Start your tour in Surabaya - Ijen crater lake in East Java, IndonesiaTurtles in the hardly visited Meru Betiri National Park is something else compared to the famous Mt. Bromo and the magnificent Ijen crater lake.




Day 01

Bromo's landscape
Hindu villages around Mt. Bromo
Sunset over Mt. Bromo

Day 02

Mt. Pananjakan
Sunrise over Mt. Bromo
Black Sea of Sand
Crater of Mt. Bromo
Temple Poten Luhur
Pasir Putih beach
Sempol village
Sulphuric hotspring
Coffee factory
Coffee plantation

Day 03

Ijen crater lake
Sulphur miners
Sulphur factory in Licin village
Extensive plantations
Meru Betiri National Park
Sukamade beach

Day 04

Surroundings of Sukamade
Release baby turtles

Day 01. Surabaya (airport/hotel) – Cemara Lawang

You will be picked up at your hotel in Surabaya or at Juanda International Airport Surabaya. If you arrive during the morning, you have time to visit the Madakaripura Waterfalls if the weather conditions permits you to. Otherwise, you will arrive Cemara Lawang village in about 4 hours. If you arrive before it is dark, you can explore the area and get to know a bit about local Hindu life and wait for the sunset at the rim of the ancient crater in which Mt. Bromo rose.
You will spend the night near Mt. Bromo.

Day 02. Mt. Bromo sunrise tour – Ijen Plateau or Bondowoso

It will be 03.00 o'clock in the morning, when you can have a cup of coffee or tea before you depart for a short drive in the direction of Mt. Pananjakan. You will have to walk the last part to reach the top where you can see the sunrise. Weather conditions determine your view and color palette. Once the sun warmed you up a bit, you will be driven into the black Sea of Sand. Feel free to get out of the car and walk. The car will bring you as close as possible to Mt. Bromo, but it will still be a 45 minutes walk one way. Enjoy your surroundings.
Once back at your car, you will be driven back to your hotel for breakfast after which you will have to check out. You continue your trip and drive to your hotel near the Ijen crater lake.

Note: If you spend the night at Catimor Homestay (basic accommodation) at the Ijen Plateau - and arrive before it gets dark - you can explore the surroundings. There is, among others, a sulphuric hot spring, an area where coffee seedlings are grown and taken care of, and a waterfall. If you spend the night in Bondowoso city at Ijen View Hotel or in Licin village at Jiwa Jawa Hotel you can enjoy your hotel.

Day 03. Bondowoso/Ijen Plateau - Ijen trekking – Sukamade

Departure Bondowoso city: If you wish to see the phenomenal blue fire, you will depart at midnight. In about 2 hours you will arrive at Paltuding. If you don't wish to see the blue fire, you can depart at 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning.

Departure Catimor Homestay: If you wish to see the blue fire, you depart at around 01.00 in the morning. It is a 40 minutes drive to Paltuding. If you don't wish to see the blue fire, you will depart at around 5 o'clock in the morning.

Paltuding is the point from where you start trekking to Ijen crater lake. If you wish to see the blue fire, your local guide will be waiting for you with gas masks. It takes a little longer than one hour to conquer the 3 km to the lake. If you left early to see the blue fire you will have to descend into Ijen's crater. Otherwise, wait for the sun to rise if it hasn't risen yet. At the crater rim you can enjoy a scenic panorama at Ijen crater lake, while many sulphur miners with loads of around 80 kg on their shoulders walk up the rim and down the slopes.
After you enjoyed the Ijen crater lake, you drive via Pesanggaran village to the protected Sukamade turtle beach in the National Park Meru Betiri. Sukamade is an unspoiled three kilometers of white sandy beaches on the Indian Ocean. While driving, we pass the extensive and famous plantations of East Java and the mountain rage of the Meru Betiri National Park. After we've arrived you still have time to visit the village near Sukamade beach, where you can witness locals making brown sugar.
In the evening you will be guided by a ranger to find some sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. A female turtle lays more than one hundred eggs. She usually comes ashore around 19.30 and returns to the sea around midnight.

You will spend the night in simple guest house in the Meru Betiri National Park. There aren't any other options as this is the only accommodation.

Day 04. Sukamade – Ketapang (ferry to Bali)

After breakfast you can further explore the surroundings of Sukamade. When lucky, some turtle eggs have hatched and you can release baby turtles into the sea. How awesome.
Then, you will be heading to the harbor in Ketapang, where you can take the ferry to Bali. En route, you can stop at a local restaurant for lunch.