Hubby sent sis & me to the airport and we meet up with the rest there. The flight is short and we landed at Juanda International Airport after 2hr 20min. Complimentary snack and water are no longer served on Valuair flight from 1 Apr 13. =(
Juanda International Airport
Clearing the immigration took about half an hour since there were only 6 counters open. After we exited the arrival hall, I saw my guide, Salim holding a card with my name. I have requested an English speaking driver when I liaised with Bromo Adventureland. The owner Wawan told me that the driver cannot speak English and a guide will be provided without additional charges.
Airport control tower
We had lunch at Tempo Doeloe (Add: Jalan Ir H Juanda) which is near the airport before continuing the journey to Mount Bromo. I ordered Gurami Goreng (deep fried sea water fish), Nila Pesmol (deep fried sea water fish cooked with special yellow sauce), Tahu Telor (Tofu, potato cooked with eggs and topped with peanut sauce), tahu goreng (fried tofu) and Tumis Kubis (cabbage). The food is mediocre and cost IDR297,000 ~ S$39 for 6 person. I find the wet tissue packaging interesting as all of us thought that it's chilli sauce.
We continued the journey to Mount Bromo with a short break at a minimart to buy mineral water. All of us were sleeping throughout the journey and finally after 4hr, we reached Lava View Lodge at 7pm. The sun set very early here, it's complete darkness at 6pm.
It's so dark at 6pm
Bromo Adventure has earlier quoted me the package with accommodation at Bromo Permai 1 or Cemara Indah Hotel. This is about $20 cheaper than Lava View Lodge. However I requested to stay at Lava View Lodge as the review from Tripadvisor is much better than the other two. Furthermore, there is straight view of Mount Bromo from Lava View Lodge.
We proceed to check in first and left our belongings in the room before we have our dinner at Lava View Lodge cafe. The temperature is less than 20 degree celsius and most of us put on our windbreaker.
Lava View Lodge
The choice of food is limited here as some dishes were sold out. I ordered a plate of fried rice and hot lemon tea which cost around S$5. There is even a live band here. We get to enjoy the music while having our dinner. There is also WIFI access here but not in our room.
Cafe in Lava View Lodge
We headed back to our room and rest for the day. It's extremely cold when showering as the water from the heater is not warm enough. I even wore my winter jacket to sleep as it's not warm enough under the blanket.