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Ijen Crater

Address: Banyuwangi 68454, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Banyuwangi
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: The Ijen volcano is one of several volcanoes contained within the Ijen volcanic complex in Eastern...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

We've been to the Ijen crater in the morning. We stayed at the Watudodol hotel near Banyuwangi and the owner arranged our trip with car, driver, guide, entrance fees and food (breakfast in a box) for Rp. 1.200.000 for four persons. A guide is not really necessary, because the path to the crater is easy to find. The path to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

A mate and I hired a motor bike and battled the mountain. The road up is really easy to follow but it gets super steep so if you weigh a lot you'll have to walk for parts of it ;) We left at 1am and the ride up was freezing so wear a jumper. We got to the car park... More 

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Pyatigorsk, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

That what I thought, looking at people, carrying heavy loads of sulfur, beating it in fumes with only mouth rag protection and asking for a smoke! As I was told they get 1000 rps per kilo of sulfur. Still don't quite understand why they cannot use horses or mules to carry the load, but without those people the place would... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I just went there this morning So tiring for me!!!!! I suggest don't go in rainy season. Or you wont be able too see the blue fire much. I walk in total 10km (come and back) just to see the blue fire. Today just like i'm killing myself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

You need to be in rather good shape. You need time. You need patience and expect to have a short night to sleep... But once you're up there and wait until the sun slowly draws this colorful painting, the sight will take your breath. And if it's not the sight, it will be the sulpur steam ;-) If you ever... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

my first visit to the Volcanic world. After visiting Mt. Bromo and Semuru, I thought I had seen enough about Volcanos. But then we went to the Ijen crater. Started our trek early in the morning, as early as 2 AM, just to get in time INSIDE the volcano to see the burning fumes right in it. This again is... More 

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Praha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Away from large crowded tourist attractions in Indonesia you may find a piece of lost world. Absolutely stunning crater with acid lake and fumarole. And a view to other nearby volcanoes, definitely worth seeing it!! Find a transport from Banyuwangi to the Ijen. Then hike up the volcano and descent to the cater during the night to see the blue... More 

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banyuwangi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Climb up took about 2 hours, tired but it was fun. Nice view and beautiful sunrise from the top. Cost wont take much its quiet cheap. Nice to stay there for few days with group.

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Kuantan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I had read so many reviews about Ijen crater, and about how amazing it was to see the blue flames. So it was to my dismay when I realised that my itinerary would not allow me to start my climb at 2am. Still, I hoped even without seeing the blue flames, my effort would be worth it. We arrived at... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

In order to see the blue flames, we had to start early at 12.30am from our hotel. A jeep took us up a winding road to the starting point, which was already 1850m high. From there, it was a vigorous trek up a dirt track to the top which is about 3km or another 535m higher. Depending on your fitness,... More 

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