Visits to Kali Mas Harbor, home to the traditional Phinisi schooners and Asia’s oldest trading port, the 15th century Sunan Ngampel mosque, the Arab and Chinese quarters as well as the legendary Hotel Majapahit (in colonial days known as Hotel Oranje) are outstanding attractions.
MPU TANTULAR ETNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
On Jalan Raya Darmo you will find the Mpu Tantular Ethnographic museum. Displays include stone relics from the Majapahit era, as well as Chinese ceramics and early batik making tools.
A visit to Mount Bromo, located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, is a must. The surrounding hills and mountains offer several viewing points to where thousands of spectators daily come to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises anywhere.
Mount Pananjakan, in the Pasuruan region, approximately 60 kilometers south of Surabaya, offers the best view of Mount Bromo’s sunrise and is an ideal spot for photographers. They come from all corners of the world to witness this unique natural phenomenon.
Standing on the hills opposite this natural wonder, visitors get a bird’s eye view on a moon-like landscape below where, at any moment in time, you would expect a Lunar Roving Vehicle to appear.
Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a vast plain that is called the Sea of Sand. Descending onto it, you walk towards the actual Bromo crater. There, you then have to climb 250 steps to get to the rim of the caldera.
A breathtaking ride on sturdy mountain ponies to witness dawn over the fiery Bromo crater is an unforgettable event. Some sleep sacrifice is required for the 3.30 am start, but you will find the extra effort involved eclipsed by the joy of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Bring a warm sweater, as Mount Bromo temperatures at this early hour are rather cool. A trip to Mount Bromo is a full day trip as it will take approximately three hours to reach from Surabaya.