After Ijen, we made our way back to Bondowoso, took breakfast and showered (to get rid the sulphur smell, being in the fumes on and off while in the Ijen crater (see previous post)). Then, we were off to Cemoro Lawang, a village at the edge of the caldera where Mt Bromo sits … (hotel we stayed at, Cemara Indah, has a superb view of Bromo from right inside its compound as it is just literally at the caldera edge; indeed, to walk on your own down to the Sea of Sand which I did last year, look for the dirt trail just outside the hotel security guard post)
this view from the Cemara Indah hotel; Bromo is partly hidden behind Mt Batok, the cone shape mountain that is clearly seen here
runners for the Bromo marathon(??) training on the Sea of Sand, the day before the marathon …
The wonderful sunrise views that my girl and I managed to have a “front row” unobstructed look in spite of the crazily huge numbers of people at the Penanjakan viewpoint at 4 am (this is a high mountain lookout with seating platform, where all three volcanoes can be seen):
this is the crowd at the platform after the sunrise; many people have left to go to the Bromo crater itself, but it is still full of people!!
standing on a pillar (rather dangerously) to get a good shot! time is about 5 am.
selfie sticks come in useful if you are not in the first row … one of my favourite shots!!
the light comes gradually …
classic broom sunrise view, with the sea of clouds in the caldera
panoramic shot taken with my mobile camera
Mt Semeru (3676 m), tallest volcano in Java, emitting a puff of ash … Bromo (2329 m) is the one in the middle with a cloud coming out, and Mt Batok (2470 m)is in the foreground.
Semeru has been in a state of near-constant eruption from 1967 to the present. At times, small eruptions happen every 20 minutes or so Source: wikipaedia
this is the scene from our hotel as the sun sets over the edge of the caldera (or some mountain range??) …
SY took many shots of the night sky at timed intervals and put them together to create this image!! (taken from our hotel) …
- the viewpoint can be reached by foot – about 2 hours hike starting from road leading uphill just by the two large antennae near Cemara Indah hotel. If not, take a jeep (which is what most people do, costs about 200 000 IDR per pax for shared jeep, I think) which brings you down into the sea of sand, before heading up to the viewpoint, taking about 45 min in rather exciting driving conditions (imagine poor visibility due to the mist, and many other jeeps travelling at speed in the Sea of Sand in darkness, except for their headlights).
- There are lots of jeeps and people at the top viewpoint (Viewpoint 1 Mt Penanjakan 2700 m) even at 4 am when we reached the viewing platform (we left at 3 am sharp from hotel, on jeep this time) … the later you catch the jeep, the more you will have to hike up to get to the platform area, as the narrow mountain road is packed with jeeps filling up the parking spaces along the road side, and motorbike taxis (ojeks) offering to take you up from your parking spot…
- How to get a good view of sunrise – when you arrive at the platform, DO NOT sit on the benches provided and wait there … your view will almost certainly be blocked later on by people who will crowd along the railings from where the sunrise can be seen. Walk towards the railings instead and ignore the crowd already settled down onto the wooden benches on the platform.
the wooden benches, the railing and the pillars … at the viewing platform
You can position near the pillars linking the railings, as it makes for a good camera stand!! which is what we did, or hang your legs out and use the railing for support to steady the camera for shots in low lighting. Just make sure the view is clear of any bushes that may block a good shot ..
We were pleasantly surprise to find a stretch of railing which was not occupied when we wandered around and immediately decided this was the place to wait … SY could even set up her camera to take these star trails while waiting ..
cool star trails … taken while waiting for sunrise
(next: Bromo marathon!)