• Fascinating EAST JAVA

TRAVEL EAST JAVA

East Java, the rugged Indonesian province, includes the eastern part of Java plus Madura and some smaller islands. The regional capital, Surabaya, has all the accoutrements of a booming Indonesian city, including freeways, multiplexes and a trademark traffic problem, there are far more attractive bases. Other attractive city, Malang is a civilized city with a temperate climate ringed by some fascinating Hindu temples. Banyuwangi, linked to Bali by a 24-hour ferry service, makes a decent launch pad to two exquisite national parks and one spectacular volcanic plateau. East Java is all about the raw, rugged appeal of its volcano-studded scenery and awesome landscapes. The Bromo area and its puffing giants is an undisputed highlight, but the Ijen Plateau ranks very close, with a stunning Crater Lake, evocative coffee plantation, and good hiking place.

HIGHLIGHT

5 Days Bromo – Ijen Trip

DAY 01: Arrival Surabaya – Direct to Bromo
Upon your arrival in Surabaya airport, meet and greet then proceed for a drive to Sukapura, close to Mt. Bromo. Check-in at your hotel and rest for prepare early morning trip.
Overnight in Bromo

Day 02: Bromo to Kalibaru
After an early morning rise, you will travel to a spectacular site, by car, jeep, horseback and finally, on foot. Mount Bromo is one of the three volcanic cones, rising dramatically out of an arid sand sea, surrounded by perpendicular walls, reaching a few hundred meters to the sky. From Bromo peak, you will have stunning views over the Semeru massif, covering large part of East Java. This is the heartland of the Tenggerese, a tough mountain people, clinging to ancient pre-Islamic beliefs. After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you are ready to move on to your next destination. Travel along the borders of the Semeru massif all the way to Kalibaru, centre of former colonial plantations.
Overnight in Kalibaru

Day 03: Kalibaru to Ijen
Explore the plantation which is attached to the hotel, with varieties of spices such as nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee and coconuts. Next stroll through Kalibaru town and witness some local activities such as the traditional process of palm tree liquid turning into palm sugar. After lunch continue the trip further east, after Banyuwangi we will drive up to Randu Agung, check in and free at leisure.
Overnight in Ijen

Day 04: IJEN Trekking
In this area, you will participate in one of the most inspiring trips, possible on Java. Early morning drive up to Ijen by jeep. There we start a moderate hike, which will take you in a few hours up to the peak of Mt. Ijen. On the way, you will meet the sulfur people, those tough locals who carry 60 kg baskets, filled with the “yellow gold”. The sulfur mining is done at the base of Crater Lake, way up. Once you arrive there, the views are truly stunning. Whatever direction you turn, mountain tops peak aloft the clouds. Down at the jade colored lake, steam from deep down below is transformed into yellow crystals… After an easy descend, return to hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 05: Randu Agung to Pemuteran village (Bali)
In the morning you will explore this vast area dedicated to plantations of coffee, rubber, and cacao. Century old factories still churn out a healthy production. Everywhere people will greet you with courteous smiles, living humble lives in simple but painstakingly clean villages. After a short drive to the harbor on the far eastern tip of Java, ferry will bridge the short distance between Java and the next island, Bali. By the small Bali Strait only, one could not judge the tremendous differences between both islands. On the other side, a candi bentar (typical Balinese temple gate) marks the end of Islamic territory. You have returned on an island where Hinduism is pervasive. From Gilimanuk, we will drive along northern coastal road to Pemuteran, check inn hotel and rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.

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