The alarm burst into its ear-piercing screech at 2:30am. Irritated, I groaned and turned to go back to sleep before remembering why I set my alarm for this ungodly hour in the first place – it was time to see sunrise over Mt Bromo in Java, Indonesia.

From the King Kong Hill viewpoint overlooking Mount Bromo, you can see it’s brothers and sisters, Mount Batok, Mount Kursi, Mount Watangan and Mount Widodaren in the same caldera as Bromo, with Mount Semeru and Jambangan in the foreground.

The reason people wake up at this early hour is to see the early morning sun cast its glow over not only Bromo, but each of these volcanoes.

Why Visit Mount Bromo for Sunrise?

Visiting Mount Bromo is not just about witnessing one volcano, but several, with perfect viewing conditions at sunrise. It’s an experience that will leave you in awe of the wonders of Mother Nature.

How To Visit Mount Bromo For Sunrise

The best way to experience Mount Bromo at sunrise is on a 1-Day Mount Bromo Sunrise tour. You can find several tour companies that take you to Mount Bromo from Surabaya or Malang.

If you have more time at your disposal, we highly recommend taking a 3-day tour that includes Mount Bromo, Tumpak Sewu, and Volcano Ijen, which are three of the most iconic landmarks in East Java.

How To Get To Mount Bromo

To get to Mount Bromo, you must first reach the town of Malang. You can reach Malang using public transport from Surabaya. From here, it’s possible to hire a scooter to drive yourself to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which takes approximately 2 hours.

The iconic Mount Bromo Sunrise viewpoint is called King Kong Hill, located on Mt Pananjakan. You will know when you are in the right place, since the entrance to the trail up to the viewpoint is cladded with vendors selling street food, souvenirs and other items you don’t need.

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