Beautiful Danau Toba

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Day : 102
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Sunny and dry

We arrived in Lake Toba and spent two days relaxing in beautiful surroundings and swimming in the cool, clear waters of the lake. Lake Toba marks the site of the largest volcanic eruption in over 2 million years and was formed when a supervolcano blew itself to smithereens. The lake which now exists is the largest volcanic lake in the world and is 100km long, 30 km wide and over 500 metres at it's deepest! We spent our two days at Carolina Hotel which is situated on the southern end of Tuk Tuk and is in a perfect location for swimming. It has it's own private area for sunbathing and a diving board and steps into the lake. Our room cost us just over 7 per night and you can see the gorgeous views we had from our room in the photographs. I dread to think what this would have cost on one of the lakes in Europe!

Tuk Tuk was very relaxed with lots of little cafes and restaurants, and shops selling snacks and souvenirs. It was a perfect way to spend a couple of days, and if we hadn't been on a mission to get in and out of Java before Idul Fitri (the festival which marks the end of Ramadan and which causes chaos to descend throughout Indonesia as families make their way home for the celebrations) we quite possibly could have spend much, much longer here. But alas, time was not on our side because we also had to get to Jakarta to extend our Indonesian visas which were rapidly running out.

In summing up Sumatra we would have to say that we both loved this island! The people are some of the friendliest we have met on our travels so far. Although the travelling has often been long, tiring and uncomfortable, the experiences we have had and the things that we have seen have most definitely been worth it. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting "off the beaten track" and from the tropical island of Pulau Weh in the north, to the jungles of Ketambe and to the beautiful Danu Toba further south we have only met a handful of people on our way. However, with direct flights to Banda Aceh and Medan running regularly, and a Visa on Arrival system in place Sumatra will not stay this quiet for long. So, if you want to see this diverse and beautiful island before the hordes of tourists come, you must surely get here quickly!
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