Bromo – Jember – Banyuwangi – Gilimanuk – Ijen D3 # East Java – Indonesia

Today, my aunty will take me to accross the sea using ferry boat from Ketapang Banyuwangi, to Gilimanuk Bali, then go back again.

We eat breakfast at Pecel Bu Darum. It;s so famous and delicious.

my aunty buy Ramen Soup

Then we go to Banyuwangi. It took 2 hours to go there from Jember.

Arrive at Banyuwangi, first we go to Watu Dodol Beach. It’s a stone that stood in the middle of the street.

Then we spend time at one of the restaurant. Because we plan to eat lunch at Gilimanuk and the time is still early, so we spend time at a cafe.

view from Cafe
Tahu Pong
Capucino Ice
View from Cafe

The cafe, restaurant and also hotel

Then we go to Ketapang Port to board ferry. It cost IDR 150.000 for car for one way.

ready to entering ferry
Passenger Lounge, 2nd level ferry boat
Ready for arrival
queueing to go out

Arrive at Gilimanuk Port, Bali, we have to prepare our identity for check. And just remember, the time is 1 hour faster than Banyuwangi.

We go eat Ayam Betutu Men Tempeh Gilimanuk, which the original one and very famous.

It’s so so so spicy. I didn’t eat it, only take a little from my aunty because I’m sure I can’t handle the spicy. But actually, it’s delicious. Spicy, and Hot, and it makes my tongue burn and got a pain in the headache right after I try it.

Then, we go back to Gilimanuk Port Bali, to go back to Banyuwangi. Time flies, it’s already 3 o’clock in the evening.

The ferry is bigger then when we depart, it has 3 level.

Then we go back to Jember. On the way, we stop by Cafe Gumitir. It is a rest area.

This Giant Chair is inside Cafe Gumitir

Then we go back home and rest.

Bromo – Jember – Banyuwangi – Gilimanuk – Ijen D5 # East Java – Indonesia

We woke up early, then depart from Jember at 02:30 in the morning. It took almost 3 hours to go to Ijen Crater. Ijen crater located in the middle of Jember and Banyuwangi, but Banyuwangi is nearer than Jember. So it’s better if you stay at Banyuwangi.

Credit: Wikipedia

The Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, Indonesia. It is inside a larger caldera Ijen, which is about 20 kilometers wide. The Gunung Merapi stratovolcano is the highest point of that complex. The name “Gunung Merapi” means “mountain of fire” in the Indonesian language (api being “fire”); Mount Merapi in central Java and Marapi in Sumatra have the same etymology.

West of Gunung Merapi is the Ijen volcano, which has a one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acidic crater lake. The lake is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. The work is paid well considering the cost of living in the area, but is very onerous. Workers earn around Rp 50,000 – 75,000 ($5.50-$8.30) per day and once out of the crater, still need to carry their loads of sulfur chunks about three kilometers to the nearby Paltuding Valley to get paid.

Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or along its rim. The largest concentration of post-caldera cones run east-west across the southern side of the caldera. The active crater at Kawah Ijen has a diameter of 722 metres (2,369 ft) and a surface area of 0.41 square kilometres (0.16 sq mi). It is 200 metres (660 ft) deep and has a volume of 36 cubic hectometres (29,000 acre·ft).

The lake is recognised as the largest highly acidic crater lake in the world. It is also a source for the river Banyupahit, resulting in highly acidic and metal-enriched river water which has a significant detrimental effect on the downstream river ecosystem. In 2008, explorer George Kourounis took a small rubber boat out onto the acid lake to measure its acidity. The pH of the water in the crater was measured to be 0.5 due to sulfuric acid.

The path to the peak
view while hiking
view while hiking 

After a while, we arrive at Pondok Bunder Kawah Idjen. This is the first post, so you can rest in here.

After rest for a while, then we continue to hike.

The path is getting slipier
view while Hiking
We are getting near the peak
Almost arrive at the peak

After a while, finally we arrive at the peak. From far away, you can see a beautiful scene.

Ijen Crater
Ijen Crater
Sulfur Worker, they climb and go down twice a day
when it’s dark, on the spot that release the smoke, there’s blue fire
We can’t go down there because it’s dangerous
Enjoy the scene…

After a while, the sun is getting hot. And it’s almost 10 a.m. So we decided to go down.

When we go down, it’s more slippery than when we go up. So, you have to becareful. And it’s more tiring because we need to break our foot, and it hurts the knee. But it’s faster than when you go up. We only took 1 hour to go down.

The Ijen Crater Basecamp
Sulfur Stone

Today’s journey only go to Ijen Crater, because it took a lot of time and energy. So, we go back to Jember to rest.

Bromo – Jember – Banyuwangi – Gilimanuk – Ijen D4 # East Java – Indonesia

Today, we will visit the beach in Jember in the evening.

I eat breakfast at home. The elder bought us fried chicken.

After breakfast, I just look around my aunty and uncle’s store, and also my cousin’s pastry shop. My cousin give me a tester for eclair and fruit pie. It’s delicious and very recommended. Don’t forget if you go to Jember, try Mary’s Pattiserie Pastry at Jl. Trunojoyo no 55 Jember.

At 11 o’clock, we go to eat lunch Soto Ayam Dahlok, it’s famous in Jember and open since 1958.

Then we visit my uncle’s family. After that, we go to the beach.

First we go to Watu Ulo Beach. Why named Watu Ulo? Because there’s stone that similar to Ulo. Ulo, is javanese name of Snake.

Then we go to Papuma Beach, which located right next to Watu Ulo Beach. You only need to pay 1 times for both tourism spot.

It’s almost sunset when we get there.

Then we go back to the town, and eat pork noodle. It’s delicious.

Then we go home to rest, because the next day, I need to woke up at 2.30 o’clock to go to Ijen Crater.
Good Night…