Since St.Patrick's day we have used public bus, ferry, taxi, pedicab and train to get from Bali to Mount Bromo on Java. We took the ferry across to Ketapang and spent one night there in a dive of a place. We considered doing Mount Igen but decided to move on and do Bromo instead. (We later found out it was a good idea we skipped Igen as it was closed off, but the tour guide would still take you there, so it would've been a waste of time and money)
After spending a night in at the Hotel Bromo Permei in Probollingo, we set out on a tour of Bromo, which was to finish in Yogyakarta. The tour included transport to the Volcano, a nights accomodation, pick up by 4WD jeep for sunrise, and then shuttle bus to Yogya. I wasn't too pushed about the tour as you can hike Bromo for cheaper, but Kevin wanted to do it.
We stayed at Yosthi's near the mountain, which was overpriced and the food wasn't great. The views from there, and the town around it were nice though.
In the morning we started at 4am, but just like on Batur, it was raining. We have terrible luck with Volcanoes in Indonesia. The Jeep brought us up Penjakhan and then we trudged 2km in the wind and rain to wait for sunrise and see....nothing! It was just a big wall of cloud, so all you saw was white.
Disappointed we set off for the crater of Bromo. Whilst friving there we crossed a wide area of black sand, which was great. In the gloom of the rainy dawn it was cool driving across here as riders on horseback which just appear out of nowhere as the jeep drove by.There is also a temple at the base of Bromo which is pretty nondescript when you've just been to Bali, but it's an interesting location on the sands at the base of the volcano. The climb up was nice and short, and looking down into an active volcano is quite exciting. There was no railaround the rim, except in one section, so you had to be careful. Looking in, you could see and smell the sulphur oming out of the crater, but no lave though.
After a few minutes we descended, as the rain was coming down quite heavily and the wind was quite strong up on the rim. Then we drove back to Yosthi's, made our connectng bus and headed off to Yogyakarta. It was a great experience just a little disappointing we didn't get any sunrise views.