Bromo Sunrise is undoubtly the most popular activity for everyone coming to Mount Bromo. Located in the eastern part of Malang, you can view the mesmerizing view of the sun rising from the horizon over Mount Bromo from the peak of Mount Penanjakan. To be able to watch the sunrise, you'll have to be able to wake up far before the sun rise. Most Bromo Sunrise tours will pick you up in your hotel as early as 02:00 AM. Try to be as early as you can so you'll get the VVIP spot with vantage view.
Bromo Sunrise and Other Fun Activities to Do in Mount Bromo
Riding on a Jeep
Craving for some small thrilling adventure? Hop on a off-road jeep and sail along the Segara Wedi. The jeeps are practically the only vehicle that are capable to ride Segara Wedi's difficult terrain, and you can enjoy the thrills as it hits the bumping paths. It is absolutely a perfect way to get to the Bromo crater or just touring around the national park area.
Taking a Horse Ride
If you want to enjoy much slower trip, try riding on a horse. You can find the horses pretty easily, especially since the guide will come forward and offering you their service. Even if you've never ride on a horse before, you don't have to worry. The horse guide will pull the lead rope for you, all you need to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquility offered by the Mother Nature.
Sip On a Cup of Coffee
There's nothing better than sipping on a hot coffee to get rid of gripping cold of Mount Bromo. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby the area that sells your favorite cup of Java. At the same time, you'll also get the chance to view spectacular view of Mount Bromo and surrounding mountains in the area.
Witness the Yadnya Kasada Ritual
If you want to feel the mythical vibes of Mount Bromo, be sure to come during Yadnya Kasada Ritual, that is celebrated every 14th Day of the Kasada Month according to traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Tenggerese conduct the ritual to honor Sang Hyang Widhi, the highest ranked God in Hinduism, and to pay homage to Roro Anteng and Joko Seger. The locals will travel up to the mountain peak and throw offerings into the Bromo crater in order to appease the Gods that they believed dwelling in the mountain. Yadnya Kasada Ritual is an ancient ritual passed down from generation to generation since the age of Majapahit Kingdom's reign.
Exploring the Crater
If you're brave enough, you can climb on the staircases to reach the mountaintop and see the gaping crater before your very own eyes. It is absolutely astounding to see the crater of an active volcano, although you'll have to own a very strong nose (or equip yourself with a face mask) to withstand the strong sulfuric gas emanating from the crater. You don't have to worry of slipping and fall down to the crater, as there are railings along the crater's mouth.
Camp In in the Savanna
Now that the day is over, why don't you camp in for a night? Right across the Sea of Sand is a camping ground where you can view the breathtaking view of the Savanna and the mountain blanketed by sea of cloud. The fresh air will recharge your energy and clear your mind. It is absolutely a perfect place to spend the entire day with your family, friends, or loved ones.
How to Get Tickets?
Each travel agents provide different prices for their Bromo Sunrise packages. You might want to check them carefully to pick whichever suits your budget.
How To Get Around?
It is impossible to go around Mount Bromo on foot, especially if you're in Bromo Sunrise Tour since you'll need to reach the summit as early as possible). You can rent a jeep to take you around, or you can also ride on a horse if you prefer slower alternative.
What Should I Wear?
Keep in mind that the weather in Mount Bromo is very cold, especially in the morning. You'll need to wear a warm jacket, beanie, and thick pants to protect your body from the cold. Don't forget to wear a facemask or scarf to cover your nose and mouth. You wouldn't want the floating sand particles enter your respiratory system. You would want to wear a pair of hiking boots, especially if you're planning to go on a hike up to Mount Bromo's summit.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Mount Bromo and enjoy Bromo Sunrise peacefully is by going there in weekdays. There will be less crowds so you'll get higher chance to get the perfect view of sunrise from the peak of Mount Pajajaran.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you won't really need a guide. Especially since all informations you need to know are provided in this website.
How To Get There?
The fastest way to get to Mount Bromo is from Surabaya, as it only takes you time about 5 hours driving. If you go from Malang, you can go to Hotel Helios where they will arrange a Bromo Sunrise tour for you. The tour usually departs very early, so forget about staying up late.
Bring sun-shades and don't forget to apply large amount of sunscreen. While the weather is pretty cold in the morning and in the afternoon, the weather at noon is scorching hot. You would love to avoid getting some sunburns during your holiday.