While remote, Mount Kelimutu’s lunar landscape and shimmering waters make it a worthwhile trek. Located on the island of Flores, Kelimutu’s claim to fame is its three summit crater lakes, each with a different-hued pool. Geologists have studied the crater over time for its chameleonlike properties. Each lake has shifted from one color to another over the years as it comes into contact with mineral-rich underwater fumaroles. The surprise element of a Kelimutu visit is that you rarely know what colors will greet you when you summit the volcano.
Kelimutu is a volcanoe in Indonesia with three volcanic crater lakes that differ in colors. The volcano is close to the small town of Moni in central Flores Island with the distance of 50 km to the east of Ende, in East Nusa Tenggara.
The science of the Kelimutu lakes is relatively well known. Lake colors periodically change due to adjustments in the oxidation-reduction status of the fluid of each lake, and also considering the abundance of different major elements, such as iron and manganese. Oxidation-reduction status depends on the balance of volcanic gas input and rainfall rate, and is thought to be mediated by the groundwater system in the volcano itself.
The colors in the lakes change independently from each other, as each has its own unique connectivity to the underlying volcano’s activity. Between January and November 2016, the colors of the craters changed six times. Although it is widely believed that the changes are unpredictable, it is more accurate to say that the lack of any regular monitoring of the volcanic system precludes scientists from having the data necessary to drive widely available predictive models.
Getting There: Mount Kelimutu is located on Flores; Ende is the closest city. A flight from western Flores (Labuhanbajo) to Ende is the easiest option. Bus travelers can get closer to the mountain by taking a bus to the smaller town of Moni.
(National Geographic, Tour Viewers)
Tour Viewers , Photograph by Andika Nusanta Utama
Morotai is an island in the Halmahera’s group of eastern Indonesia’s Maluku Islands. It is one of Indonesia’s northernmost islands. Morotai is a rugged, forested island lying to the north of Halmahera. It has an area covering 1,800 square kilometers (690 sq mi), stretching 80 kilometers (50 mi) north-south and no more than 42 kilometers (26 mi) wide.
The regency’s largest town is Daruba, on the island’s south coast. Almost all of Morotai’s numerous villages are coastal settlements; a paved road linking those on the east coast starts from Daruba and will eventually reach Berebere, the principal town on Morotai’s east coast, 68 kilometers (42 mi) from Daruba.
Asked about their experiences, visitors who have visited the island said that beaches are clean and worth visiting during low tide. There are long white sandy beaches connecting the two nearby islands. Visiting during low tide is the best time or when the full moon is there at night as it is the time to relax .
During low tide is also the time for those seeking outdoor activities such as going to the beach with banana boats & jetski available to rent. It is a beautiful island with fine sand beaches around the island. It is very popular among foreign and local tourists.
(Tour Viewers, White Sandy Beach)
(Tour Viewers: Best Time During Low Tide)
Labuan Bajo is in the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, the town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits peacefully a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities.
The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally called ora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.
To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.
Labuan Bajo is accessible by air, land, and sea. Its favorable location on the Island of Flores and entry port to the Komodo islands make Labuan Bajo a potential growing destination, aside to its rich agricultural potentials.
Accessible by Sea
(Photographs by Andika Nusatama, Tour Viewers’ Photographer)
(Tour Viewers Photograph)
Description: Mount Bromo, active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. The mountain stands tall at 2,329 meters (7,641 ft). One of routes to visit Mount Bromo is from nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. A jeep tour is also available to bring tourists to a stop at viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan which can also be reached on foot about two hours.
Waiting for Sunrise
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Morning Has Broken
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