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Tour module round trip 4 days Bali-Kawah IJen-Sukamade

Your private car will pick you up at your hotel in Bali and you take the ferry to Java.
You’ll visit the beautiful Kawah IJen volcano at night and will be able to see the Blue Flames. Or you choose to do a trekking to the crater in the morning to see the crater and the sulphur lake by daylight.
Furthermore, a day with excursions on the plantations of east Java and an overnight stay at the turtle centre in the Meru Betiri nature reserve.

Target prices

Target price € 750 per person including 2 dives per day
Included:
•Accommodation based on bed and breakfast
•Lunch and dinner in Sukamade
•Private car or mini-bus with driver, his meals and overnight stays
•Local guide Kawah IJen and Sukamade
•Jeep to Kawah IJen and Sukamade

Not included:
•Other meals
•Tips and personal expenses
•Travel and cancellation insurances
•Booking costs and contribution Calamities fund € 30 per booking

Bali to the Kawah Ijen

The car will pick you up after breakfast and drive to the small port town Gilimanuk, in the west of Bali. We cross over to Java with the ferry in about half an hour. From the port it’s another half an hour drive to your hotel. At a surcharge you can also choose to stay in the beautiful Ijen Resort on the flank of the volcano. If so, you will drive one hour more to get there.

Trekking to the Kawah IJen crater

You’ve got two options to visit the Kawah IJen: 1. We get up in the middle of the night and make a long walk of about two hours to the top of the Kawah Ijen volcano. Then we go down into the crater, where, even during the night men are working hard to collect the yellow lumps of sulphur in the crater. The sulphur fumes are dominantly present, so wearing a mask or a scarf around your face is not an unnecessary luxury. Once we are in the crater, when it’s still dark and we’re lucky, we’ll see the Blue Flames, a mysterious blue glow which looks like the blue flames of a gas stove.. 2. Early in the morning, before sunrise, we make the tough walk to the edge of the crater. From the edge you have a wonderful view over the crater lake and you see (and smell) the sulphur. You can descend to the place of the sulpur mining and be face to face with the sulphur porters, who carry upto 75 kg sulphur up the steep rocky path from the crater floor to the edge where the sulphur is being weighed. After breakfast we leave the hotel and drive via Banyuwanggi to our next destination, the rural village Kalibaru. A more than two hour drive. NB: On Fridays the sulphur porters have their day off.

Sukamade tour Meru Betiri park

After breakfast you drive with a jeep to the National park Meru Betiri. Along the way you can witness life on the rubber, cacao and palm plantations and see how the irrigation constructions built in the last century are still in use. You have lunch in a small fishing village on the bay of Rajekwesi. In the afternoon you arrive in Sukamade, where you stay in the very basic pondok Wisata Baru (no warm water, no shower but a mandi container, with sometimes electricity and sometimes not. Bring some toilet paper from your hotel) You visit de turtle nursery here and most of the time you can put young turtles back into the sea. Around 6 PM you have a simple dinner in the Pondok. Then a half- hour drive with the jeep to the beach. The last kilometre you have to walk through the forest The local guide goes looking for nests on the beach. As soon as he finds one, he’ll come and get you. The turtles laying their eggs here vary from 150 – 350 kg and lay in about two hours 100 – 150 eggs, which hatch after 8 weeks. To be a length ahead of poachers and to increase the survival rate of young turtles the eggs are dug out little time before they hatch and taken to a shed at the Pondok. When the baby turtles hatch they stay some more days to get stronger before putting them back into the sea. The following morning before leaving you’ll visit the plantation village and the rubber factory, NB: Very basic overnight stay!

From Sukamade back to Bali

Today we drive back to Ketapang, a small port place on the coast, from where we cross over to Bali, the island of the thousand gods. With the ferry we cross in about half an hour to Gilimanuk, situated on the coast of northwest Bali. Your driver drives you to your hotel: North Bali: Mimpi or Pemuteran (both at ca an hour and a half drive from the ferry) or Lovina (ca 2 hours). South Bali and Ubud: ca 4-5 hours.

Ijen Cliff resort

Ijen Cliff hotel is located 496 m high in a beautiful location on the edge of the Ijen National Parc. From your terrace or balcony you can enjoy the panoramic view over beautiful rice terraces and forests to the volcanoes! From the garden you can even see a dash of ocean. A wonderful place to unwind. In the vicinity are some small villages, the first real village is six kilometers away. The hotel is built with sustainable materials from the area and the staff is also hired locally to enhance the local homely character. All rooms have a beautiful view and feature a bathroom with hot shower, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar and balcony or terrace. Number of rooms: 6 cottages Facilities: Reception, restaurant, laundry service, lockers, massages and tours meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Ketapang Indah - Banyuwangi

