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Danau Poso (Poso Lake)
Selasa, 09 Maret 2010, 09:17:42
Lake Poso. Poso has many specialities and uniquenesses which could not be discovered in other places. And Lake Poso is one of the Central Sulawesi province’s must-see spots.

It is located in the heart of Sulawesi Island or even in Indonesia, about 657 m from the sea level. Lake Poso extends from north to south. At the southern end of the lake, lies the town of Pendolo and the town of Tentena is located at the northern end. Both this places are attributed to supporting facilities for crossing regular transportation lake. Added for beautifull scenery a number of smaller villages dot the shoreline.

Poso lies about more than 32 km in lenght and 16 km in width. The deep of the Lake is 360 m in the south and 510 m in the north. The lake drains into the Poso River at Tentena, which flows into the Molucca Sea at the town of Poso. The water is clean most of the time and a wonderful place for relaxing after trekking hard in the jungle of LoreLindu National Park.

In dry season (October-April) the lake consists of white sandy beaches. Gained reputation as third-deepest lake in Indonesia, Lake Poso contains silver and yellow eels and two endemic fish species, Adrianichtys kruyti and Xenopoecilus poptae. The visitor could enjoy giant eel and gold fish from the lake.

Then a park containing wild orchids is located near the village Bancea on the lake. As well the forests surrounding the lake still provide rare sightings of the anoa (dwarf buffalo) and the babirusa (literally, pigdeer), a ruminant pig. These two endangered species are among a number of wildlife species found only on the island of Sulawesi.

Tourist can walk along to fringe rural area around lake or rent boat to encircle lake. Poso Lake also famous because it have orchid garden called Bancea Orchid Garden that has wild orchid collection. This garden can reach by walking (11 Km) or join with others rental car to Taripa from Pendolo. The tourism location Salopa Waterfall reside in a forest area near
to Tentena, there are a number of rapids, waterfall and some pools with the transparent water as clear crystal.
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