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7 Breathtaking Tourist Attractions in Samosir Island

by Ivonne Puspakencana
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Most people think that Samosir Island is just a piece of land in the middle of Lake Toba. Indeed, it is one of the tourist attractions in North Sumatera. Visiting Lake Toba is not complete without a stay on Samosir Island.

Samosir Island is a volcanic island which covers an area of 630 square kilometers and is inhabited by around 96 thousands people. Majority of them come from Batak tribes. You can also consider these things to in Samosir Island.

Do you plant to visit Samosir Island? Then, let this list give you an idea of the most recommended tourist attractions in Samosir Island.

  • Lake Sidihoni
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Lake Sidihoni

Lake Sidihoni can be considered as the lake within the lake. Being one of the tourist attractions near Lake Toba, Lake Sidihoni is one of the most attractive tourist destinations on Samosir Island. The phenomenon of the lake inside the lake is not much on the planet, so it should be missed when you see Samosir.

  • Tomok Village
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Tomok Village, the traditional village of Batak tribe

When you enter Samosir Island, then you will find Tomok Village, a traditional village with stiff Batak traditions and culture.

If you visit this village, you will be welcomed with traditional houses view complete with Sigale-gale dolls. They are unique dolls that become part of the society. The locals will play a traditional music and move the doll by using wires so that the dolls will dance along with the music.

Besides that, you can also learn something new about this island. Many shops in the mian street and stalls bordering the alleyways sell many of the same items you can find in the traditional market. The items are typically fresh fruits, vegetables, dry fish, meat and spices. You can also take some photos there.

  • Batu Hoda Beach
Tourist Attractions in Samosir Island

Batu Hoda Beach is one of the well-known white sand beaches in Samosir Island. “Batu Hoda” in Batak people language, means stone of cow. This beach is located in Cinta Damai Village, around 2 km from Pangururan, the city town of Samosir Regency.

  • Efrata Waterfall
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Efrata Waterfall

Efrata Waterfall is located in Sosor Dolok, Harian, Samosir Regency, North Sumatera. This waterfall is located between two hills. The access to this waterfall is quite easy and comfortable as it can be accessed by two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles.

The waterfall has clear water with a height of 20 meters. If you wish to witness the beauty of this waterfall, you need to walk about 100 meters from the parking area. You can also view a panorama of rice fields owned by the locals.

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  • Batak Tomok Museum
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If you want to learn something about this island, you can visit Batak Tomok Museum. Located in TB Silalahi Center Complex, Tomok Village, Simanindo Subdistrict, Samosir Regency, this museum is basically a traditional house of Batak tribe or commonly known as Ruma Bolon.

The walls of this museum are filled with distinctive red, white and black carvings. These three colors have their own spiritual meaning for Batak people. There’s also the carving of “cecak (small lizard)” on the wall which has a protective meaning.

  • Beta Hill
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Beta Hill,

Beta Hill is another tourist attraction around Samosir Island situated in Tuk-Tuk Siadong. Tuk Tuk itself was renowned as one of the centers of tourism on Samosir Island due to its natural perspective. This little mountain has become a popular photo spot for photography enthusiasts.

Some couples even hold pre-wedding photoshoots here. Beta Hill presents amazing views ranging from exquisite landscapes, paddy fields and other deserts.

  • Holbung Hill
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Holbung Hill, or known as Teletubbies Hill

Another hill to explore in Samosir Island is Holbung Hill. It is located in Janji Marhatan Village, Samosir Island. It is one of the best places to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Toba from a height.

People can observe the fishermen fishing from Toba oceans or the exotic scenery of Samosir and its surroundings.

Holbung Hill is also filled with refreshing green buds, especially at the beginning of rainy season. No wonder people call this hill as Teletubbies Hill.

If you visit North Sumatera, don’t forget to consider visiting these tourist attractions in Asahan, North Sumatra and tasting these North Sumatran foods.

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