Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Backpacking Mount Bromo & Ijen : Banyuwangi to Kawah Ijen Independently

As one of most popular tourist attractions in Banyuwangi, Kawah Ijen is a must to be visited. There are many options to do Kawah Ijen, the easiest way is going to book the tour in some operators. Going by tour probably be the best option for traveler that want to have everything well organized. 

Some travelers are prefer to do it by their own way for some reasons like tight budget or want to have time flexibility for their visit. Independent travel to Kawah Ijen could be challenging as it is not as easy as written on your Lonely Planet Book. Here we write about the options to do Kawah Ijen Independently without a tour.

1. Motorbike Rent Self Riding - IDR 75.000 / 24 Hours

Going by your own motorbike could be the cheapest way to get to Kawah Ijen, we can't say it would be easy to do that but practically it is doable. Most of our guests who went by motorbike riding found their way easily.
Attention : Along the way to Kawah Ijen is only one straight road until Paltuding Pos, practically you will not get lost. What you need to do is follow the path and signs.
Tips : The path to Kawah Ijen was good with pavement, but it will be dark along the way, steep at some points, and easily land slide happen at rainy season. For your own safety please make sure you are get used to ride motorbike on Indonesian road, you do not have vision difficulties, and make sure your motorbike at its best performance.

2. Motorbike Riding (Ojek) - IDR 200.000 (Go and Back)

For travelers who do not able to ride motorbike by yourself and still want to do Kawah Ijen with budget friendly, try to get the by Ojek. Somebody will ride the motorbike along the way then you just sit on the back of him.
Attention : Make sure you get an ojek rider that familiar about Kawah Ijen, for your safety ask him to provide you good condition helmet. Finally do not pay him in advance, only pay when you arrive back safely.
Tips : Before going back from Kawah Ijen, please take a break for a while unless to drink coffee or coke. It will help you to stay awake during your way back. It would be dangerous if you fall asleep on the motorbike.

3. Sulfur Truck Hitch Hiking - IDR ???

There is another challenging way to go Kawah Ijen, hitch hike to sulfur miner truck. This truck available mostly in the morning about 7 am, it used to transfer sulfur workers. It will depart from sulfur company called PT. Candi Ngrimbi that located at a last village at the base of Kawah Ijen called Desa Tamansari. A second truck from Tamansari available about noon around 11 am, for sulfur worker the company charge them for 10.000 IDR per person. As you are a foreigner you could negotiate with the driver how much money they want, because there is no fix price. Treat them few pack of cigarette also worth for them.
Attention : The truck has no fix departure schedule, as it really depend on site condition. The schedule we provided was as a result of short interview with the workers. Mostly there is no truck on Friday. 
 Tips : For coming back from Kawah Ijen you could take the same truck, it will depart about noon but sometimes could be late as it wait the truck full of sulfur.

 4. 4WD Rent - IDR 600.000 (Go and Back)

If you travel with group of friends, probably you also need to consider to rent 4WD Car. Mostly it will cost IDR 600.000 for the whole car, it could fit for 6 persons inside. If you are quite small size person you could make it 7 in the car. The price is include driver, fuel, and parking fee. We can help you to book a driver for Kawah Ijen.

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