Singkarak Lake is a volcanic lake located in the heart of West Sumatra. With a very exotic scenery, Lake Singkarak deserve to be one of the place that you have to visit when traveling to the province of the Minangkabau.
Lake Singkarak is a lake That has an area of 107.8 km², being approximately 21 km long and 7 km wide. The natural outlet for excess water is the Ombilin river which flows eastward to the Strait of Malacca. A hydroelectric project however has diverted most of the lake outflow to the Anai river which flows westward into the Indian Ocean near Padang.
Singkarak Lake is located at an elevation of above sea level 362,5 m has a typical fish species which only live in this Lake and the only one in the world. Local people call it Fish Bilih.
Uniquely this fish could not be cultivated outside its habitat, both in the aquarium, pond or floating nets though. Many of these fish were a source of livelihood of fishing communities around the Lake. You can enjoy the fish that tastes good is a specific and in the restaurant/bistro on many points of the tourist sites around the Singkarak Lake .
Singkarak Lake located in two districts in West Sumatra, there are Solok and Tanah Datar Districks. With area 107.8 km ² this lake is the 2nd largest lake in Sumatra Island after Toba Lake .
The location of lake is very strategic, in the side of the road between Tanah Datar and Solok City. Because of its location within easy reach, so that tourists can enjoy the view of the lake at the edge of road twisting. Even tourists who arrive by private vehicle can enjoy the beauty from their car.
Tour deSingkarak (abbreviated TDS) is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in West Sumatra,Indonesia, and named after the Lake Singkarak. First staged in 2009, Tour de Singkarak is classified by the Union Cycling International (UCI) as a 2.2 category race as part of the UCI Asia Tour. It covers more than 900 kilometres — from/to Padang passing around lake Singkarak and runs through inland West Sumatran cities — and lasted for a week and held annually around May or June.
Beside for traveling, Singkarak Lake is also best place for sport such as Tour de Singkarak (annual professional road bicycle racing), on land can be for walking, jogging, gymnastics. At the lake for swimming sports, fishing, rowing and air sports like skydiving.
Lake Singkarak is located 70 km from Padang, 20 km from Solok and about 36 km from Bukittinggi.
From Minangkabau international airport, you can reached Lake Singkarak only about 1.5 hours-2 hours by public transportation or you can take a rented car through the Padang-Solok route and then take other transportation to the lake. This journey will take you passed the Sitinjau Laut area which is famous for its sharp curves and steep canyons.
There are many hotels near Lake Singkarak such as those along Solok-Bukittinggi main road and in the Tanah Datar district.