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  Arriving at the harbour
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  • Arriving at the harbour - Danau Toba
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      Making it comfortable during the trip
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The best way to go to Samosir island, is to take a ferry at Parapat; on Samosir, the ferry lands at Tomok or Tuktuk, but sometimes it makes a few stops in other villages.
At the port (Pelabuhan Tiga Raja), if it is clear where the ferry goes, it is less clear if it is a direct one or one which makes a few stops; for the tourist it is not important, as long as he knows he arrives; it is only a 10 mn or half an hour longer journey.
Many ferries and other boats are anchored in other places in Parapat, but they were not working when I was there, and many of them are for rental for groups, special events. . . . many of them are near the beach (Pantai).
So, take a ferry at the port, the regular line costs 2500 rupiah to go to Samosir, nothing to do with the extravagant prices you see for hiring boats at the beach; and you travel with locals, which makes the short trip even more enjoyable; I love that sort of sight, when arriving at the harbour, a bit a hectic, bustling place, the boats look a bit ?wrecky?, people grouping at the gangway. . . . real travel is there (to me!).
Even for 90 mn, people make themselves comfy in the lower deck of the ferry (picture 2), and take time for a short sleep or relax a moment; on the upper deck, you can sit on benches, and even enjoy local TV! (picture3). Sometimes you need to take luggage on your hip, to have space on a bench (picture 4), or move close to a neighbour, in order to give space to a sleeping traveller (picture 5). Ah! It was a bit fun to make these two pictures; I had to learn my co-travellers to use a camera how to hold it (a reflex), to look through the viewfinder, press the right button. . . and looking at the twenty -or so- pictures we took together is a very nice souvenir of my trip on the ferry.
In this travelogue are pictures of some beautiful Batak people I met during my trips on ferries.

The trip to Samosir takes between 90mn and two hours, and there are ferries starting from 8 am to 7 pm, with a departure about each hour; trip costs 2500Rp
Pelabuhan Tiga Raja

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  • Written Jun 11, 2009
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