Lake Poso, measuring 32kms by 16kms, is located at around 650m above sea level and is a lot cooler than many places in the region. Danau Poso was a major tourist destination in Sulawesi before the outbreak of violence in 1998 left many dead and scared tourists away. It is safer to visit today although facilities are lax and have fallen into ruin for the most part.
Those who do visit will find a stunning blue lake surrounded by pretty beaches and a black orchid forest. The lake shores are comparable to the beaches of Lombok, such is their beauty. There is also a fair amount of wildlife at Danau Poso, including the pig deer (babirusa) and the dwarf buffalo (anoa), both of which are endangered and indigenous to Sulawesi.
Things to Do
Danau Poso Attractions
- Lake Poso
The star attraction has lovely beaches amid rainforest cover and harbors many rare plants, animals and fish.
Side trips from Danau Poso
- Bancea village
Situated around the lake, this village is a stunning park of wild black orchids.
- Poso Lake Festival
Starting back up in 2007, after years of unrest put sway to the event, this colorful december festival features parades of merry locals.