Lake Toba is one of the largest crater lakes in the world. 75,000 years ago it was created by a huge volcano eruption (supervolcano). The lake is approximately 100 km long and 31 km wide and has an area of approximately 1146 km2 and 450 meters deep.
If you visit Lake Toba it’s hard to imagine that this was once a volcano. It is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the most beautiful places in Sumatra.
How to get there
Most people start their trip in Bukit Lawang. From Bukit Lawang you can take buses to Medan, Berastagi, and Lake Toba every day.
The buses From Bukit Lawang to Lake Toba will have a quick stop in Berastagi. Some people will stay here for a night or two and continue there trip to Lake Tobe the next day. It is possible to travel to Lake Toba in one day. In proximity 8 hours you will arrive at the harbor
In Lake Toba we stayed at the incredible Tabo Cottages . The Batak Houses are very cute and have a beautiful view over the lake. There is a nice swimming pool and the food is amazing.
At Tabo Cottages you can book all kinds of accommodations, including cottages inspired by traditional Batak houses.
Hotspots Lake Toba
At the Lake Toba we stayed at a little town called TukTuk. It’s very small but you will find a lot of local restaurants where you can eat very well. These were our favourites:
You might not say it from the outside, but you have a great view at this restaurant and the food is fantastic. A wonderful place where you can eat for little.
If you do not stay at Tabo Cottages, you should go and eat there. The food here is very good. They have Indonesian salads, local dishes but also the Western food looked amazing. And you can also order a full breakfast with fresh bread, yogurt and all kinds of delicacies. That quiet rare in Indonesia. The accommodation gets fresh bread every day from the local bakery.
A cute restaurant at the end of the hill. Here too you can eat and a have drink for a very reasonable price.
You will visit Tabo Lake to relax, enjoy the view, the weather and the atmosphere.
- Grab a scooter and explore the island
- Go cycling (quite heavy)
- Kayaking over the lake
- Take a boat tour
- Do a forest draw with a guide
- Walk through the area
- Take a dip in the lake
- Also nice to visit the market in Parapat