Lake Toba

Attraction Parapat (Girsang Sipangan Bolon), Simalungun Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
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Lake Toba is a large natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. The lake is about 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 505 metres deep.

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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.


Selling points

  • 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
5 Days Medan Lake Toba Trip

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Parapat (Girsang Sipangan Bolon), Simalungun

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Tips for you

  • Change all the money that you will need before you leave Medan as the exchange rate can be poor in the Toba area.
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  • The best way to explore Lake Toba is by motorbike or bicycle but take note that not all roads are paved. If you don't know how to ride a motorbike, you can always hire the local to show you around on motorbike but that's going to be pricey.
  • If you’re feeling energetic, throw yourself into some of the activities on offer here. In Parapat, there area facilities for swimming, water skiing, motor boating, canoeing, fishing and golf.
    Things to do
  • It's recommended to go to the Peak to have bird-eye view of the Lake and the Sipiso-Piso Waterfall, it's really amazing.
    What to see
  • Locals here live a laid back lifestyle. Therefore, do not order your meals only when you're hungry. It will take a local restaurant an average of 30-45 minutes to prepare your meal.
  • Majority of the locals are christian therefore it may be hard to find halal food here.
  • The weather here is cool but pleasant, but if you’re used to hot temperatures remember to bring a jacket.
    What to wear


TripAdvisor View more

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...

FourSquare View more

Beautiful lake at North Sumatra - Indonesia, Great view with inactive volcano beside.

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