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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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Climb was easy, for novice I would say but the experience is priceless. apart from the breathtaking view right from the moment we start the hike. We've engaged sunrise holidays... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Climb was easy, for novice I would say but the experience is priceless. apart from the breathtaking view right from the moment we start the hike. We've engaged sunrise holidays tour and with us is our guide Mr Albert which has done a pretty good job guiding us. but the most important person, the VIP of this trip to ijen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We booked a 2 night tour with pepe tours. Driver, 500ml water a day and breakfast (one toast and one egg) was included. Also the accommodations. It was a bit overpriced but the tour was private and the driver very friendly. The tour included bromo and ijen. Ijen hike: It's absolutely possible, even if you are a gym freak and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing experience and definitely worth getting up early for it as there was a lot to see by night and day. Highly recommend a good pair of shoes as some parts of the hike can be very slippy on the gravel but we were very fortunate to have an absolutely brilliant tour guide who saved us from falling multiple times.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The journey begins at about 1am in the morning, and the temperature was freezing. It is about 3-4km hike to the top of the crater which was challenging with the minimum sleep and cold temperature. Torch/ head lights are very useful to prevent tripping over throughout the cold dark hike up. Once finally you arrived at the crater, it will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You should go in good health when you visit Ijen Crater because we walk early in the morning (around 1 am) if we want to see the blue fire (before 4 am you already have to reach there). The trekking is very challenging.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I thought I was fit. But with zero sleep and rest, and weak knees, the hike down the crater was painful for me. Thankfully I got to see the blue fire (there are only 2 in the world) and u must reach the crater by 4am to catch this sight. We were still quite far away to take proper iPhone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Ijen Crater is beautiful. From the forest, sulfur miners, the 3 km to the top, and everything about it. I've been there more than 10 times and never get bored. I saw both the amazing blue fire at night until "the normal view" in the morning was equally beautiful. You just need to be fit and bring the necessary items... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Banyuwangi,the nearest big town is about an hour to Ijen. At the foothill of Ijen we meet up with our guides & porters. The 3 km to the top of the crater was a mix of steep slope and a bit of flat surface. Will normally take about 3 hours to reach the top. Going down to the crater where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

COMPLETELY EASY to do without the hassle and stupidly expensive guided tours. Banyuwangi might be a crap town, but the crater will definitely make you forget your overpriced accommodations. Hire a motorbike, and make the trek yourself. Road to Ijen is clearly marked even at 1am. Wear sneakers. Don't be fooled into paying for an unnecessary guide or buying dust... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Slept at 6pm and woke up at 10pm to get prepared for the trekking. From the base to the blue flame will take around 3 hours as the mountain trek is quite steep. However it truly worth the journey as the blue flame is stunning. Would suggest all travelers to bring thick coats, gloves, torch light/head light, trekking stick and... More 

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

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