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  1. Best tour guide ever! We started our 3days/2nights tour in Surabaya, with our guide Agus and our driver Adi! Both very friendly, we enjoyed the ride with them! Once arrived in Bromo, we had the pleasure to meet Sam, the owner of Ijen Expedition, as well as THE photographer! We managed to see the Milky Way and got best pictures ever thanks to this great trio! The rest of the trip was amazing, as expected, with a beautiful sunrise in Bromo, a nice walk to the Volcano, an incredible experience with the 2am hiking to Ijen Crater! It was definitely the most amazing trip Iโ€™ve ever done! Many thanks to Agus, Adi and Sam, it donโ€™t have been the same without these 3 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. If there is a person who can make a hike this hard, super fun and exciting, that person is Rian “Consider-it-done” Bagus. It was the trip of our life, fun and enjoyable, splendid views and experience, and Rian took the term “friendly guide” very ad literam. Friendly, well organised, fun, adventurous and exceptional experience- Ijen crater would not have been the same without him as our guide. Highly recommend!!!

  3. My husband and I recently did the Blue Fire Tour. Ijen Expedition did a nice job of coordinating our pick up in Ubud, Bali, ferry to Java, ride up to the volcano entrance, and a guide to get to the top. Our driver, Mr. Yanto, was great. We really enjoyed chatting with him and learning more about Indonesia. I appreciated this group’s flexibility in allowing me to reschedule at the last minute after getting really sick in Ubud. They were very responsive to any and all of my e-mail inquiries. The hike was great and Mr. Yanto took us to a nice hotel on Java to grab some breakfast. He took great care of us. I highly recommend Ijen Expedition for the Blue Fire Tour. Thanks guys!

  4. We did 1 night tour from Bali to Mt. Ijen. Our driver Enfan was very friendly. The long drive from Bali to the mountain is very tiresome but I do not regret this experience, maybe next time I will take the tour to this area when I am already in java. Our guide, Dhany, was very friendly and went at our pace up the mountain, even though we were slow like caterpillars haha. The sunrise view and appreciation towards the hardworking miners was definitely worth the trek!!
    One thing I would say could be improved is that for the price we paid for the tour, it would be nice to have a complementary hot tea or snack once we reach the top of the mountain ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. My husband and I booked our tour of Ijen Crater through Ijen Epedition and it was the highlight of our 10 day trip to Indonesia in December 2016.

    We were picked-up from the hotel in Bali at the agreed time in a comfortable, modern and clean car, to make our way to the ferry point then then proceed to Ijen. Our driver was incredibly polite, was happy to talk to us about tourism, history and politics answering all our question along the way.

    Our guide was simply fantastic. When the climb up got a little hard, he didn’t rush us – suggesting we take our time, periodically reminding us to stop for a couple of minutes, reassuring that we are still on time and that will not miss the blue flame. As we climbed in to the crater, he watched over us carefully and made sure we were safe, comfortable and helped us navigate some of the more precarious climbs up/down the crater. When the sulfur fumes blew our way, he promptly made sure we turned away from the direction of the wind, our gas masks had extra padding with scarf / cloth to reduce fume inhalation.

    We got down to the crater, saw the magnificent flame and at dawn saw the breathtaking green lake.

    It was definitely the highlight of our visit and highly recommend Ijen Expedition to anyone thinking of seeing Ijen blue flame!

  6. Very professional. Everything they say is accurate, time, price. Easygoing they adjust to your schedule and very knowledgeable about the place. Also cheaper than most tours, I highly recommend them.

  7. We went with Ijen Expedition to Bromo and Ijen and it was a delight trip. From email conversation and arrangement was very easy and straight to the point. Once we arrive, everything as per expectation and all the information of the package is correct and accurate. Ask for Mr Soni as your guide as he is a good and honest guy. He is also an experienced video and photographer. Enjoy your trip with Ijen Expedition

