Paisu Pok Lake In Banggai: Bluest Lake In Indonesia


Paisu Pok Lake is a beautiful blue lake in Banggai, Indonesia, which until recently was still a hidden gem, although pictures of this stunning lake are going viral all over social media now, so it seems that the rumor is officially released.

We visited Paisupok recently and it is just as beautiful as it looks in the photos. It’s not very difficult to get there if you’re already traveling to Sulawesi, which you should, because Sulawesi is a huge island with so many wonderful things to see and do.

This travel guide will tell you how to get to Paisu Pok Lake in Banggai and everything you need to know before you go!

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Float in a boat on Paisu Pok Lake

How to get to Luwuk and Banggai

Paisu Pok Lake is located on Peleng Island, which is part of the Banggai Islands Regency in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

To get there, the first step is to get to Luwuk. There are direct flights to Luwuk Airport (LUW) from Makassar in South Sulawesi or from Manado in North Sulawesi. If you are coming from Bali, Jakarta or somewhere else in Indonesia, you will need to transit in Makassar or Manado on your way to Luwuk. You can buy flights on Skyscanner.

Once you arrive in Luwuk, you can take the public ferry from the popular port of Luwuk (“Pelabuhan Rakyat”) to Leme Leme on Peleng Island. It leaves daily at 2pm and the journey takes 2 hours, although it usually leaves an hour late (Indonesian rubber time).

Tickets can be purchased on site for 54,000 rupees (~$3 USD) per person. This is a large wooden boat that carries 50 to 100 passengers. It has bunk beds and benches to sit on, but they are not very comfortable.

If you want more privacy, you can rent a small room for two people equipped with bunk beds and a fan. This costs an extra 50,000 rupees per room.

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Drone view of Paisupok Lake

Alternatively, you can arrange for a speedboat to take you to some of Peleng Island’s best attractions, including Paisu Pok and Poganda Beach. In that case, the trip takes 1 to 2 hours from Luwuk and sometimes you can see dolphins during the trip.

A day tour with a private speedboat like this will cost you 1.5 to 4 million rupees (~$100 to $250 USD) round trip, so it’s not cheap, but it’s faster than the ferry and in some cases it could be cheap if you travel with friends share the cost of the boat.

Regardless of whether you choose the ferry or speedboat, the sea is very calm between Luwuk and Peleng Island, so I wouldn’t expect waves to ever be a problem for the crossing in normal situations.

Blue snorkeling underwater trees

Underwater shot in the lake

How to get to Paisu Pok Lake

The ferry from Luwuk will take you to Leme-Leme Port on Peleng, which is still 23 kilometers from Paisu Pok Lake.

You can then rent a scooter from Novpitri Homestay near the port or rent a car with a private driver. Google Maps says it’s a 40 minute trip, but in reality it takes more than an hour by scooter because some parts of the road are broken and you have to slow down to get through them safely.

There is little traffic on the road and it is easy to find the lake. You can’t get lost, especially if you download an offline map first. Here is the position to use for navigation.

After visiting Paisupok Lake, you can return to Luwuk by ferry from Leme Leme, which departs at 8am daily, or you can head east to Salakan and continue exploring the Banggai Islands!

Read more: Banggai Islands Travel Guide

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Paisupok Lake

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Top view of the lake

Paisu Pok Lake: What to Expect

Paisu Pok Lake is as beautiful as it appears in the photos. We first saw it in the morning and thought it was gorgeous, but the color and clarity get even better when the sun shines on it.

You can rent a small boat, canoe or stand up paddle board to explore the lake, or you can swim and snorkel in it. The water is cold in the morning, but by midday it felt perfect and was a great escape from the heat and humidity of Sulawesi.

The inside of the lake is almost as beautiful as the outside, with fallen logs and rocks giving it personality, and the color of the water seems to change with the lighting.

It is extremely transparent, almost like glass, and you can usually see all the way to the bottom, although in some places the water is more than 10 meters deep!

In case you’re wondering, I haven’t added extra color or saturation to the images in this blog post. This is what water really looks like. The name “Paisu Pok” means “black water” or “dark water” according to locals.

There are only a handful of other places like this in Indonesia, such as the blue lake Labuan Cermin in Kalimantan, or the smaller lake Danau Kaco in Sumatra.

Blue colored water Water reflection in transparent glass

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

The color of the water is unreal

Conservation at Paisu Pok Lake

This is a small lake and it is very beautiful, so there is a danger of it becoming too much. I hope the locals take conservation seriously.

My wife, who is Indonesian, made sure to thank the locals for protecting the lake and kindly invited/encouraged them to maintain the natural scenery and not cut down too many trees around the edge of the lake in the future. I’m afraid this will happen as it becomes more popular.

