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Ijen Crater

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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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This place is Incredible! A must do! The entire scene is surreal, unlike anything I have ever been to.. be sure to take photos with the minors and give them 20-50k rupiah, it's an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This place is Incredible! A must do! The entire scene is surreal, unlike anything I have ever been to.. be sure to take photos with the minors and give them 20-50k rupiah, it's an equivalent of $2-5 but it makes a big difference in their lives. They get paid approx. $5-8 for each trip they make and make only two... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is so sad, that the crater is under control from a organized tourist scam group. They act like a Mafia! We also booked a tour and stayed at the Arabica Homestay!!!! They also tried to sell us extra bluefiretour! You don't need to book that, as long as you arrive in the dark you see it. We saw the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Take a picture with the sulphur miners and give them a small tip. They're really amazing. View of the crater was one of a kind. So beautiful, dangerous and out of this world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This place really is special and easily exceeded our expectations and all other places we saw in Java. Getting to Ijen is rather hard but this is one of the reasons why the place is not that crowded. We decided to go for the sunset rather than sunrise since we heard that there would be many tourists going for the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

When we reached, Ijen like 2 am in the morning, it was dark, raining and cold. Very few people around but miners with their usual heavy weights routine. It was a tedious climb, really exhaustive ( i don't enjoy hard physical work ). We missed the blue flames unfortunately. When we reached the top, it was almost sun rise and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The blue flames are definitely a must see if you happen to be in the area. However, the risks should not be taken lightly: after all you are climbing into an active volcano where regular eruptions take place - most likely at night. There are signs that permit going into the crater and the park was closed for visitors before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

You may loose a pound or two while climbing this steep mountain and thats not the ONLY good news. The view, sulphur lake and blue flames are all breathtakingly beautiful and totally worth every step on the way. You may wanna be fit to climb to enjoy the trek and the view rather than panting all the way up. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Indonesia is famous for the beauty of its natural tourism. One of which is located in East Java province. Ijen crater located between Bondowoso city and Banyuwangi city, East Java, Indonesia. This crater is very beautiful and became one of the traditional sulfur mine site. If at night you can reach the site of the crater, you can witness the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place blew my mind. We left our guesthouse at 2:30am and drove over to the main entrance. From there, it is about a 3KM walk up. Bring a flashlight and water. Once we got to the top of the crater, we could see the blue lights. It was unbelievable. There are miners at the top wanting money to take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

First- let me say it's worth it. What a crazy awesome experience. Second- the walk up and down will kick your butt! It's not a leisurely hike, it's seriously straight up and down again in spots. Wear serious shoes and socks! Wear a coat, gloves and a hat for when you reach the rim. Bring a mask, a head lamp... More 

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