Stargazing: Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Famed for its unbeatable scenic view during sunrise, the famed volcano in East Java is also one of the best spots in the world to see the brilliance of the night sky with the naked eye.

Straddling the equator, Indonesia is home to dozens of stargazing hotspots, including Lombok and Ranu Kumbolo Lake. But if you’re seeking the ultimate place, Mount Bromo is definitely the choice.

Situated in East Java, Mount Bromo is probably the most hiked and visited mountain in Indonesia. Offering breathtaking sunrise views, this is a favourite destination for both local and international travellers. A protected nature reserve since 1919, Mount Bromo is also a still-active volcano.

Standing 2,329 metres high, Mount Bromo is a great spot for stargazing and has been catering to people with a passion for astrophotography for years. If you’re looking to be amazed by the night sky, be sure to get there early and head straight for the peak. It usually gets crowded towards sunrise with an army of jeeps carrying tourists on sunrise tours. If you go at the perfect time of year, you might get lucky and see zodiacal light phenomena and the Milky Way, with the three volcanoes – Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru – offsetting the sky.