If you are more of a beach or waterfalls person, this article is not for you. But if you like a good adventure, you must visit Mt. Bromo.
Mt. Bromo was one of the main reasons that led us to visit Java. Everyone says wonders of this place, and in fact, it is a small jam from Indonesia. For us, Mt. Bromo is one of the most incredible volcanoes we have ever visited.
In this article we will explain everything in relation to the tour and draw up a list of essentials for your visit, from points to the sunrise, maps and expenses.
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1. WHAT IS MT. BROMO?
Mount Bromo is an active volcano in eastern Java, Indonesia. It is part of the Tengger Massif region, which is one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of East Java. The volcano is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
The word “Bromo” is derived from the Javanese pronunciation of “Brahma”, which is the Hindu creative god.
Mt. Bromo is in the middle of a huge crater called “Sea of Sand”, which is a protected area. In fact, it looks like we’re traveling to the planet Mars.
There are a total of five volcanoes within the crater, including Mt. Bromo (2,329 m), Mt. Batok (2,470 m), Mt. Kursi (2,581 m), Mt. Watangan (2,661 m) and Widodaren ( 2,650 m).
The viewpoint of Mt. Penanjakan, which is included in the tour, is where you have a view of the crater and towards Bromo. After you will visit inside the crater in the ‘Sea Sand’ and you have the option of climbing Mt. Bromo itself.
2. TOUR OR NO TOUR? – THAT’S THE QUESTION
Visiting Mt. Bromo is no difficult or dangerous. In fact it is safe to visit this place without an organized tour. However, we don’t recommend that you do this if you don’t feel physically prepared, in this case it is recommended to visit with a guide.
So, if you visit Mt. Bromo you have 2 options or book a tour with transport included or make the visit on your own.
a) TOUR WITH TRANSPORT
With the tour there is a pick-up included in the accommodation where you are at 3:00 AM. The trip to Mt. Bromo is 1:30h and the moment you arrive at the national park there is a mandatory entrance fee:
Weekdays: 220,000 IDR (approx. €13,70) per person.
Weekends: 320,000 IDR (approx. €19,90) per person.
The first point on the tour is the viewpoint to see the sunrise. After sunrise, you climb Mt. Bromo and see its crater.
TIP: Be careful, there is not much protection and when it is a windy day it can be dangerous to be close to the crater.
ANOTHER TIP: They offer the horse service to go up to Bromo. However, we don’t support these types of services, unless we are talking about children or elderly or disabled people. Anyway, you can go up to Bromo by yourself, because it is not difficult.
The tour price is 700,000 IDR (approx. € 44.00) per person. Of course, this price varies from company to company.
b) VISIT ON YOUR OWN
As we mentioned before, it is not difficult to visit Mt. Bromo without a guide or tour. For this we recommend that you rent a motorcycle as your way of transportation from your accommodation to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
The travel time depends on the city where you are staying. In our case, we stayed at Probolinggo and took about 1:30h. We left Probolinggo at 2:00 am and arrived around 3:30 pm at Bromo.
Upon arrival at the National Park at the entrance there is a man who will charge you 10,000 IDR (approx. €0.62) per person. Right after you will find the official Ticket Office and there you will pay the entrance to the national park:
Weekdays: 220,000 IDR (approx. €13.70) per person.
Weekend: 320,000 IDR (approx. €19.90) per person.
To go up to the King Kong Hill viewpoint at sunrise, it costs 10,000 IDR (approx. €0.62) per person and another when you go up the Mt. Bromo crater.
So the total value of the self-guided tour is 250,000 IDR (approx. € 15.50) or 350,000 IDR (approx. € 21.80) per person, depending on whether you are going during the week or at the weekend.
There is another way to go to Mt. Bromo without spending this money.
There is a secret entrance near Livia Homestay. To find this entrance and the path you have to take until you reach Bromo, we recommend that you download the Maps.me app.
We recommend that you use the Livia Homestay parking lot and from there go down to Mt. Bromo.
We opted for this way and only pay for the bike parking.
3. MAPS AND TIPS
To visit Mt. Bromo we recommend doing it at sunrise.
From the moment you pay the entrance to the national park you will realize that it is a very popular place. Especially the King Kong Hill viewpoint, you will see hundreds of jeeps on the road towards this viewpoint.
However, there are more options for watching the sunrise, so let’s leave a short list.
A) King Kong Hill, is one of the best viewpoints as it is more or less the highest point of Penanjakan Hill, where you can see all of Mt. Bromo. But because it is the best, it is the most crowded with tourists. We would discard this viewpoint at sunrise, but we recommend that you visit later to see the whole park.
B) To avoid the crowds at King Kong Hill, but still enjoy the view, we recommend that you stop at a spot a bit before reaching this viewpoint. You can have more or less the same view but without so many people around you.
C) There are several viewpoints in the direction of Penanjakan Hill. Some don’t even have a name, others we can only find in the Maps.me app, such as Seruni Sunrise Viewpoint. However, make your way and if you find a place that you think the view is worth it, we advise you to sit down and enjoy the moment.
D) The last and best option is to watch the sunrise at the top of Mt. Bromo. As all tours go to King Kong Hill or Penanjakan Hill, you will have this place just for you. Of course, after the sunrise, all the tours will go down and climb Mt. Bromo, but then we have already enjoyed the place just for you and you can go down and have your breakfast !!!
BEST TIME TO VISIT MT. BROMO
The best time to visit Mt. Bromo would be in the dry season, between April and October. The National Park is open all year.
As the best time is at sunrise, the temperatures at dawn are really cold !!!
During the night it can be between 5-10ºC and then during the morning it can reach 20ºC.
As previously mentioned, we rented a motorcycle in Probolinggo. The rental price of the motorcycle is between 150,000 – 200,000 IDR (approx. € 9.00 – € 12.00) per day.
It can be tricky to get the bike on the day before your visit, so when you book at the hostel / hotel, also book a bike with them.
4. PACK THE ESSENTIAL
It is important to make a list of material and equipment before going on a tour like this. So to make your life easier, we leave you with our list:
-Raincoat / Waterproof
-Trekking boots OR sturdy and warm sneakers
-Water and breakfast
5. WHERE TO STAY?
IT’S BED TIME!! 💤 WHERE TO STAY IN PROBOLINGGO?
High-Budget – BeeJay Bakau Resort – resort with cozy villas overlooking the sea. Perfect place to relax in luxury.
Mid-Budget – Ayeng Mandiri Hotel – A cheap and cheerful hotel, well located.
Backpacker – OYO 2300 Ansori Residence – Perfect place for backpackers, right in the city center and very friendly place.
If you don’t know what type of accommodation you prefer, click here, where you have many excellent options.
I hope this information is useful and that it will help you on your next visit to Mt. Bromo!
Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
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