Definitely my most favorite part in our Indonesian trip is none other than our Mt. Bromo experience. To tell you the truth, I had no expectations whatsoever when we were going here. All I knew was we’re going to this volcano in Indonesia which is a beautiful and an active one. I saw pictures before of this beauty as shared by my friends in our group chat and I thought it was really something to go to. But for some reason, I didn’t remember it as much as I could. And as you know, the less you expect, the more you’d be surprised when you’re already seeing something really beautiful yourself.
This is the 3rd leg of our great Indonesian getaway. Please refer to the Indonesian primer, the 1st leg and the 2nd leg of our travel if you want to learn more about our travel in Indonesia.
Standing tall at 2,329 m, Mt. Bromo is one of the most visited travel destinations in the country of Indonesia. As for comparison, our very own Mt. Mayon is 2,463 m. The word Bromo is derived from Brahma, the Hindu god of creation.
This volcano (along with Mt. Batok) is situated in the huge Tenggara caldera, said to be an ancient volcano in that part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Constantly spewing sulfuric gases from its crater, Mt. Bromo remains an active volcano until now. It has last ejected ashes onto the air on November 2015; and because of this, tourists and travelers then were forbidden to climb it up. Thankfully, it has stopped spewing ashes and visitors are allowed to go on its crater again… for now.
Places of Interest
This is where the sunrise viewpoint in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is found. You can hike this mountain for about one to two hours or just hire a 4 x 4 jeepney vehicle so you can go at the viewpoint faster. Believe me, the scenery you would be seeing here is just so beautiful! The sunrise makes it the more exciting!
The photo above shows the scenery our eyes feasted on during that fateful morning in Mt. Bromo. We woke up very early to go to this viewpoint in Mt. Penanjakan of one of the famed volcanoes of the world. It was still very dark when we reached it, and so we waited for the sun to rise. When it finally did, a splash of colors painted the sky we could not help but be awed and amazed by what we were witnessing. Glorious was what I felt in that splendid moment!
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
Encompassing a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 m, the national park is a must-visit when you are in Java, Indonesia.
This park is known as the only conservation area in the country of Indonesia that has a sea of sand. Sea of sand means a vast land that is covered only with sand.
This national park contains Mt. Semeru, the highest mountain in Java, Mt. Bromo, the most visited and Mt. Batuk, which is just beside Mt. Bromo.
Cemera Lawang is a very small village located northeast of Mt. Bromo that serves as the jump-off point for early morning climbs in the vicinity. Cemera Lawang is part of Ngadisiri Village in the regency of Probolinggo in Java, Indonesia.
Mt. Bromo Detailed Itinerary
It was the night of our Day 2 when we went to Surabaya, which has the nearest airport to Mt. Bromo. From Yogyakarta, we flew a 50-minute plane ride to Juanda International Airport in Surabaya viaSriwajaya. We have managed to find someone who would be fetching us from the airport and transport us to Cemero Lawang, the village that serves as the jump-off point in trekking Mt. Bromo. It took us about 4 hours of travel, meaning it was past 2 AM when we reached our hostel in Cemero Lawang. We slept for a few hours before venturing to our Bromo adventure, which included going to Mt. Penanjakan, the sunrise viewpoint of Bromo, Batok and Semeru, and also at the Tengger Sea of Sandvia a 4×4 vehicle, before walking and climbing the crater of Mt. Bromo itself. We stayed in the viewpoint until 8 AM before heading to the designated parking area of vehicles in the Sea of Sand. It only took us about 20 minutes going here. We decided to walk a significant part of the Sea of Sand going up to the crater of Mt. Bromo. The view atop was magnificent! And it became otherworldly when sulfur mists covered everything on the crater! Just look at the pictures here in the blog to learn what I am talking about!
We stayed in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park until about 11:30 AM before heading back to the hostel. After eating lunch, washing up and preparing our things, we headed back to Juanda International Airport. We were about to go to Bali first so we could travel to Labuan Bajo, the place of the Komodo! Watch out for the next leg of our trip!