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PICTURES: Off Beaten Path of Mount Ijen area, Banyuwangi, Indonesia

Ijen Crater may have been the well-known destination and must-visit place in Java or Indonesia. But there are so much to see, taste and do and feel in the surrounding of Ijen Crater. The road less traveled awaits you here.

This is the view of Mount Ijen with the rice terrace located in the village. The village is so quiet, locals are friendly, and the rice fields are everywhere. Coconut trees grow lushly. Certain village locals make coconut sugar made of coconut flower extract. We cal also join them to see the making process.
We cal also meet locals processing coffee. This is the wine coffee process. The cherries put inside a plastic bag for natural fermentation and it will create wine taste on coffee.
Visiting the manual coffee roasting process. They will show you the difference between coffee bean of arabica, robusta and liberica. You can also try to roast yourself. The manual coffee roasting uses fire and earthen pan.

This is the fresh coffee after roasted. It is best to be grin and served after about 2 days.
And what about trying Ijen coffee, roasted by locals and served by locals? It is a perfect experience.
And this is the locals menus of Banyuwangi you can find in the village. If you are okay eating at small food stall where locals go. It is fresh steamed vegetable, chilly sauce, chicken, tempeh, mushroom crispy and chicken soup. These are perfect for lunchtime.
Osing tribe, the indigenous people of Banyuwangi, has special snack. It is steamed coconut stem. It is yummy to have when its hot while enjoying coffee.

PICTURES: Tukad Cepung Waterfall and Goa Raja Waterfall, Bangli, Bali

Tukad Cepung Waterfall can be reached by about 40 minutes walk from the parking area. It is located in a river stream in a semi cave canyon. No wonder on rainy season the waterfall can be dangerous and may not be visited. However the waterfall is beautiful and especially in dry season and good weather, visitors can stand under the waterfall to try this massage by the water.
Goa Raja Waterfall is more quiet as it was not so popular yet (2019). The waterfall is located in a semi cave nature that it is called as Goa raja or big cave. The waterfall is higher than Tukad Cepung Waterfall. A pool will be constructed with natural setting at the waterfall where visitors can swim. There are smaller waterfall located here where visitors can unwind under.


East Penida has also beautiful beaches to enjoy. If you are beach person, maybe stay one night at the island to explore the Eastern and Western Part of the island on different days.

This is the view point of Molenteng, also where the tree house popular among instagrammer to take picture with the treehouse.
The tree House of Molenteng overlooking Diamond Beach where visitors can take picture with the gorges view.
Diamond Beach can be reached by walking about 30 minutes through steps. During day time can be very hot. Please be prepared with sunnies,hat and sunscreen.
Diamond Beach is playful beach. The white sand will welcome you and as well the waves to play with.
Located next to Diamond Beach is Butuh Beach which is a bay beach that its water is very calm and safe to swim and soak our body. Just like the Diamond Beach, it can also be reached by walking about 20 minutes descend.

Woolly fimbri weaving tour

In the past women weaved fimbristyles into mat, they buy the dry fimbristyle locally known as mendong. And this recent years, not many people do this intricate work anymore. Only elder women who still make the this weaving.

This tour will take you to join the female weavers to market to purchase the material and then learn about making the mattress. You will learn to color until weaving the mattress.

This tour will take place in Wonosobo, Central Java Indonesia. Beside also in Yogyakarta. This tour is suitable for you after visiting Dieng Plateau.

After Dieng Sunrise and Dieng Plateau Tour and then drive to market to buy the dry fimbristyle at local traditional market. Take horse-cart from Market to the village.
Afterwards drive to Maduliya Village or other village for weaving program.
You will learn to color and then weave into mat of small size.
And then drop you to Yogyakarta/Borobudur Area/ Wonosobo Area.

-Private Vehicle
-Horse-cart ride
-Tour Guide
-Lunch at local house

Bali Odyssey

Known as the “Island of Gods”, Bali has diverse landscape within few kms from tropical forest with its wildlife, calm exotic volcanic lake and cliffs with rumbling waves below. And even just about less than an hour drive, there are so much adventures to experience.

Roaming in Bali will not only give something to see, but also a lesson of spirituality, joy, positive energy, and letting go. It is more than just an exotic tropical paradise, it is a feeling. It is might be the best place to go to celebrate, to forget and move on and also a place to make things happen.

Tirta Gangga Water Garden

This enchanting water garden nestles at the eastern part of Bali. Often overlooked by visitors, the Eastern of Bali is rich of diving spots and more quiet. There are natural swimming pools to jump in which flows from Rajasa spring. It is a place to cool down and rejuvenate after hiking to Pura Luhur Lempuyang. The core of the water garden is the eleven levels of fountain, pond with stepping stones to see the fish and where travelers love taking photograph at. Other places worth a visit nearby Tirta Gangga are Taman Ujung Sukasada, a watercastle with colonial style building and then Tenganan Village, a Bali Aga tribe village to see the hundred years of indigenous Balinese culture still preserved.