  8. So I took the tour to kwaha ijen from bali on 16th december. We were initially 4 people who were going to do the trek but two of us got unwell at the last moment. So only two of us were able to take the trek. We were picked up from our hostel in bali at around 7 pm in a very good car. The lady who had come to pick us was extremely sweet and we were totally at ease as soon as we met her. We reached the starting point of the trek at around 1:20 am and started our trek at around 1:35 am. The ijen expedition team were so helpful that they arranged a warm jacket and a woollen cap at the last moment on our request. Thanks a ton for that. We got 1 tour guide for the two of us. His name was lukis (I hope i have spelled it correctly) and he was the most patient, sweet and helpful guide that we could have expected. Now, it must be noted that though I have done various treks earlier, I am not a fit person. I am obese. So I had to stop every few meters, because of the gradient of the slope there. But lukis was always very patient and helpful. He kept on saying, it is not a race and kept asking about my wel being at regular intervals. Thanks a ton lukis for that.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once we reached 2/3rd of the height we had to wear the gas masks. The sulfur content was very high. The masks provided by them were excellent and we did not face any issues in breathing because of that. We reached the top around 3:30 am, went down the crater, reached there by 4:30 am and saw the most amazing blue fire. I cannot stress enough how helpful lukis had been throughout. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly we were not able to see the sunrise because during these months the sun is hidden behind the mountains. Nevertheless the view once the sun had risen was amazingly beautiful. We started our journey back around 5:50 am and reached the starting point at around 6:50 am. The only thing that we were disappointed about was that in the package information mentioned in this site had local breakfast included as a part of the package but then we were told after the trek that breakfast is not included.. ๐Ÿ™ Please put correct information on the package tour page. At the end I would like to say that travel of 14 hours for a 6 hr trek was totally worth it. I would not have missed it for anything. Thank you again lukis and team for arranging this tour.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. The itinerary for the Ijen Bluefire Tour was tailored according to our needs at a reasonable price. We wanted to go directly from the airport, and a pick-up was arranged. The driver of the car (Evan) and Hadi, the tour guide (a local in Ijen), both were very helpful, informative and good travel companions. The drop-off in the following day was also arranged according to our next scheduled programme making it all very convenient for us. All in all it was a very good service from the Ijen Expedition Team.

  10. Me and two friends went on the Ijen blue fire tour from Bali. We only had a few days in Bali so we needed a time-efficient trip. The driver picked us up in Kuta at 7 pm and we arrived at the base of Ijen right in time for the trail to open. We had a very nice guide to accompany us on the climb who told us about the volcanos in the area and provided us with gas masks. The climb was relatively easy and the reward at the top is stunning. Both the blue fire at night and the beautiful scenery that opens up after dawn. We were lucky to hike up under the super moon so even in the middle of the night we could appreciate the surrounding beauty. After descending we were brought back to Bali in the private car and dropped off at our new destination Ubud.

    This tour was the highlight of our holiday and we are very thankful that i could be arranged from Bali to fit in with our tight schedule.

  11. I found this website through recommendations from other bloggers. Because of that I decided to try it myself. The service was good and efficient. They contacted through email. Ilmi from ijenexpedition even personally whatsapp-ed me to make arrangments and confirmations. Me and my friend were taking the train from Surabaya to Banyuwangi. Hendra, our tour guide, and Bambang, our driver, were already waiting at Karangasem station at 9.15pm. Then we had some coffee and chatted for a while before proceeding to Ijen at midnight since we didn’t book any hotel for that night. Hendra was really friendly and considerate towards us, patiently waiting for us when we were tired and guiding us when needed. He was also really helpful with taking pictures. It was a good experience. Thank you! (:

  12. After reading up extensively on how to get to this unreal volcano, I read several backpacker accounts recommending getting there on your own to save money; I’m sooo relieved I decided against that and booked this tour for my two friends and I through Ijen Expedition instead! We did the two days one night package with pick up from Bali and it was great to have everything from transport to accommodation included. I do not think we would have been able to safely manage getting to or going about Java, especially this volcano, without the help of Sam and our guide Lucas. Well, maybe, but it would have definitely been 10x more stressful.

    We were almost considering not going on this expedition due to previous exhaustion but all three of us agree that seeing the blue fire was an experience that we’re super glad we didn’t miss. It was made even better by the seamless planning of Ijen Expedition and the endlessly friendly help of Lucas and Sam. Driving down from Ijen at 7 am, utterly exhausted, but in the comfortable company of these two jamming out to some Indonesian reggae was a wonderful memory to have in itself. Thanks so much for a great experience!!!

