Danau Biru, The Blue Lake

The gurgling sound of the stream running over rocks, accompanied by the chirping sounds of birds and the breeze of fresh air, all lend that special sense of serenity that awaits the visitor to Danau Biru;  “The Blue Lake”. Located by the Walasiho Village, Wawo District, North Kolaka Regency, Southeast Sulawesi, the lake lies on the border between the regencies of North Kolaka and Kolaka.

The bright blue color of the lake will definitely tempt anyone to just dive in and submerge oneself  in its refreshing water. Danau Biru  is surrounded by high rocky hills, along with the rows of trees, that together provide shelter from the scorching sun.

The Blue Lake in North Kolaka
The Blue Lake in North Kolaka (Source : jelajahsultra.com)

About 80 meters from the lake is a white sand beach that stretches for 2km. The water from the lake runs over rocks and over the beach before it reaches the open sea. There are a number of shower rooms to clean up and a gazebo facing the sea provided for tourists.

The lake is also home to various fish such as groupers and Rabbitfish. According to local myth, if anyone catches  fish from the lake and consumes it, then he or she will meet with misfortune. Although it may just be superstition, yet the essence of this myth is that preserving the natural ecosystem of the area is most important.

ACTIVITIES

In Lasusua is a unique Restaurant called restaurant Irien which features a domination green color in its decoration, walls, plates, glass, tablecloths, and others. The restaurant serves typical food of Kolaka such as Berbequed fish.

If you wish to try a wider variety of culinary delights of the region, you can go to the town of Kolaka, at the heart of Kolaka Regency. One distinct meal to try is Sinoggi which is made from sago and served with various side dishes.

Kolaka is known for a variety of snacks and other products made from sago and cashew nuts. There is also Kolaka’s pure honey which is gathered in the traditional way by the local inhabitants.

There are no hotels and inns available in the district of Wawo. Therefore, if you need accommodation, you must find one at Lasusua, the capital town of North Kolaka Regency. A hotel available in Lasusua is the Hotel Berlians at jalan Trans Sulawesi No.270

As an enchanting natural pool, Danau Biru is certainly a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life and immerse oneself  in the indulging serenity of nature. Whether it is just to wash your face or dive in and swim across the lake, you will definitely need to enjoy the invigorating fresh water of this lake. You can also take in the scenery of the nearby beach and its gorgeous vast stretches of white sand.

GET THERE

The distance form Kendari, capital of Southeast Sulawesi to Danau Biru in North Kolaka Regency is approximately 320 kilometers.

If you want to take the overland route, you must first reach Kolaka Regency by the Kendari-Makassar route which is normally served  by public buses. The buses charge about IDR 70-80 thousand per person, and the trip will take about 3-4 hours. From Kolaka, you can go straight to Danau Biru in Wawo district in  about 3 hours drive. One of the transportation services available in Kolaka is the Mitra Utama Taxi which charges about IDR 800,000 for a return trip from Kolaka to Danau Biru.

From Makassar, you can take the flights from the Hasanuddin International Airport to the Sangia Nibandera Airport in Kolaka. The route is served by Wings Air. If you wish to take the sea route, there are also ships from the port of Makassar to Bajo Port in Bone Regency. The trip will take about 3 hours. From Bajo Port, you can continue to Kolaka Port with a ferry which will take approximately 8 hours.

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