Welcome to East Java

For most visitors, though, East Java is all about raw volcanic power and the landscapes created by these unpredictable mountains of fire. Nowhere is more synonymous with this than the sublime Bromo-Tengger Massif region, with its puffing volcanic giants and inspiring sunrises. Further east, the Ijen Plateau, with its crater lake and brave sulphur miners, is equally captivating.

Nature hasn't got it all its own way in East Java, though. The regional capital, Surabaya, is a booming, fast-paced city, which constantly excites, while smaller Malang, which is ringed by ancient Hindu temples, seems somehow more laid-back and genteel.

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East Java activities

$150 Outdoor Activities

Mt. Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour from Bali

DAY 01 :Your tour begins in the late afternoon with pickup at your Bali accommodation for the drive to Gilimanuk Harbor in western Bali. When you arrive, board the ferry to cross the sea to Banyuwangi, East Java. The ferry ride is 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the Banyuwangi harbor around midnight, go directly to the starting point of your Mt. Ijen trekking adventure, about one hour away (if you arrive in Banyuwangi Harbor early the driver will take you to the Rest area to wait until the time of Trekking ticket desk is open), From here, receive a tour briefing and your safety equipment, including a flashlight and gas mask, and then begin trekking to the top of the mountain at 1:45am.DAY 02 : Your trek takes between one and two hours to reach the summit along a 1.8-mile (3-km) route that is divided into three parts: 800 meters slightly uphill, 1 km uphill, and then 1.2 km flat. During your trek, you'll encounter some of the world's strongest men—sulphur miners who carry the sulphur, which weighs 132 to 176 pounds (60 to 80 kg), on their shoulders with bamboo sticks.  Upon arrival at the summit around 3:30am, as long as the weather is clear, you can see the 'blue fire' of the Mt. Ijen crater and also spot the Milky Way. Follow your guide for the best photos of the blue fire, depending on the weather conditions and wind direction, as your safety is paramount. From the viewing points, you can also see the mining activity using the traditional technique of iron sticks, with no safety tools for the miner.  Before you head back down, enjoy a light breakfast on top of Mt. Ijen around 6am, or you can eat when you arrive at the parking lot, if you prefer; just tell your guide before trekking. You will also have the chance to see the largest acid lake on Java. It takes about an hour to get back down to the bottom, where you'll be transferred from the parking lot to the Banyuwangi harbor. Around 10am, you'll be back on the ferry to return to Bali, arriving around 11am. Lunch is provided around noon at a local restaurant , After Finish Lunch the Journey Continuoe to Visit Bunut Bolong Tree  is a hug banyan tree with big hole. The Bunut Bolong tree is unique, because you can drive with a large car through the tree , after that visit Rambut Siwi Temple  It sits on a cliff with stunning views over rice fields and the coastal area. There are also two caves that overlook the sea.  and Quick stop in one of Rice field view  on the way back to your hotel, where you'll be dropped off around 4pm or 5pm to end your adventure.

$51.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Surabaya Old Quarter

In the morning discover the morning image of Surabaya, first drive to the oldest Chinese temple in Surabaya that was built on the early of Majapahit Kingdom, Hong Tiek Hian and then continue to Surabaya’s Arab quarter, usually called Ampel or Kampung Arab. It is a narrow lanes, marked by arched gateways crowned with Arabic script. This lane always crowded with stalls selling prayers bead, Peci and other religious paraphernalia, in between visit the biggest traditional market in Surabaya, Pabean market that links the two quarter, Chinese and Arab. Next to The house of Sampoerna, a Dutch colonial style building built in 1962 and now preserved as a historical site. Behind the building is clove cigarette factory where you can witness hundreds of worker girl’s hand-rolling "kretek" at incredible speed. Transfer back to your hotel.

$150 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Small-Group Ijen Blue Fire Trek Tour From Bali

Start your overnight tour to Mt Ijen with pickup in the late afternoon from Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua. Departing from your accommodation, you’re transferred to Gilimanuk Harbor in West Bali, crossing the sea on a 30-minute ferry ride and arriving in East Java around midnight.You’re driven directly to the starting point of your guided mountain trek, where you’ll receive a safety briefing and equipment including a flashlight and gas mask. The approximate 1-mile (3-km) route to the summit takes roughly 1 to 2 hours over a combination of uphill and flat terrain.En route, interact with the sulfur miners who tirelessly carry blocks of yellow sulphur weighing 132–176 pounds (60–80 kg) via bamboo pole baskets across their shoulders. Later, witness their mining activity by traditional methods using iron rods without safety equipment. On arrival at the summit before dawn, glimpse the natural phenomenon of Mt Ijen's blue fire (depending on weather conditions). Stop for a light breakfast on the mountaintop before you’re guided back down for a closer look and some fantastic photo ops of Ijen Crater, Java’s largest acid lake, from the viewpoint.After an approx. 1-hour descent, you’re transferred to Banyuwangi Harbor for the late morning ferry back to Bali. Arriving around noon, your journey ends with lunch at a local restaurant before drop-off at your hotel in the late afternoon.

