DAY 1: BALI – HOTEL IN BANYUWANGI AREA
We will start your tour from Bali to Ijen Crater and we highly recommend to start the tour at 10.00 AM when your hotel is around Ubud, Kuta, Jimbaran, Sanur or Denpasar because the journey will take ±5 hours. If your hotel around Pemuteran or Lovina, you can start the tour at 11.30 AM, because it’s only 2-3 hours’ drive. Your driver will take you to the western part of Bali, Gilimanuk Ferry Port is one of the busiest port that help the people want to travel to Java Island by land. The ferry will take about an hour. Upon your arrival in Ketapang Ferry Port (Java Island), you will be escorted to your hotel in Banyuwangi before you do blue fire tour in Ijen Crater on the midnight.
DAY 2: IJEN BLUEFIRE TOUR – SUKAMADE TURTLE BEACH
Ijen blue fire tour will start at 1.00 AM, the car will take you to Paltuding, Paltuding is a parking place where we will park our car and starting our trekking to Ijen Crater. Paltuding stands around 1850m and Ijen Crater is around 2386m. The journey to your hotel to Paltuding will take about an hour. Upon your arrival in Paltuding, you will be asked by your guide to preparing everything that you need such as torch light and so on. We will walk in 3 km and we need ± 1, 5 hours to the top of Ijen Crater. When you have reached the top of Ijen Crater, you will see the blue fire in small size from the top of the Crater, if you are still fit enough, you will be guided to go down for 30 minutes to see the blue fire closer, make sure you have put the gas mask on your neck. The path to go down into the Bluefire point is so dangerous, it’s rocky and slippery, and you must walk slowly and listen to your guide.
Upon your arrival in blue fire point, you will be amazed to it, because it’s only two in the world, in Ijen Crater, Indonesia and Dallol Volcano in Ethiopia. The blue fire is actually from the hydrogen sulfate gas that meets oxygen on the air, and it only appears in the night. At 5.00 AM, you have to go back to the top of the Ijen Crater to see the sunrise and the view of Ijen Crater from above.
The scenery will be wonderful when the sun shines perfectly to the crater because Ijen Crater has a beautiful big sulfur lake with turquoise color. Ijen Crater is one of the most active volcanoes with the acidest lake in the world, the acidity reaches 0,8 ph – 0,5 ph.
After enjoying the beautiful scenery around 6:40 AM, we have to go back to Paltuding then drive to you for having breakfast and take a shower. About 10:00 AM from your hotel in Banyuwangi area. Your driver and guide will pick you up then we will drive to Merubetiri National Park for ± 5 hours. After 3 hours driving, you will reach Sarongan village where you can have your lunch at the local restaurant. When you have taken lunch, you will continue your trip to Sukamade Turtle Beach for about 2 hours more but an hour from the lunch place we will stop at Rajegwesi beach where you can see the portrait of local fishermen here and we can visit beautiful hidden gem, we named it Teluk hijau/ Teluk Ijo, it’s small beach with white sand and green crystal water. We can go there by boat to make it faster but when the weather is not possible to take a boat we can walk for about 30 minutes. From Teluk Ijo, we have to drive about 1,5 hours more to Sukamade Turtle Beach by local jeep because the road to go there is so bumpy and bad moreover we have to pass rivers as well (jeep is very recommended in this place). Upon your arrival in Sukamade Turtle Beach area, you can put your bags at the local guest house there then you can walk around the area and see the sunset if the weather is good.
SUKOMADE TURTLE TOUR:
You will be required to take an early dinner at 6.30 PM or 7.00 PM because at 8.00 PM we have to meet with all groups who want to see the turtle on the beach. The rangers of turtle foundation and natural resources conservation will give a short briefing about the night tour to see the turtle, then they will take you to the shore of Sukamade beach to see the turtle is laying the eggs. The rangers will give you the very good guidance about what should you do and what shouldn’t do when you are there. The Sukamade turtle beach is kind of monitoring an extinct animal from their extinction, we monitor how many turtles have landed on the beach and how many eggs that we can collect from them. When they are laying the eggs, there is some predator watches the egg. That’s why we have to collect them from the wildlife then move the eggs into the artificial sand in the rangers’ office until the eggs hatched. The tour will be finished until 11.00 PM.
ACCOMMODATION IN SUKAMADE BEACH:
The accommodations here such the homestays and guesthouses are very simple, no air conditioning, no cell phone services and very limited. So, when you plan to go here, make sure you have booked the guest house or homestay in this area. For foods are very limited as well, if you want to buy some beers or snacks better you buy it in the minimart before you head to this place.
DAY 3: SUKOMADE TURTLE BEACH – BANYUWANGI TOWN (B, L)
You should wake up at 6.00 AM, then at 6.30 AM, we have to go to the beach that we went last night for releasing some little turtles because all visitor will get some baby turtles to release on the beach. It is part of traveling and education from this Turtle Foundation. After enjoying your amazing morning with a baby turtle on the beach, we will be back to your guest house for having breakfast then we leave the place and head to the town of Banyuwangi for ±5 hours. Your lunch will be served at the local restaurant on the way to Banyuwangi. Around 1:00 PM, we will take you to Keatapang Ferry Port, then we will take a ferry to Bali for about an hour, upon your arrival in Gilimanuk Ferry Port (Bali Side), you will meet your driver who will escort your hotel in Bali area (Ubud, Lovina, Sanur or Kuta).
Gilimanuk Ferry Port to Ubud, Kuta, Sanur, Jimbaran, Denpasar (±4 Hours Drive)
Lovina, Pemuteran (±2 Hours Drive)
Price is in IDR and includes:
- Pick up service from your Bali & transfer out back to your Hotel in Bali
- 1N at the Hotel in Banyuwangi area with breakfast
- 1N stay in Sukamade Turtle Beach with breakfast and dinner
- Land transportation with driver and fuel during the trip
- Mineral water and English speaking guide
- Gas mask and raincoat
- Jeep for Sukamade Turtle Beach
- Cost for parking during the trip
- Cost for ferry from Bali to Java and Java to Bali
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets to Ijen Crater (IDR 100.000 on Monday – Friday and IDR 150.000 Saturday – Sunday )
- Entrance tickets to Sukamade Turtle Beach (IDR 150.000 on Monday – Friday and IDR 250.000 Saturday – Sunday )
- Tipping & other personal costs
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