Ranamese Lake

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Photo of Ranamese Lake , , Ruteng

What we say: 3.5 stars

A large and clear crater lake located in the Jurassic Park-esque jungle near Ruteng, this lovely spot is likely to be completely empty during a daytime visit, other than the occasional fisherman poking about.

The lake reaches an impressive depth of 43 metres and resembles the sort of spot tailor-made for a good Loch Ness Monster type myth.

The crater lake has two viewpoints. The first is indicated by a large concrete wall (we assume there to obscure view to passing traffic) and the second about 700 metres further down the road via a dilapidated series of now abandoned government bungalows. The crater lake is believed to be a magical place and a home of lost spirits -- as such swimming is not recommended. We have heard however about plans to add a rescue team, canoeing, a flying fox and even scuba diving, though the currently abandoned bungalows and lost spirits suggest perhaps that this is a bit ambitious.

Get to the lake by walking past a series of out-of-use bungalows, through a forest trail with a lot of trees -- be sure to follow the trail around the lake's rim to the left to reach the viewing platform. It's a lovely place to sit and relax, and watch enormous tropical butterflies flit by.

Last updated: 27th May, 2014

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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