Paisu Pok Lake In Banggai: Bluest Lake In Indonesia


Paisu Pok Lake is a fantastic blue lake in Banggai, Indonesia that was nonetheless a hidden gem till very just lately, though photos of this superb lake are going viral throughout social media now so it appears the phrase is formally out.

We visited Paisupok just lately and it’s simply as good because it appears to be like within the images. It’s not very arduous to get to there when you’re already touring in Sulawesi, which it’s best to, as a result of Sulawesi is a large island with so many fantastic issues to see and do.

This journey information will clarify learn how to get to Paisu Pok Lake in Banggai, and all the pieces else you should know earlier than you go!

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Paisupok Lake

 

How To Get To Luwuk & Banggai

Paisu Pok Lake is positioned on Peleng island, which is a part of the Banggai Islands Regency in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Step one is attending to Luwuk. There are direct flights to the Luwuk airport (LUW) from Makassar in South Sulawesi, or Manado in North Sulawesi. If you happen to’re coming from Bali, Jakarta, or elsewhere in Indonesia, then you definitely’ll need to transit in Makassar or Manado on the best way to Luwuk. You possibly can store for flights on Skyscanner.

When you arrive in Luwuk, you may take the general public ferry from Luwuk Individuals’s Port (‘Pelabuhan Rakyat’) over to Leme Leme on Peleng island. It departs every single day at 2 PM and the journey takes 2 hours, though it often leaves an hour late (i.e. Indonesian rubber time).

Tickets will be purchased on the spot for 54k Rupiah (~$3 USD) per individual. This can be a large wood boat that carries about 50 to 100 passengers. It has bunks and benches to take a seat on, however they’re not very comfortable. If you need extra privateness, you may lease a small room for 2 folks which has bunk beds and a fan. This prices an additional 50k Rupiah per room.

Alternatively, you may prepare a speedboat to take you over to one of the best sights on Peleng island, together with Paisu Pok & Poganda Seaside. In that case, the journey takes 1 hour from Luwuk, and you may generally see dolphins in your means over.

A personal speedboat tour like this may set you again 4 million Rupiah (~$250 USD) for the roundtrip, however it’s faster than the ferry and it might be economical when you’re touring with mates to share the boat price.

No matter whether or not you select the ferry or speedboat, the ocean could be very calm between Luwuk and Peleng island, so I wouldn’t count on waves to ever be a problem for crossing in regular conditions.

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Drone view of Paisupok Lake

 

How To Get To Paisu Pok Lake

The ferry from Luwuk will carry you to Leme-Leme port on Peleng, which continues to be 23 kilometers from the Paisu Pok Lake.

You possibly can then lease a scooter from Novpitri Homestay close to the harbor, or rent a non-public driver with a automobile. Google Maps says it’s a 40 minute drive, however it truly takes nearer to 1 hour by scooter as a result of some components of the highway are damaged and you need to decelerate to go them safely.

There’s little or no site visitors on the highway and it’s straightforward to search out the lake. You possibly can’t get misplaced, particularly when you obtain an offline map beforehand. Right here’s the location to make use of for navigation.

After visiting the Paisupok Lake, you may return to Luwuk by ferry from Leme Leme, which works again at 8 AM every day, or you may head east to Salakan and proceed exploring the Banggai islands!

Underwater Blue Snorkeling Trees

Underwater shot within the lake

 

Paisu Pok Lake: What To Count on

Paisu Pok Lake is simply as good because it appears to be like in photos. We first noticed it within the morning, and we thought that was beautiful, however the shade will get even higher when the solar shines on it.

You possibly can lease a small boat, canoe, or standup paddleboard for exploring the lake, or you may swim and snorkel in it. The water could be very chilly within the morning, however by noon it felt excellent and it was an excellent escape from the warmth and humidity of Sulawesi.

The within of the lake is nearly as stunning as the surface, with fallen logs and rocks that give it character, and the water shade appears to vary with the lighting. In full daylight, it has extra of a greenish turquoise tint than I anticipated.

The lake is extraordinarily clear, virtually like glass, and you may often see all the best way to the underside, though it’s truly greater than 10 meters deep in some locations!

The title ‘Paisu Pok’ means ‘black water’ or ‘darkish water’ in keeping with the locals. In case you’re questioning, I didn’t add any additional shade or saturation to the photographs on this weblog submit. That is how the water actually appears to be like.

There are solely a handful of different locations like this in Indonesia, such because the Labuan Cermin blue lake in Kalimantan, or the smaller Danau Kaco lake in Sumatra.

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Paisupok Lake

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Overhead view

 

Conservation At Paisu Pok Lake

This can be a small lake and it’s very stunning, so there’s a hazard of it changing into overdeveloped. I hope the locals shall be severe about conservation.

My spouse, who’s Indonesian, made certain to thank the locals for shielding the lake, and politely requested/inspired them to maintain the pure surroundings and never reduce down too many extra bushes across the fringe of the lake sooner or later. I’m afraid of that occuring because it turns into extra common.

The jungle is half the wonder, and it could be actually unhappy in the event that they flip it right into a cheesy concrete theme park with swings, faux fowl nests, and different foolish photograph ops all over the place, type of like what’s occurring now at Alas Harum and another common locations in Bali.

