Moni and the 3 lakes of Kelimutu.
Jul 05, 2012
Jun 19, 2013
Where I stayed
Moni Village and the Bambuu Restaurant.
Moni is a picturesque one road village with a sprinkle of homestays and cafes with a backdrop of volcanoes, mountains and rice fields. When we arrived we were immediately approached by a nice man called Sylvester offering us his homestay which we took, a nice basic clean room. We sat outside and loved Moni instantly. Straight away we started to explore and found a lovely waterfall and hot spring with a local man and his horse having a bath. We started to feel the heat so we went to the Rainbow Cafe for a cold drink where we were approached by a very weird man inviting us to dinner that evening. He asked us if he could "offer us something?" which sounded concerning until he revealed he owned a restaurant. He would cook us a special 4 course meal with mountain rice (not sure why that's special) and fish cooked in banana leaves amongst other things. We were very unsure. A random guy approaching us and now asking for a deposit to buy the food! We told him we promise to go to his restaurant but were not handing over any cash beforehand. He accepted and off he went to find others. We arrived a few hours later in pitch darkness off the main road to this little cafe wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. He sat us down and spoke to us for ages about the 3 lakes and what they mean. Thankfully after a while we were joined by a German couple and the man left us to it while he cooked dinner. When the food came it was delicious, by far the best meal in Indonesia. We had a good night chatting to the Germans and speaking to the random man. This sums Flores up, there's a lot of young men that look intimidating at first but actually everyone's really friendly and want to show you a good time in their country.
Random sights of Moni.
As we were sat outside our room we saw a goat chilling on top of a speeding bemo and soon after a pimped up ambulance complete with the neons and speakers.
Visiting the 3 lakes of Kelimutu.
We got up at 4:30am (getting sick of early starts now!) at took an ojek ride up to Kelimutu. An hour long motorbike ride around blind bends and steep slopes in the dark certainly wakes you up! We paid our fees and walked up to the viewing point. From there we got amazing views of the 3 lakes inside the volcano craters. The two blue lakes, 1 turquoise, 1 dark blue in front of us and the black lake behind. The lakes change colour from time to time and have been red, orange, silver, brown before and no-one knows why or how. The lakes look like paint as well rather than water which is weird and apparently people used to swim in them. They were a spectacular sight and hardly anyone else was there. After a while the few others had left and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We made our way from the viewing platform to the craters edge to get a few more snaps and a closer look into the 2 blue lakes. Hopefully the photos will show you the paint affect. That's if we ever catch up with the photos! We decided to walk back down the mountain and luckily found the short cut back to Moni. (I say short cut, it was still a 14km walk back). The walk was beautiful passing through small villages with people coming out to say hello and give us directions. The scenery was postcard perfect and in the distance we could see the luscious green rice fields with more volcanoes towering above them. We think it's fair to say Moni is one of the nicest places we've been to so far.