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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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Our visit to the Ijen was truly amazing and was the highlight of Java for us! Here are some tips: you don't need a guide to climb up the Ijen because there is just one easy path... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went with a perama transport (1200k per person) from Bali to ijen, to broom, then to Yogyakarta. In ijen the driver gives you a lot of lies to get a guide. He said that if you wanted to see the blue flames at 1am the entry ticket is 100k + 150k (for the guide) per person.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Ijen was truly amazing and was the highlight of Java for us! Here are some tips: you don't need a guide to climb up the Ijen because there is just one easy path up. The climb is exhausting though. Also don't fall for the blue fire because we heard of other people that it really wasn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Ijen Crater was definitely the highlight of my Java trip, and on the very top of the list for my entire Indonesia experience. Don't miss this if you are traveling across Java to Bali. This trip can easily be arranged in Yogyakarta with a tour agency, together with a trip to Mount Bromo. I've met lots of solo backpackers on... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The view of the night sky and the crater is well worth the visit and the trek up but be prepared for a tough trek. From the car park you have to walk 3 km of which the first 2.2 km is uphill at angels varying from 45 degrees to 60 degrees. The surface can be quite slippery on the... More 

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Catalonia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We took a 4WD taxi from Banyuwangi to Ijen and there a guide to visit the place (but we think it is not necessary, because there are a lot of them and it is easy to follow any one...and anyways you cannot miss it). We went up at midnight to see the blue flames and the sunrise, and worth the... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We started walking from around 1 AM to the crater, the beginning of the path seemed easy but then the slope got steeper and steeper. The road was full of small stones so it was quite slippery. I wore sneakers but I definitely recommend wearing hiking shoes or at least something with rugged soles. Our guide said the path to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This must be the one of the most beautiful place on earth. To go to the top, you must follow a track from the bottom of the hill so far as 3 km. The road is not too difficult but requires stamina and strong breath because the way uphill as far as 2 km. Not recommended to those who have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The way up was tiring and cold. The pathway needs a lot of improvement and we needed to be really careful on our way and down. But the view is worth the climb. Absolutely stunning!

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Kuta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

For me as a German it was freaking cold but just when I wasn't walking. While your way up it is enough to have a jumper and a jacket but when you are at the crater and you stay still to make pictures you definitely need one more thick jumper XD the walk is extremely hard but you should be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We started off at 01:00 in the morning on the 4KM trek up a decent path to the caldera rim. We then continued into the crater by torch light to see the magical blue flames which was amazing. We then stayed to sunrise to see the lake from inside the crater and it all was a great trip,. However please... More 

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Address: Banyuwangi 68454, Indonesia
Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Java  >  East Java  >  Banyuwangi

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