Walk aroung the crater, it's awesome.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2014

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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Sunday, November 3, 2013

Elena had to leave at 6am to catch a flight to Bali but left me her 60,000IDR for the room but when i went to check out she hadn't paid for a coke and some food she had eaten so i ended up having to pay her bill! Some people!! Took an ojek to the bus terminal about 5km out of town (why’s it there?) where the 'taxi mafia’ informed me that there were no buses running to Moni and that i’d have to take a shared car/people carrier. As they only wanted 50,000IDR i bit the bullet and thought why not. After only half an hour out of town however we got held up for an hour and a half where they are blasting rock to put in a new road. Whilst waiting i then noticed that there were actually several minibuses and bemos also queuing! Once they had reopened the road it only took another hour to Moni, the launch point for visiting the tri-coloured volcano lakes of Kelimutu. Hunted around town for somewhere cheap and ended up at the Palm Bungalows about 1.5km from town (needless to say i was the only person staying there) but only had to pay 50,000INR for my own bungalow. The venue is pretty basic but has its own ‘mini-farm’ with cows; pigs; and chickens. Next morning i was up at 7am and took an ojek up to Kelimutu. There is a price fixing cartel all over Moni with a set price of 100,000INR for a return trip or 50,000INR one way. Considering its only a 20min ride up its extortionate but the only other option is to walk up which i didn’t fancy doing. The entry fee is only 20,000INR and then you can wander around to your hearts content. Despite what the Lonely Planet states, it is perfectly safe and fairly easy to walk around the crater surrounding the turquoise & green lakes and it takes less than an hour. Spent two hours enjoying the spectacle then walked back down to Palm Bungalows. It took 1hr & 5mins to the short cut turn-off below the PHKA post and then only 30mins from there back to Moni. Checked out and then went to wait for a bus heading for Maumere. Had to wait for 45mins however as the first one that came was full to the brim, but then a shared 4-wheel drive with a spare seat stopped and only wanted 50,000INR (the same price as the ojek in the morning.) This journey however took two and a half hours not 20mins!
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