A green tranquil village located in Bulelerang regency is an ideal ashram to unwind. In the morning while enjoying the breakfast can enjoy the green cloves plantation and rice terrace afar and afterwards can continue to odyssey by exploring some rumbling waterfalls located in Munduk. Waterfalls can be reached by trekking from minutes to one hours, at least spare half day will be perfect to see some waterfalls. Humble food-stalls can be a resting place for a cold drink or snack. The idyllic village is also spices haven.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

The vast rice terrace in Jatiluwih will last for eternity. It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage for its subak irigation system. It is relaxing to stroll along the pathway through rice field. Do not miss to stop by at Uludanu Temple which is exotically built at Lake Bratan, where in the afternoon sometimes we can see locals dancing kecak. There are off-the-radar places enroute such as Angseri thermal spring.

Pictures; Sikarim Waterfall , Central Java, Indonesia

Sikarim Waterfall is located about 45 minutes from the city of Wonosobo and as you can see in the picture the waterfall is tiered type waterfall that we can not hear the roar. It is still very impressive to unwind at the waterfall, especially the rock cliff. The rick cliff can be an abseiling site.
You can visit this waterfall after visiting Dieng Plateau. Best time to visit is during the wet season when the water flows in bigger amount. However in dry season like July and August, the water is more clean.

Pictures :Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Tours, Pronojiwo, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia

Pronojiwo is a land of waterfalls, a piece of paradise. There are some waterfalls can be seen here, from horsetails, fan and tiered. Spare at least 2 days too visit all waterfalls. And as it is a little dangerous, recommended to be accompanied by local guide while exploring the waterfalls.

This is Tumpak Sewu Waterfall or Coban Sewu Waterfall seen from the lookout. The lookout is not so far from the parking area. It is best trekked from Lumajang area, not from Malang area, If accessed from Malang, the path is more extreme, while from Luamajang is less extreme and also beautiful.

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is more mystical and magical when it is a little misty. Just wait few minutes and it will be clear.

After trekking through sloppy path, bamboo stair, creek, and vegetation, there it goes, the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. The roar of the falls, the mist in the air and dramatic foliage of colocasia jeweled with misty spray is such an unforgettable experience.
We stop by at this beautiful waterfall located on the way to Tumpa Sewu Waterfall, the locals call it Air Terjun Bidadari or Angel’s Waterffall. There is a cave behind the waterfall when sometimes people meditate.
No matter how older we get, it is always exciting to see the waterfall, whether it is full size or the mini one like in the picture.
The nirwana cliff is located after few minutes walking from Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. It is a fan type waterfall which flows to mini blue lake as below picture.
Mini blue lake located nearby Nirwana Cliff where travelers can enjoy soaking to rejuvenate.
A tiered waterfall that travelers must trek to reach Tetes Cave. There is another tiered waterfalls which is more sloppy to reach Tetes Cave.
Tetes Cave mouth is covered by small waterfall where you will definitely be showered if you want to enter the cave. The cave itself is not so large, however it is beautiful as we can see the stalactite and stalagmite and some pillars.
Kapas Biru Waterfall is a beautiful horse tail waterfall which can be reached by 45 minutes walk in slow pace. Travelers will need to go down stairs as well. the bamboo tree nearby the waterfall makes the surrounding dramatic.
Walk about 30 minutes from Kapas Biru Waterfal, located Coban Sriti or known as the twin waterfall. It is a segmented plunge waterfall. It is 120 meters high and the cliff surrounding it is very impressive.

Kabut Pelangi Waterfall is a 100 meters high plunge waterfall, this waterfall can also be reached by trekking about 40 minutes.


East Java is one of the best destinations in Indonesia. It is rich of natural beauty, and it is not an exaggerating that some travelers say that East Java is a piece of paradise, East Java stretches from Pacitan eastward to Banyuwangi.

Not only natural resources the island is has also cultural attractions such as temples, and also traditions. East Java is not only inhabits by Javansese but also other indigenous tribe such as Madurese, Osing and Tenggerese.

Below are activities can be done in East Java:
-River Boating
-Gemstone enthusiast
-Exploring Old Temples since Singhasari to Majapahit Kingdom Period
-Village trip
-Family Tour to Malang Batu for some theme parks and educational activity
-Volcano Hiking
-White Water Rafting
-Waterfall Treking
-Turtle Tour
And there are more, And it can take more than 15 Days too explore all of them.

You can start from Surabaya but East Java is best to be explored start from Yogyakarta, to Pacitan and all the way to Banyuwangi.

Are you interested to explore East Java deeply, feel free to contact us. You can also combine this with Yogyakarta/Central Java Tour , Bali, Borneo or Komodo Flores.

TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALLS: Magical Falls and the new East-Java Indonesia’s Must Visit Place

Located a little remote in East Java, this waterfall is a hidden gem of Indonesia until recently become popular and has attracted domestic and foreign visitors. The pictures of this waterfall has been viral and drawn attention of netizen.

