Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge

Situated near the village of
Moni in Eastern Flores

Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge is powered by solar energy and is set in valley beside a burbling river with excellent views of Kelimutu, near the village of Moni in Eastern Flores. This unique lodge, built by Meryl Wilson and Putu Febri, provides an ideal haven of peace for the trans Flores traveler.

The lakes lie at 1,400m. above sea level in the volcanic craters of Kelimutu and the water in the lakes is known to change colour suddenly. A few years ago they were white, turquoise and red. In November 2009 they were black, turquoise and coca-cola coloured. In July 2010 the smallest , Tiwu Ata Mbupu, was clear bottle green, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, the largest, was turquoise from the copper below, Tiwu Ata Polo was moss green. The changing of colours is  continuous process without  clear explanation.

The climate is cool and fresh and a dawn experience at the Kelimutu lakes is a must.

The village of Moni with its traditional Chief’s house, is only a 15 minute walk away  and the lodge is a great base for bird watching and hiking, and visiting local weavers.

This is a special area, accessed by flying from Ngurah Rai Airport Bali, is sacred to the Lio people. It abounds in legends as the home of the spirits of people with special powers (not quite as stated on the notice boards). The spirits of ordinary mortals entered between the two enormous rocks, Konde (queen) and Ratu (king) found at the side of the road to the National Park, known as the gate of the spirits, Konderatu.

At Ecolodges Indonesia each of our lodges is dedicated to educating and empowering local communities in long term conservation and sustainable development.

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Kelimutu Lodge Rooms

This lodge is an Eco lodge because we attempt to protect the environment by various means. All water is re cycled through 3 water –garden systems to prevent pollution of the river and to irrigate the garden. The bathrooms are supplied with either solar hot water or gas water heaters, where it is too shaded for solar. Water is pumped from the river to a settling tank , then up the hill, by electricity. Drinking water comes from a U.V. purifier. All our staff are local villagers with our Manager who lives in Maumere.

We have a system of solar panels , storage batteries and inverters which blend solar power with the small amount of local electricity available. Please be careful! We recycle,  reuse and as a last resort send to Maumeres dump. Our kitchen waste is composted or given to pigs.

We provide clean, comfortable accommodation extremely suitable to the environment in which it is located;

  • 21 double or twin rooms
  • Extra bed if required
  • Western bathrooms with hot water
  • Towels and soap
  • Mosquito net
  • Balcony and chairs
  • Safe box
  • Drinking water
  • Full breakfast
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant-special traditional feasts
  • Bar, beer and wine
  • Terrace and gardens
  • Office
  • Shop
  • Tour information
  • Vehicle for airport service
  • Accommodation for 3 guides and drivers.


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