Lake Toba: A Sumatran Island Beauty

Lake Toba: A Sumatran Island Beauty

If you discover yourself traveling to Sumatra, Lake Toba is a must visit. The picturesque Lake Toba — known in Indonesia as Danau Toba — is the largest volcanic lake in the world, covering an area of 1,707 sqkilometre. That makes it larger than several nations, such as Singapore. It had been shaped by a massive volcanic eruption that’s quotes to get occurred 70,000 year past and happens to be the largest volcanic crater on earth.

That enormous volcanic eruption is at the heart of the Toba Catastrophe Theory, with studies attributing it as the root cause of the former ice age, climate change, and the largest human bottleneck that occurred. Estimates indicate that the eruption murdered most of the world population that existed at the time, leaving only a couple million Americans.

Lake Toba, Sumatra
Today, there’s no sign of the catastrophe that might have once occurred there. Instead, you’ll find a beautifully serene escape that’s become a favorite of travelers looking to unwind and enjoy the serene character and culture which exists in Lake Toba. You’ll find boundless waters reflecting endless clouds and at the center of the lake, a little island named PulauSamosir which exists as the cultural centre of the Batak tribe.

About PulauSamosir
PulauSamosir, or Samosir Island, is a Singapore-sized island situated in the Center of Lake Toba. Interesting fact: Samosir Island is the 5th largest lake island in the world and it exists interior of the 6th largest island in the world (Sumatra). The island was shaped with a brand new volcano cone pushing through the existing Lake Toba volcanic crater.

Samosir Island
You’ll more than likely be remaining on Samosir Island, because almost all of Lake Toba’s tourism is based on this little island within the lake. There are loads of guesthouses, restaurants, cultural centers, and even some bars to keep you busy between refreshing dips in the lake. Samosir Island is also the cultural centre of the Batak tribe, who are now mostly Christians and maintain several Batak cultural sites on the island. It recommended you check them all out!

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