Ijen Crater, Kawah IjenIjen Crater, Kawah Ijen

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    Tantocool, for sure this is a very singular lake. Almost unique in the world! But this lake is also very famous throughout the world!
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      Very complete description, with good tips.
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      Useful information is ok. Maybe you could develop a little bit more your experience and how you did go there!
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      Yep.
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      Yep: the Explo focuses on the lake.
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The world's oldest turquoise-colored acid crater lake, part of Ijen volcano complex, a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia. The lake is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor.

My experience, Explo description: 

The Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes, in East Java, Indonesia. It is inside a larger caldera Ijen, which is about 20 kilometers wide. The Gunung Merapi stratovolcano (not to be confused with Central Java's Gunung Merapi) is the highest point of that complex.

West of Gunung Merapi is the Ijen volcano, which has a one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake. The lake is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or along its rim.

Ijen Crater or Kawah Ijen is another volcanic tourism attraction in Indonesia. Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) is a famous tourism object, which has been known by the domestic and foreign tourists because of the beautiful and charming nature. It is 5,466 hectares, 2,386 meters high from the depth of the sea, with a 92 hectares tourism forest. Its temperature is between 2 to 8 degree centigrade and the crater area lies at 2.386 meters above sea level (mdpl).

There are many beautiful species of plants that can be found there, such as; the edelweiss flower and the Casuarina Junghu (cemara gunung), etc. Various animals can also be seen in the area like jungle fowl (ayam hutan) and porcupine (landak).

The Ijen Crater lies about 68km from the town center. There are some of facilities here such as: a campground, a shelter and Tourist Information Center (TIC) etc.

The best time to enjoy the crater scenery is at morning, when the yellow sunlight glows the yellow water and shines the surrounding mountain like mount Merapi, the sister of Mount Ijen. Morning haze is creating a tranquility that we don’t get at the metropolitan towns. At 2 pm, the crater is closed for the reason that the thick smoke from the crater that is poisonous.

My personal recommendations: 

If you would like to see the best view, the best time is aournd 8-9 AM in the morning, so better start the hiking at 5 AM in the morning.

How getting there: 

There are two alternatives route to get to Ijen Crater, the first is from Banyuwangi to Licin – Jambu – Patulding. Its about 38 kilometers from Banyuwangi, but the road is bad. The second is from Bondowoso – Wonosari – Sempol – Patulding, about 70 kilometers with better road. It is suggested to go from Bondowoso.
Visiting from Bondowoso route, the tourists will travel across a coffee plantation. It has beautiful view either. The green of Arabica coffee trees are really an exciting scene to enjoy.
To reach Ijen Crater from Surabaya, we can use the public transportation with the route as follow:
- Surabaya – Bondowoso: 180 km with public bus
- Bondowoso – Paltuding: 68 km with public transport
- Paltuding - to the location: 3 km on foot

Usually, tourists join a minibus tour start from Bali (Kuta/Denpasar) from the east to continue their trip to Java. Or from the opposite direction, start from Yogyakarta going east, on the way to Bali. Then continue by jeep since the road to Paltuding is mostly damage. All included in the fee; accomodation, transportation, jeep, except the meal. Many tour operators in Bali and Yogyakarta offer the service and the information is very easy to find, just ask around and search on the website.
Nearest town: Banyuwangi
Nearest airport: Surabaya

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

You can visit Ijen Crater all year long all day long. But if you would like to see the best view, the best time is aournd 8-9 AM in the morning, so better start the hiking at 5 AM in the morning.

Contact: 

Bondowoso Government Tourism Office
Address: Jl. Ahmad Yani 78, Bondowoso
Phone: +62 332 421475, 432484
Fax: +62 332432484