Timothy Tye
Tuk Tuk, Samosir Island, Lake Toba

Early morning at Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island.

Tuk Tuk is a peninsula on the eastern coast of Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. It is the main tourist village on the island, and it is here that tourists to Samosir find most of the accommodation, from simple guesthouses called losmen to upmarket resorts.

It is not difficult to understand why Tuk Tuk is the tourist centre of Samosir Island, for it is by far the most picturesque part of the island. When I was there, I stayed at Hotel Silintong, which sits on a promontory with breathtaking views of the lake. Every now and then, we could see boatmen rowing past our hotel.

Lake Toba, as seen from Tuk Tuk peninsula.

Tuk Tuk is located across a bay from Tomok, another village where there are ferry services to Prapat. A small country road leads from the Tuk Tuk peninsula to the rest of Samosir Island.

We happened to have a few hours on hand, so we did a walking tour along the peninsula. Along the way, we found a number of losmen as well as souvenir shops. The scenery across the lake was great. At one point, I heard church bells. When I saw the locals dressed in their best clothes walking towards a village church, I realised it was Sunday morning and they were going for services. So I decided to join them, to see how church is like on Samosir.

The little church building was packed with worshippers. I found out later that its name was Gereja Santu Alfonsus. Some come by motorcycle, but the majority simply walked. I had the chance to take a look at their bible and hymn book. All are in their language. It was a marvellous experience to attend church in Tuk Tuk.

The view from Tuk Tuk peninsula, far left, across Lake Toba towards Tomok, on the right.

Ferryboat crossing Bagus Bay with passengers going to Tuk Tuk peninsula.

The country road around Tuk Tuk peninsula.

Left: View across Bagus Bay from Tuk Tuk peninsula.
Below: Boys of Tuk Tuk on the bicycles.

These boys have a school assignment: they have to go around Tuk Tuk looking for tourists so that they can practise their English.

On the north side of the Tuk Tuk peninsula, I came across these boys giving their motorcycle a washing.

A sign of joy in living.

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