Pulau Samosir Travel Guide

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Pulau Samosir Things to Do

  • Si Gale Gale

    Visit, midway going up the hill to the tomb of King Sidabutar, houses in traditional Batak architecture.You can find a life-sized puppet there called "Si Gale Gale" which can be moved by levers from behind.It was said that before Christianity came to Samosir Island the people practiced Animism and, legend says, they can move those puppets with...

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  • A Ferry to TOMOK, Samosir island

    It take about 90 minutes by Ferry from Parapat AJIBATA FERRY port to Samosir Island TOMOK Port. In a good weather condition, we can see a magnificent Panorama of a mountain Hill on both side of the ship, a crystal clear blue water of Lake Toba, a fishermen canoe floating on the lake and shuttle boats from Parapat to Samosir island vise versa

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  • A Magnificent of LakeToba view...

    Lake TOBA is a magnificent view when we are at TUK-TUK- Samosir Island, we can also see a picturesQue Panorama of land and water basin , a greenery mountain range and the peoples dwelling are also a highlight of Samosir island

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  • The PORT at SILINTONG

    If you take a Boat from PASAR TIGA RAJA, it will stop at one of Samosir island entry point at TUK-TUK wellknown as SILINTONG, it just a few block beside CAROLINA. Silintong is also an accomodation at TUK-TUK, the Port take the name from this Hotel. The Boat crew usually offer the passenger wether they will get off at Carolina, Silintong or...

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  • The PORT at CAROLINA

    The Port in front of CAROLINA is one of an entry point to Samosir Island located at TUK-TUK. It was an entry for Public and Visitor, from here you can explore TUK TUK by Rent a Motor Bike, or Rent a Bycycle and if you will stay at Samosir Island for a few days, you can Book Carolina Hotel or you can take another accomodation which vary in price, or...

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  • Enjoy LAKE TOBA on the BOAT

    During 30 minutes Boat Ride from Pasar Tiga Raja to Samosir Island's TUK-TUK, the scenery around the lake is a fantastic beauty, the greenery of Mountain Range, Crystal Clear Blue Water. On Board we can see what local peoples bought in the market, vegetables, Live Swine keep in a Sack and other daily necessities

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Pulau Samosir Transportation

  • Get Around Samosir island by Motorcycle

    I met a lady , while ride a boat from TIGA RAJA to TUK-TUK, her name is BORU SINAGA and live not far from Carolina port, she offer me to rent her motorcycle to get around Samosir island with cost Rp. 40,000,- for 3 to 4 hours as I only take a one day trip, actually the fare is Rp. 60,000 for a whole day and gasoline is included. It was great...

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  • Getting around by Bicycling

    Bicycling is an enjoyable one in taking around TUK-TUK and its surrounding, you can rent a bike at one rental shop just near Carolina or Silintong, the fare is bargaining with the basic minimum fare Rp.20,000,- . You can go y bike from Caroina or Silintong and explore TUK-TUK up to AMBARITA where you can see Batak Traditionil House welknown as HUTA...

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  • A Ferry from Parapat to Samosir

    A Ferry is also one of Transportation means to Samosir Island vise versa. The Port at PARAPAT was situated at AJI BATA which can be reached by mini van or welknown as ANGKOT. A ferry at AJIBATA is open from 08.00 in the morning and last at 07.00 in the afternoon. with the fare more cheaper than a Boat at Tiga Raja. The rip will take 90 minutes and...

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Pulau Samosir Shopping

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    by Crift Written Oct 21, 2003

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    When you decide to buy anything from Ambarita, bargain, and bargain HARD! Start at extremelely lower prices from the marked ones... watch their eyes grow in surprise at first and then enjoy the ancient art of bargaining, they do!
    One rule: if the dealer/shopkeeper accepts the price you suggested, you are obliged to buy the item, otherwise you are not a good sport!

    What to buy: Avoid the obvious touristy stuff. Shy man is cloning all over the world... enough!
    Try the Batak wood carvings if you don't mind the demonic faces and magic ritual artifacts. You can buy them straight from the wood carvers, you can't miss them!
    I would definitely suggest their hand-woven batak blankets. They are more worth their money.

    What to pay: It's been a while since I was there... sorry!

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Pulau Samosir Local Customs

  • christianity

    most people living on samosir is christian. the christianity is sucesscully introduce by a german priest.everywhere, you can see churches, but most of churches has exactly the same design like this one.

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  • traditional batak house

    i didn't know that some people in samosir still live in traditional house.the house is elevated from the ground and it has a unique shape of roof.nowadays people use tin roof but in the old time the roof is made of thatch.below the house, between the floor and the ground there's space to prison the enemy. the enemy will be kept and feed there until...

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Pulau Samosir Warnings and Dangers

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    by Crift Written Oct 21, 2003

    Well, I meant YOUR dog, if you were strange enough to drag it along...
    Bataks eat dog meat regularly. I have heard REAL HORROR stories about how the poor animals are slaughtered and it is really disgusting!

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Pulau Samosir Tourist Traps

  • Souvenir items

    Before going to this place, go around Parapat town first and see what they offer. Ask the prices of souvenir items and remember the prices - don't buy yet.When you visit Samosir Island you can find all those handicrafts and more souvenir items going up and around the tomb of King Sidabutar up on the hill. If something took your fancy bargain and...

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  • Guide Fee

    Upon landing at Tomok, we were welcomed by a guide and asked if we need a guide to go around. They said to wait for the English speaking guide or is the Indonesian guide okay with us. Rather than wait & since we understand the language, we joined the group that was going right away. Ask and agree beforehand how much will the guide cost you. Before...

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  • Entrance Fee

    We did not know that there is an entrance fee to visit Samosir Island, it was cheap though as we are charged IDR 3000 (ca. 2005) when we landed at Tomok. Inquire before going across, or is it just a fee to use the restaurant pier at Tomok where we landed in Samosir?

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Pulau Samosir Off The Beaten Path

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    Menangkabau Temple

    by Crift Written Oct 21, 2003

    Maybe you would never go to the church under normal circumstances, but when you're in Batak land nothing is normal.
    Bataks are Christians. They were not behaving themselves so the missionaries swarmed the place and turned the headhunters to Sunday-church-going Christians.
    It is amazing to see all these ladies dressed in brightly colored cloths going to the Sunday mass. It is even more amazing to watch a mass for animists!!

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