Mountain is always great to enjoy along with its wonderful scenery. One of the great mountains you have to visit during your holiday is Bromo Mountain. Bromo is one of the active volcano mountains in Indonesia. It is located in Tengger, East Java. You are about to visit a 2.329 meters or 7,641 feet volcano mountain. Bromo is also one of the most popular holiday destinations in Indonesia. So, what kind of attractions you can enjoy while exploring this volcano mountain? Check the information below and you can’t wait to go to Mount Bromo for your next holiday.
The Way to Get to Mount Bromo
You can go to Bromo from Surabaya such as from Juanda International Airport. You still have to drive for 4 hours from Surabaya. It is the easiest route for those who want to go to Bromo from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hongkong. Later, you can ask help from a travel agent which will deliver you to the location. Commonly, tourists started the exploration at 11:00 PM or 12:00 AM from Surabaya, especially if they want to see the sunrise. Another good idea is finding a place to stay close to the area such as at Cemoro Lawang, Prigen or Tretes so you don’t miss the beautiful sunrise.
Things You Can Do at Mount Bromo
Bromo is not only a place to enjoy a volcano mountain but you can do so many interesting things there. The list below is something that you can do while spending time in Bromo.
Enjoy the Most Beautiful Sunrise
One of the great things you can do while exploring Bromo is enjoying the most beautiful sunrise. The key to enjoying the most amazing sunrise is by seeing it from the best viewpoint. The good thing is that Bromo has a sunrise viewpoint where you can see and capture the most beautiful sunrise. You can go to the place by walking, renting a jeep, or renting a horse. You will see some stop points while achieving the sunrise viewpoint where you can buy some snacks such as noodles and hot coffee. You don’t need to worry because you can recharge your energy in the stop points. The sunrise viewpoint is over two thousand meters above sea level. It is better to wear a jacket, sweater, or thick clothes because it is very cold at the peak. By the time you achieve the sunrise viewpoint, you can see amazing scenery not only the sunrise but also the scenery of Mount Semeru along with awesome blue, pink, and orange colors sky. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can capture the best moments and objects while enjoying the sunrise and scenery around the sunrise viewpoint.
Exploring Sea Sand
Before achieving the sunrise viewpoint you will be fascinated with the surrounding. Mount Bromo is covered by sea sand and you might not see it in other volcano mountain areas. The sand is darker and it feels that you are walking in the sand of a beach. The sand is coming from the volcano eruption. You also feel that you are exploring a desert while visiting Mount Bromo. Besides the sea of sand, you will also see the savanna. It gives a different color and atmosphere in the sea of sand area.
Riding a Horse
If you want to go to the mountain right away, you can rent two different transportations. One of them is a horse. Some people who are ready to rent their horses are easy to find around the starting point. You can just rent one of the horses and feel the fun experience of exploring a volcano mountain by riding a horse. You may wear a mask because the surrounding is so dusty. It is an alternative if you don’t want to lose too much energy because you still have to reach a peak of Bromo.
Riding a Jeep
If you think that the weather is too hot outside, you can just go to the mountain area by riding a jeep. Just like the horse rental service, the jeeps are for rent. Riding a jeep is a great option if you are exploring Bromo with your friends or family. You can feel the sensation of sitting inside a jeep while running in a desert. This is the fastest alternative to go to the Bromo area and you don’t need to get exhausted. As a result, you can continue to walk through the stairs to reach the peak of the volcano mountain.
Hiking is also an option if you love to explore a place in detail. You can feel the sea of sand, atmosphere, fresh air, and many more. Although it might be the slowest way to reach the mountain, you can enjoy every detail well including capturing outstanding spots and moments with your camera before achieving the volcano mountain. You don’t need to worry about food and water supply because some of the stop points are available and they are ready with affordable foods and drinks.
Enjoy the most Fascinating Sunset
Just take your time in Mount Bromo by finding the best spots to get outstanding photos that you can share in your Instagram account. If you have more time, you can wait until the sunset time. The sunset is also as extremely beautiful as the sunrise. The combination of the gold sun along with orange and darker sky will amaze your eyes.
Witness the Yadnya Kasada
It is better to make a good plan before visiting Mount Bromo so you don’t miss one of the greatest cultural events known as Yadnya Kasada. The event is held on the 14th day of the Kasada month based on the traditional Hindu Lunar calendar. You can go to Bromo around June or July each year to witness the Yadnya Kasada celebration. The interesting part is that you are not only enjoying the attractions but also the ancient history behind Yadnya Kasada. The most attracting part is the sacrificing session where Tengger people sacrifice their harvest including vegetables, fruits, livestock, flowers, and even money. They will throw those products into the crater of the volcano mountain. The main function is to get good luck in the following years.
Visit Ngadas Village
Bromo is not only a volcano mountain but you can also find people live there. They are known as Tengger villagers and live in a village at 2.150 meters above the sea level. The name of the village is Ngadas and because of the location, Ngadas is considered the highest village in Java. The Tengger villagers are friendly enough and even they are inviting you to stay at their home if you want to. Most of the tourists use the local homestay to get rest before continuing their exploration to the peak of Bromo, especially if they go there in the afternoon or at night. It is a good idea so you don’t miss the sunrise and becoming your incredible holiday experience.
Best Spots in Mount Bromo You Have to Visit
What you have to do after getting to a new place is finding the best spots there. Just like any other place, Mount Bromo also has several best spots. Indeed, you must go there and feel the sensation to wider your experience while spending a holiday in Bromo.
