This is it, our most comprehensive tour of what East Java has to offer!
East Java is known for its vast and unique landscape, but none have captured the hearts of adventurers all over the world more then Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen. These 2 gems are a must-see for anyone travelling to this region. Mt. Bromo is an active volcano, and also the site of the annual Yadnya Kasada Festival of the local Tenggerese people. Mt. Ijen, on the other hand, is a totally different experience. A short night trek will bring you to the sulphur pits, where blue flames burn brightly in the dark. You will also see the sulphur miners at work, gathering what is known as "Devil's Gold": large chunks of bright yellow sulphur crystals.
Besides incredible scenery, East Java is also home to many wildlife. You will have a chance to see them on a night safari drive and even witness sea turtles laying eggs! Have a fun time rafting down a scenic river and expect to get wet as you'll go under mini waterfalls and bat caves. The guides may even bring you cliff jumping if there is enough time! This trip also includes a day at Surabaya city where you can check out the local markets and eateries to get a final taste of local fare before your flight back.
We will pick you up at your hotel / Juanda International Airport and at 10am start to drive to Bondowoso (7 hours drive). Upon reaching Bondowoso, check in to Ijen View Hotel or similar. Short rest at the hotel and check out at 10.30pm for a 2hrs drive to Pal Tuding for Blue Fire Midnight Trek at Mt. Ijen.
Arrive at Pal Tuding at 1am and start trekking with a local guide about 2 hours to the summit of Mt. Ijen. There, you will get to see the blue flames and walk down to the blue acid lake. It is also worth to see the sulfur collectors mine huge blocks of pure sulfur primitively, an incredibly hard job in the harsh environment.
After descent trek back, we will proceed to drive to Jajag where you will transfer to a jeep to do deep into the rainforest. There will be no reception and very limited electricity so make sure your cameras are charged. After dinner, we will start our night safari to see wild bull, wild boar, deer and witness sea turtle laying eggs.
After breakfast, we will release the sea turtle hatchlings into the sea for them to start life in the wild. Bidding the hatchlings farewell, we will leave the rainforest and go back to our car. Next stop is to Probolinggo where we will spend a night.
Check out at 7am for a 2hr drive to the water rafting spot. Have wet and wild fun on the rafts as you row down a scenic river. At noon, we will start driving to Ngadisari and check in at our usual homestay villa (clean, fresh sheets and hot water bath). Local food will be served by the host as dinner. You may also have a traditional Bromo massage by a local masseur.
At 2.30am, we will start driving to the most famous viewpoint at Mt. Penanjakan (alternative: King Kong Hill/Love Hill). Here, we will see the dramatic sunrise and spectacular panorama with 5 mountains in the ancient Tengger crater and an active Mt. Semeru. After that, drive across the Sea of Sand to start trekking to Mt. Bromo.
After descending from the crater rim, we will go back to the villa for breakfast and check out. Proceed to drive back to Surabaya and check in to your hotel.
After a good rest at the hotel, you may choose to have a free tour of the city to visit the local markets and have some local food if your flight schedule permits. Otherwise, we will head on to Juanda International Airport.