Lake Toba is one of the largest crater lakes in the world. It was created around 75,000 years ago by a huge volcano eruption (super volcano). The lake is approximately 100 km long and 31 km wide and has an area of approximately 1146 km2 and is only 450 meters deep. You can hardly imagine that this was once a volcano. So mighty big. It is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Now it is one of the most beautiful places in Sumatra.
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How to get there
Most people start their journey in Sumatra in Bukit Lawang. From Bukit Lawang daily buses go to Medan, Berastagi and Lake Toba. The buses to Lake Toba first go to Berastage and then stay here overnight and continue the next day to Lake Toba. However, we chose to proceed immediately in one go. In total you are driving about 8 hours to Parapat. After which you leave for the island by boat. The nicest part of the island is TukTuk.
During our stay in Lake Toba, Tabo Cottages was definitely our favorite. What a nice place. Swimming pool, good restaurant, nice Batak houses and a beautiful view. Read more about our stay at Tabo Cottages.
At Tabo Cottages you will find different houses, including cottages inspired by traditional Batak houses. You enter the house with a set of stairs. What is this nice say. And that bed! After lying on the ground in the jungle and having to take out my sheet several times, this was nice. Furthermore, the cottage has a seat, a bathroom with bath, warm (also a while ago) shower, large sink and toilet. But also a second floor. Namely a small cozy room with different mattresses on the floor, pillows and the best: view over the lake. A wonderfully cozy place. I can also not forget the spacious balcony with seating and hammock.
Hotspots Lake Toba
Everywhere in TukTuk you will find local restaurants where you can eat well. TukTuk is not large so you can do most of it on foot. Of course we have nice tips for you:
You might not say it from the outside, but you have a great view at this restaurant and the food is also fantastic. A wonderful place where you can eat for little.
If you do not stay the night at Tabo Cottages, you should definitely go and eat there. The food here is super tasty. They have Indonesian salads, local dishes but also Western dishes looked good. And you can also order a full breakfast with fresh bread, yogurth and all kinds of delicacies. They work together with a bakery on the corner, who brings fresh bread every day. Indulge.
A cute restaurant at the end of the hill. Here too you can eat and drink for little money.
You mainly come to Tabo Lake to enjoy the view, the weather and the atmosphere. There are not many specific sights, but you can do more than enough here.
- 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