Lake Poso with its max depth of 450 meters is the third-deepest lake in Indonesia (after Lake Matano in South Sulawesi and Lake Toba in Sumatra).
The surrounding hills make it look a bit like a mountain reservoir, but in fact, their height does not exceed 500 meters. And despite the lake depth, the water is not too cold but rather pleasantly cooling.
We planned Poso only as a few hours stop on the way to Bada Valley (Lore Lindu National Park), but the fate decided otherwise. We wrongly estimated the time needed to reach the park and had to spend two nights on the lake instead. We slept in Siuri Cottages located at the very shore of Lake Poso, and we enjoyed the stay. The weather was perfect for soaking, swimming and sunbathing and that's exactly what we did.
The nearest bus hub (bigger town) is Tentena, where we arrived from Rantepao (Tana Toraja), after the worst bus ride in our lives.
Our next destination was Palu. We bought the tickets at the reception desk in Siuri Cottages and got picked up by mini-bus directly from the hotel. It was the second worst bus ride in our lives.
Our comment: if you unwisely (like us) decide to travel by bus in North Sulawesi, Lake Poso will be a paradise-like interlude in your itinerary. Otherwise, skip it.
To see how we planned our trip to Sulawesi and learn why we hated the bus trips go to the article Sulawesi Itinerary.
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