About a million years ago a huge explosion caused a huge crater 10km in diameter. In the resulting caldera several other volcanoes were created over the years, including the Bromo volcano. Surrounded by green cliffs, the caldera has an unreal sight. The ensemble of volcanic cones, lava flows, and the smoking chimneys of the volcano Bromo and Semeru in the background, seem like from another world. Repeatedly volcanic clouds billow over the whole scene. The atmosphere up there is unreal, and the landscape is characterized by their nakedness.
Mt Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes on Java. During an outbreak, on 8 June 2004 two people died, and during an
eruption in 2010, a radius of 2 kilometers around the crater was closed temporarily.
The Bromo area is one of the main attractions not only in Java, but in the whole of Indonesia. If you can visit the Bromo, finding accommodation can be a problem. So we recommend booking a hotel in advance.
Attractions near Bromo
Starting at Cemoro Lawang it is a one hour walk to the slopes of Mount Bromo and then 253 stairs up to the edge of the crater. You should start at 4:30 AM in order to enjoy the sunrise at the top of Mount Bromo. It is also possible to hire a jeep (Rp. 300,000) or to go by horse (Rp. 60,000). Bargain hard, or pay twice as much.
A very popular view point and one of Bromo's attractions is Penanjakan. Most photos from the Bromo scenery are taken from this place. You can travel to Penanjakan by jeep, for about Rp. 300,000. The best time to visit is again very realy in the morning, an to enjoy the sunrise above Mount Bromo. A steady hike from Bromo to Batok and then around the rim to Penanjakan will take about three hours and the last ascent of about 500 meters is very steep indeed but truly worthwhile.
The Poten is a Tenggerese Hindu temple that is located directly in the sea of sand close to Mount Bromo. Not possible to miss it. There is something quite magical about this place and the frugality of its decoration and austere design seems very appropriate for the location.
Hardcore mountaineers might climb Mount Semeru. A permit must obtained in advance at the PHKA post (phone: +62 341 491828). However, Semeru is one of Java's most active volcanos, which killed 250 people in 1981. So be prepared that the mountain might be closed for climbers because of the current eruption status.
Travel to Bromo
The most common approach to the Bromo area is via Probolinggo. To travel to Probolinggo from Surabaya, take a Damri shuttle bus from the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya to the Bungurasih bus terminal (also called Purabaya) in the city. Then take an express Patas air-conditioned bus for the 2 to 3 hour journey from Surabaya to Probolinggo (about Rp 25,000). From Probolinggo, it's 28km to Sukapura, then another 7km to Ngadisari and then 36km to Cemoro Lawang. Minibuses serve the complete route.