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“Excellent tour agency, great trip”

Javaindo Ecotourism
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Ijen Blue Fire & Sunrise
Ranked #16 of 90 Tours in Banyuwangi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

We were a party of 14, including 8 mainly teenaged kids, travelling in Java in the wet season. We were apparently very lucky with the weather - it seems you are taking your chances going at this time of year, which is perhaps part of the reason we saw so few other Western tourists. That in itself became an interesting feature of the trip as we were treated like rock stars by the locals with constant requests for photos (actually this did wear a bit thin after a while, but it was mostly pretty benign).

Our trip was as follows: picked up from Jepara where we had done a tour with Dunia Bintang (also recommended), driven to Yogyakarta, where we spent a couple of nights; full day tour to Borobudur and Prambanan temples, then a half day in Yog followed by a flight to Surabaya. At Surabaya we were met again and driven to Mt Bromo and then to Ijen, before finally being taken via the car ferry to Bali. Communication with Wisnu ahead of time was very good; hotels were generally very good as well. Mt Bromo was superb - again, we were very lucky with the weather and there is clearly a risk of getting up there (after a 3am start) and not seeing anything.

The main viewing area at Bromo was quite crowded and our guide, Saiful, took us on a bit of a scramble up to a higher point which we had almost to ourselves. I saw some criticism of this in another review but it really did let us have an unobstructed view away from all the other people rather than peering over people's shoulders, so this was a small but worthwhile addition to the trip. It is surprisingly cold up there - bring warm clothes! After sunrise, we went down into the larger caldera around Bromo and then climbed to the rim of Bromo itself, a dramatic sight.

At Ijen we were less lucky with the conditions, but were still able (with gas masks) to descend into the crater and see at least some of the 'blue flame' and the dramatic, apocalyptic landscape at the base of the caldera. It is quite a strenous walk to the top of Ijen and into and out of the crater.

We were very happy with the company - it felt like they were really putting in an effort to make sure we had a good trip. Saiful was a terrific guide and the drivers who took us and our luggage around were also really good. We hadn't arranged anything for the last half day in Yogyakarta and at no extra charge, the driver took us around to a couple of sights (royal palace, bird market) before dropping us at the airport. Saiful had already left on the very lengthy drive to meet us at Surabaya (we couldn't quite face the prospect of 11 hours on the road from Yogyakarta to Bromo, so we flew to skip most of that). The vehicles were fine, in the local context - two different minivans, one older but comfortable enough (although no seatbelts), the other more modern (with lap belts) but a little less spacious. The drivers were clearly very skilled in sometimes frightening road conditions (crazy traffic, especially coming into Bali, and heavy rain in Bali), and were also very punctual - every pickup happened at the scheduled time, without fail.

Overall we would strongly recommend this company, and an itinerary similar to the one we followed.

In the bit below - not quite sure what is meant by 'athletic wear' but good walking shoes are advisable. Access with a wheelchair would range from difficult to impossible for most of the trip we did, unfortunately.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

8 of us booked an adventure tour to Jogja from Javaindon. It was a fun and pleasant trip which everyone agreed upon. Our tour guide Saiful is simply awesome, he goes an extra mile with his impeccable service to make sure that the trip was a comfort to us. Driver Agus always making adjustments to ensure trip goes as planned. Overall it was a great trip.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Mei S
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

We were a group of 5 pax who did our Ijen and Bromo crater with Jvaindo Ecoturism. We were given a very old mini van which had water leaking from the doors during rain. The seats would not go back and kept coming back so we could really not rest. We had some luggage kept behind which suddenly fell when the car was running on slope. This is very dangerous as we had some bikers behind our car and it could hit them. The sound system in the car didnt work so we never got to play any music which was needed as the drives are long (upto 8 hours).
Also, for the Bromo sunrise point they said they will take us to a point different from the popular one as its less crowded and equally good but frankly speaking it was nothing special and we felt the sunrise pics we saw on the internet (from popular spot) was way better than what we saw.
The room stays, guides and drivers were okay but we dint feel it was well handled guided trip because of the above 2 points.
My other friend who visited Ijen & Bromo using just transport agency and booking rooms herself said the amount we have given to Javaindo for our 5 pax guided trip was way way expensive than what she paid compared to her unguided trip.
Thus, we felt it wasnt so fair.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Megha C
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

Such a pleasant trip ! Our tour guide, Kak Kiki is really nice and knowledgeable, we really enjoy talking to him . He will explain the history of the places and helping us taking pictures, we will miss you Kak Kiki ! :D
And Pak Jay, our driver is really an expert ! Lol . We reach our destination usually faster, safe and sound .
Overall, we really enjoy our trip and thanks to Javaindo Ecotourism, for arranging for us !

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Wanderluster2412
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Reviewed December 21, 2016

We took a customized trip with Ecotourism for Ijen Bromo Surabaya 4D3N. Staff Wisnu was flexible and very active during our scheduling phase. Staff Hengky was our guide and was patient and friendly. The whole trip went smooth. One feedback would be the room arrangement, as two of our guy friends did not want to share one queen bed, maybe twin beds could have been arranged. Overall, a pleasant trip in east java with Ecotourism. Btw, the first night eco accommodation at Batu was awesome! Cheers! :)

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank aliciawangqi
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