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Mount Kelimutu is among the smallest national parks located in the stretch between Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands, yet it houses some of the most spectacular wonders. It is blessed with an amazing sunrise views over three magical lakes that change colors over time. They sharing the same name, Kelimutu, meaning ‘the boiling lake’, believed to be the resting place of departed souls, and they change colors every now and then. For Kelimutu Sunrise Tour, you can choose to arrive either in Maumere which is about 4 hours from Kelimutu, or Ende that’s much closer, about 1,5 hours. This might depend on your destinations before & after the tour. The trekking to the top to see the sunrise is relatively easy so almost all visitors from different ages can do it. Let us know what colors you see up there!
Upon arrival on either airport, our native guide of Flores will be waiting for you, along with him is a driver. We drive to Moni by private car. From Maumere, we can make some stops on the way to Moni to make the long journey more bearable. Lunch will be served on the way and dinner at the hotel. Have a rest at the accommodation upon arrival to prepare for early morning hiking for Kelimutu sunrise.
Meals: Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Kelimutu Ecolodge Moni or Similar
Today we will get up early to be able to see sunrise on top of the Kelimutu. The Kelimutu is a large volcano, which we can access practically by car, until the last 20 minutes, which will be only possible by walking in the field. When reaching the top, we can see 3 craters, which have become three lakes, of different colors. One black, one yellow and one a little purple, but the great thing is that they change color, especially in the moments of dawn! Take a coat, because sometimes it gets cold during when we expect the sunrise.
After admiring this natural wonder, we return to Maumere/Ende. On the way you will experience the dramatic change in the pattern of nature and ethnicity. You can be in the middle of the ethnic Lio – pay attention to the call to their villages Jopu – Ranggase and try to understand the daily life of the locals or have a closer look at their work of architecture. Lunch will be served at a restaurant on Paga Beach or in the city of Maumere and then transfer to the airport for next destination.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October. Although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.
In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays. Whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.
If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not. There are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.
Currently, local direct flights to Maumere (MDC) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). These are where most international routes arrive and depart. Denpasar is more convenient with direct flight available to Maumere. From Jakarta, the flight will have transit in Denpasar and use the same direct flight.
Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
Land tours and trekking:
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.
Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.
Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels. The trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.
Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes in remote regions sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.