Sano Nggoang Crater Lake is located approximately 35km east of Labuan Bajo. With depths of up to 500m, it is said to be among the world’s deepest crater lakes. The lake and an overall surrounding area of 5,500 hectares are proposed to become a protected area due to the remaining forests and endemic bird species such as the native Flores crow and the Flores monarch. Enthusiastic bird watchers and nature lovers should make sure to bring along their binoculars. Besides the birds, there is an abundance of attractive flora and fauna that can be spotted in Sano Nggoang offers the full range of nature tourism attractions and activities, from hiking to bird watching, swimming, or simply relaxing in a natural hot spring. What’s more, it offers you to gain an insight in the local people’s customs, traditional farming practices, and everyday life.
There are many possibilities to explore the Sano Nggoang Crater Lake. You can either go directly by car or take an ojek to the lake. There, you can go for excellent short or longer self-guided walks around the lake, passing the surrounding hills.Another option is to hire a well-versed guide in Labuan Bajo who accompanies you on a hike along the so-called ‘eco route’, hiring a guide from Labuan Bajo. By car or motorbike it will take you around 1 1/2 hours from Labuan Bajo to Werang, the starting point for the eco route. Depending on your own pace, the hike that leads you across neat little village communities in a natural setting to the Sano Nggoang crater lake will take you between 3–5 hours. Whatsoever path you choose to reach the lake, strenuous or not, you definitely deserve a revitalizing bath in the sulfurous hot springs near Nunang Village.