The jungle is half the beauty, and it would be really sad if they turned it into a tacky concrete theme park with swings, fake birds’ nests and other silly photo opportunities everywhere, kind of like what’s happening now in Alas Harum and some other famous place. places in Bali.

If you feel the same way and speak a little Bahasa, you might also encourage the locals to preserve this place. As long as you are polite, it can’t hurt. Nature is already perfect like this. There’s no need to try to improve it with more buildings.

Conservation sign

Conservation sign: No soap, shampoo or detergent in the lake

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

This drone photo only shows about two-thirds of the lake. It’s bigger than it looks.

Tourist taxes

  • Entrance to the Lake: 5k IDR
  • Parking (Motorbike): 3k IDR
  • Parking (Car): 10k IDR

Rental fees

  • Canoe rental: 30k IDR
  • Paddleboard rental: 100k IDR
  • Snorkeling equipment rental: 50k IDR
  • Gazebo rental: 30k IDR
  • GoPro rental: 200k IDR (+150k with photographer)
  • Overnight stay in campsite: 35k IDR

These are the current rates as of this writing, but may change over time as the lake becomes more popular.

Some of the rents may be negotiable. For example, paddleboard rental is supposed to be 100,000 rupees for 1 hour, but we saw some Dutch girls renting it for the whole day at that price.

Blue snorkeling underwater trees

The fallen trees in the lake are beautiful for photos

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia Drone

Hidden paradise in the jungle

More tips for Paisupok Lake

  • Structures: There is a small shop on the lake where you can buy food and drinks, as well as toilets and changing rooms.
  • Where stay: There are lots of very basic homestays in the lakeside village of Luk Panenteng. If you stay there, you can walk to the lake and swim every day. We stayed at Novpitri Homestay, which is a little further away in Leme Leme. Another option is to stay in Salakan, which is a much more developed and comfortable city, but is a 3 hour drive from the lake.
  • Language barrier: This area is still very new to international tourism, so you will have to be patient with the locals and perhaps download a translator app to communicate. They barely speak English, but they are friendly and helpful and can even help you take photos or videos at the lake.
  • Mosquitoes: We didn’t see many mosquitoes, but it’s still a good idea to wear repellent if you’re not swimming.
  • Cellular service: We had phone signal with Telkomsel at the lake and also in Leme Leme, so we could use the Internet and send messages. It was helpful in planning the trip.
  • Wild animals: We saw some small fish in the lake, and this area of ​​Banggai has many small lizards with bright blue tails that match the color of the lake, which is a nice coincidence. If you’re worried about crocodiles, there are none in the lake and it doesn’t have a canal connecting it to the ocean.
  • Other things to see nearby: In the same vicinity of the lake there is a white sand beach called Pantai Poganda and a turquoise lagoon called Paisu Batango. Both are beautiful and you can easily visit them along with the lake.
Pantai Poganda Beach

There is a white sand beach near the lake called Pantai Poganda

Best time to visit Paisu Pok Lake

Every month is good to visit Paisupok Lake. The only time it would be difficult to photograph is if it is raining, so I would prefer to go in the dry season (April to October) when it is usually clear and sunny. However, we visited Paisu Pok during the rainy season (early December) and it was sunny all day, so don’t rule out the rainy season completely.

The best time of the week to visit the lake is definitely a weekday and you should try to avoid Indonesian holidays too. Weekends at the lake are already getting very crowded due to Indonesian domestic tourists, and they have actually started enforcing a 1 hour time limit to stay on the waterfront near the lake because it is so crowded on weekends.

Surprisingly, the best time of day to visit the lake is probably the afternoon. We got there early in the morning around 7 thinking it would be the best but it wasn’t. There was a group of Indonesian tourists who arrived even earlier with the same idea. The lake was also too dark and backlit for photos, and probably not warm enough for swimming yet.

Paisu Pok is always beautiful, but if you want to see the lake at its best, go when it’s calm and sunny, so you can see how clear and blue the water is! It really looks like glass with a bluish tint.

Lake Paisu Pok Paisupok Banggai Sulawesi Indonesia

Glassy lake

Is Paisu Pok Lake worth it?

Yes, the lake is worth it. It’s great and I think it lives up to the hype on social media, although that could change one day if it becomes too developed.

Would I travel to Luwuk just to see Paisu Pok Lake? Maybe not, but there are tons of other things to see and do in Banggai, so if you’re already traveling to Sulawesi it’s definitely worth spending at least a few days there.

More travel tips for Banggai

Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed this guide to visiting Paisupok Lake in Banggai, Sulawesi. It has to be the bluest lake in Indonesia.

I’ve also written a comprehensive travel guide to the Banggai Islands, with recommendations for a general itinerary, how to get around the islands, and what to see and do while you’re there.

The Banggai area has some wonderful beaches, caves, waterfalls and wildlife. You can check out my full guide in the link below.

Read more: Banggai Islands Travel Guide

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