Sumba Island is located in East Nusa Tenggara Timur province and is renowned for its sandalwood exports. It is also home to unique Lake Weekuri located about 60 kilometers from Tambolaka, capital of Sumba Barat Daya regency. It is an unusual lake since it has salty water that seeps directly from the sea. Seawater flows in through coral reefs that fortify this lake, creating a big circle like a giant pool with various types of plant common to the shore.
This particular lake is serene and is rather mysterious. There are no food stalls or villages, and therefore no plastic trash or leftover food that is visible around the lake. The road en route to Lake Weekuri is a mixture of smooth asphalt and soil, with many a protruding bush on either side of the road. Views of more beautiful, greener and fertile savanna abound but it is rather strange that there are no animals here although, once in a while, one can spot a number of birds with red, yellow and green colors.
Visitors who stay here until 4 pm as the sun shift towards the west already and the sky turns very blue are treated to a spectacular reflection on the crystal clear waters of Lake Weekuri. There are also coral cliffs along the lakeshore where visitors can experience various caves and enjoy the enchanting panorama of this unique lake.
What makes Weekuri unique compare to other lakes in Sumba or perhaps in other parts of Indonesia is its salty lake water. This lake is located near the sea and only separated by a rocky cliff. The sea water comes into the rock cracks and is accommodated by the basin which is separated by the rocks. Lake Weekuri is quite shallow; therefore, visitors are allowed to swim in it.
How to get there:
Lake Weekuri is located 60 kilometers from the capital of Southwest Sumba, Tambolaka. The local government of Sumba is currently proposing the lake to central government for making it as one of the Indonesia National Geoparks.
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