Samosir Island

Attraction Samosir Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

6 hours
09:00 AM
03:00 PM
First-time visit
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Samosir, or Samosir Island, is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba, located in the north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

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Why Samosir Island is special ?

Samosir, or Samosir Island, is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba, located in the north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The island, together with its surrounding areas is the heart of the Toba Batak culture. A visit to Lake Toba is not complete without a stay on Samosir with its many traditional villages along its shoreline. Lake Toba is around 5 hours’ drive from North Sumatra’s capital city, Medan.

On the east side of the island, the land rises steeply from a narrow strip of flat land along the lake’s water edge climbing to a central plateau that towers some 780 m. above the waters. Cycling up to the plateau passing many traditional villages is a pleasant experience, as from this height one can have a wonderful panoramic view on this magnificent blue lake.


What to explore at Samosir Island?

Many visitors prefer to take the more scenic option and stay on the massive island of Samosir in the middle of the lake. The original home of the Batak Toba people, the island has many traces of ancient days including stone tombs and traditional villages, such as at Ambarita which has a courtyard with stone furniture where in the old days convicts were tried and beheaded. Or visit Simanindo where traditional Batak ritual dances and music are performed. Here is where you'll be able to discover unique and ancient Toba culture. At Tomok you can find mementos and Batak handicrafts. Buy the distinctive red and black hand-woven shawls called ulos- that are still used today at important life-cycle occasions-, a Batak calendar on rattan, woodcarvings and more. Samosir is accessible by regular ferries from Parapat.


How to get to Samosir Island?

Local transportation around the lake takes the form of boats; cheaper, school boats with limited schedules and more expensive public boats that operate throughout the day).

Public Boats from Parapat and surrounding areas sail from either Ajibata or Tigaraja to Tuktuk or Tomok at Samosir Island. The fee is Rp 10,000 per trip.


Selling points

  • A beauty in the heart of North Sumatera
  • Beautiful island nearly the size of Singapore
  • A lot to do on a small island
  • Relax away from chaos
  • Serene place with fresh air
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Tips for you

  • Since the weather here can be quite cool especially in the evenings, donot forget to bring some warm clothing with you.
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  • You can visit the handicraft center at Tuktuk with its many souvenir shops selling Batak handicrafts, such as the ulos cloth, woodcarvings, Batak bamboo calendars, a staff used by former Batak chieftains, and many more.
    Things to do
  • In the evening there are still a number of restaurants and cafes open offering Batak bands, dances, and traditional performances.
    Things to do
  • There are hot springs on the western side of the island just across the causeway from Pangururan. The water is hot. Locals usually use their hands to get some water out of the pool, standing in the pool is possible, but you probably won't be able to swim.
    Things to do
  • You can trek up the mountain to the plateau, to the village of Tele, the vantage point to absorb the grand scenery on Lake Toba.
    What to see
  • At Simanindo, 19km from Tuk-Tuk, is the Batak Museum built in the house where Raja Sidauruk lived. Here you can see traditional dancing (Tordon) and puppet performances (Sigalegale).
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The street we ride a bike during the afternoon is really nice, it is fun once done in this place. With panoramic lake soothing.

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