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Bali, Java, Borneo in one trip-is this doable?

Bali, Java, Borneo in one trip-is this doable?

Oct 11th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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I was thinking about the ferry and drive option for visiting Ijen area. Plus if I want to tour with Wiedy that is his recommendation. Flying Bali-Surabaya, then driving to Ijen would necessitate backtracking leaving Ijen. Driving/ferry from Bali would eliminate the backtracking as we would continue on in the same general direction from east to west. A lot depends on how long the drive is from Surabaya to Ijen. On the map it looks to be a long long drive.

I looked for flights Bali-Malang and found only one airline, via Jakarta.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 09:35 PM
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If you're already in north Bali, the travel time by ferry and overland to Ijen is about 3 hours. If you're starting from Sanur, add about 4 hours. From Amed, I'm not sure, maybe 3 hours. If you do decide on the ferry, the best solution is to spend the night in north Bali, say Pemuteran.

Land travel from Surabaya to Ijen is somewhere between 8 and 10 hours. The advantage is there are a lot of organized tour operators in Surabaya.

So either way, ferry or fly, you should plan on spending a night in Ijen as you don't want to travel after dark in the area.

You also need to consider issues of ferry safety and reliability. The Java Bali ferry route is relatively short (about 30 minutes) and relatively safe, but there have been worrisome incidents. mostly weather related. I guess you could say the same about domestic air travel in Indonesia.

I've never taken the ferry myself, but my son has and he considered it acceptable. He was coming from Bromo, not Ijen, and it was a whole day journey to Pemuteran. It's also a little bewildering unless you're with a guide or have some Indonesian language. If you choose to take the ferry have you Ijen guide meet you on the Bali side and accompany you the whole way.

There really isn't any one obviously best way to get around the country, especially outside of the major cities. You just have to go with the least objectionable options. Each person has his/her own comfort level.

My advice is don't try to fit too much into too few days. To get from Bali to Ijen and then to an airport, is going to entail at least two, possibly three, overnights. There are various ways to accomplish it, but none of them is fast.
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