Kelimutu National Park is a must-visit tourist destination when you travel to Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Here, you can find the famous Mount Kelimutu, the main tourist attraction, where the three volcanic lakes are naturally carved at the top. The mineral lakes will change color following the change of light, which makes it really popular. From time to time, the lakes change their color completely—there’s a table of what color they were for every year going back 20 years in the national park.
Even so, the Mount Kelimutu lakes are not the only attraction the Park offers to its visitors to see. There is an official feeding ground you can find on the way down the volcano where you can go to feed the wild monkeys. Even so, you have to be really careful since those monkeys are sneaky buggers—after all, there’s always a risk of getting scratches or bites when you’re interacting with wild animals! And to get you unwind; visit the hot springs near the entrance of the Park. For a picnic, go to the waterfall.
You don’t need to worry too much about accommodation since it’s plentiful. Your hotel may arrange transport for you too in the public cars. However, you’ll have to pay the price of a full route although you’ll get on only in Kelimutu. Hence, to reach Kelimutu, it will be cheaper to flag a bus or car in Kelimutu once you’re ready, although this also comes with some downsides too—it might take a longer time and only a little to no guarantee that the car would arrive on time.
Getting around Kelimutu, you can use ojek or rent a motorbike. The cars that are licensed to carry the public transport passengers are those with yellow-colored plates and will let you on anywhere you stop them. Alternatively, you can hike down to Ende from Kelimutu on foot, which isn’t so difficult considering how the hike goes down and the light forest. Plan carefully and make many memorable moments during your Kelimutu tour!
Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority area by both the Conservation International and WWF. Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa of Indonesian archipelago, this natural wonder includes 3 major islands: Padar, Rinca, and Komodo, in addition to numerous smaller islands. Not only does the national park become the home to the famous Komodo Dragon, it also offers refuges for many notable terrestrial species. In addition to that, there’s also one of the richest marine environments in the Park.
To get in the Park, you can sign up for any Komodo National Park tours. You’ll reach the Komodo Island by ferry from the cities of Sape which drops off passengers once or twice each week. The islands have no port, so you’ll be unloaded onto small vessels that will take you to the only village on the island. Even so, do ensure to check beforehand since not all departures offer this service. Near Sape, you can go to Bima for flight to Denpasar, Bali. Note that the ferries from Sape may be suspended due to bad weather indefinitely as well.
Without a doubt, the amazing Komodo Dragons make the main reason to travel to the Park. Even so, there are still so many natural attractions you can visit once you’re there. With its amazing marine environment, snorkeling and diving surely are a must-do activity when you’re there. The diversity of the Park’s dive sites is nearly unparalleled with gentle, warm reefs where hunderds of species of corals and fish live, along with the massive pelagics such as sharks and manta rays.
One important thing you have to bear in mind is not to do any tour without the presence of local guides. It’s for your own safety, for the Komodo Dragons are dangerous. Plus, remember that it’s not safe to drink any tap water. Purchase soft drinks and water instead. And if you plan to go trekking, be sure to bring a large bottle of water to enjoy your Komodo Island tour!