‘Love Island’ by Fabian Vas
This island shaped like a heart lies in the Brokopondo lake. This lake – officially referred to as ‘Prof. dr. Ir. W.J. van Blommesteinmeer’ is a reservoir in Suriname located in the Brokopondo district with an area of 135,000 hectares, which is approximately the size of Mexico-city.
The lake was created by the construction of the Afobaka Dam, a dam in the Suriname River. The lake is large but shallow. Nowhere is it deeper than forty meters. When the dam was built, the area that would be flooded was not cleared. As a result, trunks of trees protrude above the water and fishing with nets is impossible.
There are a lot of islands, like Matu island or Tonka island, in the Brokopondo reservoir that are an important destination for tourism in the district.