Trip to Bromo: The Sunrise is Magical


We flew in to Surabaya and drove to Mount Bromo. It’s a 3 hours drive, provided no traffic. The sunrise is magical, though you have to share the view with hundreds of other people. But the experience of driving in the dark and not knowing where you are going, just to find out that the magical sunrise over Mount Bromo awaits.

It can get pretty chill in the early morning in Bromo. Wear layers and a jacket, so by the time you are done with the sunrise, you can take your jacket off and wander around in your sweater.

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a vast plain called the “Sea of Sand” (Javanese: Segara Wedi or Indonesian: Lautan Pasir), a protected nature reserve since 1919. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. From there it is possible to walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes, but it is also possible to take an organised jeep tour, which includes a stop at the viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 m or 9,088 ft) (Indonesian: Gunung Penanjakan). The best views from Mount Bromo to the Sand Sea below and the surrounding volcanoes are at sunrise. The viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan can also be reached on foot in about two hours. From inside the caldera, sulfur is collected by workers.

Depending on the degree of volcanic activity, the Indonesian Centre for Vulcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation sometimes issues warnings against visiting Mount Bromo. The list of outstanding warnings may be consulted at the Indonesian-language website of the Centre. Source:

Recommended places to take the kids

  1. Mount Bromo Sunrise (3:30 am jeep ride to see the sunrise at 5.15am)
  2. Bromo Savanah
  3. Madakaripura Waterfall

Recommended culinary to stop by Malang

  • Toko Oen
  • Hotel Tugu Bakery
  • Restoran Inggil
  • Rawon Nguling in Ponorogo (also available in Malang)
  • Pecel Boeyatin in Surabaya.

And not to forget to drive by Singosari for its scattered temples and Trowulan Majapahit Candi.


Pecel Boeyatin

Rawon Nguling
This place is one of the main branches of the Restaurant, they serve rawon which is basically beef soup cooked with Java traditional spices. It’s a traditional food with a pretty cheap price, considering the food and the place. Overall, nice.



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