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2019 OCTOBER 05 TO 07, INDONESIA, JAVA

Java Road Trip day 3, 4 & 5

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SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2019 DAY 106

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Today we had a big drive to get into the mountains near at Mt Bromo National Park. We checked into our hotel and chillaxed for the rest of the day.

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It was a lot colder up at this altitude and we all bought beanies to wear tonight, but mostly for tomorrow. As tomorrow we are heading up Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise!

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 107

Up at 2.30am to drive up to the top of Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise. Us and 500 other Toyota Land Cruisers full of tourists (mainly Indonesians).

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There were huge crowds at the top of the mountain which was a little surprising to me. Sure it was a great sunrise, but just great. And it's not like it was a reward after trekking up to top of the mountain, everyone there had arrived in a motor vehicle that waited in line to get to the top and then searched for a non existing car park. Not quite sure why this sunrise attracts so many viewers.

It was cold and very dusty, hence the face masks. Before returning to attempt to find our vehicles for the winding trip back down the mountain, we stopped at one of the little refreshment shacks to have a warming drink.

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We waited roadside for our lifts to find us, then joined the still existing line up down the hill.

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It was cold, but not freezing as we expected. Personally, I prefer SUNSET to sunrise, the timing and all! But this was quite an experience. After the sunrise we stopped in the SAVANNAH VALLEY for a couple of photos.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, known locally as Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru (TNBTS) is a national park located in East Java, Indonesia.
It is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea,[2] the Tengger Sand Sea (Indonesian: Laut Pasir Tengger), across which is the caldera of an ancient volcano (Tengger) from which four new volcanic cones have emerged. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 meters (6,900 ft).[2] The massif also contains the highest mountain in Java,[3] Mount Semeru (3,676 meters (12,060 ft)), four lakes and 50 rivers. It is named after the Tengger tribe. An erg (also sand sea or dune sea, or sand sheet if it lacks dunes) is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover.

The Tengger Sand Sea has been protected since 1919. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park was declared a national park in 1982.

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MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 108

Another big drive day today, we left Bromo and headed to Yogyakarta, via a stop off at Prambanan Temple.

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Prambanan Temple Compound
Prambanan or Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Transformer. The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 04:03 Archived in Indonesia Tagged java temple sunrise mt prambanan bromo compound Comments (0)

2019 OCTOBER 03 to 04, INDONESIA, Pemuteran Beach, Java

Java road trip day 1 and 2.

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THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2019 DAY 104

So today we are leaving the island and my friend Wayan (who Dolly and I met here in Bali last year) is taking us on a 7 day tour to his home island of Java. I have left the itinerary totally in his hands. We will be all travelling altogether in a minivan and Wayan is organizing the accomodation, tours and has the task of finding us places to eat.

A very early start today as we left the beautiful relaxing Nusa Lembongan to start our JAVA TOUR. Wayan and our driver was waiting to collect us at the port when we arrived.
As we were the first boat trip of the day, there was a lovely lady who put offerings on the boats motors for morning blessing.

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We headed north up into the hills, driving up the middle of the island of Bali to the northern coast. Lots of monkeys on the side of the road who did not seem to be scared of man or machine.

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We stopped for lunch at a place overlooking the lakes, it was a bit chilly up there and we all opted for BAKSO - a kind of soup for lunch. Very tasty, as well as the coffee and lemon tea, which warmed us all up.

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After 4 hours travel we reached the north coast and our stop for tonight. We are staying @ Doubleyou Homestay in Pemuteran Beach. Lovely rooms with outdoor shower room. And the pool was set in a beautiful garden. Lucky the temperature at sea level was much warmer and we all had a swim in the lovely hotel pool.

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We crossed the busy road and headed to the beach to watch an amazing sunset. There was some kind of festival on at the beach and there were lots of locals out eating and enjoying the entertainment. We found an assortment of food outlets that managed to satisfy all of us.

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FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2019 DAY 105

This morning we went snorkeling off Menjangan Island. The sun was out and the water was just amazing and we saw lots and lots and lots of colourful fish.

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We stopped at 2 different locations, and had lunch in between.

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After lunch we had another snorkeling stop.

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And now some really good underwater pic our guide took with Dolly's underwater camera.

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After our snorkeling trip return to the beach, Wayan was waiting there for us to take off straight away. We drove the short distance to the nearby port to wait for a motor vehicle ferry that would carry us from the island of Bali to the island of Java. We had a short wait and then the crossing took about an hour, plus we had to wait our turn to berth on the Java side.

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Once on Java we drove straight to our accomodation for the night as it was already late afternoon. Tonight we stayed in bungalows @ Mirah Hotel and after a full day out we all took time out to have a relax before dinner. I found the hotel pool and went for a swim.

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We walked just a short distance up the street and found an restaurant with outdoor seating to have dinner. Wayan had to act as interpreter as the restaurant staff did not speak English. I'm proud of the Bali Seven as none of them complained about the location of our eating establishment. Some of our party have not travelled very much and especially not in Asia so I was a little worried they might be a bit fussy about where we eat. But everyone seemed happy with tonight's (and last night's choices).

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