Segara Anak Lake in Rinjani Mountain, Lombok Island - Indonesia
It is, without a doubt, Rinjani Mountain becomes one of the best lures in Lombok Island. Not only it becomes a perfect site for trekking, the mountain offers other great attractions including the famous Segara Lake. The name means “Anak Laut” or the child of the sea, actually. Why is that? The locals named it that way due to its unique color of water, representing that of the sea. Aside from such uniqueness, the lake is popular due to its peaceful atmosphere. This explains why most visitors are likely to enjoy relaxation once they arrive at the lake. Also, photography is quite common on the site.
It is true tourists need to spend much stamina to get to the lake, as it resides on 2000 meters above the sea level. Due to this fact, Segara Anak belongs to the highest lakes in the nation where tourists can visit either for trekking or relaxation. As mentioned earlier, the color of the water lake is similar to the sea and it looks so calm as well. In the middle of the lake, there is a small volcano with its majestic appearance.
Exploring Segara Anak Lake
Aside from its beauty, Segara Anak Lake is famous for other facts including its history. For the locals (Sasak Tribe), the lake has become the part of their culture due to its spiritual essence. No wonder, some of them are often seen on the location to perform a traditional ritual. The next important fact is that the lake owns a myth regarding visitors’ point of view. It is said those who think it is a vast lake would get blessed by a long life and vice versa.
In order to get more information regarding the history and myth of the lake, tourists should hire a local guide or simply gather info from villagers. What is next? Once learning its history, it is time to explore Segara Anak Lake. The first interesting activity to try is definitely fishing. Everyone can enjoy it as long as they do not spoil the environment. Moreover, the fishes are abundant and tourists are allowed to bring the fishes they have caught!
The next charm of Segara Anak Lake is the formation of caves residing near to the site. These include Manik, Payung, and Susu Cave. However, it takes some time to get around the lake as it has the size of approximately 1,100 hectares. As for the depth, it is about 230 meters! Here is the tip. Make sure to come to the lake before noon. Otherwise, the temperature becomes too hot and uncomfortable.
- Manik Cave
- Payung Cave
- Susu Cave
- Rinjani Garden
- Pusuk Sembalun Park
- Mangku Sakti Waterfall
- Tiu Kelep Waterfall
- Telaga Mountain
How to Get There
A trip to Segara Anak Lake starts from Mataram City. From there, tourists can simply head to either Senaru or Sembalun entrance. Next, it takes trekking for about 7-8 hours. Despite the tiring trip, the lake won’t disappoint visitors. On the other hand, it is going to an interesting experience for them.
Where to Stay
- Rinjani Lodge
- Pesona Bulan Baru Hotel
- Werdhi Guest House