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Colourful Crater Lakes

Mount Kelimutu

Mount Kelimutu

By Ludy Andria

Mount Kelimutu located in Flores Island is famous for its colourful crater lakes. The locals name them Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of the Elderly),Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of the Young and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Sacred Lake). They are usually blue, green and red in colour, and vary periodically.

Why these crater lakes has different colours?

Here’s the summary of Pasternack and Varekamp¬†(1994) geochemistry study:

How to get there?

The nearest city is Ende. Pelita Air and Merpati fly regularly to Ende from Denpasar, Bali.