Historically, the name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. Bromo is the most well known volcanic mount and the most visited tourist attraction in East Java that officially belong to Probolinggo Regency. It is a part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park which can be reached by 4 hours driving from Surabaya or 2.5 hours driving from Malang. At 2,392 meters tall, although it is not the highest Indonesia’s mountains, it offers magnificent landscape packaged with a straight view of Mount Penanjakan and smoking Mount Semeru in the distance. Witnessing the fascinating sunrise makes people wake up earlier at 3 AM in the morning because visitors shall take a walk, ride a horse or rent a jeep to take across the sand sea to the bottom of the steep stairs that leads to the crater. Due to volcanic activity recently, the Indonesian Centre for Vulcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation issues warnings against visiting Mount Bromo.
The highest mountain in Java with the peak named Mahameru hides several magnificent paradises covered by its thick wood. The main destination of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park provides you some adventurously beautiful destinations; Ranu Kumbolo, Kalimati, and a miraculous scenery from 3676 meters peak, Mahameru, with its legendary crater, Jonggring Saloko. This place will be a-must-visit place for those who love adventure, especially tracking.
Ijen Crater or “Kawah Ijen” in Indonesian has a stunning blue fire if curious buffs and hikers can reach the crater at midnight around 1 AM. The blue fire is actually a flowing sulfuric liquid streaming down to the crater, and when the wind blows, the liquid forms sulfuric chunks. The sulfur lake of Ijen Crater lies at 2,368 m above sea level in the center of Ijen-Merapi Malang Reserve within Licin Subdistrict (Banyuwangi Regency) and Lobang Subdistrict (Bondowoso Regency). The Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes among Mt. Bromo, Mt. Semeru and Mt. Merapi. Visitors needs 2 hours on foot walking on sandy footstep from the closest post from Ijen Crater, Paltuding post. One-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake clicks your tongue in amazement when the sun shines in the clear bright morning with the pleasing green forest spread over the mountainside. As the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation, you will find so many powerful men who can carry sulfur-laden baskets up to 80-100 kg on foot going down about three kilometers to the nearby Pultuding Valley to get paid.
Sukamade Turtle Beach
Sukamade beach is about 100 km or 5 hours driving from Banyuwangi midtown to southwest or 80 km from the airport of Banyuwangi (Blimbingsari Airport). This natural, quiet and beautiful beach is a place where green sea turtles and gibbons enjoy their bestial peak season. Staying one night in Sukamade beach allows visitor to witness turtles laying their eggs as almost every night all the year around, mother green sea turtle come and go. The beach is in Sarongan Village, Pesanggaran Subdistrict, Banyuwangi Regency, and it belongs to a part of Meru Betiri National Park and one of the Triangle Diamond in addition to Plengkung Beach and Ijen Crater. Extreme jungle track may be the one and only way for visitors to reach the beach and they shall enjoy 30 km driving on muddy and rocky roads, winding and steeping hill that makes it unforgettable trip by 4×4 jeep because the vehicle is best for such track. Before arriving at Sukamade, it passes through Rajekwesi Beach where fishermen from Sarongan Village work during fishing season and exotic turquoise-colored Green Bay.