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Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen)
Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen)

Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen)

East Java

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.

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Kawah Ijen Midnight Tour (1 Day)
Kawah Ijen Midnight Tour (1 Day)
star-4.5
$61.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Deden and John provided a great tour with lots of information about the region and the mining operation. Deden was very mindful about us reaching the crater safely and helped us during some of the trickier parts. It was very much worth it and we would love to take another tour with them some day.
Ellen_L, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in East Java

star-5
Unforgettable
Tommy_L, Feb 2020
Mount Ijen Blue Flame Tour from Bali
It was a tough experience and a long trip but unbelievable and unforgettable! It’s a must do! Our tour guide has been great with us, we just regret the headlamps weren’t included and we had to rent some.
star-5
Great experience
cha3nya, Jan 2020
Ijen Blue Fire Private Trekking by En-Dag Bali
I highly recommend this tour. My operator guide, local guide and driver were very professional and friendly, so there was nothing to disappoint me. The tour price was included most expenses, so I was able to enjoy my trip without worrying about it.
star-5
Ijen Tour
Nicole_N, Dec 2019
Mount Ijen Blue Flame Tour from Bali
Amazing experience with awesome tour guide - Andre! He was very considerate and attentive to our group's level (or lack?) of experience and needs. Highlight of our Bali trip! Highly recommend.
star-5
I was worth it
Roam26014303645, Aug 2019
Kawah Ijen Midnight Tour (1 Day)
Deden was good guide. Showed ous the best places. He was very helpful during climbing down through the dark narrow stony path.
star-4
Ijen Tour
Richard_T, Aug 2019
Kawah Ijen Midnight Tour (1 Day)
Positive experience, great guide. It was a long walk up and down but definitely worth it. Just make sure you do not go too slow on the way up as you need to get to see the blue flames as it gets too busy and lots of people missed out.
star-5
Great views and service
WingManCarol_L, Jun 2019
Mount Bromo Sunrise - Mount Ijen Blue Fire 2D1N
The tour is excellent, the views are stunning, the guide is very helpful, and the drivers are really talented. Highly recommended.
star-5
Amazing three day trip.
Kai_T, Nov 2019
Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen tour (3D2N) 2 person minimum apply
Two friends from Australia who did this trip in November 2019. Very well organised overall. Group was very responsive via Whatsapp prior to the trip starting and answered all our questions and accommodated our requests. Our driver (Kiki) was amazing and drove us to every location efficiently and safely, and was very punctual. Only feedback would be nice to have a dedicated guide who explained the various mountains, craters, blue fire to us in more details. Would definitely recommend this trip to others.
star-5
Unbelievably amazing!!!
Lola_P, Aug 2019
Active Volcanoes Bromo and Ijen - Start Surabaya 3 Days and 2 Nights
We can’t be more thankful to Nico our guide for those past days. Honestly he was the best we could imagine !! The best advices, the best places and views to admire the volcanos. Even the music in the car was exactly what we needed. This is a must do experience! Nico you are the best, thank you so so so much. So many memories and good laughs! I traveled with my best friend Laura and we are very grateful to Viator for this experience. Don t wait and book it ! And especially ask for Nico <3 (good English speaker also, which is not a detail in Indonesia) MERCI MERCI a thousand times

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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