This big thriving city is the crowded capital of East Java. Home to many of the nation’s fiercest independence fighters, the city is known to locals as Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes) and around the city you will see scatered statues commemorating many heroes of the independence movement.
Today Surabaya is a modern industrial city, considered the economic and trading centre of Eastern Java as well as home to the nation’s navy. Second only to Jakarta in size, population and commerce, this is a massive city of over three million people.
With 21st century shopping malls, colonial era buildings and business high rises, this city represents a melting pot of Javanese culture with modern industrial development.
For visitors, highlights of the city include it’s zoological gardens, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum or a visit to the island of Madura where you can experience the excitement and thrill of a local bull race. The city is also an ideal base to explore the other attractions of East Java including Mt Bromo, the cool mountain retreats of Malang and the natural beauty of Ijen Plateau.
Ijen plateau or known as “Kawah Ijen/Ijen Crater” is highly recommended to mountain buffs and hikers. The Plateau was at one time a huge active crater, 134 sq km in area. Today, Ijen is a quiet but active volcano in East Java, and the landscape is dominated by the volcanic cones of Ijen (2,368 asl) and Merapi (2,800 asl) on the northeastern edge of the Plateau, and Raung (3,332 asl) on the southwest corner.
The magnificent turquoise sulfur lake of Kawah Ijen lies at 2148 m above sea level and is surrounded by the volcanos sheer crater walls. The vent is a source of sulfur and collectors work here, making the trek up to the crater and down to the lake every day. Sulfur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1 pm when the clouds roll in. The mineral at Kawah Ijen is purer and is worth commercial exploitation despite the horrendous labor involved: Javas homegrown sulfur is a natural source of sulfuric acid, in great demand in the oil-refining business and in the production of fertilizers. The walk up to the crater rim takes 60-90 minutes.
Ninety kilometers south of Surabaya lies Malang, one of the most leisurely and attractive towns in Java. With leafy boulevards and a cooler climate, this city is a laid back destination, popular with many retirees in East Java.
The town of Batu 15 km from Malang is small but it does have spectacularly beautiful natural scenery and a cool climate and is well known for its apples and flowers. Founded in 1941 for the study of plants, the Purwodadi gardens lie about 30 km northeast of Malang on the slopes of Mt.Arjuno at about 300 meters altitude. This dry climate botanical garden covers an area of about 85 ha (212 acres). Mount Bromo and Mount Penanjakan are 2.5 hours from Malang (East Java). The Tenggerese inhabiting this area are believed to be direct descendents from the Majapahit aristocracy. They hold the annual Kesodo festival, known as Yadnya Kasada, to thank the Almightly for a good harvest and to appease the god of Mount Bromo.
The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres in the centre of East Java. For anyone with an interest in volcanoes, a visit to the park is a must. This is the largest volcanic region in the province. Visit the park and see the plumes of smoke coming from Mt. Semeru, an active volcano which rises 3676 meters above sea level.
Experience the remarkable Tengger Caldera, Java’s largest, with its 10 km barren desert-like sea of sand. Within the caldera rise the deeply fissured volcanic cones of Batok and Bromo, the latter is still active with a cavernous crater from which smoke blows skyward. Temperatures at the top of Mount Bromo range about 5 to 18 degrees Celsius.
The Tengger sandy area has been protected since 1919. This is believed to be the only conservation area in Indonesia, and possibly the world which possesses a unique sand sea at the attitude of about 2000 m above sea level. There are several mountains inside the caldera: Mt Watangan (2,661 m asl). Mt Batok (2,470 m asl), Mt Kursi (2,581 asl), Mt Watangan (2,661 m asl), and Mt Widadaren (2,650 m asl).
With beautiful scenery, easy access and visitor-oriented facilities, it’s no wonder that this one of the most popular reserves in Java.
Forget shopping in the fancy malls or dining in popular restaurants, go ditch the city for the raging, white waters of Probolinggo in East Java, south of Surabaya. Stunning, natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping action make for the perfect escape from the daily doldrums, not to mention providing an excuse to scream your lungs out.
Rafting in Probolinggo takes you down the Pekalen River, through the simple Ranu Gedang village and up to majestic, cascading waterfalls. It can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of skill or experience. Even those who don’t know how to swim can join in this adventure without fear, but of course following the correct safety requirements..
Aside from the rough rapids, you’ll also travel through gorgeous landscapes of natural rock formations, alongside seven splendorous waterfalls, and through dark,mysterious bat caves. You’ll also come across numerous species of creatures living in the wild including eagles, orioles, monkeys, otters, squirrels and monitor lizards.
There are several spots where the waters are calm and you can get out to swim and enjoy the cool, fresh water. One such spot also includes a ledge, about 5 meters up. Jump off, if you dare!
Surabaya/Juanda International Airport – Lunch (Include) – Go to Banyuwangi – Check In Banyuwangi Hotel
*Meals: Lunch (B,L)
Breakfast at Hotel (Include) – Go to Ketapang Port, Banyuwangi – Go to Gilimanuk Port, Bali by Ferry – Arrive at Bali – Explre Menjangan Island (Snorkeling/Diving Time!) – Go back to Banyuwangi hotel by Ferry – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B,L)
Early Morning Call – Go to Poltuding – Start Trekking – Summit Attack – Explore Blue Flame Ijen – Explore Ijen Crater – Go back to Poltuding – Back to Banyuwangi Hotel – Breakfast (Include) – Lunch (Include) – Go to Red Island Beach – Explore Red Island Beach – Sunset Time – Go back to hotel – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B,L)
Breakfast at Hotel (Include) – Check Out Banyuwangi Hotel – Go to Baluran National Park – Explore ‘Africa Van Java’ Baluran National Park – Go to Malang – Lunch (Include) – Arrive at Malang – Dinner – Check In Malang Hotel – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
Eary morning call – go to Sukapura Bromo – Explore Bromo by Jeep – Explore Sunrise Bromo (Pananjakan) – Explore Bromo Crater – Breakfast (Include) – Explore Whispering Sand – Explore Teletubies Hill – Go back to Malang – Rafting Time! Pekalen River – Lunch (Include) – Go to Malang – Dinner – Free Time
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (B,L)
Breakfast at Hotel (Include) – Free Time – Check Out Malang Hotel – Go to Juanda International Airport, Surabaya – See you!
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
• 5 nights accommodation
3 Star Hotel at Malang (2 night)
4 Star Hotel at Banyuwangi (3 night)
Inclusive of fuel costs, parking & toll fees, and drivers’ expenses
• Explore Surabaya
• Explore Banyuwangi
• Explore Ijen Mt
• Explore Menjangan Island
Mangrove Trekking || Hoping Islands || Snorkeling/Diving
• Boat at West Bali National Park (Menjangan Island)
• Snorkeling equipment
Inclusive of mask, snorkel, fin and life jacket
• Explore Red Island Beach
• Explore Baluran National Park
Savana Bekol || Bama Beach
• Explore Bromo Mountain
• Semeru & Bromo Jeep (4×4 Drive)
• Rafting Pekalen River Package
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Mineral water during the trip
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
The temperature in the early morning will be around 5ºC-10ºC.
It is between level 3 to 4.
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