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Lac Maninjau

Practical information on Lac Maninjau

  • Family
  • Encounters with locals
  • Romantic
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Lake
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3 h by road from Padang
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Lac Maninjau

María José Alfonso Fernández Seasoned Traveller
58 written opinions

It is in western Sumatra that you will find this magic lake in which Indonesian tradition has remained intact.

My suggestion:
Try to go on a day that is not too cloudy in order to enjoy the beautiful views.
My review

Lake Maninjau is a hidden secret still little known to travellers, a spectacular landscape where the real Indonesian character is to be found. On the path to the lake, you will see how the children greet you with a huge smile on their face and their little hands waving energetically. What is more, should you have a problem, the inhabitants will come to your rescue.

Located in a volcanic caldera, the lake offers a distinctive view, you will be able to see the shape of the crater clearly even though it is now covered in vegetation. What I liked most was seeing the architecture typical of the area with roofs that seem to be reaching for the sky.

The inhabitants who live around the lake survive thanks to fishing and to the fish-breeding farms that they make with bits of wood, which allows them to transport them to the sales outlets alive. A real show in Indonesia.