  13. As I type this message, I’m sitting in the Juanda airport in Surabaya waiting for my plane home. We had a wonderful experience seeing both Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen. The weather was perfect of course, and so we could see everything that was offered and more.

    Lucas was an excellent guide and extremely professional the entire time working for the expedition company. We had a lot of emphasis on the photography portion of the trip, and so he was very patient the entire experience. Hadi our driver was excellent as well, getting us everywhere in what Google maps would describe as record time. Bravo for making us feel comfortable, while still giving us the freedom to explore this beautiful country.

    We stayed in Bali for the week previous, and I can say without a doubt that our Java experience exceeded that of Bali because of the tour. Thanks for the adventure.


  14. We signed up for a 4 day tour. First night we hiked up Mt Ijen. Finally got to see the blue flames! Getting down to the crater in the dark was no small feat. For that we’re grateful to have our guides Eno and Bondan. They kept us steadily grounded every step of the way. The view of the lake in the morning was spectacular.
    After the hike we drove to the Savannah Ijen. The scenery is picturesque. Wish we had more time to roll on the grass there haha
    We reached Red Island beach in time for the sunset. Took many pictures on this awesome beach. The homestay is only a short walk away from the beach. Place is very clean and host hospitable.
    Green Bay is really a hidden gem. Though a tad rocky, we couldn’t resist the allure of the clear green water.
    Last but no way least, Sukamade beach. This is where we got to release baby turtles into the sea! There are lots of sand flies on this beach so don’t forget your repellents.
    Thank you Ijen Expedition for this wonderful experience! Big thank you to Bondan for the pictures and for taking such great care of us throughout the whole trip!

  15. Me and my wife had a great tour to Bromo and Ijen wit Sam and his team.Our guides were very welcoming,friendly,always smiling and responsible.we have certainly experienced one of the best things in our life with the relentless cooperation of Sam and his team.everything was almost to the plan that I discussed earlier with Sam over net.we have been picked up from Surabaya just at time,Got the best hotel near Bromo and a very good guide at Ijen.Thanks to Ijen expedition team for the effort they gave.I will certainly recommend my friends to have this experience.with Sam Kawah Ijen Ipunk Petualank
    by mr. safayet

  16. My friend and I had a really good time doing the blue fire tour! The flames were amazing. Thank you very much for the tour!!

  17. Amazing Experience! After chatting for 2 weeks with Sam to organise my trip, I was finally picked up from Bali along with 19 other classmates in order to climb Kawah Ijen on the following day. below are the highlights of my trip:

    – Sam’s team met us in the hotel and made sure we face no issue, then they recommended a diner close to the hotel before we met Sam who ensured we’re all set for the trip
    – The hike was a bit less than 2 hrs long, and we had 5 members of Sam’s team to guide us. They provided us with Masks, Bamboo poles, torches and some fruits for the hike
    -We were fortunate to see the Blue Flame and the surprise was that Sam is actually a great photographer so he helps us out catching some interesting photos, before he takes lead and shoots us with his different cameras (the photos look surreal I must say)

    Overall, we had a memorable experience, Sam’s team is pleasant, punctual and most importantly safe! The price quote was very competitive compared to 4 other guiding tours.
    Thanks Sam (and your team) for the unforgettable experience, many friends around me are already planning to contact you.

    Best, Ali

  18. Huge thankyou to Sam and Sony and the entire Ijen Expedition team. Sam was easy to deal with when arranging the trip from home, and even helped me out with a last minute change to my plans. Meeting his family and colleagues at his lovely home stay was a great experience, before a quick nap to get ready for the climb. Sony was a fantastic guide (who doubled as an exceptional photographer for the night) and made sure our night was the best it could be. This was one of the best tour experiences I’ve had anywhere in the world.

    Thankyou Sam and team!

  19. The price is reasonable. The pre-arrival arrangement is good as well with quick response. As we arrived earlier than planned, we were brought to a cafe, chilling while waiting. Tour guide, Sony and driver, Akid are very kind and friendly. Sony is knowledgable about the Ijen and stuff. At last, Sam almost forgot about the payment until we reminded him.

  20. Awesome tour, big thanks to the guys! Great job! A highlight of our trip to Indonesia

  21. It was fantastic experience at Ijen to see blue fire….
    This company staff were very nice and prepare good Hotel to stay.
    Especially, a guide whose name is Oron was awesome!!
    He knows well about Ijen volcano and he has pretty good skill to take photos.