Ketapang Indah is located directly by the sea, just outside the town of Banyuwangi where the Ferry crosses from Java to Bali. There is no beach. You can also not enter the sea from the hotel because there is a fence. The swimming pool and bungalows are situated in a beautiful garden with many palm trees. The rooms have sea or garden views and are decorated in Balinese style for which local materials have been used. A lot of wood and bamboo, very nice. All rooms have AC, telephone, TV and bathroom. Deluxe rooms and cottages also have a minibar / fridge, coffee and tea making facilities and a balcony or terrace with seating. Wifi only in the common areas. Number of rooms: 55 Facilities: The hotel has a fine restaurant (Asian and European cuisine), swimming pool with bar, towel service, playground, kids club, table tennis, jogging track, room service and laundry service. From the hotel you can easily visit the national parks Meru Betiri (turtles), Alas Purwo and Baluran, as well as the Ijen crater. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Iljen Resort - Banyuwangi

Ijen Resort is the only luxury hotel in this region. It is situated at an altitude of 650m in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Ijen National Parc. From your terrace or balcony you enjoy the panoramic view over beautiful rice terraces and forests to the volcanoes! From the garden you can even see the ocean. A wonderful place to unwind. In the vicinity are some small villages, the first real village is six km away. All rooms have a beautiful view and feature a bathroom with shower, fan (no AC needed at this height), television, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar and balcony or terrace. Wifi only in common areas. Number of rooms: 41 Facilities: Swimming pool (natural spring water), restaurant (Asian and Western cuisine), bar, laundry service, lockers, massages and tours & transfers. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Rumah Kita Guesthouse - Kalibaru

This cosy Guesthouse is located 3 km from Kalibaru and is run by a Dutchman. It consists of a 1-bedroom villa with 2 single beds and 2 guest houses, each with 2 rooms with double beds. A bed can be added in all rooms. The villa also has a large living room, kitchen and a large covered terrace for general use. From the rooms you have a view of the garden and the Gunung Raung volcano. All rooms have a large private bathroom with wash basin, toilet, large walk-in shower with natural hot water and coffee and tea making facilities. Number of rooms: 5 Facilities: private garden, swimming pool, central fridge in the villa for all guests, cook and service, laundry service, Internet and a Tour Desk / Transport service. Also possibilities for massage. From here you can make beautiful excursions and walks in the area to nature parks etc. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Kalibaru Cottages - Kalibaru

Kalibaru Cottages is surrounded by plantations at some distance from the centre of Kalibaru. The simple cottages are built around the beautiful pool and the reception / lobby lounge is a pleasant place to sit down and have something to drink. All rooms have their own shower / toilet (open air), minibar, telephone and TV. In front of your room you have your own veranda with pool or garden view. To reach the restaurant you have to climb steep stairs. Number of rooms: 60 Facilities: Nice pool, children playground, small shop, restaurant and lobby bar. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Wisma Sukamade baru

This simple guesthouse is a three-quarter drive from the beach and turtle center, in the plantation village in the Meru Betiri nature reserve. There are 12 very simple rooms with three beds, bathroom with running cold water (some rooms have a shower, some a mandibak) and a simple western toilet. In the dining room, delicious dishes are served. There is no power between 23:00 and 05:00. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Ijen

Kawah IJen

The Kawah IJen is the crater and crater lake of the IJen Mountains. The volcano is best known for its sulfur carriers, which extract sulfur almost every day in the crater and bring it about 5 kilometers away to the distribution point.

The Kawah Ijen can be climbed from the parking lot in about 2 hours, via a paved path. From the crater rim you can descend to the place where the sulfur is extracted. This is a much more difficult course of about half an hour down and half an hour up again.

At night you can experience a beautiful natural phenomenon: the Blue Flames.

The crater is closed to the public every first Friday of the month. In any case, the sulfur carriers are free every Friday.

Blue Flames

Kalibaru

Kalibaru

Kalibaru is most of the time your last stop on Java before you take the ferry to Bali. It’s a little village in the mountains close to the Raung Volcano near the Kawa Ijen plateau. The village is surrounded by plantations and it’s very pleasant to stay there.
You can make a trip with a Dokar (a small horse drawn carriage) or visit one of the plantations.

Sukamade

Sukamade

Sukamade is a fisher and plantation village at the south coast of East Java. It’s in the middle of the Meru Betiri natural park and only accessible by jeep.
The biggest attraction of Sukamade is the turtle centre. Almost every day giant turtles come ashore in the evening to lay their eggs on the beach. Accompanied by local rangers you can see this happen. During the day you can see the baby turtles in the nursery and release the turtles that are strong enough on the beach.

There are two reasonable accommodations at Sukamade, of which we use Wisma Sukamade Baru the most. It is about a three-quarter drive from the turtle center and is cleaner and better cared for than the Sukamade Mess. This is located in the grounds of the turtle center and is just a 10 minute walk from the beach. Both accommodations have cold running water and a simple western toilet.
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