Is Banyuwangi an OK base for daytrips to both Ijen and Baluran national park in terms of available accomodation and organizing transport to those places (no guided tours if possible)?
We will be traveling east Java and Bali in June for 12 days, starting in Surabaya and leaving from Denpasar. After Mt.Bromo and before going to Bali we want to see both Ijen and Baluran NP, but it seems there are not many good + easy to reach places to stay near either of them, which is why we had the idea to base ourselves in Banyuwangi for 2 or three nights and then organize day trips from there. For Ijen that would mean renting a car+driver it seems, while getting to Baluran seems to be possible with public transport?
Is that a good idea or are there better options where we could be staying the nights? Lonely planet is not so enthusiastic about Banyuwangi and it is hard to find information because it seems most people visit atractions in east java with organized tours...
Any advice or tips would be welcome. Thank you!