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14 April 2014 1,374 views No Comment

Labuan Cermin, The Mirror of Dual Taste Water

Have you ever heard of a lake which has dual taste of water and as clear as glass? Pay a visit to Labuan Cermin Lake in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

labuan cermin lake



Labuan Cermin is located at Labuan Village, Biduk-biduk, East Kalimantan, which can be reached for about 6-7 hours by land from the capital of Berau, Tanjung Redeb. There are several ways to reach Berau, generally the tourists who come to Berau first visit the underwater heaven of Derawan Islands.

My first morning at Biduk-biduk was greeted by shyly sunshine at the eastern horizon, and after a big breakfast with a palm-size grilled fish the journey continued with a motorcycle rent by the inn owner. Following the signage to the ‘Danau Labuan Cermin‘ will easily get you to the lake.

labuan cermin lake



This lake with dual taste of water is indeed very unique. Although it is located deep in the interior of Kalimantan, there are always tourists who visit every weekend just to enjoy the scenery and witness the clear blue water of this lake. At least once a month there is a visit to Labuan Cermin.

The water taste just like regular fresh water on the surface, but if you dive deep enough you will get the subtle taste of sea salt. It is, actually sea water. It happens because there is a hole that connects the lake and the ocean (you can see it on the map).

labuan cermin lake



The distance between the fresh water and the sea water is usually only two meters away. You’ll only to dive for a couple seconds to see the marine biota and when you back to surface you can switch to freshwater biota. Kinda cool, huh?

You can also enjoy the white water. The color is strongly suspected as plankton and small crustacea trapped between freshwater and saltwater. The poor crustacea and plankton then die and the carcasses of the unfortunate little creatures rot and give the impression of a white color.

We can see the trees in every corner of Labuan Cermin Lake because the small lake is surrounded by jungle. Cermin means mirror in Indonesia and that’s where the lake got its name, the water is just as clear as glass.

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