Kawah Ijen, Banyuwangi

Blue Fire

Blue Fire in Ijen Crater is one of the destinations for every tourist who comes to Mount Ijen. There are only 2 locations in the world that you can get to see blue fire, Ijen Crater in Banyuwangi and Iceland. Bule Fire doesn’t happen all the time. The best time to see the beauty of Blue Fire is in July – September, which is at 02.00 to 04.00 in the morning. And what we need to underline is that this Blue Fire is not fire but a high-temperature sulfur gas that meets oxygen, what is known as Blue Fire appears.

Usually tourists who intend to see the phenomenon of the blue fire of Ijen Crater must start climbing around one or two hours in the morning from the vehicle parking area in Paltuding, in order to arrive at Ijen Crater before sunrise. The ascent from Paltuding to the summit (lip crater) of Ijen is 3 km, takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours drive. From the top down to the crater is about 1 km, takes about half an hour drive.

Tosca Green Crater

Ijen Crater Banyuwangi is a bluish-green acid lake with a diameter of about 700 meters, an area of ​​5,466 hectares, the depth of the lake is about 200 meters. The volume of Ijen Crater lake reaches 36 million cubic meters, with caldera walls as high as 300-500 meters, and the level of acidity (pH) of lake water is close to zero, which is able to dissolve clothes, even skin and human bodies in an instant. However, take it easy. As long as you are within a safe distance, Ijen Crater is not dangerous. The air temperature around this tourist spot can reach 2 degrees Celsius, so don’t forget to bring warm and thick clothes. In this volcanic area there are sulfur mining, which indicates this mountain is still active and active. While in the Ijen Crater area, you can see busy miners carrying piles of sulfur on their backs, down a steep road filled with dangerous toxic gases. You are required to wear a mask for comfort when breathing.