I visited Mount Bromo for a day trip from Surabaya as the starting of my adventures in East Java with Andre. This volcano is frequently regarded as 1 of the most attractive (and active!) volcanos in Indonesia.
Indonesia sits at the best of the Pacific Ring of Fire and is property to some 129 volcanos, situated all through an impressive 18,000 islands that make up this nation. As Mount Bromo is the most common volcano to pay a visit to and reasonably accessible for travellers to Java, it is critical to program your trip in advance to make the most of your pay a visit to. The volcano is active and final erupted on 15 July 2019, so be confident to verify it is secure in advance of going to!
A Day Trip to Mount Bromo
We landed in Indonesia (from Australia) at five:00pm, on the common route to Bali’s Denpasar Airport. From there we transferred to the domestic airport (subsequent door to the International Airport but technically separate). It was a brief 1 hour flight from Bali to Surubaya, 1 of the finest destinations to base your self to pay a visit to Mount Bromo.
We landed in Surubaya at eight:00pm in the evening and promptly collected our bags prior to the 40-minute drive to the city centre. By the time we checked in we had just two hours to sleep and be prepared for our tour departure time of 12:00am. If you are a frequent jet setter this will be a breeze, but if you choose a slower pace of travel (or your sleep!) you could want to take into account a complete evening of rest, taking the day to discover Surubaya and booking your Mount Bromo tour the day soon after.
The journey to Mount Bromo requires about 4 hours. The initially 3 hours are spent in a auto, followed by the fourth hour in an old college 1950’s land rover to the best of the viewing point for sunrise. There is no improved time to pay a visit to the volcano than sunrise, so regardless of the early get started this is completely worth although!
Sunrise More than Mount Bromo
We reached the viewpoint at least 45 minutes prior to sunrise, permitting time to cease for coffee and cup noodles prior to heading to the viewpoint for the principal occasion. The sunrise viewing platform is at Mount Penanjakan and is extremely accessible for any level of fitness. There is of course the choice to hike up a sandy hill to obtain your personal private viewing point, which created the entire knowledge additional surreal away from the crowds. We visited on a Saturday which meant way additional men and women (locals and foreigners), so if you can stay clear of the weekend please do!
The Crater Rim
Following seeing the sun rise cast attractive orange and purple hues more than the volcano, we returned to the land rover and started the descent towards the crater rim. The journey can take anyplace among 30-60 minutes, based on how a lot of travellers are going to on the day. There is only 1 road up and down the mountain to attain the viewpoint, so considerably of the journey down towards the crater rim will be spent in a line of vehicles (so I’d suggest utilizing the bathroom prior to you leave the best!)
When you attain the crater it is a additional 30-40 minutes to stroll to the best of the crater rim. The stroll entails crossing a dusty plain that is frequently plagued with sand storms, so be confident to put on your sneakers, sunglasses and a scarf to stay clear of dust in your eyes. There are then 200 or so stairs to climb to attain the best, exactly where you can see inside the crater and take pictures with a railing to cease men and women from falling in.
What to Pack for a Day Trip to Mount Bromo
Sunglasses – to safeguard your eyes for the duration of sandstorms.
Scarf – to safeguard your face for the duration of sandstorms (trust me, this will come in handy!)
Warm Garments – we missed the memo on this and spent the initially half of the morning shivering. The climate is considerably cooler right here, specially in the early morning.
Walking footwear – there is not a lot of hiking involved to attain Mount Bromo and the crater rim, nevertheless the base of the crater is extremely dusty so closed footwear are a have to. I wore my new Merrell Bare Access Runners which are ideal for days that involve a selection of activities.
Staying in Surabaya
You can make a day trip to Mount Bromo from two cities: Malang and Surabaya. Each of these are big cities with a lot of flights arriving every day from Indonesia and additional abroad. We decided to remain in Surabaya as it is just a 1 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali.
The city itself has small to see but a lot of history. I would suggest dropping into the Majapahit Hotel for a appear at the history of Dutch colonisation and how this has impacted Indonesia as it is nowadays. As far as hotels go this is the most fancy (and as a result highly-priced) hotel, with a lot of three* and four* options if you are organizing to crash for just 1 evening en route to Mount Bromo.
Subsequent cease: Wakatobi, East Java! See right here for additional of my guides to travel in Indonesia.