Explore a different side of Asia with an expedition to the Kelimutu Volcano and lakes in Indonesia. Nicknamed “the colored lakes,” these volcanic bodies of water appear to change their hues periodically due to dissolving minerals in the water.
Unlike most lakes, these aren’t at the base of the volcano, either—they’re actually craters located near the summit—so you’re going to have to do some climbing to get there. The view of all three lakes from the top, with their distinct colors, will be worth it, though.
When you’re done with the lakes and volcanoes, visit the surrounding national park, which features endangered plant and animal species.
Where is it? On Indonesia’s Flores Island.
Where to stay? At the nearby Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, which focuses on protecting the environment by using recycled water, solar power, and composting.
What else should I know? It can get quite foggy at the top of the volcano, so try to time your visit for a clear day to get the best views. And watch your step!
Who’s it for? Nature lovers, Hikers, and Amateur Vulcanologists.