The Enchanting Ranamese Lake in Flores

Ranamese, a mountainous natural reserve (Taman Wisata Alam), impresses with its dense forests and a 21-meter-deep crater lake at an altitude of 1220m. Ranamese is ideal for those who want to explore the Florinese highlands by trekking. It is also a perfect place for bird watchers.

Ranamese Lake is situated in the middle of forest, surrounded by a lush vegetation of mosses, scrubs, tropical woods, and water plants. The climate is comfortably fresh. Its calm and clear water makes it easy to spot freshwater fish. Other prominent animals around the lake are the wild macaques.

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.

If you wish to visit a nearby village, Teber in Golo Rutuk, about 6km from Ranamese, is a nice place to drop by. The road to Golo Rutuk is in a bad condition, though, and it is rather difficult to reach by car.

To make the most out of your trip, you may want to arrange your visit with the local rangers. The forest is dense, and the rangers can also provide you with the local knowledge about the flora and fauna of Ranamese. Alternatively, you can contact the local tour operators to help you arrange a full excursion in advance.

Ranamese easily makes for a full-day excursion. Bring a warm outfit, warm drinks, and your favorite snacks to have a picnic under the tree canopy while enjoying the view of the serene lake. During the rainy season, the forest is ornamented with various colorful wild orchids. A good pair of binoculars will come in handy here to get a close-up look at the forest’s exciting flora and fauna along your trekking route.

We encourage visitors to help protect Ranamese and to follow the code of conduct. Take your waste with you and do not leave anything but footprints. Please respect the fact that fires are strictly prohibited. You will be asked to pay an entrance fee of Rp 5,000 to support the area’s conservation.

How to get there
Ranamese is located along the Ruteng–Borong Transflores ‘highway’, 27km from Ruteng and 37km from Borong. The lake is easy to find as the gate is very close to the main road.

The Enchanting Ranamese Lake in Flores

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