Turtles in the hardly visited Meru Betiri National Park is something else compared to the famous Mt. Bromo and magnificent Ijen crater lake.
Ijen crater lake
Surroundings of Sukamade
Day 01. Surabaya (airport/hotel) – Cemara Lawang
You will be picked you up at your hotel in Surabaya or at Juanda International Airport Surabaya. In around 4 hours you will arrive at Cemara Lawang village. 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 1.5 km 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 and check out. You continue your trip and drive to Bondowoso or the Ijen Plateau (depends on the choice of your hotel). You will stop at Pasir Putih beach, where you can have lunch.
Note: If you spend the night at Catimor Home Stay (basic accommodation) 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 at Ijen View or Jiwa Jawa Hotel you can enjoy your hotel.
Day 03. Bondowoso/Ijen Plateau - Ijen trekking – Sukamade
Departure Bondowoso: If you wish to see the phenomenal blue fire, you will depart at midnight. In about 2 hours you will arrive at Paltuding, where your local guide is waiting for you. He will bring your gas masks. You can only undertake this tour if you are in a good and healthy condition.
If you don't wish to see the blue fire, you can depart at 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning.
Departure Ijen Plateau: 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, where your local guide is waiting for you. He will bring you gas masks. You can only undertake this tour if you are in a good and healthy condition.
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. 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, just 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, we drive via Pesanggaran to the protected Sukamade turtle beach, 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 turtrles 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.