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“go for the blue light”
Review of Ijen Crater

Ijen Crater
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Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour
Ranked #1 of 71 things to do in Banyuwangi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you have the opportunity, climb at night to whitness the blue light. the path up is good, but the way down into the crater is not easy. Bring a good torch and a gasmask. The sulfur dioxide and steam can be very nasty when the wind turn your direction. Although people go down with sandals, some more sturdy shoes are pleasant. Officially the crater area is closed due to increased activity since February, but sulfur workers ( and tourists) still go down in the crater to collect the sulfur. They are happy to guide for some cigarettes or money. At night nobody bothers anyway if you enter the park or the crater.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Trip to Ijen Carter was fantastic. The closest way to reach Ijen Crater is from Bali and overnight stay in Banyuwangi. We booked this trip with a local travel agency/ wisasta alam indonesia tour's services. They gave us option for tour's price (lowest to highest) and it was easy to make deal with them. We starter from Bali to Ijen Crater & Mt Bromo then they escorted us to our hotel in Surabaya for 3Days/ 2Nights

When you are in Java Island, please try to visit this crater and you will see nice view of the crater

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

It was quite impressive. If you like seeing blue fire, you have to start hike in the middle of night. Blue fire would be showing up around 1 am and disaapear at 5 am. Better you prepare everything: mask, rain coat, water and make sure you have a local guide if you want to come down to the carter. I would recommend those who don't really want to see blue fire to start hiking in the morning, enjoy the fresh air and beautiful view.

one thing that concerns me was about transportation. Ijen Carter is in the between of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi, keep in mind that there is no public transportation to Ijen Carter from Bondowoso nor banyuwangi, unless you rent a car. If the trip would be only you, find a group in your hotel.

1  Thank Desmarleni S
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Seeing the blue fire at Kawah Ijen was a pretty extraordinary experience. We started the climb at 2am. The climb is a steep 1.5hr ascent and we reached the crater rim at 3.30am. The local guide then led us down to the crater lake to see the blue fire up close. Remember to bring along a mask (you'll be glad you did!). During normal condition, the sulphur fumes were still bearable. However, when we were there, the wind started blowing and the fumes became really overwhelming. We had to quickly climb back up to the rim to escape the smell. The descent to the lake takes approximately 45mins (30mins to get back up). Sunrise at the rim was around 5.30am and it was worth the wait. We were back at the start point at around 7am. Do try to get accommodation nearer to the start point so as to save on traveling time.

2  Thank toesy
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We booked a tour over the tourist information at the Banyuwangi Railroad Station: 700'000 Rupias for both of us.
At 11 PM our private driver picked us up at the hotel. You reach the basecamp in about an hour. I read reviews that stated, that the road coming up from Banyuwangi is bad. Wrong. The road is in an excellent condition. At the basecamp the driver gave us a torch and pointed in the direction we had to walk. The path leading up is really good and easy to find (thanks to a bright full moon night with an astonishing sky full of stars). The hike to the crater is not really a challenge if you're not completely a couch potato and takes about 45-60mins.
We were the first persons who arrived on the summit and it felt a bit like we were the only humans on earth. If you're visiting the Ijen at night, you will see the blue fires down in the crater which are somehow magical and the sulfur miners which have one of the toughest and unhealthiest jobs I can imagine. After this, we waited on the summit for sunrise (about 5:30) which was sooooooooooo spectacular!
We walked back to the basecamp around 7am and passed many tourists who wanted to visit the Ijen crater in the morning. So be sure to go at night, it is really worth it!

3  Thank Simon V
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