Ranamese Lake

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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 government bungalows. The crater lake is believed to be a magical place and the 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.

Campsites are set to open near here soon, and a new guesthouse in the town of Robo will offer rides to the lake for backpackers. It's tentatively set to open in June of 2013. If you're looking for more information about Ranamese Lake and the planned tourism development there, try new manager Yorie, who can be contacted at sangpedang@yahoo.com, or on (0853) 2956 4412. He speaks English, is very excited about the potential of the area, and can fill you in on the latest information.


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