Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) Tours

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An East Java highlight, the Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) towers above the Ijen Plateau. A highly acidic crater lake yields sulfur for local miners, while burning gases emit an eerie blue glow at night. Views of Java’s most perfect volcanoes, including Mount Merapi and Mount Raung, make the summit worth bagging.
 
The Basics
Visitors usually climb Iljen Crater, set between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso, before dawn to see the celebrated Ijen blue fire ("blueflame"). The straightforward route eliminates the need for guides, although transport is problematic. Tickets for foreigners cost up to 10 times the price of tickets for Indonesian nationals.
 
Ijen tours from Bali typically include a night spent in transit, in order to wake up for the summit climb. Ijen tours coming from within Java may include accommodation near the Ijen Crater or the Ijen Plateau. Unless you have your own wheels, an organized tour to Ijen volcano is generally the easiest option. Some Java tour packages include a Bromo tour, and one or more of Malang, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fumes from the lake can be highly irritating to eyes, nose, and throat—even worse when they’re absorbed into mist. The ranger station sells masks, but they’re of dubious effectiveness.
  • Besides the blue fire of Ijen Crater, the cool, coffee-growing landscapes of the Ijen Plateau are a highlight for many travelers.
  • Between the early start and the toxic gases, this is not a tour for families with small children.
 
How to Get There
You’ll need your own transport, a private driver, or an organized tour to reach Ijen Crater. The nearest town is Banyuwangi, which is also the arrival point for ferries from north Bali’s Gilimanuk port. Coming from East and Central Java, your jump-off point is the town of Bondowoso, on the other side of the Ijen Plateau. Given the complexities, most opt to reach Mount Ijen with a tour package.
 
When to Get There
Climbers typically set out around 4am during the dry season (roughly March to October) and as early as 1am during the rainy season (roughly November to March). Be aware that the crater is occasionally closed due to toxic gases.
 
The Sulfur Miners of Ijen
As you hike the path to Ijen Crater, you’ll meet sulfur miners coming down, heavily laden with yellow slabs of pure sulfur. They do a grueling and dangerous job, condensing sulfur from clouds of poisonous gas, for very, very little money. Consider buying their little carvings as you return from your Ijen Crater tour.
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Address: East Java, Indonesia
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Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour

Witness the magic of the Ijen’s mesmerizing blue fire on a 7-hour evening, trekking tour of the Ijen volcano from Banyuwangi. Alongside your guide, you’ll ascend to the summit of the Ijen volcano under the atmospheric cloak of darkness. Amid the billowing smoke of the sulphur mines, you’ll witness the natural phenomenon of the blue fire and see miners carry back-breaking loads of sulphur up the steep crater. When the sun rises, gaze upon the vivid, turquoise crater lake before you return to your hotel. All safety equipment is provided on this tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$69.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mt. Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour from Bali

Observe the ‘blue flames’ of Ijen Crater during a guided trek on Mt Ijen. Departing from Bali by ferry, this 24-hour excursion brings you to East Java by midnight to start your predawn hike to the summit. Witness this extraordinary natural phenomenon in the darkness and later be treated to superb views inside Ijen Crater. Bring your camera to capture the sight and meet local sulphur miners who toil on the mountain. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
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$150.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day 12 hours
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2-Day North Bali and East Java Tour with Ijen Blue Fire Trek

Escape the tourist trail to discover the natural and manmade wonders of North Bali and East Java on this action-packed 2-day adventure. Visit Balinese temples including Tanah lot, Taman Ayun, and Lake Beratan; tour the historic city of Singaraja; then cross to East Java by ferry to hike the ‘Blue Fire’ crater of Mount Ijen and explore Baluran National Park.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$320.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Amazing Ijen Over Land East Java 2 Days 1 Night Tour

Discover western Bali and East Java during this 2-day tour to the Ijen Volcano. Drive through the remote countryside of western Bali and cross the Gilimanuk Harbor via ferry to reach your hotel. Take a 4x4 through the jungle to reach the bottom of the volcano to begin your 2.5-hour hike. Admire the picturesque scenery throughout your overnight excursion and capture your memories to remember for a lifetime.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$150.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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4D3N Mount Bromo, Mount Ijen & Snorkelling Luxury Tour

This tour is suitable for families, friends, co-workers and lovers looking for luxurious comfort.We recommend at least 4 people to maximize enjoyment at Bromo and Ijen.Hotel pick-up and drop-off in central Surabaya provided.Airport pick-up and drop-off can be arranged. Do not miss out on this unforgettable experience. 
  • Duration: 4 days
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$559.34 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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3D2N Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen Tour - Hotel

Experience two of East Java’s most impressive natural wonders on this 3-day private tour and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide. Visit the magnificent Mount Bromo volcano; see sights like the Madakaripura Waterfall, the Sea of Sand, and the Hill of Love; and climb up to the crater rim for a spectacular view. Next, hike to the summit of Mount Ijen, trek around Ijen Lake, and if you’re lucky, see the volcano’s famous blue sulphur flames.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$246.44 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Magnificent Blue Fire Experience Ijen Crater Overland Tour

All Inclusive Package, this trip will including all of aspect of Ijen Crater Tour: Car, Driver, Fuel, One Night Accommodation (2-3 star hotel), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Parking Fee, Ferry Ticket, Local Guide (hiking), Entrance Fee/Admissions.And We always use a comfortable car with enough leg room area so it will make your trip enjoyable.
  • Duration: 24 to 36 hours
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$63.00 USD
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  • Duration: 24 to 36 hours
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