Mount Ijen is one of the most popular destinations of volcano tour, besides Mount Bromo, in the Province of East Java, Indonesia. Mount Ijen is particularly popular due to the phenomenal blue fire, which appears at around 03.00 – 05.00 am at Ijen Crater. If you want to see the phenomenon in proximity, taking Ijen volcano tour is the answer.
If you love the challenges and thrill, then do not miss to hike to Mount Ijen. A different, sensational adventure is ahead. You can enjoy the spectacular landscape, the famous blue fire, the acidic lake, and the breathtaking mountainous view of the surrounding areas. On your way to hike down, you can meet and take life lessons from hardworking sulfur miners at Mount Ijen.
As mentioned above, the phenomenal Ijen crater blue fire appears before dawn. To avoid missing the moment, the tourists need to begin the adventure before 01.00 am. Fortunately, the route is straightforward and well defined. Of course, you still need to walk carefully in the middle of the night. For travelers, who are not used to walking in the night, weather can be a challenge.
Besides the time for hiking, the following are basic things to know before you take Ijen volcano tour:
Transportation; This is one of the challenges for beginner hikers. Unless you have your own vehicle, the best option to solve the problems related to transportation is taking an organized tour package. The tour package mostly includes free transport and professional drivers. However, you still have to walk after reaching Paltuding post. From here on, no vehicle is allowed, since you will begin hiking to the peak and the crater. The route is steeper.
Accommodation; Taking one-night stay in Banyuwangi, Bondowoso, or near to Mount Ijen is recommended. As the hike begins in the middle of the night, make sure you have enough energy for the adventure. By staying at a home stay near to Mount Ijen, you can have time for rest and arrange the schedule to begin hiking.
Time for Taking the Tour; The best time to take Ijen tour is during dry seasons, usually from March to October. If this is the first midnight volcano tour for you, you had better avoided rainy season, roughly from November to March. Moreover, the tour to Ijen Craters may be closed occasionally when the toxic gases are too dangerous for tourists.
Ijen Miners; On your way down, do not miss the chance to meet the sulfur miners. They work manually to collect the sulfur stone and carry it home in baskets. The miners are minimally protected when doing their jobs. You can take some life learns from these determined miners.
Surrounding views; many tourists admire the beautiful surrounding views. When the sun rises, you will see the scenic views of the mounts around, such as Mount Raung. The coffee-growing landscape of Ijen plateau offers a breathtaking view for many tourists.
More importantly, Ijen volcano tour is not a family tour. The sulfur gas around the lakes is harmful for the eyes, throat, and nose. Therefore, never plan a family visit (including children) to Mount Ijen.
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Fortunately, Mount Ijen is situated near to some important tourist destinations in Indonesia, particularly Bali. Add the sensation to your Bali tour by hiking to Mount Ijen and see the beautiful blue fire. It takes only an additional one-night stay for Ijen volcano tour from Bali. Banyuwangi is close to Bali. The best route is Bali – Gilimanuk Harbor – Banyuwangi Harbor – and Mount Ijen.
Let the travel agent arrange the itinerary. The good news is that you can now take Bali and Ijen tour in a single package. The following are common services included in the package:
The package price usually excludes extra tips for guide, personal costs, and entrance fees to tourist objects outside the package. However, if you plan to visit other tourist objects around Mount Ijen or in Banyuwangi from the beginning, you can arrange a tailor-made Ijen volcano tour package. Therefore, you do not pay extra costs during the trip.
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