The Toba Nomadic Escape Caldera, a world-class destination

The Toba caldera provides an exotic view of Toba Lake which borders on the last Sigapiton village Caldera Nomadic Escape peak. (photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Lake Toba tourist destinations in North Sumatra have been designated as among the top 10 priority tourism destinations in Indonesia, developing new amenities and attractions for tourists, through a headline entitled ‘The Caldera Toba Nomadic Escape’. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya when launching The Toba Nomadic Escape Caldera in Sibisa, Ajibata Subdistrict, Toba Samosir Regency, North Sumatra, Thursday (4/4/2019) said the concept of nomadic tourism is a transient solution.

This is because the concept of nomadic tourism is a cheap, easy and fast solution, as well as solutions that are friendly, sustainable, and open to contemporary wanderers or special interest tourists.

“This nomadic solution is the answer to accelerate the development of 10 New Bali adaptation destinations and has been kicked-off in development in Borobudur, Bajo, and now in Toba,” said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya.

The ceremony was also attended by the Regent of Toba Samosir, Regent of North Tapanuli, as well as representatives from 8 regencies of the Lake Toba Region, and also Pemprovsu. Also present were tourism stakeholders in North Sumatra, as well as potential investors who wanted to build, both in the Toba Caldera Resort area and in the Lake Toba Region in general.

Head of the Ministry of Tourism Nomadic Acceleration Team Waizly Darwin reported that the construction of the Caldera in the Lake Toba Tourism Authority zone began in early 2019 or after the process of submitting management rights certificates (HPL) phase I covering 279 hectares of 386.72 hectares in Pardamean Sibisa Village, Ajibata District, Toba Samosir District in December 2018 ago. The location of The Caldera, very strategic only 20 minutes from Parapat, or about 1 hour 30 minutes from Balige, is only 2 hours from Silangit Airport 10 minutes from Sibisa Airport.

“The Kaldera has a charming view. From the location, we can see the beauty of Sigapiton Tourism Village in the valley flanked by hills on the right and left with views of Lake Toba and Samosir Island in the distance, “said Waizly Darwin.

The Toba Nomadic Escape Caldera, a nomadic tourism pilot project, is expected to be a barometer for the development of nomadic tourism in the region. The facilities at The Kaldera itself are amenities such as 15 Bell Tents, 2 Cabins, 2 Bubble Tents, and a parking area for Campervans / Caravans.

Other facilities at The Kaldera are Amphitheater Caldera, with a capacity of 250 people, Caldera Plaza, Caldera Stage, to Hil Caldera. For the concept of nomadic access, tourists can also enjoy a Heli Tour around Toba Geopark and other destinations. Tourists can also enjoy the hub for an overland tour around Lake Toba, a geopark tour, and a coffee trail tour.

“The main segments of tourists are nomads, millennials, and families. In addition to domestic tourists, foreign tourists are also the main target market for these tourist destinations. Targeted foreign tourists are those from Malaysia, Singapore and Europe, “added tourism minister Arief Yahya.

In terms of location, The Kaldera is very strategically positioned or only 20 minutes from Parapat, and about 1 hour 30 minutes from Balige. The Kaldera is also about 2 hours’ drive from Silangit Airport, and only 10 minutes from Sibisa Airport.

“This is very easy to achieve, especially since AirAsia’s low-cost airlines will also fly directly from Kuala Lumpur to Silangit. With tickets at just Rp 200,000, tourists from Malaysia can visit Lake Toba, “he concluded.

The Managing Director of the Lake Toba Authority (Implementing Agency BPODT) Arie Prasetyo said, the destination of The Toba Nomadic Escape Caldera was built on 2 Ha of pioneering land by spending a physical development budget of Rp 5 billion.

“At present, we and the field team are finishing the process, which is targeted for completion in late March. Then proceed with commissioning tests, logistics preparation for launching events, landscape finalization, lighting ambience, and artwork, “said Arie Prasetyo.

He explained that sustainable physical development began to be carried out with a focus on an area of ​​approximately 2 hectares. In this area, BPODT under the direction of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries began the construction of the Sibisa Integrated Resort, which is also a tourism destination for Lake Toba.

“Later, this area will be integrated with Toba Caldera Reserve, Sibisa Airport and Sigapiton Tourism Village for the development of sustainable tourism,” Arie Prasetyo concluded. (Aldo)