Ijen Crater Banyuwangi East Java

by - May 31, 2019

Blue Fire phenomenon in Ijen Crater

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

Ijen Crater is the widest volcanic lake in the world and a superior tourist attraction from Banyuwangi. To reach the ijen crater, you have to walk thousands of kilometers and occasionally meet with local people who carry sulfur from the stem of ijen. Do not be surprised, because there are so many foreign tourists willing to climb to the crater of Ijen, in addition to enjoying the view of the volcanic lake, they also want to see the splash of blue fire that comes out of the crater and the beauty of the sunrise on the mountain peak. The beauty of the worldwide Ijen Banyuwangi Crater is increasingly crowded with visitors from various regions, especially young people who love nature and mountains.


this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

Geographically, the Ijen Crater area is included in three regency areas in East Java, namely Situbondo, Bondowoso, and Banyuwangi. However, the main door to enter the location of Ijen Crater is in Paltuding, Banyuwangi. For tourists who do not want to spend the night on the mountain but want to see the blue fire phenomenon, the Kalipuro area is another option for overnight.

Tourism Area of Ijen Crater Banyuwangi

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

Ijen Crater itself is a turquoise volcanic lake on Mount Ijen. In the morning, it displays a beautiful view of the golden sunlight that radiates to the crater. In addition, there is also a view of the stretch of Manisrejo trees whose leaves are reddish in color around the slopes, rocks of sulfur-colored crater walls, and stunning mountain scenery.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

Blue Fire is a natural phenomenon that is the most powerful attraction in Ijen Crater. Unlike fires in general, the large sparks in this Ijen Crater are blue. The popularity of the Blue Fire phenomenon has been worldwide to Europe, also seen from many visitors from the region. This amazing view of Blue Fire can be seen in the early hours around 3:00 to 4:00 a.m.

Travel to Ijen Crater

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

From Kalipuro to Paltuding, it takes around an hour to travel, or a distance of about 35 km. With an estimated time of trekking from Paltuding to Ijen Crater, it takes around 2 hours, so to be able to witness the blue fire phenomenon, tourists must start the journey from Kalipuro around 01.30 in the morning.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

After passing through a winding forest road on the slopes of Mount Ijen, visitors will arrive at Paltuding. From Paltuding, with the famous air of cold stabbing, the climbers who want to begin their journey are seen getting ready and thickening their clothes. While some people approach prospective climbers, offer delivery services. For those who do not know the ins and outs of Ijen Crater, it is advisable to hire a guide service.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

From Paltuding to the location of Ijen Crater it is about 3 km. For beginner climbers, this distance can take around 2.5 hours of travel. The first two kilometers, the track to the location of the crater is dominated by dusty dirt roads. Whereas in the last one kilometer, the track is dominated by steep and narrow rocky roads. Enough lighting is needed if climbing at night.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

In the last three kilometers the smell of sulfur was getting stronger, it indicated the location of the Ijen Crater was near. From the top of the cliffs of Mount Ijen, blue fire charms have been seen. Blue fire is a sulfur evaporation process that looks bright blue at night. This beautiful scenery invites many tourists to come and admire this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

After the day begins to light, the faint blue fire fades, but that does not mean the charm of Ijen disappears. In other parts, Ijen craters will look charming in turquoise green. Ijen Crater is acidic and has a lake depth of up to 200 meters. Ijen Crater has an area of ​​5,466 hectares which is a natural crater due to the eruption of Mount Ijen, and is believed to be one of the active volcanoes.

this phenomenon that only exists in Indonesia

According to records reported by the manager of the Ijen Crater Nature Park, Mount Ijen has a history of erupting four times, namely in 1796, 1817, 1913, and finally in 1936. This mountain has also long been a source of income for local residents, because it can produce sulfur up to millions of cubic meters annually.

Ticket: 100,000 IDR (weekday) / 150,000 IDR (weekend)
How to get there: The location of Ijen Crater is in Banyuwangi and Bondowoso. You can take the location of Ijen Crater by using several alternative transportation tools. For example, rent a Jeep / Trooper, Angkot, or take an ojek to go to Paltuding (entrance to Ijen Crater).
Operational Hours: 24 Hours

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