Kelimutu is a volcano close to the town of Moni in central of Flores Island in Indonesia . Kelimutu consists of three crater lakes and the colors of the lakes change over time by chemical reaction of any minerals contained in the lake triggered by volcano gas activity.
The local community considers these lakes a sacred place being the abode of the souls of the dead. The name Kelimutu itself is derived from the local language word 'keli', meaning 'mountain', and 'mutu', meaning 'boiling'.
The east lake is also called Im Tiwu Ata Polo,
while the central lake is known as Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai( Lake of Young Men and Girls).
These two lakes are separated by a shared crater wall and have at the moment both spectacular turquoise colours. The westernmost of the three lakes is called Tiwu Ata Mbupur
or the lake for the souls of the elderly and wise people. Lake Kelimutu and its spectacular panorama is a "must to see" sightseeing on Flores Island.
Wake up early morning and after a cup of tea or coffee, drive in a comfortable air-conditioned private car with driver to to the renowned and unique Kelimutu National Park. The drive takes approximately 3,5 hours through picturesque mountainous area passing small traditional villages.
Upon arrival at Kelimutu National Park walk from parking area for 1,5 km and then ascend 127 steps to the lookout at Kelimutu, at an altitude of 1690 meters above sea level. From here you can enjoy superb views of the tree volcanic crater. The terrain surroundings the lakes is spectacular, rugged and varied, and in this setting the colors of the three lakes are nothing less than astonishing. No one has managed to explain the cause of the colors or why they change.
From Kelimutu, drive downward to Moni passing beautiful rice fields and jungle forest. Make some stops for take picture or if you like walk some kilometers downward while you car is waiting. From the parking area at Kelimutu to the main street in Moni are 14km. Arriving in Moni you can decide to have late breakfast or early lunch at local restaurant.
In Moni you can have a late breakfast or early lunch in a local restaurant.
Afternoon we drive to Maumere passing Sikka village on the south coast of Flores Island. This village is famous for the traditional ikat-weaving and the old church, dating from the end of 19 century.
You will stop at lovely Paga Beach for short relax and Wolowaru traditional village. It is also posible to have lunch on Paga Beach or in local restaurant in Wolowaru than we continue our journey to Maumere. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this spectacular volcanic terrain, with plantations and villages clinging to mountain sides. We can stop along the way to make short walks at points of interest.
Accommodation in Villa Impian on Waiara Beach
Day 6 : Travel back from Flores to Bali or make a Beach Holiday in Maumere Bay
The tour end with transfer to airport in Maumere for you flight back to Bali or you can prolong your stay on Flores Island in the luxury and charming Beachfront propery Villa Impian on Waiara Beach with the possibilities for Diving, Snorkeling or Hiking or discover the Maumere area and East of Flores on day excursions.