Flores´s natural wonder and one of Indonesia´s most mysterious and dramatic sights is Mount Kelimutu, with its three colored lakes. The summit of the compound 1639-m-high Kelimutu volcano can be reached within a 2 hours hike, or by minibus from the village Moni. The vulcano Kelimutu offers a unique and spectacular view on its three crater lakes with three completely different colors.
The surrounding villages offer good places, which may serve as bases for visits to Kelimutu, particularly for those who wish to have a more leisurely pace and enjoy the views along the road between Ende and Maumere, or spend more time at Kelimutu. Those little villages are also known for their excellent weaving, which still use natural dyes.
Things to do near Kelimutu
The Kelimutu lakes are reached via a little village called Moni. Minibuses pick up travelers at their hotels in Moni and bring them up to Kelimutu. Usually, visitors start in the early morning to see the sunrise from Kelimutu summit. However, it is well worth to start much later, as it is the sun that brings out the brilliant colors of the three lakes. Also, in the afternoon changes are high of being completely on your own up there at the lakes.
Not far from Moni the village of Nggela offers not only great views of the coast, but also the possibility to watch traditional weavers at work. Fine weavings are also sold to tourists, but make sure that it is made from natural dyes, and not from synthetics.
Travel to Kelimutu
Kelimutu can best be reached via a domestic flight to the city of Ende in Flores. Then head to Wolowana bus terminal, which is located at the end of Jl Gatot Subroto, 4 km from the town center. From there regular bus services start to Moni. One trip costs about Rp. 15,000 and lasts for 2 hours.
Alternatively, Moni can also be reached by bus from Maumere. You should plan with 4 hours for this tour.