The Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge
Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge is powered by solar energy and is set in valley beside a burbling river with excellent views of Kelimutu, near the village of Moni in Eastern Flores. This unique lodge, built by Meryl Wilson and Putu Febri, provides an ideal haven of peace for the trans Flores traveler.
The lakes lie at 1,400m. above sea level in the volcanic craters of Kelimutu and the water in the lakes is known to change colour suddenly. A few years ago they were white, turquoise and red. In November 2009 they were black, turquoise and coca-cola coloured. In July 2010 the smallest , Tiwu Ata Mbupu, was clear bottle green, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, the largest, was turquoise from the copper below, Tiwu Ata Polo was moss green. The changing of colours is continuous process without clear explanation.
The climate is cool and fresh and a dawn experience at the Kelimutu lakes is a must.
The village of Moni with its traditional Chief’s house, is only a 15 minute walk away and the lodge is a great base for bird watching and hiking, and visiting local weavers.
This is a special area, accessed by flying from Ngurah Rai Airport Bali, is sacred to the Lio people. It abounds in legends as the home of the spirits of people with special powers (not quite as stated on the notice boards). The spirits of ordinary mortals entered between the two enormous rocks, Konde (queen) and Ratu (king) found at the side of the road to the National Park, known as the gate of the spirits, Konderatu.
At Ecolodges Indonesia each of our lodges is dedicated to educating and empowering local communities in long term conservation and sustainable development.