Blue Flame at Ijen

Ijen Crater has been calling mountain buffs and nature lovers for years with its wonders. This is no ordinary crater as it shoots and sparks a blue fire to the air. The image of blue flames blowing out of the crater resembles a giant stove. Some see it as an imaginary land in the fairy tales that come to life.

From East Java’s capital Surabaya, hop on a train and stop at Jember Train Station. From the train station, take public transportation angkot to Arjasa Bus Terminal in Jember. Next, stop at Arjasa and take another small elf to Bondowoso Bus Terminal. From Bondowoso Bus Terminal, get on a minibus called elf bounds for Sempol Village.

Once the adventurers have landed in Sempol Village, get a motorcycle taxi ojek to Ijen. It is, of course, more convenient to reach the destination by car or motorcycle. In that case, start the trip from Banyuwangi Regency, still in East Java. From Banyuwangi to Ijen is about 35 kilometers, taking two hours of driving. Despite its simple route, Banyuwangi – Licin – Paltuding – Ijen, the road is heavily damaged. 


Coban Sewu Waterfall

The water source comes from the majestic Mount Semeru that travels down to Glidih River. The river then channels the water to Tumpak Sewu, the well-guarded treasure of Sidomulyo Village. Locals call this smaller version of Indonesia’s Niagara Coban Sewu Waterfall.

The two have sewu at the end, which means a thousand in Javanese. This refers to the numerous cascades that go into free fall at the same time. Thus, they together create a thousand waterfalls, Tumpak Sewu, which covers the steep cliff sides. The distance between the main entrance and the waterfall is roughly 100 meters.

It is located at Sidomulyo village, Pronojiwo, Lumajang district

From Probolingo:Bus from Probolinggo (Bayuangga bus station) to Lumajang (Minak Koncar bus station): IDR 10k-20k (basically any bus heading to Jember or Banyuwangi will pass by Lumajang) 50++ km trip distance reached in around 90 minutes

Bus from Minak Koncar (Lumajang) to Dampit: IDR 20k-30k (stop at Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls gate entrance in Sidomulyo village, Pronojiwo) 50++ km trip distance reached in around 2-3 hours.(

From Malang:Terminal Arjosari, Malang, hop on a bus to Lumajang via Dampit. Stop at Tumpak Sewu, not far from the border gate of Malang-Lumajang. Near the border, there is an alley with a sign says Tumpak Sewu. March into the alley and after 200 meters, adventurers will see the waterfalls’ entrance.  Economy bus 30k, AC bus (Ladju, Akas, Sandy Putra bus) 60k. (

By Private Car:To visit Tumpak Sewu from Probolinggo you will need to organise a taxi/driver to take you. Drivers in Probolinggo mainly offer tours to Mount Bromo, so you may need to ask around a to find a driver that will take you to the waterfall. The owner at Colorbox hostel agreed a price of 500,000 Rupiah for a day tour to Tumpak Sewu waterfall. We split this cost between 3 of us, which made it was a fairly cheap day out! In total, the drive from Probolinggo takes around 3-4 hours.

If you want to visit Tumpak Sewu from Malang you will also need to find a driver in the area. Be prepared to negotiate but realistically expect to pay around 500,000 Rupiah for a return trip. It takes around 2-3 hours to get there from Malang.There are 2 entrances to Tumpak Sewu – the east entrance and the west entrance. We strongly recommend visiting from the east entrance as the walk to the falls is much better!


Beautiful Scene in Bromo

Mount Bromo (2,329m) is easily recognized as the entire top has been blown off and the crater inside constantly belches white sulfurous smoke. It sits inside the massive Tengger caldera. with a diameter of approximately 10km, surrounded by the Laut Pasir (Sea of Sand) of fine volcanic sand. The overall effect is unsettlingly unearthly, especially when compared to the lush green valleys all around the caldera.

The major access point is Cemoro Lawang (also Cemara Lawang or Cemora Lawang – blame the East Javanese accent!) at the northeastern edge of the caldera, but there are also trails from Tosari (northwest) and Ngadas (southwest). The village of Ngadisari, on the road from Probolinggo about 5.5km before Cemoro Lawang, marks the entrance to the national park. Both Cemoro Lawang and Ngadisari are rather picturesque, with brightly-painted houses and flower beds outside.

. Here are some of my pictures taken there.