The lakes lie at 1,400 m. above sea level in the volcanic craters of Kelimutu. The lakes 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.
This is a special area, accessed by flying into the Ngurah Rai Airport, 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.
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