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PICTURES: Ijen Blue Fire Tour 2019 in May

Ijen Crater in the morning.
Sulfur Smoke of Ijen Crater

It is recommended wearing gas mask to visit Ijen to avoid inhaling sulfur.
Stars at Ijen Crater, yes, you can also see the milkyway from Ijen Crater area.

*** Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator

Pictures: Labuan Bajo in the sunset time and evening

Labuan Bajo has been a destination for ocean and diving lovers. It is the gate to Komodo National Park which offers safari to see Komodo Dragon and well-known diving, snorkeling paradise. The hotels in Labuan Bajo has grown rapidly from dorm, homestays to a 5 star resort.

The city of Labuan Bajo is very small and easy to explore within few hours. There is a beach located a bit off the city where some resorts located., called as Waecicu Beach where you can swim without going to National Park area. About 30 minutes drive you can go to Rangko Cave.

The sunset time is very mesmerizing in Labuan Bajo. You can enjoy it from the hill side or even at the harbor area. If you stay at the main street area nearby harbor, you can walk to some coffee shops of some accommodations above. One of the is Ciao Hostel, at the third floor, the sunset view is amazingly beautiful.

Around sunset time you can stroll along the harbor and see street food stalls are prepared, with various kind of seafood from fish, crabs, lobster, shrimp and more. All are fresh.

Evening, you can enjoy dinner at some nice restaurants. One of the best restaurant which offers live music on Saturday night is Le Pirate.

Below are some pictures taken in Labuan Bajo during late afternoon and evening by Getaway Tours, Indonesia Tour Operator.

Labuan Bajo on sunset time from above
Labuan Bajo sunset seen from Ciao Hostel
Labuan Bajo sunset time at Bajo Bridge
Labuan Bajo harbor
Seafood food stall nearby Harbor

Pictures: Komodo National Park

Below are some pictures taken at Komodo National Park. Not just seeing Komodo Dragon but also enjoying the nice view of white sandy beach, the panoramic curving beaches at Padar Island and snorkeling. On some season usually you can stop by at Manta Point, it has circle current on the surface. Some season Manta can not be found though.

Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island-Labuan Bajo
Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island -Labuan Bajo
Trekking Route at Komodo Island-Komodo National Park
Komodo Dragon at Komodo Island
Pink Beach-Komodo National Park
Snorkeling at Pink Beach

Padar Island Panorama at Komodo National Park. It takes bout 45 minutes to the highest view point. As it is hot there,be ready with water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes. If you like, coconut water is also available to buy there.

Borneo Orangutan Tour Boat

Locally called as Klotok, the boat for orangutan tour to sail along river in Kalimantan jungle is equipped with toilet and the bed installed is equipped with mosquito net. Please find below pictures of wooden boat we use for orangutan tour at Tanjung Puting National Park.

Mount Inerie Climbing, Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia

Mount Inerie looks enchanting overlooking Bajawa, Flores Island, Indonesia. The foot is lush forest while the cone is very steep with some volcanic materials can be seen from the city. Whenever you explore Bajawa, Mount Inerie always waves at you.

Located only about 30 minutes from the city to the basecamp to start hiking. There are almost no flat area for camping from the basecamp, that it is recommended climb without camping. Climbers can depart at 02.00 am from hotel.

Normally it takes about 3 hours to hike to the peak. However if hiking slowly, it can take about 4-5 hours to the peak. And descend about 3 hours to 4.5 hours. The path is very steep when reaching the peak. Especially the gravels which usually will take about 1.5 hours to 2 hours hike. The gravels path is very slippery.

The peak has crater which is not active anymore. We can still see layered soil at the top. And we can also see the volcanic material of red soil and gravels and natural red brick stone which seems to be caused by the super heat. The view is definitely stunning. We can see the coast line and ocean, other peaks in the vicinity, Watunariwowo hills, Bajawa city and nearby villages.

Hiking pole will be very helpful. Do not forget to bring gloves which can help you to get a grip of the vegetation or rocks. And it is a must to wear hiking shoes for safety reason. Bring chocolate and water, there is no spring or river along the hike. it is chilly and windy at the peak, i do not think it is comfy only wearing wind breaker, warm jacket that is also wind breaker and water resistance is very helpful for wind, low temperature and showers that might come especially on wet season.

Do not hike alone. Recommended to be guided by local guide. They knows the mountain more than you. Especially Mount Inerie which is not easy to descend, guide knows the best and fastest route to descend that you can avoid slippery gravels on the extreme slope. And, do not forget your country’s flag for taking memorable picture to share or as a personal documentation.

Watunariwowo: Mesmerising Hill in Bajawa, Ngada

This hill is located in Langa village, about 20 minutes drive from Bajawa city. It takes about 30 minutes hike in total. Even though the hike is not difficult, however it is recommended to have local guide to go with. To reach the peak, we must hike through super narrow path with steep hundreds meters high ravine on both sides. Currently the locals have made safety fence out of rope for hikers to hold on.

The view is very stunning. Especially with the panorama of Mount Inerie,the highest peak in Flores Island. We can see Aimere, the harbor town enroute the hike.

For safety reason, due to the slippery path which has gravels, please be prepare with good hiking shoes, which has grid. Do not forget hat and sunscreen. Cary day pack with water bottle, as you will need it during the hike.

En route the path, visitors can visit a former settlement of Langa village tribe. There are rocks as the foundation of house and maybe because of some reasons the ancestors left the house and lived at the current village location. A thin rocks which can make sound like percussion when beaten was found here. In the past this rock can be one of ritual apparatus.

