We started our long weekend by taking the plane from Singapore to Surabay airport on Friday morning. To do the whole tour we used : tommy, recommended on Singafrog and also by us now ! It was well organized and the driver was really nice.
Day 1 Surabaya – Banyuwangi
The driver picked us up at Juanda international airport, Surabaya. We drove to water falls near by Bromo area. From the outside we through it was small water falls with no interest, but then you walk inside the water fall and look backward and then it is just beautiful ! Get ready you will be totally wet !
Back to the car and we drove to Banyuwangi and stay the night in an hotel there. Hotel : Hotel Palm
Total distance by car : 275 km, approximately 7h of drive
Day 2 Ijen blue fire tour – Cemorolawang
Early morning wake up : midnight !! We took a jeep tour to Paltuding village, in the slope of Kawah Ijen. We walked to the summit and crater of Kawah Ijen for about 1.5h.
Total distance on foot : 6 km Total elevation gain : 900m
As we reach the crater, we saw the blue flame, a burned sulphric gas that make beautiful contrast at night. It is quite impressiv however i through they were not that big !
By the sunrise, we climbed back up to the summit to see the beautiful panorama of Kawah Ijen and its beautiful sulphuric acid lake (which is one of world’s biggest). Beautiful ! Really no word to explain how nice the scenary was.
We get back to the hotel to take breakfast and shower, then we drove to Cemorolawang and stay in a hotel .
Total distance by car : 40 km, app 3 hours + 230 km, approximately 6h.
Accommodation : Lava View Hotel
Day 3 Bromo sunrise tour – transfer to the airport
We started at 03.30am from the hotel by jeep to see the sunrise in Penanjakan (it takes approximately 1 hour drive). The waiting time (around 1h30) was definitely worth it !! Bring some warm cloth and gloves.
After seeing sunrise we climbed Mt. Bromo, a volcano inside an ancient volcano. The walk is super easy (maybe only 25 min walk). The hard part is the breathing, because of all the dust and the horses walking next by you, it is quite difficult to breath. Bring mask !! That will prevent you to be asphyxiated.
Back to our hotel, we had breakfast and clean up. We left the hotel at 10 am/11 am in the morning to Juanda airport. It took approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on the traffic.