Places to visit

The Incredible Lake Toba

Overview

Lake Toba, estimated by the experts, has been formed after the eruption of the supervolcano around 75 thousand years ago. At that time, an estimated 2.8 million m3 of volcanic materials spewed out of Mount Toba erupted, the volcanic dust has been spread by the wind until covered half part of the Earth. The explosion occurred during 1 week and throw the dust up to 10 kilometers above sea level.

Communities around Lake Toba believe that Toba is the resident of Namborru - seven goddess Bataks' ancestors. If the Batak tribe will perform a ceremony around the lake, then they must pray and ask for permission beforehand to Namborru.

Lake Toba is one of the widest lake in Southeast Asia, and the second largest after Lake Victoria in Africa. Formed from the eruption of Mount Toba, producing a crater measuring 1,145 km2, with depths up to 450 m. The ambiance was cool refreshing expanse of clear blue water, and the enchanting view of the green mountains is a giant lake that is 900 meters above sea level.

To Stay

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Sapadia Hotel and Cottage Parapat

Jl. Josep Sinaga No 2, Kab. Simalungun, 41174 Parapat

Hotel Sedayu

Jl.Sisingamangaraja no.171 A, 21174 Parapat

Atsari Hotel

Jl. Kol. TPR. Sinaga No. 9, 21174 Parapat

Pandu Lakeside Hotel Parapat

Jalan TPR Sinaga No 12, 21174 Parapat

Patra Jasa Parapat Lake Resort

Jl Pertamina Siuhan, Lake Toba Parapat North Sumatera

Siantar Hotel Parapat

Jl. Sisingamangaraja No.8 Parapat, 21117 Parapat

Samosir Villa Resort

Tuktuk Siadong - Samosir Island, 22395 Tuk Tuk

Horas Family Home

Tuk Tuk, Samosir, 50144 Tuk Tuk

Toba Village Inn

Jl. Lingkar, Tuk-Tuk Siadong 22395 Parapat North Sumatera

Hotel Pandu Lakeside Tuktuk

Tuktuk Siadong - Samosir Island, 22395 Parapat

Anju Cottages, Bar and Restaurant

Jl. Lingkar Tuk Tuk Siadong, 54000 Ambarita

Mas Cottages

Tuk Tuk Pinda Raya, 22395 Ambarita

To Stay

There are a range of hotels, bungalows, villas and guesthouses available in Parapat.
On Samosir, the majority of hotels are found in Tuk Tuk. Here you can find something to suit any budget. Tuk Tuk is a great base from which to explore the rest of the island, and the facilities here are comfortable and convenient.

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  1. Indo host

    Wednesday, 01 July 2015
    “ The beauty of Toba lake is amazing. It is surrounded by hills which make the place around the lake so relaxing, with the fresh and cool air. The visitors can enjoy it by swiming or rent a boat to go around the lake. In the evening, people also enjoy the silence and beautiful sunset.

    This large lake has a magical and mythical story about the living place of Namborru (the seven goddess of Battak people). When the Battak people want to make a traditional festival, they have to ask permission to Namborru before. Like the Danau Toba Festival which is held every year, they have to do some ceremonial before the festival in order to respect their ancestors.

    There is an island in the middle of this lake. It is called Samosir island. There are other populair tourism attractions in the island, it is a lake inside a lake (Sidihoni and Aek Natonang lake). Another one is a historical graveyard of the king Sidabutar from Tomok village. And architacture tourism shows you the traditional Battak Toba Samosir complex.

    From Prapat you can visit Samosir island by boat which departs from Tomok village, Samosir every hour. Welcome to Toba Lake! ”
  2. Just a guest

    Wednesday, 01 July 2015
    “ Best experience I've ever had. Beautifull scenery, especially the lake. Love it.

    Hope to visit again next year! ”

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