Lake Kutubu is as wide and impressive as the smiles in Papua New Guinea and is surrounded by stories and legends like most places in this beautifully wild land. Legend has it that a woman cut down a Fig tree while looking for water, the tree then turned everything it touched to liquid, and so, the lake was formed.
The lake lies in the Southern Highlands to the east of the Kikori River and is the largest upland lake in the country. Rugged tree and wildlife dense mountains dissolve into this 800m above sea level basin that has small islands rising from its centre, the largest being Wasemi at the northern end of the lake. Feeding Kutubu are many streams and underground sources. The water is still, clear and filled with endemic species of fish that are rarely seen in tropical lakes. The lake is so important to maintaining the natural diversity of the Earth that it was declared a Wetland of International Importance in 1998.