Flores, Sano Nggoang Volcanic Lake
Sano Nggoang Volcanic Lake is located approximately 35 km east of Labuan Bajo. It is thought to be one of the deepest volcanic crater lakes in the world with recorded depths of 500 meter. Its waters are sulfuric and fed by numerous hot springs.Sano Nggoang is surrounded by beautiful rural and agriculture traditional villages which rich in local culture.
At the moment, there are no local guides in Sano Nggoang. Guide services should be organized before your departure from Labuan Bajo. Remarkably simple and untouched by modern life, the lake area offers much experiences for eco tourism minded tourists such as: hiking and trekking, swimming, therapeutic soaks in local hot springs, bike tours (we could arrange it to you), local horse excursions along the shoreline.Not only that, in Sano Nggoang the bird watching activities and flora and fauna explorations also very suitable to be done.
Local people made handicrafts which based on their traditions. They have their traditional dances and local traditional ceremonies as well.
To reach Sano Nggoang Volcanic Lake, you can follow the main road from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng. At the crossroads after approximately 35 km turn right in the direction of Werang. The distance from the intersection to Werang is approximately 10.5 km and it is a further 16.5 km from Werang to the actual lake shore. Please note that the road condition is poor beginning from the main road’s intersection and can be difficult to pass during the rainy season.
If you’re traveling by local transport, it is recommended that you take an Ojek (motorbike taxi) in Werang for the remaining distance to the lake. Please note that local buses do not operate with fixed schedules.
Those seeking exercise should hike the 16.5 km from Werang to the lake. This is a picturesque trek taking about three to five hours from Werang to the village of Nunang at the lake, with the path passing small local communities along the way.
Please also note that there are little or no tourism facilities to be found in the area of Sano Nggoang. There are no restaurants or accommodations in operation. Information on local attractions and, perhaps, accommodation options can be obtained from the Catholic priest at Nunang. Numbered among the highlights of this area are numerous local trails for hiking and visits to the village of Nunang.
If you are undertaking a two-day trip to the lake, including a stop at the Cunca Rami waterfall is highly recommended. From Werang it takes you more or less one hour to walk to the Cunca Rami waterfall.