Monday, July 25, 2016

Courtesy of Lake Buyan

Lake Buyan is one of Bali’s unexposed and untouched attractions. Located in Pancasari Village, in Sukasada District, Buleleng Regency, the lake is spanning approximately 4.5 square kilometres just below the northern rim of the Bedugul caldera. Situated in a plateau region characterised by generally very wet and cool climate, Lake Buyan is surrounded by lush vegetation, featuring fog and cool air, which allows one to appreciate the authenticity of nature’s wonders. Based on people’s testimony, the sight of this lake can have a soothing effect to temporarily take away the stress of daily life.

Getting to this lake is a bit tricky, involving a 3-hour drive from Denpasar and following the road winding up the hill, where you can see an increasing number of monkeys on the road sides, before you arrive at the junction on the top of the hill. Turn left at this junction and continue to follow the quiet asphalt road which will lead you to the lake.
A community pool, known as Telaga Aya, is connected to the lake via a narrow canal. Telaga Aya is located between the two twin lakes, which are separated by a rainforest-covered hill. At the top of the hill, Asah Gobleg village, is the primary vantage point with panoramic views of both lakes and the surrounding. Make sure to get the perfect flattering selfie with the lake in the background from the lookout in Asah Gobleg Village on the trek down to the lake.
Encircled by coffee and clove plantations, Lake Buyan has a camping site at its southern edge with the ground being flat there. However, the most common activities are boating or fishing. Hiking or trekking is doable, but best done with local guides, granting scenic views of the landscape. For those who are into mediation and yoga, Lake Buyan offers the peaceful, serene aura, ideal for relaxation techniques. Nature lovers and Eco-tourists should find the entire area as a whole an ideal getaway. With limited tourist activities and the absence of human intervention, Lake Buyan still maintains its natural, intact ecosystem by protecting its fragile environment and promoting Eco-tourism.