Lake is located in Banding Agung district, 125 Km from Baturaja,
the capital of Oku Regency. Ranau is an 8 x 13 km caldera partially
filled by the crescent-shaped Ranau Lake. It is surrounded by hills
and has mount Seminung background. Beneath the Mount Seminung, there
is a source of natural warm water. A morphologically young post-caldera
strata volcano, Mount Semuning, was constructed within the SE side
of the caldera to a height of more than 1600 m above the caldera
For most people, Ranau Lake is the climax of a
visit to the western highlands of South Sumatra. This blinking Crater
Lake is located in the old caldera of Mount Seminung (1340 meters),
an active volcano on the border of Lampung province. It's 16 km
long and 9 km wide, and has a depth of 300 meters. The climate in
these highlands is nice cool and the remote location offers wealthy
vegetation, crystal clear water and beautiful trips to a nearby
fall, hot source and an island in the lake. However the lake is
very popular among the local population in the weekends, it's not
spoiled by tourism yet.
Banding Agung, along the northern shore, is the
most important agricultural and fishery community along the lake
and does have several clean and cheap lodges. The residents live
from the cultivation of coffee, tobacco and clove. Furthermore,
rice is grown, as well as juicy pineapples, bananas and avocado's,
which are sold very cheap locally. The lake is full of fish, which
are grilled in small restaurants at the lakeside. The blinking,
golden sunset reflects fishermen in canoes on the flat lake, with
a silhouette of the mountains at the back.
There's much to do around the lake. A trip of fifteen
minutes from Wisma Pusri leads through some forests along coffee
plantations and rice fields to the Subik fall, which scatters on
the rocks not too far from the lake itself. Other trip, on the lake
by a hired boat, takes us to a hot water source at the foot of Mount
Seminung. The source now is separated from the lake by a wall, so
the hot and the cold water can't mix anymore. But be careful, the
warm water really hot, and the sand nearby can be very warm as well.
Snorkeling is also possible, and unsure swimmers can get an inflated
Across the hot water source is a small island,
which is known as Marisa Island. A local legend tells about a handsome
young prince, Putri Aisah, which had two lovers, Sipahit Lidah (Bitter
Tongue) and Simata Empat (Four Eyes). She promised to marry the
one, who could build a bridge over the entire lake in one night.
When the sun rose, Marisa siland was the only part of the bridge
that was finishes, to both lovers were rejected. On the island,
the palm trees offer some shade, ideal to have a rest or a sleep.
Adventurous people can also make an expedition to the peak of mount
Seminung. There also is a centre where elephants are tamed and elephants
can be hired for a jungle 'safari'.