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From Krakatau to Bali
16-day study and photo tour to Java, Indonesia
"I want to thank you for a great experience. It was a marvelous trip that exceeded even my high expectations." (Peter K., Great Falls, VA)
Semeru volcano at night
Semeru volcano at night
Rakata (Krakatau) (photo: Roland Gerth)
Rakata (Krakatau) (photo: Roland Gerth)

From Krakatau to Bali

16-day study and photo tour to Java, Indonesia
Tour type
Photography tour: active volcanoes - nature & culture
Easy to Moderate
Group size: 3-6
16 days / 15 nights
Custom and group dates
8-23 Jul 2024
2-17 Aug 2024
Price per person
3180 € $£¥
This exciting tour crosses Java from West to East and ends on Bali. Its itinerary and focus are optimized in order to provide excellent conditions and locations for photography. Your guide is one of the best available in Indonesia with excellent knowledge of locations, people and photographer's needs. If you are new to photography of volcanoes and landscapes, this is the chance to learn and improve your own photography!

The program allows generously for sufficient time to explore the most interesting landscapes of Java and its volcanoes in depth: Krakatoa and Papandayan in West Java, Merapi in Central Java, and the Tengger caldera, Bromo, Semeru and Ijen volcanoes in East Java.

Even if you are not a photographer, you will get an unforgettable and competent introduction to Java's multicolored landscapes, people and their culture.

This tour combines easy to moderate excursions with a portion of luxury. You travel to some of Java's most fascinating landscapes and meet its friendly people and their colorful culture.

Last but not least, an adventurous camp on Krakatau's tropical beach, as well as Indonesia's delicious cuisine will round out the trip.
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  • The best photo locations on Java
  • Expert guide with excellent knowledge of Java & Bali and photography
  • Exclusive small group sizes = optimal flexibility
  • All major volcanoes of Java in one tour including 2 nights on Krakatau
  • Sufficient time to explore interesting locations
  • Option to add Bali as flexible program
  • Rain forests, waterfalls, tropical beaches, colorful lakes, deep craters, fumaroles
  • Cultural highlights (Borobodur, Prambanan etc.)
  • Contact to friendly local people
  • Delicious food and great hotels

Krakatau to Bali (16 days Java)

Depending on weather, volcanic activity, preferences of the group etc. small variations on the actual itinerary could be necessary.
Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Jakarta
Arrival in Jakarta, transfer to downtown hotel and group dinner.
Day 2: Transfer to Krakatau volcano
In the morning, a private minibus picks us up at the hotel and brings us straight to the West Coast. After a lunch and a visit to the Krakatau Volcano Observatory, we embark on a motor boat that brings us to the famous island group of Krakatau, where we will set camp on a paradise beach facing the often active Anak Krakatau volcano.
In the afternoon and evening we will climb the volcano (conditions allowing) and observe its activity.
Day 3: Full day on Krakatau
A full day to observe Krakatau, visit the island group, sail around and explore photographic opportunities.
Day 4: 2nd day on Krakatau - return to coast
Second day on Krakatau for observation / visit of Anak Krakatau. After a snorkeling break at a coral reef near Rakata Island return to West coast.
Day 5: Transfer to Garut in West Java
Transfer day: drive through West Java to the small university town Garut in West Java
Day 6-7: Papandayan + Galunggung volcano - Cipanas hot springs
Two full days in the beautiful volcanic area to explore hot springs & volcanic craters (Papandayan, Galunggung etc.).
Day 8: Scenic train ride to Yogyakarta - Prambanan Temple
An early train (first class) brings us comfortably directly to the beautiful, lively city of Yogyakarta, Central Java's capital. The ride is very scenic and takes about 7-8 hrs.
Day 9: Free day in Yogya
Opportunity to explore downtown Yogya (Sultan's Palace, water castle, museums, markets etc.). Optional fun city-tour on becak (rickshaws). Option to visit the important Hindu temples of Prambanan and to attend a Ramayana ballet performance in the evening.
Day 10: Borobodur temple and Merapi volcano
In the morning, we take time to visit the monumental temple of Borobodur, the largest Buddhist temple in Asia. Erected between 750 and 850 AD, then partly buried under volcanic mudflows from Merapi volcano around 1000 AD and again excavated starting in 1815, Borobodur counts as one of Asia's major archaeological sites. The visit to Borobodur will include a guided tour with extra time to spend in or near the complex. After lunch, we drive to the slopes of Merapi volcano where we can observe the impressive evidence of its recent eruption (e.g. the fresh deposits and destruction caused by the pyroclastic flows in June 2006).
Day 11: Flight to East Java, Tengger volcano
Short and scenic flight to Surabaya, transfer to Malang town, lunch. Enter into the Tengger caldera via an impressive route on open jeeps to enjoy the dramatic landscape of deep valleys and steep cliffs.
Day 12: Bromo volcano & Tengger caldera
Relaxed day to explore Bromo volcano and the Tengger caldera. Visit of the local volcano observatory and introduction to monitoring techniques of the volcano.
Day 13: Sunrise over the Tengger Kaldera & Transfer to Ijen volcano
Early start & jeep drive to one of the world's most spectacular sunrise viewpoints over the huge Tengger caldera. After returning to the hotel and a breakfast, we leave to the beautiful Ijen Plateau where we will stay two nights in an amazing lodge in the middle of lush gardens and rice fields, with views to Raung and Ijen volcano.
Day 14: Ijen volcano
Early start to climb Ijen volcano's crater with its impressive sulfur deposits and the turquoise crater lake. Observe the medieval-style mining operations inside the crater and learn about the processing of sulfur. Return to relax in the Ijen Lodge in the afternoon.
Day 15: Transfer to Bali - beach
After a relaxed breakfast in the stunning surroundings of the lodge, we drive to Bali, where the trip ends in a hotel on the beach of Jimbaran.
Day 16: End of tour on Bali
Your tour with us ends on Bali.

20-days itinerary including Semeru trekking

Day 1-11: as day 1-11 in normal itinerary
Day 12: First etappe on the trek to Semeru
Start the climb to Semeru through a long but moderate trek until Kalimati camp
Day 13: Climb to Semeru's summit
Strenous climb up the steep cone of Semeru for sunrise, descend and hike to second camp at a lake.
Day 14: Hike back to Ranu Pani and 4X4 transfer to Bromo
Hike back to Ranu Pani, 4x4 drive to the Tengger caldera
Day 15: Transfer to Tumpang & Tengger caldera Day
Transfer to Tumpang & Tengger caldera Day
Day 16-20: as days 12-16 in normal itinerary (Bromo - Ijen - Bali)
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Tour guide

The tour will be accompanied / guided on location by one of our professional local guides in Indonesia, typically Andi or Galih. They have extensive knowledge not only about the volcanoes, but also about their country and culture.
Our guides all speak English and Indonesian, some also French.
Andi Rosadi, our famous head expedition leader in Indonesia

Additional info

Physical requirements

The hikes in the program are fairly easy (maximum hiking efforts between 3 and 5 km distance, climbing of up to 500 m, total duration max. 3 hours) for everybody with good normal fitness. You should, however, be prepared for hot and humid climate typical for any tropical country.

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