SURABAYA IJEN BLUE FIRE & SUKAMADE TOUR (4D3N)
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Departure Time09.00 AM
SURABAYA – HOTEL IN BANYUWANGI
Ijen Crater Tour will start at your Hotel in Surabaya area at 9:00 AM, our driver will pick you up at the hotel then you will be escorted to the airport in Surabaya. Here, you will take a flight to Banyuwangi for about an hour. The flight from Surabaya starts from 11.15 AM and you will arrive in Banyuwangi Airport at 12.15 PM, upon your arrival in Banyuwangi airport, we will escort you to the hotel in ijen crater area for an enjoyable stay before you do a tour in Ijen crater on the next morning.
IJEN BLUE FIRE TOUR – TELUK IJO – SUKAMADE TURTLE BEACH (B, L, D)
Ijen blue fire tour will start at 1:00 from your hotel in Banyuwangi, you are requested to wear trekking shoes for your safety hike. The journey will take about an hour from your hotel to Paltuding (1850 m). Paltuding is parking point or starting point before you hike Ijen Crater (2386m). The trekking will take about ±2 hours until the blue fire point, it depends on your pace and condition. At least you should be at the peak of Ijen Crater at 4.15 AM if you don’t want to miss the blue fire. The blue fire always appears every night and it will be gone when the sun rises at 5.20 AM. After enjoying the blue fire, you should go back to the top of Ijen Crater, from the top you will see the view of the turquoise lake. It will be nice when the sun shines onto the lake. Ijen crater has the biggest sulfuric lake in Indonesia, and it’s one of the biggest sulfuric lakes in the world with the acidity below 0. The acidity of the lake is around 0,5 ph. Besides the amazing view of Ijen Crater, you will see some sulfur miners/workers who work hard to carry more than 80kg of sulfur blocks on their shoulder, and they only earn USD 8 per day. It really depends on how many kgs of sulfur they can carry. Sulfur mining in Ijen Crater is very old. They start to do mining from 1950. It’s kind of unstoppable sulfur mining. Make sure you share something to them after taking a photo such as candy or food that you have in your bag.
After enjoying the enchanting scenery at Crater of Ijen Crater then we will go down to the parking area where our car is waiting for escorting you to our next destination that is Sukamade Turtle Beach and we have to drive 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 fisherman here and we can visit beautiful hidden gem, we named it 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, you will cross the rain forest and rivers using our special jeep. Upon your arrival in Sukamade Turtle Beach area, you will stay in the guest house there before you do Sukamade Turtle Tour in the evening.
SUKOMADE TURTLE TOUR:
You have required 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.
SUKAMADE TURTLE BEACH – BANYUWANGI (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, you can see the surroundings of Merubetiri National Park, this is an area of virtually void of people and we will enable you to have looked many attractions of biodiversity along with the peculiarities of plants, animals and exotic landscapes without disturbing the ecosystem. Afterward, we will leave this area to continue our trip to your Banyuwangi area. It takes ± 5 hours. Your lunch will be served at the local restaurant on the way to Banyuwangi.
HOTEL IN BANYUWANGI – HOTEL IN BALI
After having breakfast around 10:00 AM, we will escort you to your hotel in Bali area. TOUR’S SERVICES FINISHED.
NOTE: GILIMANUK FERRY PORT TO UBUD, KUTA, SANUR, JIMBARAN, DENPASAR AREA (±5 HOURS' DRIVE), LOVINA (±2 HOURS' DRIVE), PEMUTERAN ( 30 MINUTES DRIVE)
Suggestion: If you want to go back to Surabaya city, there 2 ways:
- Take a flight, the schedules are below:
Banyuwangi to Surabaya
|7:30 am||→||8:20 am||Garuda Indonesia 7303||S||M||T||W||T||F||S||BWX-SUB|
|1:15 pm||→||2:05 pm||Wings Airlines 1881||S||M||T||W||T||F||S||BWX-SUB|
|1:15 pm||→||2:10 pm||Garuda Indonesia 7305||S||M||T||W||T||F||S||BWX-SUB|
- By car, here you will drive about ±9 hours from Banyuwangi to Surabaya area
- Pick up service from Surabaya & transfer out to Bali
- 1 Night stay in Banyuwangi area with a breakfast
- 1 Night stay in Sukamade Turtle Beach with a dinner & breakfast
- Land transportation with driver and fuel during the trip
- Mineral water and English speaking guide
- The jeep for Sukamade turtle beach
- Cost for ride a boat from Rajegwesi to Greenbay
- Cost for tollway and parking during the trip
- Meals as stated on the programs (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
- Cost for ferry from Java to Bali
- Cost for gas mask in Ijen Crater
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets in Ijen Crater ( IDR 100.000 on Monday – Friday and IDR 150.000 Saturday – Sunday )
- Entrance tickets in Sukomade Turtle Beach (IDR 250.000 /person)
- Donation for Banyuwangi Turtle Foundation (it’s around IDR 50.000 for your group)
- Bar, laundry, phone calls, and the internet
- Cost for lunch & Dinner during the trip
- Meals that not stated on the programs (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)
- Tipping & other personal costs