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Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

1. Mount Ijen Volcanic Crater Overnight Trip from Bali

Benefit from pick-up from your hotel in Bali, and then travel to the westernmost tip to catch the ferry to Java from Gilimanuk. Upon arrival at Ketapang port in Banyuwangi, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Licin and drive through a rainforest of giant ferns and trees on the slopes of Mount Ijen.  Ascend to the summit to look into the crater and marvel at the blue fires of the volcano under a canopy of stars. Get a panoramic view of the sulfur lake and surrounding landscape in the first light of day. Then, return to the base of the mountain to enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant before the drive back to the Bali.

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4.7 / 5

based on 119 reviews

The tour was very well organised. Our driver picked Sopleg picked us up well on time. The drive to the starting point including the ferry crossing was long but passed quickly. Sopleg gave us a lot detail about the area and was able to answer all questions we had about Balinese culture. At the starting point we were met by Anton our guide for the hike. The hike up was about 2 hours on a easy path with a few steep sections. Anton then led us into the crater, which is more challenging to climb. He provided a lot background information about Ijen and the sulphur mining. We had plenty of time to see the blue flames and the acidic lake. After the easier descend in daylight we had breakfast at a relaxed restaurant. Overall the trip was very exhausting due to the lack of sleep, but our guides and drivers tried to make it as pleasant as they could. If I had more time I would potentially do the longer trip with Bromo from the same provider.

Punctually at 7:00 p.m. our driver Arie picked us up at the hotel in Canggu and off we went towards Java! He drove us safely through the strange streets of Bali and always with friendly and interesting conversations. As a result, the long way was over quickly! Arrived at the ferry we went on to Java and by car to the volcano "Ijen". Shortly before arrival we took our guide "Agus" with us. After arrival we still had 1.5 hours, as the park only opened at 2:00 a.m. Then the very strenuous way up the volcano and into the crater, which is only possible for people with good shoes, started. The weather conditions were good, but the wind was very strong so that the blue fire was difficult to see. The breathtaking sunrise was all the better. After a lot of funny conversations we got back down around 7 o'clock. Afterwards we had breakfast together and Arie brought us to our hotel in Ubud.

It was an adventure. We were picked up by Arie (taxi driver) at 11pm in Gerogkag. He drove very well & gave us tips for other destinations. Agus led us to Ijen & the blue fire. He was very helpful and personable. He also showed us a few photo spots and took pictures of us himself. So, here are a few facts: 1. The ascent is doable even if you are not very athletic, but it is steep. Alternatively, you can take a "taxi" up for a fee. The path is at least 1.50 m wide. 2. The descent to the fire is not entirely harmless (stone path), but with a good guide (Agus) it is very doable, even if you are afraid of heights in the dark. "Good shoes" such as sneakers are sufficient. The path is wider than some scooter roads in Bali ;) 3. The morning hours are just beautiful when we return. 4. The final breakfast was also very good. With the two men, the tour can only be good. :)

We loved it. The very friendly driver Komang picked us up at our hotel in Canggu on time. He provided us with food and drink throughout the journey and bridged the long journey with nice conversations. On the way to Mount Ijen we collected our guide Piki. As some of us take a break from climbing more often due to Long Covid. Piki was very patient and helpful. He kept checking that we were doing well and also helped us descend into the crater. He also took a lot of photos of us at the top and filmed a video with various scenes and sent it to us. Overall, we can recommend both unreservedly.

Fami and Made Cheng were great guides! We were able to see the blue fire, sulfur mines, and watch the sun rise over the blue lake and mountainous background. We ended with a local Indonesian breakfast. Would recommend this to anyone active who is looking for a unique adventure during their time in Indonesia