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Ijen Crater

Banyuwangi 68454, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Banyuwangi
Type: Geologic Formations
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... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It's hard work, but if you're in reasonable shape, it's definitely worth going for the blue flames, ie leaving your hotel around 12 or 1 am, depending on how far you're staying. You're unlikely to see anything else like it anywhere else in the world. There's no need for a guide in terms of safety or finding your way (... More

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surabaya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

need more than 4 hours to climbed up and down back. woke up at 12 midnite and took 1 hour approx from hotel in ketapang to ijen area. started the hikking around 1 midnite and reached the top around 5. failed to see the blue fire due to foggy and strong sulfur. things to bring / wear : sneakers, masker,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

An incredible experience. The early start is more than made up for with the spectacle of blue flames burning bright and then a sunrise over a crater lake. If you do one thing in this area visit this volcano to see the fire and the still-working sulphur miners. Tip: Wear a gas mask (available from the guides) and goggles if... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Finding out about the stories and the science of the volcanic lake is fascinating. The contrast between the pleasant, if dusty, walk to the summit and the mephitic suplhurous fumes at the crater is quite something. The steam clouds clear, and the vivid turquoise lake, placid and toxic appears - what a moment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I climbed Ijen crater at 2.30am. Reason I decided to go at this unearthly hour is to see the blue fire, which everyone talks about. The blue fire is only visible in the night. Is it worth it? I would say yes, it is quite an amazing sight and not something you can see all the time. And when the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Travelled in Indonesia for a month and this was my favorite spot. It was difficult for me and my friend to figure out exactly what to do so let me break it down: Hotel Closest town in Banyuwangi so grab a hotel there. We walked around for 2 hours before finding a place that had an English speaking staff that... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The hike to Ijen is an enjoyable, moderately challenging 4-hour trek. Tourists walk up to the volcano's peak and eventually descend into the caldera, where blue, sulfuric flames burn inside the crater. Only visible at night, the flames are all the more shocking when you see sulfur miners work beneath them to chip ribbons of yellow sulfur to be carried... More

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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

we took one night tour to Ijen from Ubud. do not make our mistakes: that was rather complex. the driver took as at 7 pm from ubud and put to Lovina (north of Bali). we changed a car and get to the ferry. after the ferry we get a jeep and came to voulcano. So after a night almost without... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

After enquiring several places in Banyuwangi and even the tourist information office, we found it impossible to organize a personalized trip to the Ijen plateau. Yes we saw the bluefire and organized through the hotel Baru without any problems, but you will appreciate the hike to and around the Crater rim and down to the sulphor fumes so much more... More

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Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

prepare masker, dusty when dry season and bring rain coat in wet season, the best time for hiking is early morning where the blue fire can see before sunrise

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