Photos of Indonesia’s Striking Tri-Colored Crater Lakes at Kelimutu


If you’re a sucker for natural wonders of the world and are constantly in search of places to add to your photography bucket list, you might want to look at paying a visit to Kelimutu, a volcano in Indonesia. It’s known for the three crater lakes found at its summit, which are close in proximity but very different in appearance.

Here’s what the top of the volcano looks like when viewed from space:


The three lakes are named Tiwu Ata Mbupu, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, and Tiwu Ata Polo, which translate to Lake of Old People, Lake of Young Men and Maidens, and Bewitched or Enchanted Lake, respectively.

The “young people” and enchanted lakes appear together most frequently in photographs, as they are close in proximity and share a crater wall. Tourists who stand on the middle edge of these lakes can capture photographs showing the two bodies of water of strikingly different colors.

Here are some more photographs of the location:










You can find out more about the volcano and the lakes over on Wikipedia.

Image credits: Kelimutu by NeilsPhotography, Simply amazing Kelimutu Lake – Flores, photographed by by java tourism, Kelimutu Eastern Crater by michaeljesusday, by Rosino, by Rosino, by Rosino, Turquoise Lake of Kelimutu – Komodo, Indonesia by, Kelimutu, Flores by William Nicholas, Kelimutu surreal lake by Scalino, photography by Brocken Inaglory

  • James

    I saw lakes of that color in Guyana. I thought they were beautiful until I was told that they were like that because of cyanide saturation released during gold mining. Not so pretty anymore…

  • Heru Ferdiansyah

    wow.. indonesia really awesome.

  • brahma2358

    Yo guys…. you ain’t see nothin’ untill you visit the wonders of Indonesia

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