    Anyway safe and fan tour gave us a lifetime memory…

    Thanks and best regards,

    1. I forgot to say, you should advertise to Japan, actually I’m Japanese.
      I bet many Japanese will love this tour.

      I try to find Japanese web site to see Ijen blue fire , there is a few Japanese tour agent.
      Please let Japanese people know this fantastic mountain.

  22. Mr. Sam I need a guide for my girl for ijen crater she n 1 more girl going. Thanks

      1. Hi Sam , I am planning to do a 5D4N tour to Ijen this Dec. I heard such good stuff about you. would be great if you can organise and personally show us. We will be at Surabaya on 5 Dec. I am Eric . How can I reach you ?

  23. Hi Mas Sam…
    Telat banget komen di sini ya…ha,ha
    Terima kasih untuk bantuannya selama disana. Sabar banget nemenin kita yang jalannya lelet… Juga untuk pinjaman sleeping bags-nya.

    Thanks for all.

  24. I spent 2 full days visit Bromo and Ijen. The trip was awesome and I’d like to highlight to Ijen even though the weather not that good in the day I am hiking but it became my exciting experience.
    The day we hike to Ijen, I am facing the windy that very strong and it bring a small rock and smoke from the fire but didn’t worried about it. I just wait if the wind change the way the I can continues. More than half way, I have to find the barrier because in front of me it fire on the three and the wind very and very strong and it bring a small sparking. I just cover my face with my scarf and closed my eye and trying the walk backward to past that curve but I can’t made ๐Ÿ™‚

    The way hike to Ijen very easy but slippery in dry season.

    I would live to visit again and I expected Sam to come along with me.

    Thanks Sam to prepare my trip!! Look forward to seeing you so soon!!!!

  25. When I was travelling through Indonesia I read about the blue fire phenomenon on Kawah Ijen. A quick google search led me to Sams Page. After writing a short Mail I got an immediate reply. Sam arranged to pick me up at the harbour in Banyuwangi although I arrived pretty late in the evening. On the way to the cozy and amazing huts in the mountains, we stopped at the house of Alan`s brother (Alan was my guide) for a coffee, some typical Indonesian food and a smoke ๐Ÿ™‚

    When we arrived in the mountains, I met up with Sam who gave a brief description about the tour. After a short nap in the beautiful hut , we started our adventure at 1 a.m. We drove up the mountain to a parking lot and then walked up the rest of the mountain which is not a big deal for averaged trained persons. When we entered the crater Alan led the way down which was pretty steep on some parts (make sure to wear proper foot-wear). The experience in the crater was overwhelming: huge smoke fumes, big yellow sulphur rocks and of course the astonishing blue fires. We also walked to the dead lake inside the crater. After we walked around and enjoyed this incredible site we climbed back on the top of the volcano and enjoyed the sunrise.

    On our way down to the valley, we stopped at a coffee and banana plantation, where Alan explained me the way of growing the different fruits in Java.

    Back in the village, Sam invited me to his home for a coffee and a nice chat with him and his guides. Pretty cool dudes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Before Alan brought me back to the ferry, we stopped for lunch in an absolutely incredible restaurant near the village. Can`t explain the beautiful panoramic view and the delicious food (ask Sam or Alan to guide you there)…

    Doing the Kawah Ijen Expedition with Sam and his guides is definitely a must-do when you are travelling through Java or Bali! It was the best experience throughout my whole south-east Asia journey. You won`t find such great hospitality and nature elsewhere!


    PS: Make sure to bring a (rainproof) jacket with you as it might get pretty cold on top of the volcano. Good shoes will help you managing the steep parts. Anything else (masks, torch,…) was provided by Alan and Sam.

  26. I would like to thank Sam for being a very dependable, punctual, warm and amazing guide. He managed our three day trip to Mt Bromo and Mt Ijen in a very efficient manner. I would like to recommend Sam to anyone heading to this region. Sam has excellent knowledge of area. Sam was ever ready to go out of his way to help us in getting the best out of our trip.

    Sam is also an excellent photographer. He patiently waited for us when we took extra photography breaks and also took us to best secret spots where we could have the clear view of the volcanoes.

