Catching the Breathtaking Sunrise on Mount Bromo, Indonesia

The sunrise from Mount Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia’s East Java is among the very awe-inspiring sights you can ever encounter.

Mount Bromo, one of the top travel destinations in East Java Indonesia, is an active volcano located in a surreal but magnificent massive caldera. While very busy with tourists, almost to the point of being a put-off at the sunrise viewpoints, it is still worth a visit.

A case in point is that from night till sunrise, tourist jeeps are already plying the Sea of Sand — the name was given to the horizontal ashy floor of the Tengger caldera where Mount Bromo is. Some head towards the Mount Bromo crater itself, while most others, towards Mt. Pananjakan, whereas it’s the most famous sunrise point of view stands.

Light paths of the jeeps heading towards the smoking Bromo crater and Mt. Pananjakan

The view out of Cemoro Lawang, the access town on the border of the Tengger caldera is already something, but from the higher point of view at Mt. Pananjakan, it is even more magnificent. Also, whenever we set off at 3:30 AM, we were almost deprived of viewing space at the point of view. With the number of individuals increasing as the hours go by, and with locals and tourists alike smoking while waiting, it is perhaps not the best of my “sunrise moments,” but is forgotten when the light touches the volcanoes! Not to forget too, the light on the mists, and the views of the town of Cemoro Lawang itself!

Cemoro Lawang on the edge of the caldera, as morning mists, float within

Following the sunrise viewing, most would go to the Bromo crater itself to peek into the smoking crevice. For first-timers to a volcano, it is indeed an encounter, sans the crowds of course.

The line of tourists going to the crater of Mt. Bromo

Nevertheless, for individuals with an excess day, the areas around Cemoro Lawang are worth a walk. The contrast of the barren caldera along with the lush green around Cemoro Lawang is stark and yields distinct photographic opportunities. Furthermore, it appears that lots of the natives have their point of view for sunrise, just behind the famous Lava View Lodge! And when you’re lucky you may also grab a cast onto the mists on the Sea of Sand.

Morning light on Mt. Bromo and Mt. Batok, along with a ‘glory’ on the mists

For people in Singapore or Singaporeans, several low-cost airlines are flying to Yogyakarta and Surabaya, the common access cities to Bromo, at really cheap rates. On Jetstar Asia, it might go as low as USD80 for a return flight! And there ‘so lots of agencies from these cities to arrange for a weekend excursion. Therefore, take a look!

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