THREE LAKE’S A CHARM
HEAD A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE OF JAKARTA TO THE TANGERANG REGION AND VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL DANAU BIRU…
Visiting Danau Biru in Tangerang
Nestled on the western outskirts of Jakarta, Danau Biru or Lake Blue offers a short getaway if you want to escape from the crowded capital for a while. Danau Biru lies in Tangerang and has not one but three lakes in one area, all offer a picturesque natural view that will please your eyes.
How to get there? It’s pretty easy because Danau Biru can be easily reached by a train or a car. The easiest way is for you to take the Tanah Abang-Maja or TanahAbang Rangkas Bitung train from Tanah Abang Station and stop at the Tigaraksa Station in Tangerang in Banten. The train journey takes about an hour. Then, continue your trip by taking a local public transportation or a motorcycle taxi. Almost every public transportation driver around the station knows the lake really well.
I opted to take a local motorcycle taxi or ojek, and I was glad I made that decision as the bike went past the breathtaking view of the rice fields and local houses. During the journey, my ojek driver also shared a lot of stories about Danau Biru until we finally arrived at the parking lot. As I set my eyes on the blue lake, my mind traveled back to Lake Kaolin in Belitung Island in Sumatra that I visited a couple of years ago, and I think that Danau Biru of Cisoka Village is similar to Lake Kaolin. It turns out they share quite the same background as well.
Lake Kaolin became popular due to its blue color caused by kaolin mining in Belitung Island, while Cisoka’s Danau Biru is caused by the exploitation of sand mining around the area. My ojek driver, who was a local resident, said that the sand mining has been abandoned since 2014. Every since then, the site has three basins. Other local residents I met said the mining activity probably reached several water springs that caused the basins to not only collect water from rain, but also from the ground.
The lake water used to look normal. But two years ago, its surface started to change color, from turbid water that sometimes looked almost green to become really green and then changed again into tosca green.
The first two lakes are located around 100 meters from the parking lot. The one on the left has a moss green color and is surrounded by trees that looked more like a small forest. The lake on the right side
is pretty much different with tosca green water, and is surrounded by white rocks and sandy ground. Moving further, I could see the third lake is situated behind the first two lakes. It is also the largest one among them. And like the second lake, the surface is tosca green and the lake is surrounded by white rocks and sandy ground.
The local residents I met had no idea why these lakes have different colors despite their location that is pretty close to each other. They are even afraid to taste the water or use it for their daily lives. The simplest explanation is probably because there is a chemical process under the surface or somewhere deep under the bottom of the lakes.
SNAP SOME PHOTOS
It has only been a year since Danau Biru becomes a popular destination among the local people, all because of social media posts that show how photogenic the site is. Many people are also curious and can’t quite believe such a beautiful lake with breathtaking natural scenery is available only a couple of hours away from the capital city. With more tourists coming to the site, the local people from nearby villages get the advantage. Some of them build a proper parking space while others sell food and drinks or even open a dinghy rental for tourists to cruise around the lake.
Like in other mining sites, the temperature at Danau Biru is scorching hot. But the higher the sun is, the more beautiful the color of the lake is. That’s why it is vital to bring a hat or sunglasses and apply sunscreen while visiting Danau Biru. Danau Biru is also a non-mainstream beautiful place for photography enthusiasts, be it nature or wedding photography. In fact, if you’re lucky enough, you may find the lake is yours alone and you can easily take photos without a crowd of people disturbing your background.
If you’re lucky, you can have the lake all to yourself.
The beautiful Danau Biru with tosca-colored water.