Ijen Crater – One of the active mountains in the province of East Java is Mount Ijen. Inside this mountain, there is a green crater known as the Ijen Crater. The mountain area is part of Alas Purwo National Park, precisely between Bondowoso and Banyuwangi regencies. There are various types of diverse fauna and flora in this area. The area around the crater also has interesting natural phenomena to see because it is very unique.
Uniqueness of Ijen Crater
One of the unique things about the Ijen Crater is that it has an acid crater with a depth of 200 meters and an area of around 5,446 hectares. It is called the Tamarind Crater, because the water content has a pH of 0.1, so this crater is known as the Tamarind Crater in the world.
The acid crater looks turquoise green with fairly calm water and is located in the middle of the largest caldera on Java Island. The water in the crater has a temperature reaching 200 degrees Celsius. This makes the crater’s water appear to emit a golden green sheen when exposed to sunlight.
Not only that, at night in the area around the crater there is a blue fire phenomenon. This phenomenon comes from sulfur gas coming out of the crater along with the release of larvae.
There are only two unique features in the world, namely Iceland and Ijen Crater. Unfortunately, this natural phenomenon does not happen every time. The beauty of blue fire can be enjoyed from July to September in the early morning hours from 02:00 to 04:00.
In addition, around the crater there are also various mountain plants with black tree trunks. When crossing it, visitors will feel the sensation of being in the black forest.
Furthermore, there are yellow and white edelweiss flowers which grow in certain months. The blooming of the edelweiss flowers can give the impression of exoticism to Mount Ijen.
Location of Ijen Crater
This top tourist destination in East Java is located in Curah Macan Village, Kalianyar, Sempol, Bondowoso Regency, East Java 68288.
Entrance Ticket Price
The price to see the turquoise green crater water varies quite a bit and can be seen as follows.
- Monday-Friday: Rp. 5,000
- Saturday-Sunday: Rp. 7,500
- Monday-Friday: Rp. 100,000
- Saturday-Sunday: Rp. 150,000
Ijen Crater area is open to the public from 02:00-13:00 WIB. If you want to enjoy the blue fire, visitors can come starting at 02:00-04:00 WIB.
Tips for Traveling to the Ijen Crater
There are various tips that tourists must do. The following is the explanation.
Try to visit between July and September
Tourists who want to see the blue fire phenomenon and edelweiss flowers should visit in July-September.
In general, the crater on Mount Ijen contains sulfur. Therefore, visitors are advised to use masks.
Wear thick clothes
Mount Ijen Volcano has a height of around 2386 masl. In general, the area around this crater is very cold so visitors are required to wear thick clothing.
Use comfortable footwear
Usually, the path that visitors take when they get to the crater is not very good, so visitors must wear safe and comfortable footwear.
Using a T-Shirt and Scarf
To keep your body warm, you should use gloves and a scarf.
Before going on a climbing trip to Mount Ijen, visitors are advised to eat first. If they haven’t had breakfast, they should bring enough provisions.
Bring first aid kit, oxygen, flashlight, and raincoat
When climbing the mountain, visitors are required to carry additional climbing equipment including first aid kit, flashlight, raincoat and oxygen.
That’s a review of Ijen Crater tourism. We hope that the discussion that has been presented can add to the information regarding Mount Ijen tourism.