Kawah Ijen Tour : Preparation & Things To Know

Sulfur Mining activities at the bottom of Kawah Ijen
Kawah Ijen - become one of the most visited attraction when you travel to East Java, it is 2,386 meters above sea level and be the most acidic volcano in Indonesia. Kawah Ijen's hiking level is medium, but good physical condition is really needed because the hiking track is steep all the way. Even if it is on the medium level you need to prepare everything really well, here is some information about what to prepare before starting your Kawah Ijen Tour with Ijen Authentic...

Meeting & pick up

We will pick you up at the hotel in Banyuwangi between 00.01 - 00.30 AM, the pick-up time will depend on your hotel location. You will be informed about the exact pick-up time right after your booking is finalized. You will also informed about the assigned tour guide, and driver complete with his photo profile and name so that you can easily meet him. 

Where in the hotel in Banyuwangi exactly you will be picked up? Our team will meet you at the lobby or reception area at the given time range.

What to bring

To ensure the tour is going well and comfortably, there are some stuff you need to bring for the hike :
  • Warm clothes, jacket, and long trousers. Scarf, hat, and gloves are optional
  • The track is dominated by sandy and rocky trails, Trekking shoes with a good grip will be helpful
  • Raincoat, it is optional when the weather is cloudy but we can buy the nearby shop
  • A proper Gas Mask, will be helpful to breathe easier when the sulfur gas coming through us (provided)
  • Extra clothes to change (optional)
  • Full charge smartphone or camera, extra battery for camera is optional
  • Water bottle, we can buy on the road after pick up
  • Small backpack for your belongings
Ok...Seems like you have already prepared all the stuff needed for the hike but these are also some things you need to know to make sure your Kawah  Ijen tour is more safe and comfortable.

A narrow path to get to the bottom of the crater
1. Remove Jewelry & Eye Lens
You will visit the most acidic volcano in Indonesia, it produce sulfur material and gas. Sulfur will make anything containing any metal contain stuff easily get rusted. It is also affected by any electronic device like a camera and smartphone, so bringing a protector is better (like a waterproof bag for a smartphone). Meanwhile, the acid sulfur gas will easily cause irritation when it gets into your eyes and It will cause any jewelry to turn black color.

2. Be Respectful To The Miners
The is only one way to get to Kawah Ijen, from the starting point until going to the blue flame spot. There is no special track for tourists, visitors need to share the same path with the miner. Please give them more respect, by doing these simple ways :

  • Stop for a while and let them go first, they are carrying 80 Kg of sulfur rocks on their shoulders. The path is narrow, it won't fit for 2 persons passing.
  • Ask for their permission before stopping them to take pictures of them, remember they are not a tourist attraction. They are also human, so be more respectful to them.
  • Do not disturb their work, when you are at the crater bottom give more space for the miners to do their work instead of disturbing them only for taking blue flame photos.
3. Follow Your Tour Guide Advice
For your own safety please be careful and always follow your tour guide's advice because he knows very well the place like his own play yard. Most of the accidents at Kawah Ijen occurred due to behaving carelessly. 

Buy a sulfur souvenir, is worth it..?

Frankly speaking, NO. It is useless. The souvenirs are made of hardened molten sulfur, it is really fragile (easily broken). Sulfur is considered a dangerous chemical material, you can not take it on a flight. But if you want to contribute to the local economy, you can buy one of the souvenirs. It is better way I think compared to giving money directly to the miners. Some of tourists give them a pack of cigarettes which makes it even worse.

Coffee, snack, and meal

Don't worry about getting hungry, at the parking area there few local shops selling snacks, coffee, and local food for breakfast. Even there are some locals who offer to rent gas masks, jackets, and hiking sticks. There is also a local shop selling gloves, hats, and rain coats when needed.

Can we stop over at the spots on the way back..?

Yes, we can stop at the nearby attractions on the way back to Kawah Ijen. It will be FREE as long as it is still the same route and not taking a long time. 

Drop off place & time

We will drop you off back at the same hotel at around 9 AM, make sure you request your hotel to provide breakfast when you arrive back from Kawah Ijen. Another option is asking the hotel to provide a takeaway breakfast before you leave for Kawah Ijen tour.

Is that possible to drop off at the train station and how much..?
Yes, it is possible. We can drop you off right at the train station for FREE, in condition you directly check out and pack your bags. We will keep your bags in the car during the hike, directly drop you off at the train station. We will not get back to the hotel after the tour because the train station location is closer, it will save time. The same plan also works for you who want to be drop off at Ketapang Ferry...

Note: This free service is only valid for Private Tour, for sharing package will be dropped off at the same hotel as the pick-up.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. For booking a tour package or consultation, just reach us by email or WhatsApp in the Contact Us section.

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