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Address: Banyuwangi 68454, Indonesia
Description: The Ijen volcano is one of several volcanoes contained within the Ijen...
The Ijen volcano is one of several volcanoes contained within the Ijen volcanic complex in Eastern Java, across the strait from Bali. Within the volcano's crater is a tourquoise-blue lake recognized as perhaps the most highly-acidic lake in the world. Within the Ijen caldera are numerous active vents spewing noxious sulfur fumes. Blue flames emanate from these vents when the sulphiric gases ignite, also known as the Blue Fire phenomenon. It is a 2-hour hike from the base to the peak of the volcano. Gas masks are necessary for the descent into the crater, due to the sulphuric fumes.
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We had some trouble in our search for the best cheap way to get to Kawah Ijen (at night, to see the blue fires too), so we hope that this description will help future... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had some trouble in our search for the best cheap way to get to Kawah Ijen (at night, to see the blue fires too), so we hope that this description will help future travelers. In Yogyakarta and in Probolinggo,we saw that tours were being organized to the Ijen crater. From Yogya, it is a long journey, but we saw... More 

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Makassar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

amazing landscape. you can absolutely hike up without a guide, but we enjoyed talking with the "miner on his day off" who we hired. If you speak Indonesian, it is worth it. The park entrance fee is really expensive and they would not accept our residency cards but made us pay the tourist price, which happened elsewhere in East Java,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Didn't know much about this place before I went, but the blue flame phenomenon was just amazing as we trekked down the crater. However, it was just hazardous for the miners as we see them working. The sunrise was amazing as well, as we had really good weather that morning.

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Bandung, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's my fault though. I pick a tour on a long weekend and it is very crowded. The beauty of it almost overshadowed by the number of people crawling along a narrow pathway to the top. I didn't make it to the crater to see The Blue Fire because when I get there at 5 AM, the smog is so... More 

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Liked the contact with the miners, our guide Sam from homestay Kampung Osing Inn being one of them. I wasn't expecting them to be in such a good mood, given their working conditions. The fact that the pay is good (in relative terms!) probably explains it.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After the arduous trek, the view of the crater is just spectacular! If you're trekking at early morning hours, make sure to proceed with proper winter outfit as its really chilly up there. Start around 2-3am, you can make it to the crater by sunrise.

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Vienna, Austria
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

we went up there at 3am with thousands of others who all had torch lights even though it was a full moon light and music coming out of iphone speakers. this was anything but a nature experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

i came here with my friends. as for Ijen : the hiking route is the same route with sulfur miners lost during hiking is impossible because the route is only one, and a lot of tourists there as well good exercise for beginner, you have to prepare your self, do some exercise before hike hiking takes 2 hours average, for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

if you are around this area: go & see ijen-crater! watch working mans death before & see the very hard working man smile in & around this impressive crater.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

blue fire in ijen is the best view, but in parking area not really clean. I think the best time to visit there ,when juni until september

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