When visiting Kelimutu, you will never know for sure what color the lakes will be. The colors we saw where blue, green and black, which are the most seen colors, but they can change to white, red and blue. Locals believe that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors. It is said that the colors change according to the mood of the spirits. 


The green lake is where spirits of the young people go to. The blue lake is for the spirits of the old people and the bad spirits go to the black lake.

how did we get there

We started our trip from Bajawa to Moni at around 10 am. It took us about 6 hours to get there and the drive was easy and the roads were good. The only thing that cost some extra time was the road block because of the road works. It seems like nobody exactly knows when the barrier will open and everybody just sits down, eats something at the improvised restaurants near the road and waits with patience. We waited there, with a bit less patience, for about an hour.

where to eat & sleep

When we drove up to Moni, we saw several guesthouses en bungalows along the way. We read something about Hidayah and when we checked out the room, it was good enough for 1 night. And it had a nice hot shower which is nice after a couple of days washing yourself with cold water. We paid 200.000 Rupiah including breakfast. They also have a restaurant where the prices are fair and the food is ok. 

what to do

We got up at 5 am to see the sunrise at the Kelimutu Volcano, but while driving up it already stared to get light and we saw the sun coming up. This wasn't supposed to happen and we were a bit disappointed that we were late and tried to get to the top as soon as possible. The higher we got, the more foggy it became and even if we were on time, we weren't able to see the sunrise because of the fog. Abound 7 there was one brief moment where the lakes were visible, but that wasn't to our satisfaction. We paid a 150.000 Rupiah entrance fee and wanted more for that money. We waited till 9 am (more than 3 hours!) but were rewarded with a blue sky and wonderful overlooking the full beauty of the colored lakes. We left the viewpoint, sneaked through the fences and walked to the point where a rock wall divides 2 lakes. Apparently we aren't the only ones who did this, because there was a path of footsteps of people who did this before. After enjoying the view from up there, and taking some nice photos, it was time to head back to the guesthouse, take a quick shower and get on the motorbike to be on time for the roadblock to open for lunchtime on the way back to Bajawa.

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