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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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Missed the blue fire...not a happy camper

The sulphur smell is really really strong. Be prepared, bring a mask (or a couple) or something that will really block the smell.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The sulphur smell is really really strong. Be prepared, bring a mask (or a couple) or something that will really block the smell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Unlike many, I did a sunset hike up and it was such a memorable experience being up there alone listening to the sound of silence. I had asked on this forum as to whether I can see the blue flames in the evening after sunset as my tour guide had proposed (given that everyone else seemed to be going off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I have just returned from a 3D2N tour of mount bromo and ijen with Helios transport that I found via the lonely planet book. I had also done some independent searches/enquires and Helios transport were the cheapest and didn't demand full payment before hand. The accommodation was basic however clean, breakfast was simple and the driver spoke reasonable English. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I really loved the Ijen crater, even while I was pretty sick when walking to the top. When finally at the top and overlooking the crater, it's just so rewarding. The view is amazing. Along the way to the top you'll see the sulphur carriers walking with the enormous weights on their shoulders. Don't skip it because of the heavy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We went during the rain season and during the day. Visibility was extremely low at the top but the hike was enjoyable and fairly easy (just under an hour). I would suggest you go during dry season and on a clear day. What disapointed us was the 900% increase in the entrance fee. In January 2015 the officials increased the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The hike will test your limits, it will open your eyes to the working conditions of the brave sulfur miners, it will amaze you by just how beautiful the world can be and it will just leave you in goosebumps. The other hikers are always fun to chat with and its such an incredible atmosphere to be in. Review/photos at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Ijen crater was insane! We got up at 1 to go up the crater and were met with beautifully clear skies and a walk that was challenging but extremely doable. Once down in the crater we saw the blue flames and the sulfur mining and it was like being on another plant. Amazing!! Then once we clambered back up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our Ijen hike was an extraordinary experience. We hired a guide and we were heading to see the blue flame and then carry on with the sun rise. We had to set off from Ketapang Indah hotel at around 1am. We reached Paltuding base at about 2am, put on our head lamps and jackets before we set off with our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I would classify this as a medium level difficulty hike, 3 km (roughly 1.68 miles) over several steep slows. Best time is April to September I was told, but opted visting this place early march to avoid the crowd. If you want to catch the 'blue' burning flames from the crater, start as early as 2.30 am recommended, get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Please read my review on Igen Resort Villa Hotel Banyuwangi East Java for a run down on this amazing place.

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