In East Java, Indonesia lies Kawah Ijen volcano, 2,600 meters tall (8,660ft), topped with a large caldera and a 200-meter-deep lake of sulfuric acid. The quietly active volcano emits gases through fumaroles inside the crater, and local miners have tapped those gases to earn a living. Stone and ceramic pipes cap the fumaroles, and inside, the sulfur condenses into a molten red liquid, dripping back down and solidifying into pure sulfur. Miners hack chunks off with steel bars, braving extremely dangerous gases and liquids with minimal protection, then load up as much as they can carry for the several kilometers to the weighing station. Loads can weigh from 45 to 90kg (100 – 200 lbs), and a single miner might make as many as two or three trips in a day. At the end of a long day, miners take home approximately Rp50,000 ($5.00 u.s.). The sulfur is then used for vulcanizing rubber, bleaching sugar and other industrial processes nearby.
Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mt Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting.
Sukamade coast is the habitat where turtles lay. Called as paradise for turtles species, on the full moon times, turtle mothers grouping reach the land for breeding, they lay their eggs in the beach. In these places, tourists can witness directly the activities up to the turtle beach, or just laying memeti. Here, there are also semi-natural hatchery to hatch turtle eggs have been collected by officers. Visitors can participate actively in the business with a turtle conservation activities following the release of tukik to sea after hatching in the semi-natural.
Sukamade Turtle Beach is about 97 km to south-west of Banyuwangi district – East Java Province, part of the 55,845 hectare of Betiri Meru National Park. It is healthy as well as quiet, pleasing place, the sea water is still dean and the natural forest consists of varieties of plantation. Dutch detected it in 1927. Other objects of tourism in the beach sukamade mangrove forest is located in the estuary east coast Sukamade. Atherton river can be used in the afternoon while conducting the observation of birds (Bird Waching) as Roko-Roko, sea eagles, Dara Sea and many more birds, birds that can be observed, this is usually done while waiting for Sunset.
A night adventure tour to Sukamade Turtle Beach is an unforgettable trip. You will be guided by a natural resource ranger to find sea turtles come a shore to lay eggs. You can see a female turtle lays more than a hundred eggs on the sandy beach. The female sea turtle usually starts to land at 07.30 p.m. and return to the sea at 12.00 p.m. November to March is usually the peak season of laying Sukamade Turtle Beach eggs.
The facilities at this location, among others: Pondok Tours, Camping Ground, with space for meetings of, shelters, road trail tourism, information centers, laboratories and working house. About your hotel accommodation, you just have 1 option to stay overnight at local guesthouse provided by Meru Betiri National Park. Here, there’s no restaurant or cafe, it’s long distance from nearest village or small city, so we have to cook by ourself, everything bring from outside for our living there. And road infrastructure from Pesanggaran to Sarongan has been hardened by asphalt, but some part of road is destructed. We reach Sukamade by Jeep 4 wheel drive or off road jeep type that has strong durability.
Upon arrival in Juanda Surabaya Airport, we will pick you up then directly transfer to Ijen crater volcano, we drive you to Ijen via Probolinggo, Situbondo, Bondowoso , arrived at Sempol village at 17.00(depending on the estimate flight arrival), over night at guest house. Free at your own leisure.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Arabika or Catimoer Guest House
Wake up call, breakfast, drive to Ijen crater passing lush vegetation, clove, coffee plantation, wildlife and giant ferns and big trees cover this 2468 ha nature reserve. Arrived at Park ranger post, begin 90 minutes hiking up Ijen crater. Stunning unveils at 2383 meter altitude. Lake eerie color and smoke wafting from bright yellow sulfur deposits create landscape desolate. barren and vibrantly alive. SUlfur miners emerge carrying up to 80kg of ores in bamboo basket on shoulders, climbing up along treacherous path. Photo hunting section and enjoy Ijen crater view then descend down ijen crater, arrived at paltulding post and drive to Banyuwangi, Lunch enroute at local restaurant. Afterwards, driving across extensive plantations East java and mountain range of Meru betiri nature reserve to Sukamade turtle protections. a wide 3Km sand strip on Indian ocean, 5 species of turtle comes ashore to lay the eggs(If you are lucky, you will see the turtles lay eggs at the beach). Stay at simple guest house nearby. At night spotting, explore turtles along the beach. places surrounding turtles reserve is very basic but an experience that is both unique and bound to become exceedingly rare.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Simple Guest House in Sukemade
Wake up call at 4.30, check out hotel at 5, breakfast take away…drive you to Paltuding post to the slope of Mount ijen, Passing through the Village it takes 20 minutes. Arrived at Post Paltuding, car parking. getting permit at the park ranger’s Post before continuing Hiking to the top of its slope. About 1,5 hours is needed to ascend the Rim of the Crater along a shady track with a Wonderful View. Enjoy the Morning air with its beautiful Panoramic. The Sulfuric lake reflectseery color over the surrounding walls to give an apocalypse like impression. The view is stunning; the local people seeking sulfur descend in to the crater and climb back along the dangerous rim with loads of up to 70 KG on their shoulder. After felt enough, we then leave the crater, drive you to Bromo volcano, arrived around 16.00 and check-in and rest. Free program to explore bromo.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bromo Permai Hotel/Cemara Indah Hotel /Similar (no need aircon as the weather is cold)
Wake early 3am for trek mount Penanjakan and sunrise viewing. enjoy surrounding view at mount bromo. Then trekking around bromo and we will be back to hotel around 11am, lunch, then drive 2,5 hours to eastern side of probolinggo city for rafting adventure. Afternoon back to hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bromo Permai Hotel/Cemara Indah Hotel /Similar (no need air con as the weather is cold)
Breakfast at hotel, Enjoy morning with fresh air and cool temperature until we escort you to Surabaya airport by private car. Bromo to Surabaya takes 3,5 hours in normal traffic.
– Transfer in/out from/to Juanda Surabaya airport
– Private car with air con + driver and fuel + High way fee + parking.
– Jeep 4×4
– 1 Night Stay at guest house Ijen
– 1N stay at Sukamade Turtle Beach (Guest House)
– 2 Nights at Bromo
– Meals as indicated per itinerray above
– Mineral water and local snacks
– All entrance tickets, English speaking guide
– Tax & Service
– Airport tax, Travel Insurance
– Bar, Laundry, Phone call, Internet, Tipping and other personal expenses