Stunning Samosir Island

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Overview

The island of Samosir, situated in the huge crater lake of Toba,  measures 45 km. by 20 km. 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. 


Regular ferries ply between Parapat on the mainland and the villages of Tomok and Tuktuk on Samosir. As you step down the ferry at Tomok you will be greeted by a row of sounvenir stalls selling an array of Batak handicraft, from the traditional hand-woven ulos cloths to Batak bamboo calendars and all kinds of knick-knacks.   


Tomok itself is a traditional village, best known as the gateway and introduction to Samosir. Here is the large stone sarcophagus of chief Sidabutar. Carved from a single block of stone, the tomb dates back to the early 19th century. The front is carved with the face of a singa – a mythical creature, part water buffalo, part elephant. On the saddle-shaped lid is a small statue of a woman carrying a bowl, believed to represent the wife of the dead chief.


Beautifully painted traditional adat houses stand in a neat row, with their backs to the lake, complemented with rice barns facing the houses. The elaborate Batak designs on these houses form leaves and flowers and are typically colored in black, white and red.  


Further north of Tomok is a small peninsula, known as Tuktuk Siadong,  - or simply Tuktuk - , best loved for its sandy beaches and beautiful lush scenery. Here the soft lapping blue waters of lake Toba blend with the green pastures where water buffalos graze or work the land.  Although offering beaches and opportunities for watersports, yet the air here is cool as it is located high in the mountains. No wonder, therefore, that Tuktuk has become a favorite with tourists, so that here you will find a plethora of small hotels and homestays, restaurants and handicrafts galore.  


Further north are the villages of Ambarita and Simanindo. At Ambarita, some four km from Tuktuk are stone furniture, said to have been a place where criminals were sentenced and beheaded.


At Simanindo, 19 km. further north is the elaborately decorated house of Raja Sidauruk, which is now a museum. Here are regularly performed the sigalegale puppet performance. The human sized sigalegale puppet is believed to be a receptacle for the soul of the deceased at funeral rites.


Lake Toba itself is the largest fresh water reservoir in South East Asia stretching 1,100 km. long and is 450 meters at its deepest point. As a crater lake, the result of a mega volcanic explosion some 30,000 years, Lake Toba sits 905 meters above sea level. Seven districts surround lake Toba, they are the districts of Simalungun, Toba Samosir, North Tapanuli, Humbang Hasundutan, Dairi, Karo, and Samosir. Among these, the island of Samosir is definitely the most favored destination for visitors. 


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Activities

To Eat, To Buy, To Stay, To Do

Tuktuk has a number of hotels to homestays with rates ranging from  Rp100,000 - to  Rp500, 000 a night depending on the type. Below is a list for you to try:

Hotels with website can be found at Find Hotel

 

Sopo Toba Hotel

Desa Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir

Telephone. (0625) 416 16

 

Asido Star Hotel

Jl. Dr. F. L. Toging, Pangururan, Samosir

Telephone  (0626) 202 06

 

Barbara

Desa Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir

Telephone (0625) 412 30

 

King's

Desa Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 418 65

 

Abadi Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 195

 

Aman ACC Hotel.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

 

Anju Cottage

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong,

Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 265

 

Asima ACC.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 150

 

Bagus Bay Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 287

 

Bernard ACC.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 41263-41081

 

Christina ACC.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 027

 

Carolina Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 20

 

Elsina ACC.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel.: (0625) 451 067

 

Ebikel ACC.

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625)451 28

 

Hariara

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 183

 

Ambaroba Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 298

 

Silintong Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 242

 

Lekjon Cottage

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 415 74

 

Linda's ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 223

 

Mas ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 051

 

Sibayak Guest House

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625)451 186

 

Tony ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 209

 

Toledo INN

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 41181; 41174

 

Yogi’s ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 232

 

Vanesha Hotel

Desa Martoba, Kecamatan Simanindo

Tel. (0625) 41138

 

Marroan ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 272

 

Melanies Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 45 016

 

Merlyn ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 052

 

Parna's ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 167

 

Pondok Ganda

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 021

 

Pandu View ACC

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 451 082

 

Rodeo Hotel

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625)451 120

 

Samosir Cottage

Jl. Lingkar Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir

Tel. (0625) 410 50

 

Theysa Hotel

Desa Ambarita, Simanindo, Samosir

Tel.: +6281361214369

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Tips

Since the weather here can be quite cool especially in the evenings, donot forget to bring some warm clothing with you.

Getting There and Around

Get There

The town of Parapat is around four to five hours from Medan by private car or rented vehicles.  You can also take the train that serves Medan - Pematang Siantar, then board a bus from here to Parapat, which takes around 2 hours.

Tourist buses also take passengers from Medan to Parapit via Lubuk Pakam, Tebing Tinggi, to  Pematang Siantar. Along the route enjoy the panorama of palm oil and rubber tree plantations.  

From Parapat, ferries take passengers to Tuktuk to the pier located near major hotels.