Perintis Lake in Bone Bolango Regency, Gorontalo Province
Some tourists may have recognized the famous Limboto Lake in Gorontalo Province. However, only a few of them are aware of the presence of Perintis Lake. Even though the popularity is inferior to Limboto, this lake offers distinct allures to visitors! Where is it, actually? The location is in Huluduotamo Village of Suwawa Sub-District. Also, the lake belongs to Bone Bolango Regency. The location is in a rural area and it has a smaller size than Limboto Lake. Not to mention the number of visitors is lower there. Despite the fact, tourists can take advantage of the pristine environment and serenity for lessening!
Once arriving at Perintis Lake, the first impression would be serenity. It feels so calm and peaceful there. Plus, tourists would enjoy the refreshing air of the village. The lake is surrounded by trees, bushes, local farms, and mountains, as well. In terms of size, it is considered small. However, the locals have built several facilities like huts and pier there. Some boats are often seen on the lake, too! Moreover, villagers’ houses can be seen clearly nearby.
Exploring Perintis Lake
Perintis Lake was built by the local government mainly as water conservation. In fact, villagers use the water for irrigation! This explains why many local farms operate nearby for the sake of simpler irrigation. For tourists, they can visit these farms later during the visit. The purpose is to watch farming activities done by the locals. Somehow, they can also enjoy photography while watching those people. Well, tourists can even enjoy a simpler activity like relaxation and lessening. That means they simply sit on huts and enjoy the lake nuance comfortably either alone or with families.
The next recommended thing to do is to learn history! This can be done by talking to the locals, actually. It is said the lake was abandoned by villagers back then. Lots of weeds and bushes covered that area, too! As time went by, the local government and villagers gave some efforts to beautify the lake. Also, they took advantage of the water supply to satisfy their needs. These days, in fact, the lake has become one of the most recommended vacation spots to visit in Gorontalo Province.
Well, tourists can enjoy other things in Perintis Lake. Fishing is not an exception! Both locals and outsiders often come to the lake and enjoy fishing there. They usually come in the afternoon, which is considered the best time to catch many fishes. One thing, the size of these fishes is not as big as those of Limboto Lake. Next, after fishing, it is recommended to rent a boat and get around the lake peacefully. This must be done in a group for a cheaper fee, though.
- Ulantha Fort
- Lombongo Waterfall
How to Get There
For those coming from Jakarta City, they must take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Jalaluddin Airport in Gorontalo Province. For the information, the flight usually takes around 3 hours. Next, after reaching the airport, they can use Trans Sulawesi Street and head to Perintis Lake directly. The distance is 40.1 km so the trip may take about 1 hour and 11 minutes. From Gorontalo City, for another example, the trip would take longer, which is about 1 hour and 31 minutes. It is because the distance is 46.4 km and the best route to take is Batu Doa Street.
Where to Stay
- TC Damhil Hotel