Discover the Surrounding Area of Ijen Mountain: A Must See Natural Attraction

Discover the Surrounding Area of Ijen Mountain: A Must See Natural Attraction


Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? I would suggest you visit the surrounding area of Ijen mountain, East Java, Indonesia. Ijen and its surrounding area is a must see tourist destination in the tip of East Java province. It does not provide the most scenic view of sulfur caldera but interestesting natural view as well. Coffee plantation, waterfall, the vast area of savanna, wildflower during dry seasons and a mountainous range in the background are all in one in the Bondowoso regency.

Ijen mountain a great new adventure

To visit this place, travellers can start at Bondowoso or Banyuwangi town. Both places have its own advantages. Banyuwangi offers handy flight schedules from Bali and Jakarta twice a day, while Bondowoso provide an interesting view along the journey to Ijen.

Early September 2017 me and twenty of my friends, departed from Bondowoso (200 km east of Surabaya) in six MPV vehicles. The road to Ijen can be very smooth. After a one-hour drive, we already can see a vast combination of natural forest, pines and coffee plantations. Bondowoso is well known for its finest Arabica coffee plantation and had become the main destination for worldwide coffee buyers and lovers.

Some foreigners choose Bondowoso as a starting point to Mount Ijen. They start their journey during the day to see the beautiful scenery along the way. The visual view from Bondowoso ranges from sugar cane plantations, pines, coffee plantations and mountain range of Raung. It’s hilly road is quite smooth and the air is very fresh.

After a one-hour journey from Bondowoso, we arrived at Malabar. It’s a rest area where visitors break a moment to enjoy a black and delicious Arabica coffee in a roadside cafe belonging to PTP XII (state owned plantation enterprises). It is a nice spot to enjoy your coffee, tea or hot chocolate while taking a picture with the mountain view in the background. The coffee price is very affordable, just Rp 5000 (US$ 60 cent) per cup.

Enjoying a satisfying cup of coffee, relaxing and taking pictures. After that, we were heading to the east of Belawan just 3 km from Malabar. It is a coffee processing plant run by PTP XII. Belawan is famous for its waterfall, and its hot spring. There are two   swimming pools, one for cold water and the other for hot/warm water. Whatever we choose it is kind of a different sensation to take. Clean and freshwater flows from the mountainside behind the coffee processing plant. If you would like to overnight there also is a nice homestay equipped with agrotourism activity. Visitors can pick strawberries, and explore the natural surrounding of the homestay.

Another interesting place to see is, Kawah Wurung, 5 km south of Belawan. Kawah Wurung is just a massive dried caldera. Looking at the caldera from the edge of the cliff, it seems there is a huge football stadium below, while two or three green hills (like Teletubbies hill) stand in the background. It is a popular site for youngsters to take a nice picture. The journey to Kawah Wurung is nice as wildflowers bloom everywhere as far as the eyes can see. While a vast range of Savannah at the right side reminds us of the movie set from ‘ Little House on the Prairie’’

Approximately 5 km southern of Kawah Wurung, there is a nice rented guest house. We rented it for Rp 2 million a night with 20 people. Four bedrooms and a huge living room that is equipped with a fireplace make this guest house a recommended place to rent. It is a nice place to relax before preparing yourself to hike to Ijen Mountain.

Founded in 1927, the Jampit guest house used to be a resident of Dutch people who run the coffee plantation. It is surrounded with a beautiful garden and colorful flower blooms during the dry season. At night the temperatures can drop to around 10 degrees Celcius, that is why the management provides a fireplace in the living room.

At 12 o’clock sharp is time for a wake-up call for all visitor. Mount Ijen will take us to yet another adventure. Are you ready to take a new adventure???

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/// Written by Suharto, Indonesia

  • Udi Widjajanti Eriawan

    Any recommendations on food?

    • Suharto Suleman

      well. as far as I an concerned, I never see such special food there, however if you are coffee lovers, this place the right one for you. Enjoy Arabica coffee and hot chocolate in affordable price

  • maya sabara

    i have never been there before. but the author makes me feel like I just have been there. I can imagine how beauty the places is. also I feel some butterflies inside my stomach when I see the mini waterfall picture. i can’t wait to visit that place..

    • Suharto Suleman

      Yes dear you should try someday with your family. all these places are a family fun place. You will not regret it

  • Dewi Robert

    Maybe one day, i can go there ….

    • Suharto Suleman

      It is recommended for you and family to see it Dewi

  • Dwi Wahyuni

    I have been there twice but want to see it once more

  • hermangundul gundul

    valuable information brother. though I also living in East Java, I never explore outskirt of Bondowoso. Hopfully get spare time to follow your step

    • Suharto Suleman

      okay go and enjoy

  • Francis Robert

    Very beautiful adventure! And maybe someday, I’ll come with you! 🙂

    • Suharto Suleman

      I absolutely delighted to accompany you Francis. When will you come to Indonesia again? nice greeting from Indonesia. How is France?

  • fauzi izuaf

    Very beautiful place! And maybe someday i will come with friends !!

    • Suharto Suleman

      gracias. go and have fun!

  • sheila maria

    I’ve never been there before, but i think i will go there. Thank you for the descripe..

    • Suharto Suleman

      Your welcome dear. enjoy and take your take to visit this place

  • I recommended this place , writing and good describe the state of a in the location.
    Please visit enjoy ijen tourism.

    • jayadipraja mukiti

      well. reading all comment seems so good to see it

      • Suharto Suleman

        yes it is. this place is as good as its comment

    • Suharto Suleman

      thank you for your positive remark

  • Ibnur Ridlo Abbas

    wow, really a very beautiful place and special …( istimebaaah )

    • Suharto Suleman

      thank you very much

  • Agung Santoso

    Amazing place and destination.I will go there with family and friend.

    • Suharto Suleman

      please and welcome

  • Shafly P L PrasDake

    I have been to ijen before,but i don’t visit this place :3

    • Suharto Suleman

      do it again with your friend. this pace is too good to be miss

  • jayadipraja mukiti

    this one I never visit before but it is a good things to try to visit to. any recommendation for public transport bro

    • Suharto Suleman

      yes there is, there coach we called it angkot to sempol only then you can rent ojek

  • widyanana trisila

    I like the story, If I want to visit maybe I have to consider the wheather as I can;t stand cold climate

    • Suharto Suleman

      not too cold but it is chill and coolness. do not worry

  • Expeditions La Curieuse

    Wonderful article that makes you want to discover this part of Indonesia!

    • Suharto Suleman

      come on and try to take new adventure

  • Heri Santoso

    If only reaching the crater of Ijen did not take much time it would be more possible to visit the surrounding of Ijen with just little time possess …I am very happy to hear Bupati Banyuwangi is going to complete Ijen with any transportation…to reach the top. So make the old people are easy to enjoy the beutifful of Ijen….