Whether you are a volcano enthusiast or looking for unique, safe and different experiences, a tour of the most famous volcanoes on the island of Java in Indonesia is certainly something to do sometime in your life.
The geography of Indonesia is dominated by volcanoes that were formed by the subduction zones between the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate and are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Climbing to the crest of these craters is a most unique experience. There’s no one like it. Each one is different and you should know it. And most of them are still active.
|DEPARTURE TIME||2 hours before flight|
If you’re lucky and it’s clear when you visit them, the first few minutes of that day will remain etched in your memory forever. The silhouettes of the different conical craters in the Tengger cauldron will appear in front of you. It is easy to identify the wide crater of the Bromo, which we will later climb, among the other cones and, behind, the imposing Semeru volcano of 3,676m.
By the way, your guide will provide you with a cup of coffee or tea to withstand the cold, while waiting for the sun to rise. The Bromo volcano last erupted relatively recently, in 2011. But don’t think too much about it, or you’ll never make up your mind. Once we see the sunrise, we will begin the descent, with our 4×4, from the viewpoint to the valley where the volcano rests. A pony or a horse will be waiting for us at the foot of the volcano, and will help us to advance faster and more comfortably on the way to the base of the volcano. We will dismantle in front of the 246 steps that will have to be climbed up to the crater of the volcano. The views are amazing. When we feel like it, we’ll start our way back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we will start our route to Mount Ijen. We’ll sleep nearby.
Day 5. Last Day
From there we can go home or give each other a present. A well-deserved rest on the island. Shall we go on?
For the more adventurous and who do not wish to rest yet in Bali, we can always change islands, specifically the island of Flores, and climb to the volcano of Mount Kelimutu, at 1,639m, where there are 3 lakes that change color between blue and green tones to black or reddish tones, due to chemical reactions that occur inside each lake. As in the others, the ideal thing is to arrive at dawn. You should leave, from the city Moni and with a transport get to the entrance of the Park to begin the ascent. There is a viewpoint, like in Bromo, that when the sun appears on the horizon and the lakes begin to color, has no equal.
Indonesia is a country of 17,500 islands. We will be on one of its largest islands and where is located its capital Jakarta: the island of Java. The third largest volcanic island in the world, after Sumatra and Honshu in Japan. Among the total number of volcanoes on the island, 45 are active, which represents a very real risk for the inhabitants of many regions of the island. For adventurers, everything is safe. Good planning and taking zero risk is the only policy we use.
From the Bromo volcano crest: