Mount Bromo Travel Guide
Mount Bromo, one of the top travel destinations in East Java Indonesia, is an active volcano situated in a surreal but spectacular massive caldera. While very busy with tourists, almost to the point of being a put-off at the sunrise viewpoints, it is definitely still worth a visit. The active volcano sits inside the gargantuan Tengger caldera – with a total diameter of around 10 km – and is surrounded by the Laut Pasir (Sea of Sand) that’s made up of fine volcanic sand. The overall setting is a sight to see – serene and beautifully other-wordly in stark comparison to the lush green valleys that surround the caldera
1. Where Is Mount Bromo?
Mount Bromo is situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, beside Mount Semeru at East Java, Indonesia.
2. How to get to Mount Bromo?
Fly into Juanda international airport at Surabaya. There are direct flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bali. If you are flying domestic from Jakarta, you may take Sriwijaya that flies twice weekly.
The first step to get to Mount Bromo is to catch a flight to the nearest major airport in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city. From Surabaya, there are a few established routes of getting to Cemoro Lawang but below is the most popular route
The Probolinggo – Ngadisari Route
The nearest big-ish town to Mount Bromo is Probolinggo, which is located on the north coast of Java around 45 km away from the park. This is the most common route since it is the most straightforward. To get to Probolinggo, We will pick you up from the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, it takes about 3 hours journey from Surabaya to Probolinggo. At Probolinggo, from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang takes 1hour driving, Mount Bromo’s main access point.
3.How to Get Around Mount Bromo?
From the village of Cemoro Lawang, you can hire a jeep to take you around the area. An early morning wakeup call at 3am is required for the Mount Bromo sunrise tour. The jeep will bring you to Mount Penanjakan (45 min drive). It will park just before Mount Penanjakan, where you will take a short walk for about 10-15 minutes to the top of Mount Penanjakan. The timing for sunrise will usually be about 5.30am. From the top of Mount Penanjakan, you will see a panoramic birdeye sunrise view of the gigantic Tengger Caldera (with a diameter of approximately 10km), Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and other lesser but equally impressive volvanic cones.
After Satisfied to enjoy the Sunrise, you will board the jeep again, where you will be driven down to the bed of the caldera. The jeep will stop at car park just beside The Poten – a Tenggerese Hindu temple.
Begin your hike to the base of Mount Bromo by walking across the seas of sand. you are required to cross seas sand on the slope of Mt. Bromo by horse riding or on foot (it is optional) till reach the stairs up (more than 250 stairs) at the slope of Mt Bromo which it will lead you to reach peak of Mt Bromo. After taking in the scenery, you will head back to board the jeep to Cemoro Lawang.
4. Places to stay near Mount Bromo?
You don’t fancy waking up early to see the sunrise? Then stay as close to the mountain as possible. One decent place that I know is called Bromo Permai Hotel, Yoschi Hotel, SM Bromo Hotel Cave Lava Hotel & Lava View Lodge Hotel. located in the village around Mt Bromo. From there it would only take at most 1 hour to reach the viewpoint (Sunrise). You can also stay in Malang or Surabaya, but get ready to wake up as early as 1 AM as it will take ~3 hours to get to the viewpoint.
Do note that there are two viewpoints in Bromo, as mentioned in our previous post here. If you arrive late, the mountain would already be so crowded that it’d be quite a chore (and almost impossible on particularly busy days!) to reach the first, and higher, viewpoint.
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