Toba Lake (Indonesia)



World famous is the crater Toba Lake in the Batak highlands; approximately five hours drive from Medan. Toba Lake is the largest lake in South East Asia and also one of the most spectacular, surrounded by tall mountains and with the large island of Samosir in the middle. If we descend from the mountain we see the lake glittering in all its beauty. The Dutch writer Rudy Kousbroek even called Toba Lake, ‘the most beautiful place on earth’. Most visitors stay on the peninsula of Tuk Tuk on Samosir, named after the linguist Herman Neubronner van der Tuuk. In general people stay several days on Samosir to discover the island, to visit traditional Batak villages, to swim in the lake and go to the hot springs in Pangururan.

The centerpiece of North Sumatra, Lake Toba’s bracing climate and magnificent panoramas clear the mind and soothe the soul. For decades a magnet from regional and foreign visitors alike, Toba has developed into a full-featured highland resort while retaining the rustic charm and relaxed ambiance that define Toba’s attraction. Formed by a stupendous prehistoric volcanic explosion, the 100 km long lake is the largest in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest and the highest in the world. The drama of that cataclysmic birth persist in 500 meter cliffs dropping into the blue-green waters, surrounded by steep, pine covered sloped, the climate is fresh and pleasant, with just enough rain to support the lush vegetation.

Toba Lake is a 100kms x 30kms volcanic lake in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Toba Lake has become one of the main tourist attractions for a long time in North Sumatra apart from Bukit Lawang and Nias, visited by both domestic and foreign tourist.
The Origin of Toba Lake

It is estimated that Toba Lake was formed during a volcanic eruption about 73.000-75.000 years ago and which was the most recent super volcano eruption. Bill Rose and Craig Chesner from Michigan Technological University estimated that volcanic materials that were spewed out the mountain totaling 2800km3, with 800km3 ignimbrites rock and 2000km3 volcanic ash that is estimated was blown (wind) to the west for 2 weeks. This incident caused mass death (destruction) and to several species also causes extinction. According to some DNA proof, this eruption also shrinks the humankind population to around thousands back then.

After this eruption, a caldera was formed that was filled by water afterwards and now known as Toba Lake. The pressure from the dormant magma, which has not yet erupted, caused Samosir Island to emerge. The region that now known as Samosir Island originally was a peninsula that attached to the Sumatran mainland. In this peninsula the Netherlands built the water canal 10 m width.

For the first time visitors, going through Medan-Parapat route seeing a lake as big as that made Samosir appear like an amazing grand island. However, the island perspective will certainly faded with the increase in Toba plateau visitor, Nias and the other places in the south, through Medan-Berastagi route. Samosir occupied a central geographical position in the Toba plateau region. With the declaration of the Toba Samosir Regency (the inhabitants 302.000 lives, the area with wide of 3.440 km including the lake) it finally ascend from only a shadow into a Regency. Moreover, the width of Samosir Island exceed Singapore (647 km), in fact Toba Lake almost twice bigger than Singapore. The Samosir image in tourism books as the backpackers location must be changed because this historic place must restore the greatness of its past.


Raja Ampat (Papua, Indonesia)


Wai Island Jetty, Raja Ampat, Dampier Strait, West Papua, Indonesia.




as beautiful on the water like this, Raja Ampat ( which literally translates as ” four kings ” ) has a surprising diversity of habitats to explore. respectively – of the waves hitting the slopes striking drop far below the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie into, nutrient-rich bay of Mayalibit, Kabui and aljui to ” blue water mangroves ” Kofiau channels and gam to plankton -rich upwelling areas of Misool and Dampier Strait – is home to a unique collection of species which, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species list ever compiled for coral reef system of this size. marine tourism as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, mining, and logging, has the potential to play a key role in the conservation of the spectacular underwater world of Raja Ampat, while also creating real benefits for the local community. This website is designed as part of a larger effort to support the growth of sustainable marine tourism in Raja Ampat and conservation magical islands. Please explore this site to get information about diving opportunities liver, travel logistics, cost of Raja Ampat incoming tourism ( which directly support conservation and community development ), and a remarkable conservation efforts going on in Raja Ampat .

Sanur Beach (Bali, Indonesia)


This beach is a paradise for surfers (Surfing), surf this beach is perfect, no wonder the foreign tourists like this place. Its location is in the east of the city of Denpasar. Not far from Sanur Beach can be encountered diving and snorkeling sites. The dive sites can be very suitable for divers of all levels of expertise. If the famous Kuta beach with a bunch of sunsetnya the famous Sanur Beach with a view of the rising sun, so called Sunrise beach.


