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Why Lake Toba is special ?
Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a large natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. Lake Toba is the site of a massive supervolcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, representing a climate-changing event. It is the largest known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. According to the Toba catastrophe theory, it had global consequences for human populations: it killed most humans living at that time and is believed to have created a population bottleneck in central east Africa and India, which affects the genetic make up of the human world-wide population to the present.
Today, Lake Toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world. This is a crater lake so enormous it has an island almost the size of Singapore in its centre. At over 1,145 square kilometers, and a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is actually more like an ocean. This is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world.
What to explore at Lake Toba?
Toba is a place to come and sit back, relax and absorb some beautiful pristine scenery. As you sit and take in the view of the picturesque mountains set against the cool clear lake, you will feel the worries of the world melt away. As the lake sits 900 meters above sea level there is a cooler climate here making a refreshing break from the heat, humidity and pollution of the city.
It’s hard to imagine a more scenic place to come and enjoy hiking, swimming and sailing although once you arrive it might be difficult to resist the anesthetizing effects of the lake. The cool clear water coupled with the relaxed atmosphere and friendly people is what draws visitors from all over the world to Toba.
Venture onto the island of Samosir in the middle of the lake and you will discover mountains steeped in cool mist, clear waterfalls to swim under and locals taking their water buffalo out in the fields.
How to get to Lake Toba?
Parapat is 176 km from Medan and can be reached in under 6 hours by public bus. The bus has two routes: Medan-Parapat or via Medan-Berastagi and costs approximately 30,000 rupiahs.
You can buy a spot in a private air conditioned taxi from Medan to Parapat for 65,000 rupiahs one way. The trip takes around 4 hours.
Travel agents in Medan can also organize a rental car plus a chaffeur for you.
- Amazing nature scenary
- Beautiful Panoramic view
- Like the Hawaii of Asia
- A Trip into the wonderful piece of Draw
- Simple lay back village makes a good getaway
Parapat (Girsang Sipangan Bolon), Simalungun
Tips for you
Its a perfect place for a family to relax.Even it took quite long journey from Medan to Parapat + 45 minutes journey via boat to Samosir but the view of the lake is mesmerizing and breathtaking.The view is awesome and look like in the four season countries but indeed it is in the Central of South East Asia.No regret visit here...
Beautiful lake at North Sumatra - Indonesia, Great view with inactive volcano beside.