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April 2015: East Java Volcanoes – Ijen to Bromo
Train services in Indonesia have improved very much making a journey through East Java much easier! Below is the view from beautiful Ijen Resort: www.ijendiscovery.com
Ijen Resort is a beautiful starting point for an East Java adventure. You can either take
the short local ferry crossing from Gilimanuk in West Bali to Banyuwangi- or even fly
these days from Bali to Banyuwangi on Garuda. Flights to Banyuwangi also operate from
Surabaya making this part of East Java much more accessible.
Ijen Resort is less than an hour drive from Banyuwangi.
The resort can assist with activities in the area including Ijen Crater and seeing the Blue Fire:
Continue on to Mount Bromo by train:
Train Staff at the Banyuwangi station gathering for prayer before departure:
Executive Class seating and a comfortable 4.5 hours ride brings you to Probolinggo and from there it’s an hour drive up to Mt. Bromo.
For the best view accomodations overlooking Mt. Bromo, Lava View Lodge or Cemara Indah offer simple but adequate lodgings for the overnight before getting up to experience the sunrise:
A jeep drive brings you to the Sea of Sands where you can either walk or horse ride to the active Bromo crater alongside Mt. Batok.