$345 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Mount Bromo Sunrise Tour from Surabaya

Day 1 - Arrival Surabaya – Bromo (110km | 4hours) Arrive at Juanda International Airport or pick up from your booked hotel in Surabaya, where you will be met and greeted by guide for the next days. The journey starts with a scenic drive to the Tosari Village with some possible stop on the route for photos. A lunch at a local restaurant is not included in the package, yet your guide will be able to point out some good places along the way (on own expense). In the afternoon we continue our drive up to Tosari village for check in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. Lunch and dinner at own arrangement.Accommodation at your hotel in the Tosari villageDay 2 Mount Bromo Sunrise - Surabaya (110 km| 4hours) [B/- /-]4 am: Very early morning depart to Penanjakan, where you will be witnessing the most awesome sun rise (if weather permits) one can imagine.  Then the trip continues to cross the sand-sea plains around the volcano to reach the foot of the mount Bromo as the starting point to climb up the stairs to the crater. The spectacular view of the range of volcanoes (Bromo, Batok and Semeru) is unveiled along with the rise of the morning sun.There is a possibility for people with limited mobility to ride on horseback with supplement of around USD$10-15 per person (to be paid on-site, cannot be pre-booked). Prices mentioned are indication prices and may change based on the availability of the horses or can increase during high and peak season.The Bromo Tengger National Park is a popular getaway destination for local tourists, so the platform on the peak of Mt. Penanjakan can be very busy during weekends and public holidays. Afterward we drive back to the hotel for breakfast and refreshments before driving to either Surabaya Airport for your onward flight or return to your hotel in Surabaya.

$93 Outdoor Activities

Mount Bromo Sunrise Trip Depart Midnight

00.00 - 03.00 Depart from Surabaya and go to Sukapura Village. ‪03.00 Arrive at Sukapura Village and change transportation with jeep then head to Mount Penanjakan to see the Sunrise‬ ‪04.00 Arrive at the Penanjakan and have a coffee break while waiting the Sunrise ‬‪04.30 Sunrise at Mount Penanjakan‬‪ 06.00 Drive to Mount Bromo Crater‬‪ 06.00 - 08.00 Climbing the Volcano Crater‬ and enjoy the Mount Bromo Crater View 08.00 - 09.00 See the whispering sand and luhur temple 09.00 - 10.00 Drive back and have breakfast at the restaurant 10.00 - 13.00 Drive to Surabaya Inclutions :Air Conditioned Private Car Fuel Driver 4WD Jeep Bromo Entrance Fees English Speaking Guide BreakfastMasker Mineral Water Coffee Break Exclutions :Bromo horse riding Personal Expenses Requirements :Name of Participants Hotel address/Flight detail (For pick up)

$178 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Mount Bromo Sunrise - Mount Ijen Blue Fire 2D1N

Day 123.30 - 03.00 Depart from Surabaya and go to Sukapura Village 03.00 - 04.00 Change transportation to Jeep and Drive to Mount Penanjakan to see the sunrise 04.00 Arrive at the Penanjakan and have a coffe break while waiting the sunrise 04.30 Sunrise at mount Penanjakan 06.00 Drive to Mount Bromo Crater 06.00 - 08.00 Climbing the volcano crater 08.00 - 09.00 See the whispering sand and luhur temple 09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast on the local restaurant 11.00 - 17.00 Drive to the Hotel in Banyuwangi or Bondowoso ( it needs 5 - 6 Hours driving depends the traffic) 14.00 Stop for lunch 17.00 Arrive at the hotel and have some rest Day 2Wake up at 00.00 AM and heading to Mt Ijen‪ 00.00 - 02.30 Drive to Mt Ijen ‬02.30 - 03.00 Climbing Mt Ijen (It needs at least 1,5 hours - 2 hours Climbing) 03.30 - 05.00 Witnessing the Blue Flame and see the sulfur mining. (once the sun rise you can not see the blue flame so that is why we have to go at midnight). 06.00-07.00 Going down from Mt Ijen‪ 08.00 Have a breakfast (the hotel will provide you a Breakfast Box)‬‪ 09.00 - 18.00 Drive to Surabaya

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