Kelimutu Lake (Tri-Color Lake)

Kelimutu Lake (Tri-Color Lake)

Kelimutu Lake (Tri-Color Lake)
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Marilynne C
Frankston, Australia231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Didn't do the usual sunrise visit, the sun can get up without me supervising. Got there about 8am, clear skies and amazing scenery. Plenty of stalls to have coffee and a snack. The walk up is well maintained as is the whole area.
Just amazing to see the brilliant colour of the lakes. Watch out for monkeys, unattended bags are soon being ransacked by snarling macaques. Stayed at Moni,; travelled from Labuan Bajo on the back of a motorbike, a 2 day trip over hills and around hairpin bends. Hard on the body but I felt completely safe. The road is good, not much traffic but watch out for dogs. Went with Alfian who is based in LBJ and is a very careful rider. Speaks English and is recommended as a guide. 62 8133 759 0103 whatsapp
Written 8 October 2023
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SNottIN
Singapore366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went to watch the sunrise over the crater lakes. Started from our lodge in Moni before 4 am, paid our entrance tickets at the gate by about 4:20 am (officially opens only at 4:30) and arrived at the car park area by 4:40 am. We then had to trek up a mountain path in the dark for about 45 minutes, to get to the view point area. Flashlights or mobile torches are needed. We went on a moonless night, so the night sky and stars were spectacular, with no city lights or other reflections. The entire trek is uphill and gets steadily more difficult, though the path is wide, mostly with stone blocks, and the difficult areas have arm rails too. Nonetheless, it is a reasonably strenuous climb, and will be a challenge for the old and weak kneed. Weather was around 17-18 degrees C, so very pleasant weather to climb. Light jackets are needed.

At the mountain top, there is a viewing tower with steps where visitors can sit and wait for the sun to rise. There were about 20 people on the day we visited, so not crowded at all.

With the growing light, the crater lakes emerge from the darkness and provide a breathtaking visual spectacle. On the day we visited, both lakes had about the same blue colour.

There is a third lake behind the watch tower, which, we were told, is normally covered in mist and clears up only after 10 am. So we could not see the water in this third lake till we left.

On the way back down, there is an intermediate viewing point where you can peer over one of the two lakes from a lot closer than at the mountain-top viewpoint.

Simple amenities and toilets can be found near the car park area.

Overall, a wonderful outdoor experience with awesome views of nature.
Written 9 April 2023
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toronga3714
Alexandra, Australia65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We left our hotel at 4 am to see the sunrise over the lakes. It was a memorable experience. The walk from the car park to the lake viewing platform was probably about 1km of steps and formed (but rough) path. Trainers or sandals are fine for the walk (possibly even flip flops) The lakes were blue & black on our visit (no red to be seen 😕) Ticket price doubles on Sunday.
Written 30 August 2022
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Parashita_SA
Denpasar, Indonesia175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
One of the most beautiful sights in Indonesia, about 3 hours driving from Ende city… during 1/3 of your way you’ll be presented by the amazing thing, a beautiful mountain view.. so different with other areas in Indonesia, i couldnt stop enjoying them OMG 😭
We finally arrived at destination around 5pm, looking dark and cloudy already (according to local people the best time to visit is 5am, to catch sunrise.. means you need to go from Ende city at 2am). We met Bapak Marcus - the local guide, he suggested us to go up asap, he convinced us that we still gonna make it. then we started up the stairs about 20 minutes. The air was so fresh but so cold… finally we made it, the God willing… we arrived at the Two Lakes (danau roh anak muda & danau roh jahat) color were both turquoise. This was indeed the best part 😭 Words cant describe! We took sometimes there looking around, took pictures and praying as well.. Bapak Marcus told us that he believe of what we wish at the lake will usually come true… Amin… after that we decided to go back, as the time not allowed us to continue catching the onther one lake (danau roh Nenek), hopefully we can visit someday..
Written 8 July 2021
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AirFuss
Singapore, Singapore550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We had to leave at 4 a.m. in the morning from Moni village. The hike was doable with kids.

It is bit cold up there so take thin jackets for kids. Not many people up there for sunrise.

Proper pathway and stairs made for trekking to the craters. There were two ladies selling coffee so we had morning coffee with sunrise.

The two lakes looked of the same color. The third lake which was on the other side was of different color.

Written 11 January 2020
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UncleTravellingRich
Sydney, Australia149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Went here for sunrise. Cloudy day but still stunning. Hiked / trekked down avoiding most of main road - slightly different route to guide book. Go down road from car park about 1km then take trail on rhs to Peno village. Steep trail through woods and farmland to village. From there it is a small road until just outside Moni where you pick up a single file trail again. Finish with swim under waterfall to cool off!
Written 2 January 2020
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John G
Carlisle, UK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We went here to see sunrise over the crater lakes, which is easily the most popular time to visit. Having arrived at the car park, there was a walk, of about half an hour, to the viewpoint. Although it was still dark, this wasn't a problem. The path is well constructed and there is plenty of illumination. Once arrived at the viewpoint, came the wait for sunrise. Unfortunately, the horizon was obstructed by low cloud/fog which diminished the sunrise significantly, making it rather colourless. I gather that this is a frequent occurrence and that there is no easy way to predict a good sunrise. It was still good to see the lakes, with their differently coloured waters, but it felt like a wasted effort, as we would have probably had better views in full daylight. To me, the best thing was the return walk, when we could listen to the dawn chorus, highlighted by the magnificent call of the Bare-throated Whistler.
Written 14 November 2019
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Davidpollo
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Pretty awesome. Took one of the best pictures ever. Worth it. Btw if you go early before 4 you can skip the entrance fee and see the sunrise which was amazing... (and i hate waking up early)
Written 29 October 2019
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HCF
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Getting up at 3 am to travel upto the crater was definitely worth while. We had a guide who sorted out the entry fees and showed us the route to the summit . If you are going yourself the path from the car park is easy to follow. The Walk took about 40 minutes to the top. Once there the different three craters could be seen. As the sunrises not only are the colours in the craters worth seeing, the views of the mountains around are also stunning. Can be windy and cold so take a lightweight jacket or fleece.
Written 25 October 2019
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Chris
Bali, Indonesia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We didn’t do the sunrise and were up at the summit at 9ish. Beautiful colors of the lakes and today (21/10) totally empty. Only 7 other people in the national park during our 1.5 hours visit.
I can imagine and understand why people wanna do the sunrise thing but we could enjoy the scenery from Ende till the top in daylight. No clouds in the morning, they came around 9ish at the horizon but not over the national park. It gets cloudy around lunchtime. If you stay in Ende go and visit the little town Moni close by - if you can stay in Moni you’ll get better accommodations than in Ende.
Written 21 October 2019
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