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Ijen Volcano in Banyuwangi - East Java

The volcanic cone of Ijen dominates the landscape at the eastern end of Java. The Kawah or crater of Ijen is filled by a spectacular turquoise blue lake, its surface streaked in wind-blown patterns of yellow sulphur.

Almost sheer walls of white rock surround the lake, except where the wall has collapsed in the northwest. A dam has been built here to regulate the flow of water into Banyu Pahit river. The lake has been known to boil over when volcanic activity increases. A volcano logy post at Ungkup-Ungkup monitors volcanic activity all year round.

The uniqueness of the main crater of the tour apart from the exquisite a view is to see the traditional sulfur mine is transported by human power endured. This traditional mining supposedly found only in Indonesia alone (Welirang and Ijen). Transported loads each weighing up to 85kg per person. This remarkable heavy burden for most people, when sulfur is transported through the steep caldera wall and 800m down the mountain as far as 3km. Income received by a bearing on average 25 thousand rupiah per day, or about 300 rupiah per kilo. A bearer is usually only able to bring down one time each day, because the weight of the job. A few hundred yards there is a round building of ancient relics of the Netherlands said "Irrigation crater," which is now known as the Round Post, a post where the miners weigh the load and get a piece of paper about the content and value.

To reach the Ijen crater today is not too difficult. There are two ways, first through Banyuwangi town 38 km to the west through the slippery, Guava, Paltuding (1.600 masl). The second way is through the city people to the east through Wonosari Bondowoso, Sempol (800 masl), Paltuding 70 km. The second method is the most widely traveled people because through the smooth asphalt roads, while the first way through macadam road with a fairly steep incline. Foreign tourists after a visit at Bromo Bondowoso usually comes through, again through Banyuwangi, continues to Bali and Lombok.

Here are picts about Ijen Volcanic :

Sulfur Mainers
a Sulfur Mainers was Doing his Job.

Ijen Volcano

Ijen Volcano

How to Enjoying Rafting Adventure in Bali

Rafting is one of the favorite activity programs you may choose in Bali. We are not talking about Rafting for competition, but totally for fun. So you can take your family (kids under 6 are not recommended) to join. The pumping adrenaline rush and the leap and bounces rafting trips offer is once in a lifetime experience.

Bali Rafting Adventure

Here’s the tip before you jump to the river :

Swimming experience. Before you go down to the river, you will be equipped with safety equipment but it would be better if you can swim. There are several points where you can swim to enjoy the rivers. Beside, for the safety this is a must.

Clothing. Inadequate clothing can hamper the enjoyment you expected of the rafting trip. Do rafting is equal do swimming. Choose the right costume!

Weather. If you want to try something more challenging, try rafting in the rainy season, when the big rivers flow faster. But if you want to do with your family (including children) choose this program in the summer.

Camera. You’re allowed to bring cameras. Each boat provides a waterproof plastic bag to store them. Usually the rafting company has someone specifically to take photographs to capture your rafting adventure.

Food. No need to bring it. Normally rafting lasts 1. 5 to 2 hours on the river. On the half way, you will stop and your rafting guide will give you mineral water and some fruit to recover your energy. Buffet lunch provided after rafting.

Insurance. Make sure the rafting company has insurance to his client when there is something undesirable.

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