  27. What more can I say about Sam? Entertained every last one of my group’s unreasonable request including a last minute request to be our guide. Sam is a true local who knows his way around and is ever cheerful.

    More importantly, he cares tremendously for his guest as seen by him providing an additional car for our extreme guide of ijen and Bromo in 1 day at no additional cost.

    Rinjani next year for me and there’ll only be one guide I’d trust with that expedition.

    @sam, remember to send over the pictures brother! Thanks for being so hospitable.

  28. I found Sam through facebook where I was joined as a member of Singapore photography. That was the best thing I did, living in Indonesia so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have heard a lot from many of my friends who traveled in Indonesia that the MOST beautiful scenery is ‘Bromo’ mountain. So, my husband and I planned to go there along with Ijen for 5 days. However, as an expat living in Indonesia, I don’t know well about the local tour package while I also know the most of tour packages for foreigners are too expensive. Then, Sam’s tour package, which is at reasonable price and has benefits for being able to travel with local guide (Sam) who is a professional photographer!!

    Yes. This trip was the most memorable and also became my favorite trip in Indonesia. I still cannot forget the moment when I saw thousands and thousands stars in the sky before climbing to Bromo and Ijen, when I was waiting for the Sunset at the best and the secret spot which was dominated by Sam and us, when I wanted to give up climbing to the crater of Ijen because of my health issue but I made it and saw the breathtaking view of Ijen mountain thanks to Sam’s encouragement. Plus, all these beautiful memory is now kept as ‘REAL’ by awesome pictures that was taken by Sam. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sam is the best guide for Bromo and Ijen tour because he was born and grew up there and he is a professional photographer! Of course, he is super duper sweet and funny!!

    People who is heading to Bromo should not miss Ijen tour. From my personal view, Ijen was more inspiring than Bromo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again Sam and Arief for our mind-blowing experience. We love you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Me and my boyfriend had a short trip to Java, Indonesia. We decided to head to the famous Mount Ijen where the sulfur miners are. Apart from visiting the place, the main purpose of this trip is take good photos as I am a hobbyist photographer and my bf as a Professional Photographer. We were hooked up with a good guide โ€œin fact a REALLY GOOD GUIDEโ€, Sam. We were well taken care off very well by Sam, and what we enjoyed much of this trip is Sam is also a good photographer. He knows where the best spot to take photos, a jackpot for photographers looking for guide I must say. Weโ€™ve also got good photos and a good chat with some of the miners, with Sam acting as our translator…

    Anyone looking for a guide to the Ijen Crater, SAM is highly recommended. He can also be your photographer for your Ijen trip!!! Best of all, you will always have a good laugh and a good explore of the place.

    Many thanks Sam; we havenโ€™t started working on our photosโ€ฆ way too busy down here. We will send you the link when itโ€™s done. Visit Bangkok sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please send our regards to Sis and to the one and only good female driver in Banyuwangi (Efie).

    Best to you,
    Raquel & Dave

  30. You want to have a Ijen tour? Then you must have Sam to be your tour guide!!
    I was a solo traveler, and I really glad to have Sam as my guide. In addition to climb amazing Kawah Ijen, Sam took me to some beautiful places in the village, and also meet some friends and his families, I really enjoy it. Without him,I don’t think I can have a such wonderful tour and lots of nice pictures(he is also a good photographer!)!.
    Anyway, Sam is my best choice for exploring Ijen. Terima kasih Sam!

  31. We slept for few hours in a 5* tent (pitched by Sam and mate) before waking up all excited at 1am to climb Ijen and catch the blue fire. As there were 5 of us, 2 guides came along with us. One to lead the way and another to make sure that no one gets left behind. I was slow and was very glad to have Sam patiently accompanying me up the steep slope and taking care of me. While Sam went down the crater w 2 of my pals, his mate asked if we wanted coffee and started setting up a fire to boil water. We felt blessed to be so well taken care of. Must hv been heavy for them to lug up the water n heating gadgets.

    We descended earlier and after we reached base camp. His mate was v nice to set fire again to cook instant noodles for us hungry folks. Blessed!

    All in our team will agree that Sam is an impressive self taught photographer! Pity that I did not get to pick up a few more tips from him!

    We had a memorable trip at the beautiful ijen thanks to the duo and I’ll definitely recommend his trip to others!

    Take care n all the best!

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