The Pasuruan Rundown
In the East Javan city of Pasuruan, powder kegs of excitement await the tourist fortunate enough to discover this part of the world. The nearby Gunung Bromo (Mount Bromo) is a sight to behold, with its top blown away and smoke rising from the caldera. Early bird visitors can witness a beautiful sunrise from the summit of the 20-kilometre-wide (12.4-mile-wide) crater, definitely an experience not to be missed. Part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, this volcano also looks spectacular from one of the many other peaks accessible from Pasuruan.
When you come down from the mountain, be sure to check out the wild side at Taman Safari Indonesia II, an open area 295-hectare (729-acre) park containing lions, tigers, rhinoceros, wild bison and other exotic animals. For some relaxation after all the breathtaking excitement, stop by the Purwodadi Village and take a stroll through the botanical gardens to the waterfall. Shopping is plentiful in nearby Surabaya, as are nightclubs, restaurants and bars. For a little cultural experience, try some of the local Pasuruan handicrafts, textiles and woodwork. This remote part of the world is filled with rugged beauty and exotic culture, and promises a refreshing and exciting holiday experience.
When To Go
The climate in Pasuruan is tropical, as this Indonesian paradise is located just seven degrees south of the equator. Temperatures average a very warm 30°C (86°F) most of the year, with a summer peak of around 32°C (90°F). Pasuruan is in the Southern Hemisphere, so winter falls in June and summer in December. Precipitation in the region is heaviest during the warmer months from December to March, averaging about 300 mm (11.8 inches) during heavier months and 120 mm (4.7 inches) the rest of the year, though the winters can be drier. Pasuruan is temperate the whole year round, so it’s possible to have a good stay whenever you visit.
- Temperatures are quite constant year round at about 30°C (86°F) but climb to 32°C (90°F) in the summer months.
- Rainfall is moderate except in summer when it can be quite wet.
- Pasuruan is a treat to visit anytime, though tourism peaks in winter.
Pasuruan is accessible via Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport, which hosts carriers from many Asian locations. The city is around 60 kilometres (37.3 miles) from Surubaya, and can be reached by bus via connecting service from the airport, or the more adventurous tourist can make use of the car rental services on offer. There is a rail link via Gubeng Station in Surabaya with trains running to Pasuruan daily, with a journey time of about one and a half hours. There are minibuses available to get around the local area, though they can be hair-raising. Research local fares and make sure you aren’t overcharged.
- Juanda International Airport in Surabaya is the nearest place to land.
- Public buses run between Pasuruan and Surabaya several times per hour during the day. Travel time is 1- 2 hours.
- If you decide to drive yourself, don’t forget to pack your international drivers license.