SAMOSIR ISLAND is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba, located in the north of the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia. Administratively, SAMOSIR ISLAND is governed within SAMOSIR REGENCY.
At 640sq.km, SAMOSIR is the largest island within an island, and the fifth largest LAKE ISLAND in the world. It also contains two smaller lakes— Lake SIDIHONI & Lake AEK NATONANG. Across the lake, on the east of the island, lies ULUAN Peninsula. The island is linked to the mainland of Sumatra on its western part by a narrow isthmus, connecting the town of PANGURURAN on SAMOSIR & TELE on mainland Sumatra. TELE consequently offers one of the best views of Lake TOBA & SAMOSIR Island.
SAMOSIR is a popular tourist destination, due to its exotic history and the vistas it offers. The tourist resorts are concentrated in the TUKTUK area. The Island is the centre of the BATAK CULTURE, and many of the TOBA BATAK traditional houses (RUMAH ADAT) remain on the Island. Most of the tourist accommodations are concentrated in the small town of TUKTUK, which is located a one-hour ferry ride across the lake from the town of PARAPAT. The passenger ferry leaves from TIGA RAJA harbour every hour, between 8.30 & 19.00. For those who run late, there is an option to take the passenger boat from AJI BATA to TOMOK until 8.30p.m.
As you step down from the ferry at TOMOK, you will be greeted by a row of souvenir 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 & INTRODUCTION TO SAMOSIR.