Kelimutu Volcano Lakes

Kelimutu Volcano Lakes

Kelimutu Volcano Lakes

Have you ever seen a volcanic lake? These are amazing geographical phenomenons that occur around the world, but Indonesia is home to the most unique one of all! Indonesia has dozens of volcanoes, both active and dormant. On the island of Flores however, lies one of the most visually stunning volcanoes in the world, Kelimutu. Kelimutu is one of the most famous volcanoes in Indonesia and once you have seen it, there is little wonder why. There is not just one lake at the summit but three, and each one is a different color!

Perched at a relatively low 1600 metres, or 5000 feet, Kelimutu is easily accessible. Only a 25 minute ride from the small town of Moni, the volcano is not a difficult climb. From the parking lot to the craters is a short 15 minute walk along well maintained trails. The best time of day to visit is in the early morning light, arrival just before sunrise is key. Watching the sun rise over a sea of clouds creates a beautiful atmosphere with incredible orange light.

Monkey at Kelimutu

Why Do the Lakes Change Colour?

One of the most interesting facts about Kelimutu is that the lakes often change colour. In fact, it’s not uncommon for them to change multiple times per year. The colours come from a variety of factors including the presence of elements such as iron and manganese. Each of the three crater lakes changes colour independently of each other. The view that this unique location offers is well worth a drive to get there.

The Kelimutu volcano area is an official Indonesian National Park and therefore well maintained. The area has been a tourist destination since the 1930s. There are a family of long tailed macaques which inhabit the summit area and are frequent visitors each day. There has not been any recent volcanic activity at this volcano since a small eruption event in 1968. The volcano is currently dormant with an activity level of 1 on a scale of 4 and considered very safe.

When you book the Samata as your own personal luxury yacht, we offer incredible experiences like visiting Kelimutu. A very early morning departure is ideal to reach the peak for sunrise. It’s also possible to leave a little later and arrive at the mountain after sunrise, if the morning light is not important to you. We offer unlimited flexibility in this regard. This is a full day activity which is well worth the time. The drive back to the boat offers incredible views of the complex rice terraces that dot the landscape of Flores.

Two Colour Lakes

When Is The Best Time to Visit Kelimutu?

Kelimutu, like national parks throughout Indonesia, is currently closed to tourism.  However, this means the surrounding forests and wildlife is catching a break from the pressures of tourism.  Once tourism is back up and running we hope you consider joining us on the Samata to visit natural wonders such as Kelimutu.  After this brief respite during the current crisis we believe everyone will have a new appreciation for time spend in nature. We would love to show you the many wonders of Indonesia in 2021.

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