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From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

1. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

For those who travelling from Bali, your trip will start with pick up from your accomodation in Bali in the evening. Then travel and take ferry to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi. Once you have arrived at Ketapang Port, wait and relax at the lounge before getting picked up by the team that already have your details and continuing to the Ijen Volcano. It is indicated that your hike in Ijen will be on the next day from your booking date. For those travelling from Banyuwangi, you will be picked up from your accommodation at 00.30AM and travel to the Ijen Volcano and start the hike. The hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint takes 90-120 minutes from the foot of the path, which leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see the magical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. Continue to catch the beautiful sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island, called Ijen's Crater. Appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily tough life to continue fulfilling their family bread and butter. After exploring the volcano, trek down and back to the parking lot. For those who have accommodation in Banyuwangi, you will return to your hotel around 09.00AM. For those who travelling back to Bali, will return to the hotel in the afternoon. It is mean that for those travelling from Banyuwangi will start and finish the tour on the same day, and for those travelling from Bali will start in the evening on day 1 and finish in the afternoon on day 2.

Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

2. Selogriyo Temple Tour and Trek Through Java's Rice Terraces

Visit the beautiful and remote Selogriyo Temple and trek through the surrounding rice terraces. Choose from a range of interesting sites to visit afterwards. Travel with your friendly driver from your accommodation in Yogyakarta or Borobudur to the peaceful Selogriyo Temple. Your journey will take about two hours from Yogyakarta, and one hour from Borobudur. Admire the fairytale scenery as you approach the secluded hilltop temple by foot. Hike through the iconic rice terraces, which grow paddy, beans, corn, and more. Enjoy the majestic landscape and the quiet of the countryside. Admire the Hindu temple's distinctive structure and explore the lush gardens surrounding it. Gaze out upon the verdant greenery of the volcanic hillside. Meet the kind and friendly local people, discover their stories and learn from their wisdom.  For those who wish to visit other iconic sites in the area, there are several options you can choose from: you can visit Selogriyo Temple and Borobudur Temple during the daytime or at sunrise. You can visit Selogriyo Temple and Prambanan Temple during the daytime or at sunset. You can visit Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple in the daytime. After your trip, sit back and relax while your driver escorts you back to your accommodation.

From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

3. From Yogyakarta: Dieng Plateau Golden Sunrise Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in Yogyakarta at midnight, the journey to Dieng Plateau will take about 3 hours by car. The hike to the Dieng Plateau sunrise viewpoint at the top of Sikunir Hill takes 20-30 minutes from the foot of the path that leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see up to 8 volcanoes from the top of this hill.  From the top of Sikunir Hill, you will head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill after the Dieng Plateau sunrise. Telaga Warna Lake, or ‘Colourful Lake’, contains water that can change in fluctuating colors. At times it can be green, purple, yellow or even taking the colors of the rainbow! This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfur content. From Telaga Warna Lake, you will next visit Sikidang Crater, which is an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel like you arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses eight small Hindu temples that date back to the seventh century.

Borobudur: Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

4. Borobudur: Sunrise on Setumbu Hill and Dieng Plateau

Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and head to Setumbu Hill to witness breathtaking sunrise views. When the air is fresh and as the mist begins to lift the sun will surround the volcanoes and terraced fields. Choose the additional option to explore the UNESCO listed Borobudur Temple, just 4 kilometers from Setumbu Hill. Be the first of the day to enter the gates as they open. After the sunrise at Setumbu Hill or Borobudur Temple, then travel to Dieng Plateau. Enjoy views along the way of rows of rice fields and picture-perfect villages clinging to terraced hillsides. Head to Telaga Warna Lake via Batu Pandang Hill. Telaga Warna Lake, or "Colorful Lake", contains water that changes color. At times it can be green, purple, yellow, or even all the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs when the sun hits the water due to its high sulfuric content. From Telaga Warna Lake, visit Sikidang Crater, an open sulfur crater with angry bubbling mud and bellowing steam. It’s set among a bumpy and dusty landscape that will make you feel as if you've arrived on another planet. Not far from the crater, you can also visit the Arjuna Temple Complex which houses 8 small Hindu temples that date back to the 7th century. Sit back and relax as your friendly driver escorts you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Central Java

We had a great day with our guide and driver Widi. we choosed to go to borobodur in the early morning to see the sunrise there and going to dieng plateau afterwards which was a good decision in the rainy season as there were too many clouds to see the mountains. Borobodur wasn't too crowded and we had enough time and space to explore. It is a long trip to the plateau but Widi brought us safe to the best spots and told us many things about the sights and the Indonesian culture. His English is very good and we talked and laughed a lot. We recommend this trip especially in the rainy season because there are fewer tourists and more time to experience it for yourself.

The place is beautiful, it is very worth it ... in the middle of the mountain to observe the rural life and the small temple of Selogriyo ... our guide a boy's charm that even helped us with other activities

Very nice excursion, the walk in the rice fields is magnificent, and our Yuni guide was very friendly! The temple is quite small and plain, but the hike is worth it!

Was quite an experience. Everything went excellent, from pick up to drop off. Ask for Malik. He is a great guide!!

Ivan, our guide and driver, was perfect both in terms of driving and his answers to our many questions.