29 Jan 2020
It was a great experience.
All the people accompanying us were really nice and friendly. The two guides (Teo, Ary) and the driver (tonio) were great. Alway careful, kind and interesting, we had a great moment thanks to them.
We did the 4 day, 3 night tour from Surabaya to Bromo, Kalibaru, Ijen, and finishing in Bali. From our initial email to Ary he was friendly, helpful, prompt in responding, and keen to help us get the most out of the trip. He was flexible with the ending point so that we could get to the Gili Islands easily.
Our experience throughout the tour was enjoyable. It felt well organised, our drivers were friendly and professional, and our guide in Bromo was particularly wonderful at taking lots of photos of us on the mountain!
We visited Bromo on a very windy day and regretted not bringing glasses/goggles and a proper face mask to avoid inhaling ash or getting it in our eyes! So this is just a word of warning to anyone else to avoid making the same mistake we did!
We would recommend Ary’s tours to our friends and family and would certainly book with him again if we ever return to Indonesia!
I wish I could give even more than 5 stars! Everything was perfect! Ary picked us up at Surabaya airport and we then drive to Bromo with a very kind driver called Tommo. Once at Bromo and after a short night, we've started the tour with a jeep drive to the top to admire an unbelievable sunrise! The guide at Bromo was called Iwen and was taking amazing pictures of us as you can see. Trek at Bromo is very easy and you can even do it with trainers. Crater is an easy walk as well.
After this first day done, we drove for roughly 6 hours to stay in a 5 stars hotel with an amazing infinite pool over the sea looking at Bali's island. At midnight, we've started the Ijen trek. The walk to the Ijen crater roughly takes 2 hours and you definitely needs trek shoes. At the bottom of the trek, the guide Iwan (another Iwan) give you a gaz mask and give you advice to take care as sulfur can be very tough. Thanks to Iwan, I went very close to the Blue Fire and I was amazed at its beauty. Afterwards, you simply came back to the hotel after a beautiful sunrise over the acid lake. Then, a new drive drover us to our hotel in Bali.
Everything was perfectly organised, beautiful and worth it!
Thanks a lot Ary and your team.
The BROMO-IJEN Tour was very well organised from beginning to end. Communication was fluid and clear and our tour was personally customised to ensure we got the most out of our time in Indonesia.
The first customisation involved being picked up from our hotel in Bali. Agus was our driver and we did A LOT of driving. He was polite and fun, and accommodated our wishes every step of the way. The vehicles were very comfortable and air conditioned, we even had Wifi (on of those pocket wireless dongles) which was a very nice touch.
So they picked us up from Bali, took us all the way across the country to Yogyakarta- visiting Bromo and Ijen volcanoes along the way- then back up North to Surabya airport where we took a flight to Lombok. Everything went as planned, we didn't have to worry about hotels or restaurants as everything was pre-booked and Agus had all the options pre-prepared with regards restaurants.
A special shout to Iwan who took us down to see the Blue Fire with our gas masks, he was jolly, super friendly with us and everyone along the way, and was cracking jokes and singing from beginning to the end! If we're every back in Indonesia, we'll be Whatsapping Iwan!
Should also mention the guide who took us to Mt. Bromo from Lava Cafe, he let us sit on the roof of the jeep for our descent - an awesome experience.
If you're going to Indonesia, get in touch with this tour agency, very professional and friendly.
Contacted Ary for a private tour for me and my friend for Mt Bromo, Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Ijen Crater and Malang. Ary has been very prompt and responsive in my queries. He even personally picked us up from the airport before sending us off to start our journey.
In each location there's local tour guide, like in Bromo, Tumpak Sewu and Ijen. All tourguides are very experienced and they're also good 'photographer' helping to take pictures using your own mobile camera. They surely know all the camera functions! :) We had Heri as our tourguide for Bromo Ijen and Pebry for Ijen crater. They are very professional, helpful and encouraging. The trekking on elevated land can be challenging and they motivated you along the way to finish the journey. The accommodations provided were good as well around 2-3 stars for mountain area. Just make sure you manage your expectations that you're going to mountain with limited facilities
I had beautiful memories and pictures from the trip. Most of my friends who saw my pictures are planning for Mt Bromo trip already. I will definitely recommend BromoIjen Tour. Thank you!