East Java's wonder. Ijen crater lake is the greatest acidic lake on earth. One can find this lake just east of the Ijen Plateau, which is a coffee plantation since the nineteenth century. The southern part of the plateau is bordered by some other active and inactive less famous volcanoes.
Ijen crater lake
Day 01. Surabaya (airport/hotel) – Ijen area
You will be picked up at Juanda International Airport Surabaya or at your hotel in Surabaya. It is approximately a four hour drive to Pasir Putih, where you have lunch at a beach side restaurant. After lunch we continue to drive for another 3 hours to the village Sempol (Ijen area), where you stay for the night. You have time to explore the surroundings and spend some leisure time in the hotel if you like. There is, among others, a hot spring in the area.
If you spend the night in Bondowoso city, the drive is about an hour shoter.
Day 02. Ijen trekking – Ketapang/Bali
Departing Bondowoso: you will start around midnight if you would like to see the blue fire. In about 1,5 hours you will reach Paltuding, where your guide is waiting for you.
If you don't wish to see the blue fire, you can discuss with your driver what time will be convenient to depart to Ijen crater lake. But, that still will be quite early morning as smoke emission containing sulphur is increasing during the day.
Departing Sempol: you will be waited for at around 02.00 am. Your driver will bring you to Paltuding. A local guide is waiting with your gas mask. He will escort you to the crater lake.
Paltuding is the point where your hike to the Ijen crater lake starts. It takes a little more than one hour to trek the 3 km to the Ijen crater lake. On the edge of the crater you can enjoy a colorful panorama. At the same time, you can see many sulphur miners with a weight of around 80 kg on their shoulders walking up the rim and down the slopes of the mountain.
Once back at the car, don't forget to visit the sulphur weighing area just behind the parking lot. Sulphur miners get together to weigh their loads and to get paid. You can have a cup of coffee with a local snack, before heading in the direction of the harbor. En route, you can visit the coffee plantation Kalibendo and Jagir waterfall. Hereafter we drive you to the harbor, to catch the ferry to Bali or we can drop you in Surabaya.
Estimated time of arrival in Ketapang: around 12.00 noon
Estimated time of arrival in Bali: around 15.00, note that Bali time is one hour ahead of Java time