Tumpak Sewu is located in Pronojiwo Lumajang and can be accessed from Malang and Lumajang. Both are good option to visit. Still limited accommodations if you want to stay in Pronojiwo. From Malang it takes about 2.5 hours to the location, from Lumajang city about 1.5 Hours from from Surabaya about 5-6 hours. Hmmm maybe because of the distance location, the waterfall was not well known until lately.

There are few waterfalls nearby Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, but Tumpak Sewu is the star. The multiple 120 meters high horsetail waterfall is enchanting, and even the trekking to get there is another mind-blowingly beautiful.

Can be reached by about 30-40 minutes in slow pace through slopy route. Some path are made on bamboo, iron ladders and even streams. So get ready with water friendly footwear. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall not very thunderous but it roars, the mist from the waterfall can block the camera shoot. Prepare with dry bag. There are some spots where you can take picture with this magnificent waterfalls, local guide knows. 

This waterfall is about 20 meters high and located a little hidden. The waterfall is not so massive and it has cave to meditate. This cute waterfall is worth to be visited when you visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, maybe to take one or two pictures. 

This canyon has fan waterfall, also very beautiful and mesmerizing to see.The water flows wider than the source because of the surface of the cliff underlying it, creating fan-like shape. 

This blue lake is located nearby Nirwana Canyon, its water source from the canyon. It is actually not blue, only when the sky above is clear, it has subtle blue color. The size is not so big, only about 5 meters square and its depth is about 1.5 meters. Yet, it is fun to soak and jump here on the hot day enjoying the green surrounding.

This cave name derives from the nature of the cave which has the water drops from the cave ceiling. The cave is exotically located a little hidden. We will need to do a short hike along tiered beautiful waterfall, a small natural pond and another more steep heavy tiered waterfall. Yes, definitely you cannot avoid your footwear to get wet going to this cave. The mouth cave is covered by waterfall and entering the waterfall you will be literally like having shower. This is the fun part, actually. The cave interior has pillar, stalactite and stalagmite, and small shallow pond. You can explore further inside. 

Kapas Biru can be reached by about 30 minutes trekking, through sloppy path and also super vertical ladder. The waterfall is  a horsetail waterfall, about 100 meters high with green vegetation surround it. And exotically, there are bamboo trees growing nearby the waterfall. 

It takes walking through heavy stream river to reach the waterfall, and indeed accompanied by experienced local is important.  It is best to visit during dry season (July-Sept), in wet season crossing and river trekking can be deadly. The waterfall is 120 meters high and it is a segmented waterfall creating two waterfall, and that is why it is called Twin Waterfall. The cliff is very exotic as well as the green vegetation overgrown the waterfall surrounding.


Must Visit Places in Pacitan

Pacitan is the region of East Java province, however is more more close accessed from Yogyakarta. Recently Pacitan is popular among the world surfers, for its swell. There are some beautiful beaches as well in Pacitan. Here are some of the must visit places in Pacitan.

This beach is the one that i was talking about, it is the beach popula among surfers. There are some decent accommodations in this beach. Staying in the area is recommended as it is close by to other destinations in Pacitan.

This is where the waterfall meets the beach and ocean. It is very stunning to take photograph and the beach can be visited in the low tide for swimming.

Klayar is popular for seeing sunset and it has natural fountain whenever the wave hits the reef.

This river is a salt water river with coconut trees at the river banks. And then the boat will also take you to feel the wave of the Hindian Ocean for few minutes.

This river is soooo beautiful. It is fresh water river with bell fruits and coconut on its edges. And the river is very green and clear, especially in dry season. September is when the bell fruit in season. Boating along the river is very relaxing and rejuvenating. And you can also swim away at the blue lake in the river.

This cave has some big chambers with stalactite and stalagmite formation. It is very easy to visit for everyone, suitable for family as well.

7) Luweng Jaran Cave
Luweng Jaran is a vertical cave which and there are also horizontal cave inside. The entrance is very narrow but inside there are some chambers and the length of the horizontal cave is about 17 KM according to the mapping expedition in 1987 by an expedition team from Australia.

8) Kasap Beach
This beach is located nearby Watukarung Beach and there are some beaches in the vicinity. You can walk to view point to see the atolls and other beaches.

9) Telengria  Beach
This beach is located nearby the city. The sand is brown. The beach is long. There are some hotels at this beach location.

9) Tuna-Tofu Home Industry
The home industry located not far from Telengria beach. You can see the process of preparing the tuna, filling the tuna to tofu and how it is cooked using wood. You can try at Tahu Tuna Pak Ran Store located at the mainroad.

10) Gemstone
Pacitan is the home of gemstones. You can browse some jewelry made of the gemstones.

For tours to Pacitan, explore the beaches, river boating  or surfing please feel free to Getaway Tours; Indonesia Tour Operator.