Entrance Fee of Ijen Crater Banyuwangi Indonesia for Foreigner – Ijen Crater is one of the most favorite tourism spots in Java Island, Indonesia for locals and foreigners. This famous crater lays inside in a large caldera of Mountain Ijen. The turquoise colored lake is very beautiful. Besides, the blue fire is also the most wanted thing people want to see when they visit Ijen Crater.
Unfortunately, behind its beauty, Ijen Crater has sadden parts too. The sulfur mining operator in this crater employs locals to carry the sulfur by a pair of bamboo basket. These labors only earn around IDR 50,000 – IDR 75,000 per day for carrying the sulfur chunks from near the lake to the collection point at a place called Bunder. I think it is about 2 kilometers walk with the heavy load in a steep walkway. I see this is not really safe.
Now, let’s talk about the wonderful part of Ijen Crater. The sunrise at Mountain Ijen is very beautiful one. After walked for about 2 hours to reach its top, you will see the sky with shades of purple, pink, orange and blue welcoming the day. Indeed, it is very beautiful! You will forget the exhaustion of 2 hours hiking.
Before being able to witness this beauty, you should pay the entrance ticket to this spot. The entrance fee for domestic and foreigner is different. Entrance fee of Ijen Crater Banyuwangi Indonesia for foreigner in 2019 is IDR 100,000 (USD 7.5) on weekdays and IDR 150,000 (USD 11) on weekends and public holidays. While the locals should pay IDR 5,000 (USD 0.4) on weekdays and IDR 7,500 (USD 0.5) on weekends and public holidays.
To hike up Mountain Ijen and enjoy its beauty, you should leave the hotel in Banyuwangi city center at midnight. Why? Because you will do the trekking for about 1.5 – 2 hours in the darkness night.
The gate will be opened at 01.00. It is the time for all visitors to start the journey. Please bring some water, chocolate or snacks since there is none sell them during the walk. If you wanted to go down to the crater to see the blue fire, I suggest you to rent the gas mask at the small shops at parking area. Equip yourself with headlamp or flash is very important since there is no lights on the walkway.
Certainly, the entrance fee of Ijen Crater Banyuwangi Indonesia for foreigner sounds expensive compare to the locals. It is mostly for upgrading the area and add infrastructure. I think it is considered as reasonable compare to its beauty and popularity. You will never find another splendor crater like this in East Java.
So, it is recommended to visit Ijen Crater in Banyuwangi when you are in East Java or Bali.Don’t you know that Ijen Crater is closer to reach from Bali? Only 4 hours drive from Bali then cross the Bali Strait. At least once in your lifetime, you should witness its beauty!