Ijen Crater is located on the top of mountain Ijen, the mount is located on the border area between Banyuwangi regency and Bondowoso regency, is one of a unique international tourist destination, it has a charming sunrise and blue fire, one of the natural phenomena that we can see every night, there are only two blue fire in the world, one in the crater of Ijen and one in Iceland. To reach Ijen crater, we could pass through one of two routes, first, route Bondowoso, we will pass through the town and next to coffee plantations to on the slopes of Mount Ijen. Second, route Banyuwangi, if you are tourists from Bali then you should use Banyuwangi route, each route will meet at a place called Paltuding, from here we will start the ascent to the summit crater.
Sukamade Turtles Beach
Sukamade beach is one of the tour attractions located at the area of intensive use zones Meru Betiri National Park (TNMB). Located approximately 97 km to the southwest of the city of Banyuwangi, precisely located within the territory of Sukamade Hamlet, Village Barongan, Pesanggaran district, Banyuwangi regency, East Java, Indonesia. The beach is huge potential for Eco tourism activities, attractions that can be done is to observe nesting turtles, hatching release, bird watching, camping, observation rafflesia flowers, and canoeing.
Day 1 – Arrival and trip to Ijen Crater (D)
On your arrival, we will pick up you from Juanda Surabaya airport, next we will head toward the foot of Mt. Ijen via Bondowoso regency, this will takes approximately 6 hours until we arrive at the hotel at the foot of Mt. Ijen, then check in to have rest, dinner will be served at hotel.
Day 2 – Blue fire of Ijen Crater and Explore Sukamade Beach (B|L|D)
On 00.00 am we will leave hotel and head toward Paltuding, the first ascending post of Ijen crater trekking, after completing admission and administration, we will start to trek Mt. Ijen, this will take approximately 2 hours, along the way of trekking we will meet with traditional sulfur miner, they start this activities as morning as possible to get sulfur as much they can carry, they do it by only traditional equipments, they put sulfur on the basket and carry it from the crater to the foot of Ijen Crater, this is really hard job, but they got used to it. About 3 am we will arrive at Ijen crater, this time is the best time to watch blue fire, we can watch it clearly, an amazing natural phenomena, I’m sure that you don’t want to miss it.
After sun raised, we will get down to Paltuding, then have breakfast at local restaurant. Next will go to Banyuwangi and change the car by 4WD vehicle, we need it to reach Sukamade beach inside the area of Meru Betiri National Park, we will still have to travel about 5 hours to reach the nearest home stay beside Sukamade beach, we will arrive at the location before late afternoon, then rest for relaxing. On 7 pm we will have dinner before we start to explore Sukamade beach to find turtles laying their eggs, this activity could be last until late night until we found turtles laying their eggs. Next we will back to home stay then have rest and overnight.
Day 3 – Release Turtles Babies at Sukamade Beach (B|L|D)
On 6 am, we will go to beach carrying turtle’s babies, we will release the babies at Sukamade beach, watching turtle’s babies running cross the beach to welcome their new life, it was unforgettable experience, next we can enjoy the beach with it’s fresh air while we explore the beach. On 8 am we will back to home stay and have breakfast then leave Sukamade beach area head toward Banyuwangi, after 5 hours trip we will arrive at Banyuwangi the directly we will back to Surabaya and finish entire tour, we will arrive at Surabaya about 11 pm.
- Transportation during tour
- Tour Guide will become your friend during the tour
- Meals 7 times as mentioned at Itinerary
- All tickets and admission
- Hotel for one night at the foot of Ijen
- Home stay for one night at Sukamade beach
- 4WD vehicle to explore Sukamade beach