Day 1-waterfall, hill farms & Savannah
The drive from Malang to Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) is a beautiful two hour drive with a 4×4 jeep. You will need an all-wheel drive car, as you climb a lot to Ngadas village. Just before entering the Ngadas region, you can visit the Coban Pelangi waterfall.
You can see it from a vantage point (5 min walk, IDR 10000) or experience its power at the foot of the waterfall (free). It is a 15 minute walk down over a well paved path and certainly not too hard.
This 3-day Bromo and Ijen tour route starts in Malang but can be done the other way around from Ijen from Bali.
Ngadas village is a vegetable area (farms) located on steep hills. Not many foreign tourists pass this route because it is not a known way to follow the Bromo and Ijen tour.
After Ngadas you descend into the Savannah, the flat area around Bromo. Drive around the ‘sea of sand’, take some awesome photos with your jeep and arrive at Cemoro Lawang (Bromo village) before sunset and visit the secret sunset viewpoint which you can find in the article linked below.
Day 2 – sunrise at Bromo
Make sure you go to bed early on day one and set the alarm at 2: 45. At 03: 00 Your jeep will take you to one of the viewpoints overlooking the Bromo volcano. Followed by a visit to the actual crater and take a look inside an active volcano.
On the same day you will head towards Ijen with a stop at the second highest waterfall in Indonesia. The Madakaripura waterfall. If the water flows from all sides, you and your camera will get wet. Don’t worry, raincoats are sold at the entrance. From Bromo to Ijen is 4 hours drive.
Day 3-sunrise in the Sea
For your trip to Ijen Crater Lake, you should start hiking at 02: 00 to experience the ‘sapphire fire’ or 04: 00 to experience the sunrise on the lake. It’s a 1.5-hour walk, so make sure you leave on time so as not to miss one or both of the above-mentioned moments at Ijen.
Book a Bromo and Ijen Tour
A Bromo and Ijen tour can be done in many ways. If you are not on a super strict budget, we recommend you to book a tour because it saves so much time and hassle.