The Biggest Crater Lake in Java

Ijen Crater Banyuwangi East Of Java

In the Javanese meaning, the name ‘Ijen’ has the meaning ‘own’ or means ‘alone’. The meaning of the Javanese language describes the Ijen Mountain which is indeed single, standing tall on its own.

Mount Ijen is an active volcano located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency, East Java, between the city center of Banyuwangi and Mount Ijen is within 100 kilometers.

In general, you usually find an active volcano that has orange and reddish incandescent lava in its crater, but such a phenomenon you will not be able to see when you are on Mount Ijen, because, Ijen crater is the only crater active volcanoes in Indonesia which can spit blue incandescent lava.

There are two routes to arrive at Ijen Crater, the first route you can start from Banyuwangi City to Licin Village then Jambu Village and reach Paltulding Village, the estimated distance is 100 kilometers but you have to go through broken and bumpy roads, if you like adventure off road certainly will add its own sensation.

The second route is you can start from Bondowoso Village – then go to Wonosari – and pass through Sempol Village – then arrive in Patulding Village, the estimated distance is 130 kilometers but with better road conditions, if you use the second route which starts from Bondowoso Village, then you will cross the coffee plantation. And the view is very beautiful, The view of the row of rows The green color of the Arabica coffee tree species is very beautiful and enjoyable to enjoy.

Here you can witness the most unique and well known natural phenomenon of Mount Ijen, namely the blue fire inside the crater located on the top of Mount Ijen, and from the top of Mount Ijen, you can see other mountains adjacent to Mount Ijen, among others: Mount Raung, Mount Rante, and Mount Suket, and of course Mount Merapi, which is located in the Central Java region of Yogyakarta.

Ijen crater is one of the volcanic tourism objects that is very unique and the only Blue Fire in Indonesia, the uniqueness of the blue fire of the crater of Ijen has been famous to foreign countries because of its natural beauty that is very charming.

The crater has an area of 5,466 hectares and a forest area of 92 hectares, and has a temperature between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and the crater area is located at 2,386 meters above sea level (masl).

You can also see the diversity of flora and fauna in Mount Ijen, Various species of plants such as : forest orchids, edelweiss flowers, and mountain fir, and the diversity of fauna that is still roaming like black-tailed monkey monkeys, black forest cats, leopards trees and various wild poultry or known by the name of black Javanese chicken which is very rare.

Trekking path to Mount Ijen

The best time to enjoy the view in the Ijen crater is when at 2 am, the blue fire rays that there are only two in the world (Ijen & Iceland) you can see immediately when things get dark, because it’s the best time to enjoy the eternal blue fire it is between 2 am and 4 am, therefore climbing for Ijen Mountain opens at 2am, after you enjoy the beauty of the eternal blue flame you can continue your other adventures for sunrise hunting.

In the morning when the sun rises, the yellow rays of the sun will illuminate the water in the crater of Ijen and illuminate the surrounding mountains, I’m sure this will be an unforgettable experience for you, and you can get to know actually more about the land of Java, the soul of Java, the nature of Java.

Acid Volcano Lake

Lake Ijen which is colored in exotic turquoise is very well known, but let me remind you, this lake you should only look at, visitors are not allowed to swim in this lake because the acidity is very high, very dangerous for your safety, so please don’t try swimming in this lake!

Some things that make why foreign tourists are so keen to be willing to climb to the top of Mount Ijen in Banyuwangi East Java.

Acid Volcano Lake

Not surprisingly, the blazing blue color in the Ijen crater can make it so popular that it is worldwide. But what you really need to know is that this happened not because of something mystical, but it happened scientifically, the natural phenomenon was due to the high sulfur content in the crater, and the reaction of sulfur when it burns at high temperatures will emit a blue flame.

And please note that the Mount Ijen caldera in East Java is the largest caldera throughout Java, for those of you who don’t know what the caldera is, let me explain for you.

Caldera is a volcanic crater that contains very hot water and is mixed with thick sulfur content in an active volcanic mountain, and on this Mount Ijen the condition is turquoise green color, and its depth reaches 200 meters, while for the broad caldera size in this Ijen reaches 20 kilometers, can you imagine how vast the caldera is in this Ijen!

Ijen Mountain

In Mount Ijen, East Java, it has a very high sulfur content, which is why this natural resource potential can be utilized by local residents as a mine.

If foreign tourists climb with our crew from Java Private Tour we always give our foreign guests the opportunity to witness their mining activities directly and interact directly with a group of miners, because this is one of the vision and mission statements of Java Private Tour related to ecotourism, that is Java Private Tour forming a theme of tourist travel to areas that are still very natural, which aims to conserve environmental conditions and also preserve the lives and well being of local residents.

The theme of each adventure of Java Private Tour can be defined as giving priority to efforts for the preservation of the environment and the social life of the local community.

The number is more than 300 traditional miners in the sulfur mine who carry the burden of sulfur weighing 100 kilograms every day, do not hesitate to greet with these local sulfur miners, because they are very friendly with the visitors.

And what is very interesting is that the local miners do not use modern equipment, but these local miners still maintain the method of mining with simple and traditional methods to carry out the activity of sulfur content in this mountain.

Acid Volcano Lake

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