This is a place where people walk up to from far and wide merely to watch the first rays of the sun rise majestically over an unforgettable scene of volcanoes and a sand sea desert, starting from semi-darkness to blazing sunlight.
A trek to Mount Bromo, the icon of East Java province, is surely a journey worth taking. When the volcano is not active, people can cross the sands on horseback and climb the stairs right up to the rim of the crater and walk around the rim. But even when the volcano is active, there are vantage points to watch this magical scene and photograph it for eternity.
Jemeluk Bay Viewpoint
Why join the pesky crowd at Amed Beach for sunrise when you can explore a hidden spot to enjoy magical views as dawn breaks through? Jemeluk Bay Viewpoint is a great off-the-beaten-path option for you sunrise chasers! From this gorgeous elevated viewpoint, you get to overlook the wide stretch of glistening sand and turquoise water of the bay. As the sun gently rises and clears out the sky, the curtain drops, the show begins – enjoy jaw-dropping views of the majestic Mount Agung painted in beautiful colours.
Waters of Lombok
Given the slow pace of life on the Lombok Islands, just east of Bali, it would be just as possible (or even preferable) to view this sea-set sunrise after a long and inadvisable night, as it would be to see it in the morning. With many beachfront properties and boats available to charter the sights of the rising sun, lapping sea and soft golden sand can be enjoyed in comfort and in privacy.
Mount Kelimutu, Flores
This mountain in Flores Island’s Ende regency of East Nusa Tenggara is well known for its three volcanic crater lakes, collectively called Lake Kelimutu. From the peak, visitors can enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of the three lakes, which differ in color and change over time.
Visitors should start climbing the mountain at around 3 a.m. in order to reach the peak on time for the sunrise. The morning sunshine leaves a stunning shimmer that makes for a once-in-a-lifetime photo oppportunity.
This is the perfect place for you to start off the year watching the first sunrise revealing the enigmatic 3 lakes with different colors, whose hues also keep changing. Witness the surreal moment where the sun slowly ascends while its rays bring out the lovely colors of the lake and reveal the curves of the mighty mountain.
Located in Bali’s Kintamani in Bangli regency, Mount Batur is said to be one of the most-visited mountains on the island. Surrounded by the picturesque Lake Batur, it offers a rather easy trek for professional as well as beginner climbers.
Batur’s sunrise is one of the most sought-after experiences in Bali, with the hiking trails often packed with tourists. This mountain owes its breathtaking sunrise to its surrounding sister peaks, which make for a picture-perfect daybreak to witness once you’re on top. Mount Batur also has a stunning ‘double caldera’ and lush jungle, with cool crisp mountain air to enjoy while hiking all the way up. Despite being 1,717m (5,633ft) high, a hike to the summit can be completed in less than three hours – making the experience accessible for virtually everyone.
This volcanic island sandwiched between the islands of Java and Sumatra is a promising destination for hiking and snorkelling. The black volcanic sand and surrounding coral gardens are wonderful, but perhaps the mountain’s most compelling charm is its history. The Krakatoa we know today is actually just a small portion of the original volcano that erupted in 1883 and shook the world as one of the greatest natural calamities in history. The abundance of wildlife that lives in and around this mountain is constantly changing according to the weather and volcanic activity – making this natural reserve a fascinating site for both scientists and travellers.
For the real daredevils out there, this one is for you! We know we’ve listed easy-to-reach places so far and this one isn’t a challenge either but at least you get that adrenaline rush you’ve been waiting for as you’re set atop a cliff! While you could come over right before the sun rises, we highly recommend you to opt for a camping experience here. Sleep under the stars and wake up to postcard-perfect views in the morning as waves crash against the cliff.
The Dieng Plateau in the mountain region of Central Java is located above the clouds. This is another exotic view to catch the sunrise on 2019. Here Mt. Prau (meaning boat-shaped mountain) stands proudly at 2,500 meters above sea level.
If you are a nature lover and avid photographer, here is THE place to catch the first rays of the New Year. Watch the sun slowly reveal the spreading beauty of the plateau decorated with a number of small, elegant temples dedicated to the Creator of the Universe.
The view is priceless and not easily forgotten.