If you happen to really feel the identical means and communicate just a little little bit of Bahasa, you may additionally wish to encourage the locals to preserve this place. So long as you’re well mannered, it could’t damage. Nature like that is already excellent. There’s no must attempt to enhance it with extra buildings.

Blue Color       Clear Glass Reflection

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

The water shade is unreal

 

Vacationer Charges

  • Lake Entrance: 5k IDR
  • Parking (Motorcycle): 3k IDR
  • Parking (Automobile): 10k IDR

 

Rental Charges

  • Canoe Rental: 30k IDR
  • Paddleboard Rental: 100k IDR
  • Snorkel Gear Rental: 50k IDR
  • Gazebo Rental: 30k IDR
  • GoPro Rental: 200k IDR (+150k w/ photographer)
  • Tenting In a single day: 35k IDR

These are the present charges on the time of writing, however they could change over time because the lake turns into extra common.

A few of the rental charges could also be negotiable. For instance, the paddleboard rental is meant to be 100k Rupiah for 1 hour, however we noticed some Dutch women lease it for the total day at that value.

Conservation sign

Conservation signal — no cleaning soap, shampoo, or detergent within the lake

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

This drone pic solely reveals about two-thirds of the lake. It’s larger than you’d assume.

 

Different Suggestions For Paisupok Lake

  • Services: There’s a small store on the lake the place you should buy meals and drinks, and likewise a rest room and altering room.
  • The place To Keep: There are a bunch of very fundamental homestays within the Luk Panenteng village by the lake. If you happen to keep there, you may stroll to the lake and swim every single day. We stayed at Novpitri Homestay, which is a bit farther away at Leme Leme. An alternative choice is to remain in Salakan, which is a way more developed and comfy city, however it’s a 3 hour drive from the lake.
  • Language: This space continues to be very new to worldwide tourism, so that you’ll need to be affected person with the locals and produce a translator app for communication. They will’t actually communicate English, however they’re pleasant and useful, and so they may even help you with taking images or movies on the lake.
  • Mosquitoes: We didn’t see many mosquitoes, however it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to put on repellent when you’re not swimming.
  • Cell Service: We had cellphone sign with Telkomsel on the lake, and likewise at Leme Leme, so we had been ready to make use of the web and ship texts. It was useful for journey planning.
  • Wildlife: We noticed some small fish within the lake, and this space has a number of little lizards with shiny blue tails that match the colour of the lake, which is a neat coincidence. If you happen to’re fearful about crocodiles, there aren’t any within the lake, and it doesn’t have a channel connecting it to the ocean.
  • Extra Issues To See Close by: In the identical neighborhood because the lake, there’s a white sand seaside referred to as Pantai Poganda, and a turquoise lagoon referred to as Paisu Batango. Each of those are good and you may simply go to them together with the lake.
Pantai Poganda Beach

There’s a white sand seaside close to the lake referred to as Pantai Poganda

 

Finest Time To Go to Paisu Pok Lake

Any month is nice for visiting Paisupok Lake. The one time it could be arduous to {photograph} is that if it’s raining, so I would like going within the dry season (April to October) when it’s often clear and sunny. Nevertheless, we visited Paisu Pok within the wet season (early December) and it was sunny all day, so don’t low cost the wet season utterly.

The most effective time of week to go to the lake is certainly on a weekday, and it’s best to attempt to keep away from any Indonesian holidays as effectively. Weekends on the lake are very busy due to Indonesian home vacationers, and so they’ve truly began doing a 1 hour time restrict for staying on the boardwalk close to the lake as a result of it will get so crowded on weekends.

Surprisingly, one of the best time of day to go to the lake might be within the afternoon. We bought there within the early morning at round 7 AM pondering that might be finest, however it wasn’t. There was a gaggle of Indonesian vacationers who got here even earlier with the identical concept. The lake was additionally too darkish and backlit for images, and possibly not heat sufficient but for swimming.

Paisu Pok is at all times stunning, however if you wish to see the lake at its very best, go when it’s calm and sunny, so you may see how clear and blue the water is! It actually does appear like glass with a bluish tint.

Underwater Blue Snorkeling Trees

The fallen bushes within the lake are good for photos

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Hidden paradise within the jungle

 

Is Paisu Pok Lake Value It?

Sure, the lake is superb and I believe it lives as much as the hype on social media, though that might change sometime if it turns into overdeveloped.

Would I journey all the best way to Luwuk simply to see Paisu Pok Lake? Perhaps not, however there’s a number of different stuff to see and do in Banggai, so when you’re already touring in Sulawesi it’s positively price setting apart not less than a number of days for it.

Paisu Pok Lake Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Glassy lake

 

Extra Banggai Journey Suggestions

Thanks for trying! I hope you loved this information for visiting Paisupok Lake in Banggai, Sulawesi. It needs to be the bluest lake in Indonesia.

I’m presently writing up a whole journey information for the Banggai islands proper now, so don’t neglect to bookmark this weblog and test again quickly! There are many good issues to see and do on this a part of Sulawesi.
 

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