Samosir Island is a quiet and peaceful Island within Sumatra’s Lake Toba, Indonesia; the world’s largest volcanic lake in the world. Samosir island was formed by a cone of a new volcano pushing up through the Lake Toba’s volcanic craters. The island has some of the most spectacular views, fresh air, offers great relaxation, freshwater swimming and many thrilling adventure experiences.
Apart from the allure of swimming in the pleasant, natural water, Samosir island is home to the fascinating ancient people known as Bataks. The Batak tribe is very friendly and they even have impromptu guitar jams and singing parties all around the island. Lets now take a look at some of the things to do and see on this amazing island;
1. Visit Lake Toba
As mentioned earlier, Lake Toba, also called Danau Toba, is the planet’s largest volcanic lake and measures at about 1,707 square feet. It was formed by a massive volcanic eruption about 70,000 years ago. With a serene and quiet beauty, it’s much loved by tourist as nice a place to relax and unwind. You can chill by the calm lakeside or even swim in the pleasant, mineral rich fresh waters. This is the best place to relax and enjoy great pristine scenery and the peaceful nature and culture of Lake Toba.
2. Tuk Tuk
You can go to Tuk Tuk, which is a rather popular place for tourists. Tuk Tuk offers picturesque views of the magnificent Lake Toba. You can also do your shopping here and buy books from the numerous bookshops available. Tuk Tuk is actually the center of Samosir’s Island tourism. It is a great place to explore by walking around and enjoying the fantastic views it has to offer.
Tomok is about 5km from Tuk Tuk and is a rather quite place which offers a variety of delicious Indonesian foods. You can also get to bask in its’ rich culture and check out the burial place for King Sidabutur. There are several stalls where you can find gorgeous souvenirs.
4. Ambarita Stone Chairs
Ambarita is famous for its’ stone chairs. The stone chairs are about 300 years old, and are said to be the remnants of a criminal court where criminals were beheaded and their bodies tossed into lake Toba. If you are okay exploring morbid parts of Samosir’s history, you can find a guide and get to explore and learn the chilling and shocking history.
5. Museum Huta Solon Simanindo
The museum is a must see for any tourist who wants to learn more about the interesting Batak tradition and culture. You will see great examples of the traditional Batak homes and you will also get to enjoy watching a Batak dancing performance; that is if you happen to go early in the afternoon.
7. Swim in the Waterfall and Relax in the Hot Springs
Just above Tuk Tuk, you will find a great waterfall where you can take a refreshing, rejuvenating swim. You can also enjoy relaxing by the hot springs which are on the western side of Samosir island. The water is pretty hot so you probably will not be able to swim, but you can just relax by the pool side.
Where To Stay
There are many guesthouses, hotels and restaurants in Samosir island, and one of the best accommodation options is Samosir Villa Resort. This magnificent resort offers uninterrupted gorgeous views of Lake Toba and has a wooded jungle as its’ backdrop. It is a truly beautiful, relaxing and welcoming resort.
Best Time to Visit Samosir Island
The best time to visit Samosir Island is during the dry seasons; that is between May – September. May is probably the best time since that’s when Samosir Island’s weather is changing from cool to warm.