If you’re looking for a unique hiking experience then try coming to Ijen Crater in Banyuwangi, East Java. This is a crater lake in East Java where you can a sulfur crater lake between the dams. Hiking here is surely different from other mountains, so if you do plan to come here, make sure to do some preparations!
What to See & Enjoy
As it is a mountain, one of the activities that visitors will enjoy is the hike and the beautiful scenery of the mountains. Hiking the mountain, visitors can see the wilderness around and also hike a unique path.
One of the main attractions in Ijen Crater that visitors can see in the area is the sulfur crater lake. The lake is 200 meters deep and has active steaming acid water. When you come to this area, you will smell swirling sulfur clouds, however, you’ll also see different colors and sizes of the stone inside. This scenery is unique yet beautiful.
Another interesting attraction in Ijen is the Blue Fire. This unique fire occurs from the mining activity that people do at Ijen. However, as it is a natural sighting, the blue fire occurs under various conditions and can’t be predicted as it depends on the weather and activity of the miners.
How to Get There & Best Time to Come
There are plenty of ways to get to Mount Ijen. The first option you can choose is to fly to Surabaya. Then from the airport, you can continue your journey riding travel, bus, or train to get to Banyuwangi. Overall, these transportations will take you around 6-7 hours to get to Ijen, Banyuwangi.
If you want to make most of your time seeing beautiful sceneries in Indonesia, then it is best to take the Bali route. So, rather than coming from Surabaya, you can fly to Bali and spend some time there first. Then, travel to Banyuwangi which is 45 km away. To get here, people will have to rent a car or travel and ride a ferry to cross the island. Overall, the trip will take around 6 hours.
In terms of the best time, come to Ijen from April to October. This is the dry season in Bali, therefore you the possibility to enjoy all the attractions are bigger. However, these months are also the busiest, so you may find a bit of a crowd there.
The entrance fee to enter Ijen is Rp 100.000 to Rp 150.000, depending on the day. If you plan to go camping, you’ll have to pay an extra Rp 5.000. As for those who want to capture unique moments and plan to bring professional equipment, it will cost an additional Rp 250.000.
Hiking to Ijen Crater is a bit challenging especially for those who are new to this activity. Therefore, for those planning to come here, make sure to come well prepared. Use comfortable footwear, clothes and bring enough water. Even though it can be tiring, all the hard work will be paid off once you get to see the beautiful scenery of the mountain and crater.