If you go with group, you can even make reservation with the locals and they can also provide water and local cake made of casava and coconut.

Pictures: Rangko Cave, Flores Island, Indonesia

This cave is very unique and worth a visit. Located just about 30 minutes drive from Labuan Bajo to Rangko Village where you can sail by wooden boat. It takes about 30 minutes by boat from the village to the beach where you will need to walk to Rangko Cave. The beach itself is very beautiful, white sand and very clear water. There is a reef where you can climb a little bit to see panorama.

From the beach, it takes only about 10 minutes walk to the cafe. Must be very careful to descend from the cafe mouth to the pool of Rangko cave as it is slippery. Best time to visit is at 14.00, that was when the sun will light the cave from the cave mouth.

The water of the safe is salty, the water must have come from ground, from the sea leak. And we can still see some stalactite and stalagmite, some are still alive.

Beach of Rangko Cave
Pictures taken from the cliff at Rangko Cave area
The salt water pool inside Rangko Cave.
Rangko Cave looks more alive in picture at 13.30-14.30, when sun shines through the cave mouth.

Accessing Bromo and Ijen and Where to Stay

Mount Bromo can be accessed from 4 regions, Probolinggo, Malang, Pasuruan and Lumajang. And most common is via Probolinggo and Malang and Pasuruan. The tourism has growth well in those regions and they already provide hotels, 4WD, and local guide. This short descriptiion will give you clear picture which access you can choose for your next visit to Bromo and Ijen.

Cemoro Lawang Vilage has been well-known as the place to stay overnight when visiting Mount Bromo. It is located about 3 hours drive from Surabaya and since the new toll road, it can be faster from Surabaya to reach Probolinggo. Cemoro Lawang is the closest village to Mount Bromo, some hotels and also homestays can be found here easily. And to reach to Mount Bromo you can just walk some 1 hour. Seruni View Point is located as wel nearby this village. There are some other villages located a little bit down, such as Sukapura, Sapikerep, Jetak, which also has some hotels available. If you stay in this area, you can just go to the caldera area for sunset time and seeing Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru. For Sunrise to Mount Penanjakan/ Kingkong Hill, it takes about 1 hour by 4WD from the area. If you stay in Surabaya and would like to do Bromo Midnight Tour, accessing via Probolinggo is the best option. And you can also visit the exotic Madakaripura Waterfall, a 200 meters high horsetail waterfall can be accessed after Bromo.

Tosari is the village where hotels grow. There is a big hotels located here: Bromo Cottage and lately there are new hotels also built in the area. The Village is located about 45 minutes to Mount Penanjakan. Even the location is far from Tengger Caldera, still, you can enjoy walking and seeing local farms and also seeing sunset with Mount Arjuno. If you want to do Bromo Midnight Tour from Surabaya, this access is also available, located slightly closer from Surabaya than Pasuruan.

Tumpang is the closest village to Mount Bromo located nearby Bromo tengger Semeru National Park. There are homestays available in this area, and located about 45 minutes drive from Malang and about 3 hours from Surabaya Airport. Malang is best option if you visit Malang and Batu and also would like to do Bromo Midnight Tour. If you access via this region, you will be passing also whispering Savannah and also Coban Pelangi Waterfall. And for your information, if you into adventure and waterfalls, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall can be accessed via Malang, that if you have limited time to visit Tumpak Sewu and Bromo, you can access via this region.

Accessing Bromo via Lumajang is not very popular, as it is located a little far from Surabaya Airport. From Surabaya to Lumajang is about 4 hours and from Lumajang to Bromo Tengger National Park is about 3 hours and must use 4WD. You will be passing Ranu Pani and forest and then pass by the sea of sand. If you want to visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, the most beautiful tiered waterfall in Java, you maybe can stay one night in Lumajang for exploring the waterfall next day and stay overnight in Probolinggo for Bromo.

This acid crater can be accessed via Banyuwangi and Bondowoso. Both regions have already accommodations available.

Bondowoso is located about 6 hours drive from Surabaya and about 8 hours drive from Bali (Kuta/Seminyak) and about 3-4 Hours from Ketapang Harbor or Banyuwangi. Bondowoso is best option to stay if you start and finish Bromo Ijen Tour in Surabaya as it is more time efficient. Bondowoso city to Paltuding, the basecamp to start hiking Ijen is about 2 hours drive, that it is recommended to depart at 00.00 from hotel for Ijen Blue Fire. There are homestays located closer to Ijen, nearby the pantation, more basic, just one hour drive. When driving back, you can stop by at hotspring, waterfall and coffee plantation. If you go with group and using BUS, not recommended via Bondowoso.

Banyuwangi is located about 7 hours drive from Surabaya and about 4 hours from Bali. Due to the rich of nature and tourism potentials in Banyuwangi, the accomodations in this regions evolves very fast these years. You can find homestays to fancy -villa style hotels here. Banyuwangi to Paltuding camp is about 1 hour drive, you can depart at 01.00 AM from hotel for Ijen Blue Fire. Banyuwangi is a good option if you want to finish your trip in Ketapang Harbor or Bali and not returning to Surabaya. Also if you start your trip in Bali and would finish in Surabaya or If you also want to visit other destinations in Banyuwangi such as: Meru Betiri National Park, Alas Purwo National Park and others. Banyuwangi has also airport with some direct flights available from Surabaya and Jakarta. Banyuwangi can also be accessed by train from Probolinggo (Bromo).