This time together with friends I'm planning to rent a car and drive from Bromo to Ijen Area - Banyuwangi or Bondowoso. I've already done a lot of reserach of Bromo Tengger Caldera and Kawah Ijen however it's hard to find any info about recommended scenic drives in between. I guess the southern route should be more scenic as its mountainous. Does someone has any recommendation and suggestions? Let me write some questions below:
-1. I'm mostly interested in amazing rice paddies/plantation views - which road is the best for that?
-2. is any coffee plantation worth to visit? and is it obligatory to take a tour or just walking around in nice scenery is possible somewhere?
-3.are any interesting traditional villages/ cultural sites on the way?
-4. is worth to explore west side of Kawah Ijen (areas with Sempol,Blawan?) after visiting the crater? is the scenery really amazing? or just better idea is to head Bali straight after Ijen trekking?
-5.how is scenery/ nature in Java in comparison to Bali? if anybody have any suggestion what else to see before Bali I'd appreciate it.