TOUR ITINERARY – Ijen Crater, Alas Purwo, Sukamade – Meru Betiri, Bromo and Madakaripura waterfall
This tour arrangement will takes 7 days and 6 nights start from Surabaya and will explore the best places around East Java. Enjoy Belawan waterfall at the foot of Mount Ijen, the amazing blue fire of Ijen Crater, all interesting places inside Alas Purwo National Park like Bedul beach, Ngagelan Turtles conservation beach, Pancur beach, Luhur Giri Salaka – The Hindu temple, The mystic Istana cave, Plengkung – The best surfing beach in Indonesia, and The Natural Savanna of Sadengan, All interesting places inside Meru Betiri National Park are : Rajegwesi fisherman village, The Green Bay, and Sukamade Turtles beach. The last we will visit Bromo to enjoy the wonderful sunrise of Bromo at Penanjakan, Trekking to the crater of Bromo, The Savanna of Bromo (Teletubbies Hill) and The Whispering Sands.
Day 1 – Surabaya – Ijen Crater via Bondowoso
We will take you from your hotel di Surabaya on 9 am, then we will drive to Bondowoso regency to the hotel at the foot of Mount Ijen, this will takes approximately 6 hours, check in to the hotel and then break. If we have enough time in the afternoon we will visit Belawan waterfalls, the waterfalls location nearby the hotel, back to the hotel and then rest. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 2 – Explore Ijen Crater – The Amazing Blue Fire
The Ijen Crater tour to visit The Blue Flame will start on 12 pm in the midnight, from the hotel we will drive approximately 30 minutes to Paltuding, this is the first post Mount Ijen, from here we will trek the crater of Ijen this will takes approximately 1.5 hours trekking until we arrive the crater. The Blue flame phenomena can only be enjoyed in the night while in the daylight we can not enjoy it because the sun shines make it invisible to be watched. During the climbing we will also meet with the local sulfur miner, they carry sulfurs from the crater of Ijen to its foot by bamboo basket, they did it everyday as their livelihood. When the sun raised we will get down to Paltuding and then break. Around 9 am we will drive to Alas Purwo National Park, this will takes approximately 2 hours until we arrive to the locals village nearby the National Park, we will overnight at the home stay provided by locals in this village, there is now lodging accommodation nearby Alas Purwo National Park except for the home stay at the locals village. In Afternoon we will visit locals farm land to enjoy a fresh orange fruit, you can pluck it as you want to eat this fruit, then back to the home stay and rest. Dinner will be served by local people at the home stay. Overnight.
Day 3 – Explore Alas Purwo National Park
There are many interesting places inside Alas Purwo National Park and we will visit and enjoy all of those places. We will begin the tour early morning after having breakfast, first, we will visit Bedul Beach, after crossing the small strait to the forest part of the National Park, a 4WD vehicle will take us to explore the National Park, the first spot to be enjoyed is Ngagelan turtles beach conservation, here we will get to know hos the turtles are conserved, next we will visit Pura Giri Salaka temple, the old temple used by Hindu peoples to worship, once a year they will come here and celebrate a holy days for Hindu peoples. Next we will visit Pancur beach, from here we will trek to Istana cave for along 1 km, enjoy this mystic cave and then back to Pancur beach, we will continue the exploration to visit Plengkung beach, one of the best surfing beach in Indonesia, Next we will visit Sadengan the natural savanna inside Alas Purwo National Park, here we will find a wild animals like Java Bull, peacock, wild pig, deer and many others wild animals, When it is all done we will back to Bedul beach and finish the entire exploration of Alas Purwo National Park. Back to the home stay and then rest. Overnight.
Day 4 – Banyuwangi – Meru Betiri National Park
After having breakfast we will drive to Meru Betiri National Park, this will takes approximately 3-4 hours through out the rocky and hilly road, crossing several river by the car , during the trip we will stop Rajegwesi fisherman village, we will also stop to enjoy the Green Bay beach. On the noon we will arrive at the Guest House provided by the National Park Management at Sukamade beach and then break. Late lunch will be served here. After having dinner we will start the exploration to find turtles lying the eggs on Sukamade beach, this activity could last along the night according to the situation, a ranger will guide during this exploration. When it is all done we will back to the guest house and rest.
Day 5 – Banyuwangi – Bromo
Early morning we will begin the day by releasing the turtles babies to the ocean in Sukamade beach, those babies are incubated for along 40-50 days and then they will be released to the ocean a view days after hatching. Most of the turtles babies will not survive to the adulthood because hunted by its natural predator, and those who survive will get back to this beach some time later to lay their eggs. Releasing the babies of the turtles is very interesting activity and we can record it moment. Then back to the guest house, breakfast and check out. From here we will start the trip to Bromo. This will takes approximately total 7 hours until we arrive at Bromo around 8-9 pm. Then overnight in the hotel at the foot of Mt. Bromo.
Day 6 – Explore Bromo
The Bromo tour will start on 2 am, the 4WD vehicle called Hardtop will pick up as from the hotel and start the exploration with this vehicle. The first spot we’ll visit at Bromo is enjoying the wonderful sunrise from Mount Penanjakan, this is the best places to enjoy the spectacular sunrise of Bromo with layered mount as background, after the sun raised we will get down to the sea of sands and trek to the crater of Bromo, the trekking activity will take around 1 hours until we finish it and back to the parking area at the sea of sands, next we will visit the Savannah of Bromo which is popular by its label “Teletubbis hill”, the last we will visit the whispering sands this is the part of sea of sands of Bromo which become like a small desert in the area. We will finish the exploration of Bromo around 10 am and then back to hotel for having lunch and break.
On 12 am we will get down from Bromo and drive around 40 minutes to visit Madakaripura waterfall, this is a wonderful waterfall which still has a relation to Gajahmada the great prime minister of ancient Majapahit empire around 14th century. Upon arrival to the main gate of the waterfall, we will walk down along the bank of the river and some times cross the river to reach the waterfall, this is stunning 5 waterfalls line up on the high cliff. Around 3 pm we will completed the tour and then back to Surabaya, the trip will takes approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at Surabaya the latest 7 pm, then transfer you to the hotel in Surabaya, break and rest.
Day 7 – Surabaya – The end of the tour
We will pick up you from the hotel on 8 am early morning then transfer you to Juadan Surabaya international airport. Tour ends.
That is all the itinerary, this is a tight itinerary but you will find the best places around East Java. The things we have to inform you that the lodging accommodation during the tour in Alas Purwo National Park and Meru Betiri National Park is basic accommodation, but clean and save. while in Bromo and Ijen crater we will provide for you standard lodging accommodation although not star hotel are also clean and save. Check out the facilities provided for you for this tour program.
- Tour Guide during the tour
- Transportation during the tour.
- Meals 17x during the tour
- Mineral waters during the tour
- Hotel for 1 night in Ijen (Arabica Hotel)
- Home stay in local village nearby Alas Purwo National Park for 2 nights
- Guest House in Sukamade Beach – Meru Betiri National Park for 1 night
- Hotel in Bromo for 1 night (Istana Petani hotel)
- Hotel in Surabaya for 1 night (1/2 star hotel)
- 4WD vehicle in Alas Purwo
- 4WD vehicle in Meru Betiri National Park
- 4WD vehicle in Bromo (Hardtop)
- All entrance tickets and admission
- Ranger in Sukamade beach – Meru Betiri National Park
- Ranger in Madakaripura waterfall
- Highway and parking fee