Penanjakan Satu is also known as the sunrise spot. The location is at 2.770 meters above sea level. Just like the name of the location, Penanjakan Satu is the best location to enjoy the sunrise in Bromo. You will get more than just the beauty of the sunrise but also the marvelous scenery of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok, and Mount Semeru. You can also see how large the sea sand in Bromo is after achieving this spot. That’s why this location is considered as one of the most popular spots in Mount Bromo.
Don’t leave Bromo without trying to explore the Bromo crater. This is the place where you can be a witness that Mount Bromo is still an active volcano. The crater is wider enough in which the diameter is 800 meters from North to South and 600 meters from East to West. You have to follow the instructions while exploring this area because there are also some danger areas and tourists are not allowed to go there. Wearing a mask and sunglasses are a good idea because the location is full of dust and smoke that might disturb your breath and eyes.
You are not only enjoying mountains, rocks, and sea send in Bromo but you can see savanna there. The location of the savanna is on the southern part of Mount Bromo. The savanna which is a grassland creates a different atmosphere. The location is also known as Jemplang Valley. Besides going to Bromo in June or July, you can also go there from December to May. Although it is rainy season in Bromo you can see the green grass grows beautifully than any other month, especially in the dry season.
Bromo Milky Way
One of the most interesting things you can do in Bromo is capturing a Milky Way. You can just go to the Bromo Milky Way spot and get ready with your camera. The challenging is waiting for the Milky Way at one-third of the night. Just imagine that you have to wait in the low temperature and very cold before enjoying the Milky Way. You might not see the Milky Way in the rainy season. The best time to enjoy a Milky Way is in the dry season. So, just go to Bromo in May to September to capture a clear and stunning Milky Way.
You might not expect a waterfall in a volcano mountain, right? It will be a new experience for you because there is a hidden waterfall close to the volcano mountain known as Madakaripura Waterfall. It is an ancient waterfall and considered a holy waterfall by the Tengger villagers. The water is taken not only for daily activities but also for some important cultural ceremonies. Even, it is believed that take a bath in the waterfall can be an elixir of life. Despite the story behind the waterfall, the surrounding is so wonderful. Madakarpura Waterfall consists of 7 different waterfalls.
Bromo is considered as a religious place for Hindu. That’s why you will also see a temple there known as Poten. Poten is an important Hindu Temple for Tengger villagers. The location is in the middle of the sea of sand in Mount Bromo. You can see the temple when you are standing at the top of the Bromo sunrise viewpoint.
Hike to Mount Batok and Semeru
You can also hike to Mount Batok and Semeru if you need more excitement after exploring Mount Bromo. Mount Batok is also a volcano mountain located in the north of Mount Bromo. Unlike Bromo, Mount Batok is no longer an active volcano mountain. One of the interesting and beautiful attractions is the Casuarina trees. You can also decide to go to the south end of Mount Bromo to hike to Mount Semeru. The route is more difficult and challenging than Mount Batok and Mount Bromo. It seems that the route is for professional and advanced trekkers. It is also an active volcano and you need to spend around 2 days to achieve the peak of the mountain. It is better to go there with the expert to keep you safe.
What You Have to Prepare before Exploring Bromo
Although the route is easy and the surrounding is safe enough, you have a good preparation. Besides preparing your health, you also have to prepare some important items that will be useful while exploring Bromo.
Bring Some Items to Protect You from Cold
The weather in Bromo is so cold, especially at night or in the early morning. That’s why it is important to bring some items that can protect you from the extremely cold weather, especially if you are about to see the sunrise. Just put a jacket, scarf, socks, shoes, leggings, or jeans in your backpack. Later, you can wear those items to keep you warm in the cold atmosphere.
Bring Some Items that Protect You from Dust
You do not only have to bring items for cold but also items to protect you from dust. Bromo is a dusty area because of the sea of sand. You might need a mask, hat, and sunglasses while exploring Bromo, especially when you are in the sea sand and the Bromo crater. The mask is also useful to protect you from the smell of sulfur. You can bring everything you need for hiking so you can walk through the desert up to the peak of the volcano mountain comfortably.
Bring an Umbrella or Raincoat
You might go to Bromo in the rainy season. If it is so, you need to bring one more item which is an umbrella or raincoat. We can’t predict the weather and it might suddenly change. Just make sure that you are well prepared so the weather doesn’t disturb your exploration. Let’s say, you go to Bromo in December, you might face rainy season whereas if you go in June to September, you might face dusty condition.
Bromo is a little bit hot, especially in the afternoon or in the dry season. Just imagine that you are walking in the middle of a desert without trees around it. That’s why you have to protect your skin by applying sunblock although you have covered it with thick and long cloth.
Bring Enough Cash Money
The interesting part of visiting Bromo which is full of a desert is that you can still buy or rent something. Because of that, you must bring enough cash in your wallet. You can use the money to rent a jeep or horse or buy some food and drinks there.
The Best Time to Go to Bromo for a Holiday
You may go to Bromo anytime you want as long as the condition is safe enough. But you still have to think about going to Bromo in the best time. By visiting Bromo at the best time, you can enjoy this active volcano maximally. It depends on your goal when you are going to Bromo. If you want to enjoy Bromo in a warmer condition, you can just go there in the dry season such as between April to October. The best time is from May to August so you don’t need to get disappointed because of the rain. For those who want to see the biggest event in Bromo such as the Kasada event, you can go to Bromo between June or July. You can ask the travel agent first about the best time to go to Bromo so you can achieve your goals while visiting Bromo. Visiting Bromo at the right time also gives you a chance to get a lot of beautiful and outstanding photos, especially if you are a photographer.
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So, the point is that you have to go to Mount Bromo for your next holiday. You can go there with your beloved friends and family. The location is still okay for children although it might be not the best one. One thing for sure is that you will get a new experience of visiting an active volcano mountain along with its beauty.
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