- Location: In eastern Flores Island, to the east of Sumbawa and Komodo, and west of Lembata
- Attraction Type: A Volcano
- Significance: Three crater lakes of different color shades within the same volcanic crest
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
- How to Reach: By domestic flights from Denpasar in Bali to Labuan Bajo in West Flores Island and thereafter by road; alternatively by boat from other Indonesian destinations
- Nearest international Airport: Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali
Kelimutu is an irrepressible tourist attraction in Indonesia. In addition to being an active volcano, Kelimutu in Indonesia is famed for its crater lakes and national park. Its three lakes with three different colors and the National Park with its endangered fauna are tempting destinations for travelers to Flores Island in Indonesia.
Kelimutu volcano, last erupted in 1968, attracts geologists and researchers in addition to enthusiast tourists. Out of three lakes Lake Tiwu Ata Mbupu, or the Lake of Old People with its blue hue is the westernmost. The other two: Tiwu Nuwa Muri, or Lake of Young Men and Maidens with its green appearance, and Tiwu Ata Polo, or Enchanted Lake with its reddish shade are separated by a crater wall. The colors of these two lakes change periodically depending on sub-aquatic fumaroles. You would be intrigued to know that these craters belong to the same volcano and lie within the same crest.
Kelimutu National Park is another equally tempting destination in Flores Island in Indonesia. Apart from Mount Kelimutu, it also includes Mount Kelibara the highest Flores peak at 1731 meters. Discover the Rusa Deer, hogs, jungle fowl and black winged kite in the forest of Kelimutu National Park.
Activities in Kelimutu
Flores Island, the home of Kelimutu Volcano, is also an attractive place for water activities round the year. Diving and snorkeling are among the most popular of these activities. For lazing or sun bathing, Waiara is the perfect beach in Flores.
Staying and Dining in Flores Island
Flores with its lush green equatorial vegetation is invigorating to the senses and pleasing to your eyes. Staying here for a few days is very rejuvenating and releases all stress. Sao Wisata Resort in Maumere, Puri Komodo Resort and Balo Eco Lodge both in Labuan Bajo are notable places for you accommodation. The food prepared from fresh ingredients is delicious. Seafood in particular is exotic and cannot be missed.