I went on a tour from Bali to the Ijen vulcano. The tour was really well organized and offered a great opportunity to meet new people! During my stay in Bali I got sick and therefore wanted to postpone my tour and it wasn't any problem at all. The company was easy to contact on WhatsUp and there was no problem to rebook my tour for another day without paying any additional fee.
I’m so glad I booked with Wayan for the Mount Ijen tour! He handled everything which was especially nice for a foreigner who didn’t speak the language and didn’t know what to do. He picked me up from Seminyak, Bali and drove me all the way to the port and back, throughout the trip. He made sure I knew where I was going and who to talk to before he dropped me off. Overall a great experience and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone doing the tour! The sunrise was beautiful!
We were lucky to meet Wayan as our driver to trek Mt Ijen. He was awesome!! After the trip we used him for day tours in Bali and he was just exceptional. Such a great guy and will help you out with whatever you need. I would highly recommend Wayan!
We booked the one day trip to Ijen, from Bali, with Como Bali Tour and we were lucky to meet Wayan. It was a 4 hour drive to the harbour, then he crossed us to Java on the ferry. We went to a restaurant to have dinner where we ate very tasty Mie Goreng. Then he joined us with another driver to the starting point of the trekking where he stayed to rest. The trekking is hard, since you go up 3km approximately without sleeping, pitch dark and with some very steep places (actually it is worse the tired you are because you don’t sleep than the leg exercise). We had a guide that showed us the way up the volcano and then down to the crater. It was quite a rocky and slippery path but our guide helped us down. Then we went to the rim of the crater, to see the sun rise and the blue (super acid) lake. Finally we got down where Wayan was waiting, we had breakfast in a Warung and headed to the harbour. In Bali he drove us back to our hotel, dropping off first a couple that was staying at another village. The views through Bali in those 4 hours were also incredible!!
So all in all Wayan was a great driver: on time, polite, ready to explain all our doubts about Bali. Oh! And BTW, it was Galungan festival in Bali, which he missed and didn’t even complain. Also because of the festival, the traffic in Ubud was even crazier than normal but he didn’t make us feel uncomfortable.
Don’t do like us and remember that at the top of Ijen, it is VERY COLD. 6 degrees Celsius with wind. We were underdressed and freezing. We recommend long trousers, a sweater, jacket, gloves, scarf... when you hike up it will not seem like you need it, but at the top, especially for when you are waiting still for the sun to rise, you will appreciate it.
Although we unfortunately booked with another company we were sooooooo lucky to get Wayan for our driver! We were so happy with him we immediately booked him to take us to the airport the next morning. He was always early. The other tour company gave him the wrong hotel info (even when I gave them the correct hotel information several times in emails!). He was patient and waited for us (Oberhue an hour!) at the wrong location. When we finally got the other tour company to contact him he arrived exactly when he said he would! (And if you know how traffic is in Denpasar you know how difficult that is!) His shopping advice for a place to purchase gifts to take with us back home as well as his restaurant locations he took us while on our tour were fantastic! And reading all the testimonials here about him I can not agree more! He was so much better that the hotel drivers in punctuality, price, English and knowledge! The highest of recommendations and I would feel confident this is also the best tour group (I wish we had booked everything with them!!) Thank you Wayan!!!