. Welcome to Banyuwangi city, the easternmost part of Java Island. From there, at around 12.00 am we’ll bring you goes to check in your hotel to take a rest and enjoyed the lunch.
Day 2: Kawah Ijen – Bali
At 23.00 pm, our team will pick up you to the hotel for getting prepared goes to Paltuding Ijen, and of course, starting climbing that wonderful mountain.
From Paltuding Area, at around 1:30 am, you’ll start hiking to Ijen Mountain. It will take 1 hour. The track of Ijen Mountain followed by the sloping track and uphill, for a little bit. The path is pretty well maintained in good condition and other views of rounding volcanoes and luxurious vegetation will accompany your journey. From the crater rim (the top of Ijen Mountain) you should use the gas mask so that you’ll not have taken out short of breath. And then we’ll bring you to go down to see the blue fire right on the edge of the acidic lake (temperature of the lake: +- 40 degrees Celcius; Ph: 0,5; max depth: +- 200 m).
After enjoying the gorgeous of the blue fire, its time to saw the wonderful sunrise ever in East Java.
Hike go to down (+- 45mins, the rocky tracking).
It will take about 45 mins-1 hour. It is faster than when we go hiking. Please more carefully, cause sometimes we’ll meet with the slippery sandy roads.
Okay, its time to go back home. Our team will bring you back to the city of Banyuwangi for having lunch at a local restaurant. I’m encouraging you to try our typical food, such as Tempong food if you like spicy things, Rujak Soto, Pecel Pitik, etc. After that, we’ll bring you back again to Bali Island by The Ferry with the same route. The ship will take you back to reach Denpasar city and wherever your drop off place (4-5 hours). Keep in mind that Bali is H+1 compared to Java time). You will get Arrived at your final destination at 3-4 pm.
All the last accommodation has reserved, so don’t worry about that. Then the programs are over. Have a good day and see you on the next trip!