Tanah Lot (Bali, Indonesia)

Ocean Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is located on the beach side Beraban countryside , Kediri sub district and Tabanan Regency . Tourist Places in Bali is situated in 30 Km in west side of Denpasar town and about 11 Km to the south of the town of Tabanan . The temple is built on the rock with 3 acre size and can be reached within a few minutes by foot , because it is only 20 meters from the beach . This temple is very famous among tourist destinations in Bali in having a spectacular view and a very fitting place to enjoy the sunset . In some corners of the coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple there are holy tame snake in black and white where, according to local people believed that the deity property and as the guard of the temple from the bad influence .

As a tourist in Bali , Tanah Lot has views especially at sunset where the sun slows down to the bowels of the earth . Every visitor who pays a visit to this place will be amazed to see the beauty panorama of Tanah Lot . Besides this temple , there are other temples which can be seen on your visit to Tanah Lot like Batu Bolong , temples and temple Enjung Batumejan Galuh .

Nusa Dua (Bali, Indonesia)

Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dua is an elite resort area of international five star hotels and resorts existing on the coast in the southern part of Bali . Tourist Places in Bali is located in Badung regency and about 25 minutes drive from Bali’s international airport . Nusa Dua has a size of 350 hectares wide , which is the most luxurious resort area and one of the best tourist attractions in the world . In fact , the name of Nusa Dua comes from two small islands located in the southern part of the island of Bali ( Nusa mean the island and Dua mean two ) that are separated by white sand .

Tourist Places in Bali has a complete tourism facilities in Bali and Indonesia as a five star hotel , luxury accommodation , villas , convention hall , shopping centers and beautiful beaches . Five star hotels in this area are Club Med , Nusa Dua Beach Hotel , Westin Resort , Laguna Resort , Melia Bali Villas & Spa , Inna Putri Bali Hotel , Ayodya Resort , Kayu Manis Villa , Nikko Bali Resort and Spa , Bale Villas and Novotel Nusa Dua . There are also sports activities available in it , such as tennis courts , squash , and golf courses . Each hotel is equipped with five-star restaurants, bars , pubs and beach activities . Nusa Dua is the ideal place for a holiday in Bali .


Gitgit (Bali, Indonesia)


Places of interest :: Gitgit is one of tourist places and destination, it is popular with the highest waterfall in Bali , below is the information.

Gitgit Waterfall is a beautiful tourist destination in north part of Bali. Gitgit waterfall is located in the plateau area with the height about 35 meters and it is surrounded by tropical tree and emits the constantly natural water debit during the year. Waterfall voice around the charming nature was amazing and it was the separate attraction which can be enjoyed by each visitor who comes to visit. There are some plantations protecting the rain forest around the waterfall and in this place we often met the wild monkey to get the water from this waterfall.
Gitgit Waterfall is one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali which is located in Gitgit countryside, Sukasada sub district and about 10 Km from Singaraja Town or about 70 Km from Denpasar. It is set at height land about 300 meters above sea level.

Beside of Gitgit, there is another important spot point like the monument for hero struggle of Singaraja resident who dead on the battle against the Dutch colonialist. This monument is called Bhuwana Pangkung Bangka. This Monument is extant monument and idol of people struggle action against the Dutch colonization. This monument is located in Gitgit countryside and Sukasada sub district and about 17 Km from Singaraja Town . It is situated on the hill bank. The facilities are available at Gitgit Waterfall is consisted of the parking area, restaurant and art shop. It is not far from the waterfall place, there is a place for taking a rest while enjoy the beauty panorama of rice terrace and Buleleng Beach. In order to visit the Gitgit waterfall, all visitors will follow the walkway down until the spot point. This road is one of the omissions in Dutch era where the local resident uses it to access other regions. On 1975, this waterfall is opened as tourist destinations in north part of Bali

Amed (Bali, Indonesia)


Places of interest :: Amed village is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular site for diving, snorkeling and fishing , below is the information.

Amed Village is one of alternative Tourist Destination in east Bali, it is popular site for diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Amed is located in East of Bali, just 30min from Amlapura. The beach is covered by black sand and rocks. Not attractive but it is famous new diving spot for the huge drop of wall. The tourist area is not in the village of Amed. Amed refers to a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxed holiday in Bali.

Amed is the most recent tourist development area in Bali. It was only in 2000 that tarmac was laid on the roads.
Telephone lines were installed in 2003 and it took until 2007 for a bridge to be built over a section of the main road that regularly washed away during the rainy season.
This is the most commonly used base for visitors wishing to dive the USS Liberty wreck at Tulamben and that area is also covered by this article. There are other good divesites close at hand and a thriving dive industry has developed all the way along the coast here.Amed is Completed with simple tourist supporting facilities such as Losmen, small hotels and amateur entertainment. Amed has excellent snorkeling spot just off the black sand beach and further out in the bay is a coral wall with abundant sponges and hard and soft corals. Plenty of fish varieties could be found in this area, such as Black Snapper, Triggerfish, Cardina fish, etc.

Amed, Bali, Indonesia 2011. Balifornian Tours