Ijen Crater is the biggest crater lake in Java. The sulfur crater lake lies between a natural dams of deeply etched rock. It is 200 meters deep and contains about 36million cubic meters of steaming acid water, shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. Inside the crater the different color and size of stones are found. Indeed the crater of Ijen is beautiful garden of stone as well. The principal attraction at Ijen is the large Crater Lake that has much sulfur, which lies hidden between sheer walls and deeply furrowed rock at more than 200 meters. The Ijen crater itself lies at approximately 2,300 meters above sea level. It forms a twin volcano with the now extinct Mount Merapi. The enormous Crater Lake, which is 200 meters deep and covers an area of more than a million square meters, contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming and acid water.
This trip is daily departure from Bali Island to the Ijen Crater or Kawah Ijen which is located in the most eastern tip of Java Island to enjoy Ijen Crater Tours in Banyuwangi of East Java, Indonesia.
Our staff will pick you up from your hotel or airport in Bali then take you to the most western tip of Bali for about 3-4 hours driving by private car with AC to reach Gilimanuk ferry port in the most western tip of Bali Island, then upon arrival in Gilimanuk, we will proceed to take a ferry to cross Bali strait for about 1-1,5 hour to reach Ketapang ferry port in Banyuwangi which is located in the most eastern tip of Java Island. The trip goes through the rural landscapes of West Bali and in the afternoon, we will arrive in Banyuwangi and then, we escort you to the Hotel in area of Ijen Crater for overnight stay or having dinner before you enjoy Ijen Crater Trekking on the next morning.
On this trip, you may choose one of the accommodations or hotels in Ijen Crater area, such as:
Ijen Resort & Villas : We can take you to the gate of heaven by walking at the "Rice fields" and short trekking for doing "a village tour" and this place is located far away from busy area but the pick-up time from Bali must be in the morning & it is as an optional program with extra cost
Arabica Guest House : Here you can visit Coffee Plantation & Hot spring water but the pick-up time from Bali must be in the morning & it is as an optional program but the pick-up time from Bali must be in the morning with extra cost
Ketapang Indah Hotel or Manyar Garden Hotel : Here, you can enjoy nice beach view and explore Banyuwangi by doing "Banyuwangi city tour" for visiting the traditional market and Chinese temple but the pick-up time from Bali must be in the morning with extra cost
About at 04:30 in the morning, our 4WD vehicle (jeep) will bring us to the village of Licin and then continue to the slope of Mount Ijen, passing through plantations and rainforest. This is one of the few remaining on the Island of Java with giant ferns, plants & big trees, this journey takes approximately 1 hour from the hotel by private car. Arrive at the parking area of Mount Ijen, approximately 1 until 1.5 hours will be required to ascend slope of mount Ijen to reach peak of Ijen Crater and along the path, you will enjoy the stunning natural scenery with fresh air & shady. Resting on the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2883 meters and enjoy best panorama of the lake of sulfate where reflects spectacular view in the surrounding walls to give the impression like unforgettable thing on your life.
The sulfur mining workers go down into the crater and climb back up by passing dangerous path on the edge of Ijen Crater with the load as much as 80 kilograms on their shoulders. This is really a dangerous & hard job. Here also, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery in the crater of Ijen as one of God’s amazing creation. Do not forget to take pictures in this area as a proof that you have visited one of the most amazing places on earth. After enjoyed the natural scenery at Crater of Ijen and then you will descend the slope of Mount Ijen until vehicles parking area where our vehicle is waiting to escort you back to the City of Banyuwangi with stop for awhile to visit plantations (cloves, cocoa), then continue our trip to take you out directly to Ferry Port in Ketapang (most eastern tip of Java Island) to cross Bali strait by ferry for about 1hour to reach Port of Gilimanuk in the most western tip of Bali Island. Upon arrival in Gilimanuk port, we will continue to drive to Pemuteran, Lovina, Ubud, Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Nusadua or Jimbaran area for about 3-4 hours and TOUR SERVICES FINISHED
Optional program for Blue Fire Tours or Blue Flame Tours in Ijen Crater: If the weather is good enough, you will have a chance to see blue fire & sunrise at Ijen Crater but you are required to leave from the hotel around at 12:00pm (midnight) and there will be extra cost for mining worker who will lead us to see blue fire at Ijen Crater (you can pay him on the site). Please check the picture of blue fire at Ijen Crater as attached
Price is included:
~ Pick up service from Bali & transfer out back to Bali
~ Land transportation with driver and fuel during the trip, mineral water, a ferry from Bali to Java Island (return)
~ Cost for a tour guide with English speaking (if you would like us to arrange it for this trip)
~ Cost for 1 night stay in Ijen crater area with breakfast (if you choose one of the hotels list from our website)
Price is not included:
~ Travel insurance, Bar, Laundry, Phone call, Internet, Tipping, Cost for lunch & dinner during the trip
~ Entrance tickets at Ijen Crater & cost for optional program as mentioned on the tour program
Entrance ticket: You are required to pay entrance tickets during your trip by yourself and please show your id card. Cost for entrance tickets are mentioned below:
~ Ticket in Ijen Crater is IDR. 100.000 per person on working days & IDR. 150.000 per person on public holidays
Additional information: Indonesian citizen will get cheaper cost for entrance ticket as a local people
What items you should bring: Comfortable shoes for trekking, warm clothes, simple mask & flashlights