Singkarak Lake : The Largest Lake in West Sumatra

Lake Singkarak is the largest lake in West Sumatra. It is situated in two districts; Solok and Tanah Datar. Its cool weather and the beauty of Mount Singgalang provide perfect scenery to this 1000 hectare lake. From Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Singkarak.

Lake Singkarak, West Sumatra
Lake Singkarak, West Sumatra (Source :

Lake Singkarak is famous for its Bilih fish. This species only lives in this lake and cannot be cultivated outside its natural habitat. This fish is especially unique as it can’t survive anywhere but Lake Singkarak, not even in an aquarium.

Bilih fish
Bilih fish (Source :

The majestic Lake Singkarak (Danau Singkarak) is an enormous crater lake set within a dramatic volcanic landscape. Spread over two districts; Solok and Tanah Datar, the lake is a massive 1000 hectares. It is the widest lake in Sumatra and the second biggest lake on the island, after Lake Toba. A world of silent calm, breathtaking vistas and spectacular views awaits here. Here you can embrace the remote natural beauty that Indonesia is so famous for.


Bilih fish from Lake Singkarak is famous for its unique and delicious taste. This fish is served in various dishes such as fried fish, flavored with chili, or boiled for Rp. 15.000 to Rp. 25.000 per portion. So whatever your tastes, the restaurants surrounding the lake will surely be able to come up with a way to serve this fish that you will find delicious.

At several points, visitors can buy souvenirs associated with Lake Singkarak and Minangkabau culture.

There are many hotels near Lake Singkarak such as those along Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road and in the Tanah Datar district.

The town of Ombilin is on the shore of the lake, its collection of hotels and restaurants make it a convenient place to stay. Boats can be rented from here and it is a good place for swimming, hiking and relaxing.

Visitors can travel and enjoy the beauty of Lake Singkarak by boat. In addition, several areas offer swimming and fishing facilities. There are many hotels near Lake Singkarak such as those along Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road and in the Tanah Datar district.

Bring your camera and capture the view of this beautiful lake. The best view of the lake is from the Solok-Bukittinggi main road, where visitors often stop to stock up on photos of the magnificent scenery.

The Tour de Singkarak is a major international cycling event, attracting teams from around the world who come to West Sumatra to battle it out in a grueling cycling competition. Racing through the regions most beautiful scenery over six days, riders finish the tour at the beautiful Lake Singkarak.

Test your nautical knowledge and explore the beauty of Lake Singkarak by boat.  Boats are available for hire from vendors at the Lake.

The view of Lake Singakarak
The view of Lake Singakarak (Source :

Relax with a swim in the pristine waters of the lake. Several areas are suitable for swimming so take the opportunity to take dip in one of the most scenic swimming holes in the world.

Throw a line in and try your luck fishing. Test your skills and try to capture the famous bilih fish.

If you drive to the lake, on your way you will pass through the charming hilltop village of Balimbing (the name means starfruit).


The most convenient way of getting around here is to drive. Lake Singkarak can also be reached by public transport. Its clean water is another attraction of Lake Singkarak for those who live in the Tanah Datar and Solok districts. Its beauty can be seen by those who pass by or those who eat in restaurants along Solok-Bukit Tinggi road.


Lake Singkarak is located some 70 km from Padang and 20 km from the capital city of Solok. From Minangkabau international airport, you may take a rented car or a public minibus plying 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.


 It’s best to spend at least one night in a hotel because of the many attractions Lake Singkarak offers.

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