Sunrise at Mount Bromo
In the middle of the night, hundreds of jeeps drive up towards King Kong Hill, where you have the best sunrise view on Mount Bromo. The drive up starts at 3 AM and takes 1 hour.
Another option, instead of a jeep, is to jump on the back of a motorbike.
At the drop-off at King Kong Hill, you will have to walk for about 5 minutes to reach the small stalls with coffee, tea, fried bananas, and a cozy fire. Book your tour here.
Temperature at Bromo
It is freezing cold in the morning at Bromo. The temperature will be between 0-10 degrees with a cold, strong wind. The small fires at the food stalls are, therefore, super comfortable.
What to wear during a Bromo tour?
Be prepared to wear long trousers, socks, closed shoes, a shirt, and a jacket or multiple sweaters. The good thing is that you can rent a jacket at your hotel or at the top of King Kong Hill for ~ 30,000 IDR.
Best viewpoints Bromo
The best viewpoints are on Gunung Penanjakan. The two popular viewpoints on the mountain are called King Kong Hill and Seruni. From both viewpoints, it will be busy, but you will always have a higher and less crowded point.
Walk to one of the viewpoints and experience a magical sunrise over Bromo, Mount Batok, and Mount Semeru. It will rise around 5:30 AM. Right after sunrise, you can get rid of the jacket or sweater as the temperature rises quickly.
Secret Sunset viewpoint
When you are spending the night at Cemoro Lawang, try to visit this location and see the sun disappear behind Bromo.
Visiting the Bromo Crater
Head back to your jeep and get prepared for the drive down towards the Bromo crater. Due to the many jeeps, traffic jams are unfortunately very common so the drive down can take a little longer. Leave the sunrise point as early as possible if you want to skip this traffic jam.
The jeep drives you to the Luhur Poten Hindu Temple at the foot of Mount Bromo. From here, you have to walk about 10 minutes on a dusty road to reach the stairs. Please don’t take a horse for this small walk. These animals are not treated well (learn more about wildlife tourism here).
On top of Bromo
Another 10-minute walk up the stairs, and you are on top, where you can admire the crater. Every few minutes, white smoke spews out from the volcanic crater. Walk along the edge of the crater to a more quiet point. There is a concrete barrier to hold on to; don’t worry!
How to get to Bromo?
Plan to spend one day at Bromo. The entrance fee is 215.000 IDR during the weekday and 315.000 IDR on the weekend. 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.
Visiting Bromo can be done from these three locations:
- Cemoro Lawang (Bromo town)
It is useful to figure out which of the three towns you prefer to stay near Bromo and what your destination will be afterward. If you are planning to visit the Ijen Crater then staying at Probolingo or Cemoro Lawang is the best option. The last thing to decide is whether you are going on a tour to Bromo or not.
Follow your way through the Savannah and Sea of Sand until you reach Cemoro Lawang, the village at Bromo. Don’t forget to shoot some cool photos with your jeep! The next morning, you will follow the sunrise Bromo tour as described before.
Price of a Bromo tour
Prices for a tour to Bromo range anywhere from 500,000 to 2,500,000 IDR (30 to 170 USD) depending on the number of days, private or not, and the comfort you are looking for. The usual Bromo tour includes:
- Coban Pelangi (waterfall)
- Sea of Sands experience
- Overnight at Cemoro Lawang
- Sunrise Top of King Kong Hill
- Visit the top of the Bromo Crater
- Breakfast at the hotel
We had a 2-day Bromo and Ijen Crater tour ourselves, and it was 100% worth the money.
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.
Visit Bromo without a tour
Traveling on a tight budget? The Bromo National Park can be visited without an organized or private tour. Your best option is to take a local bus from Probolingo to Cemoro Lawang, which takes around 90 minutes. Keep in mind that there is another 10,000 IDR entrance fee at Cemoro Lawang.
Where to Stay
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.
Tip: In the morning, jump on the back of a motorbike that takes you up to the viewpoint.