Beautiful crater lake has become a popular tourist hang-out, although fishing seems an equally important business
If ever there was a crater lake that could be recognised as such, it must be Lake Maninjau, a crystal-clear lake surrounded by the steep walls of a, by now extinct, volcano. To get to the lake, the road from Bukittinggi goes over the rim, and then drops down 600 meters, via no less than 44 hairpins, providing fabulous views on a bright day.
Along the lake, paddies have been constructed wherever possible, and the lake shore , is populated with extensive fishing structures – except where the swimming spots for tourist are. Plenty of facilities, but at least for the time being without tourism having overtaken the genuine character of the place.