Samosir Island Trip

Samosir or Samosir Island is a large volcanic island in the middle of Lake Toba (the largest volcanic lake in the world!). It’s located in the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Samosir is a popular tourist destination due to its exotic history and is a center of Batak culture.

I visited Samosir last month! Living in a crowded city makes me appreciate any chance I have to go back to nature.

How do you go there?

We flew to Medan city, took a 4 hours drive from Medan to Prapat town. There we will cross the Toba Lake in a ferry for an hour to Samosir island.

Where should you stay?

There are a lot of options depending on your budget, but I would say the accommodations on the island are generally affordable. I would personally suggest you the place we stayed in, Tabo Cottages.


  • It’s very peaceful. Room vacancy is dominated by older tourists, if you would like to stay somewhere tranquil, Tabo is perfect for you.
  • I’ve been told that they have the best food on the island! Yes, they offer varieties of food (western, traditional, you name it). Breakfast selection is heaven! You can find tourists who stay at other hotels come to have lunch and dinner at Tabo’s restaurant.
  • They also have a German style bakery, they bake something different everyday. I’m salivating right now while typing, because this is one of the highlights of my trip.

My favorite spot to eat my dessert
  • They have rooms decorated like Batak’s traditional house. And I guarantee it will be an exotic experience.

My sister is obsessed with this

  • Price is reasonable if not affordable.
  • The place is a sanctuary, everywhere you look, all you see are lush greenery and the lake. I do enjoy sitting at the edge of the lake every afternoon and sip my cold beer.

  • Tabo Cottages is 5 minutes drive to The Tombs of the Kings (it’s where we can learn the history and culture of ancient kings and people of Batak).
The tomb of the Batak kings
Batak traditional houses.

The life size puppet of the dancing prince Sigale-gale.
Batak people worshiped this carved wooden pole before Christianity came into the island.

It was such a delightful experience, exploring Samosir. So proud that Indonesia has such wonderful history, cultures and nature to offer the world.



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