Trip to Mount Bromo – Gungung Bromo volcano
I was so excited to get to visit the Gungung Bromo volcano, the famous volcano in Indonesia!
After leaving Bali at 9am, we arrived at Surabaya (SUB) airport on the island of Java at 9am. Nadya and I were picked up at the airport by her cousin’s friend, who was kind enough to drive us 2.5 hours to her cousins place. That’s exceptionally nice – would you do that for a friend’s friend visiting? Would you drive 2.5 hours to pick up a friend’s cousin’s new friend at the airport?
Indonesia has 129 volcanoes, most in the world!
The Plan: Volcano Sunrise!
The plan was to head to Gungung Bromo, their largest volcano to watch it at sunrise. We got a ride to her cousins, at which point we’d we’d take another leg of transportation towards the base of the mountain, and leave for the mountain around 4am. It’s a lot of effort, but Lonely Planet Indonesia (travel guide, linked below) raved about it.
What is Indonesia’s Gungung Bromo volcano?
Indonesia has 129 volcanoes (debated number; some place the number as more than 150), most in the world. None are more beautiful than Gunung Bromo.
It’s located on the eastern side of the island of Java. This is the same island as Jakarta, Indonesia, where former U.S. President Barack Obama once lived.
There’s actually 40 volcanoes on the island of Java alone, but beautiful postcards from Indonesia with a volcano are typically of Bromo. It’s impressive!
While Bromo was too active to visit, I ended up hiking a different volcano. My day included hiking to see I volcano sulfur mining nearby at Kawah Ijen!
Here’s the Bromo wiki.