Bromo and Ijen Tour: The Perfect 3-Day Route Bromo and Ijen Tour: The Perfect 3-Day Route

Bromo and Ijen Tour: The Perfect 3-Day Route

Visiting the Bromo and Ijen crater is one of the popular reasons to visit Java in Indonesia. It is best to do this Bromo and Ijen tour via Malang. You can expect three days full of adventures and natural wonders. Driving across the wide-stretched sea of sand at Bromo, visiting the Coban Pelangi and Madakaripura waterfall, driving through Ngadas Village, the highest vegetable mountain area on Java.

Day 1 – Waterfall, Hill Farms & Savannah

The drive from Malang to Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) is a beautiful two-hour drive with a 4×4 jeep. You will need a four-wheel-drive car since you will be climbing a lot towards Ngadas village. Just before entering the Ngadas region, you can visit the Coban Pelangi waterfall.

bromo ijen tour Coban Pelangi waterfall

You can either see it from a viewpoint (5 min walk, 10000 IDR) or experience its power at the foot of the waterfall (Free). It is a 15-minute walk down over a well-paved path and definitely not too hard.

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Bromo and Ijen Tour: The Perfect 3-Day Route

This 3-day Bromo and Ijen tour route starts in Malang but can be done the other way around, starting at Ijen from Bali.

bromo ijen viewpoint

Ngadas Village is a vegetable area (farms) located on steep hills. Not many foreign tourists pass this route as it is not a well-known way to follow the Bromo and Ijen tour.

After Ngadas, you will start descending into the Savannah, the flat area around Bromo. Drive around through the ‘Sea of Sand’, take some awesome photos with your jeep, and arrive at Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) before sunset and visit the secret sunset viewpoint, which you can find in the article linked below.

bromo tour sunrise

Day 2 – Sunrise at Bromo

Make sure to head to bed early on day one and set the alarm at 2:45 AM. At 3 AM, your jeep will take you up to one of the viewpoints that look onto the Bromo volcano. Followed by visiting the actual crater and have a look inside an active volcano.

On that same day, make your way towards Ijen with a stop at the second-highest waterfall in Indonesia. The Madakaripura waterfall. As water cascades from all sides, you and your camera will get wet. Don’t worry; rain jackets are sold at the entrance. From Bromo to Ijen is a 4-hour drive.

bromo ijen tour sunrise viewpoint

Day 3 – Sunrise on Ijen

For your trip to the Ijen Crater Lake, you have to start hiking at 2 AM to experience the ‘Blue Fire’ or at 4 AM to experience sunrise on the lake. It is a 1.5-hour walk, so make sure to leave on time to not miss one or both of the above-named moments at Ijen.

bromo ijen crater

Book a Bromo and Ijen Tour

A Bromo and Ijen tour can be done in many ways. If you are not on a super strict budget, we recommend you to book a tour since it saves so much time and hassle.

Contact our great driver Azhar on Whatsapp (+6281336042045). Make sure to tell him you came via ‘Salt in our Hair’ so you’ll get the best price.

Where to stay near Bromo

Plan to spend the night at a guesthouse or hotel. The village is entirely focused on accommodating visitors, so you should always be able to find a place. Please note that you may not have hot water at a homestay.

Hotels near Ijen

You have a few options to get to Ijen. The easiest way is to find a guesthouse or homestay near Ijen. The best location would be in Banyuwangi.

Another option is to stay in a larger city called Bondowoso. The only downside is that you have to drive for another two hours to get to the starting point of Ijen.

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  • Demi

    I love your blogs, everywhere I travel I read your blog to see some amazing places!

    My Parent, my boyfriend and me did the tour and it was amazing!

    We had a lot of contact with mr. Azhar for the reservation and the itinerary. All of our wishes were there.

    We had Mr. Astu as our driver. Really kind and fun to have as a driver, we really recommend him! All the local guides spoke really good English and helped us to take good pictures! Overall an amazing experience!

    • Salt in our Hair

      So happy to read this Demi! Thank you! 🤩 Your comment will help convince others and provide more work for the guides on Java.

    • Frida

      Hi Demi! Can I ask you what you paid for everything nowadays?

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