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Going from Samosir to Sipiso Piso Waterfall on motorbike is a fun and adventurous journey.
It’s full of beautiful scenery, small villages, and open roads.

If you’re staying on Samosir Island in Lake Toba there’s a good chance you’re staying in the village of Tuk Tuk.
The journey from Tuk Tuk to Sipiso Piso will take most of your day.
But it’s a great drive if you like to cruising the open roads with wind in your face.
View of Lake Toba from the Sipiso Piso Waterfall entrance.


After renting a motorbike(65,000 rupiah) in Tuk Tuk you’ll drive north(with the lake to your right) for 30-40 minutes.
Simanindo port is 20 km from Judita Cottages in Tuk Tuk.
The ferry from Simanindo to Tigaras is supposed to leave every hour; 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, etc.
Both times I used it they left about 10-15 minutes later.

The ferry ride to Tigaras takes about 30-35 minutes.
The cost is 15,000 rupiah one-way.
I heard it was supposed to be an extra 10,000 rupiah with a motorbike.
But for some reason I was never charged extra.


When you arrive at the Tigaras port you take a left out of there and go up a fun winding road to the top.
On your way up you’ll see plenty of roadside platforms built on the edge of the mountain.
They have great views of Lake Toba, but enter at your own risk.
Who knows how trustworthy those platforms are for your (last)selfie.

Once at the top you’ll come to a 4-way intersection(6.5 km from the port) with a gas station.
You go left and take that for the next 1.5 – 2 hours(45 km) to the waterfall.
The drive is very basic.
Mostly a straight road, that is actually smooth, for about 80% of the drive.
The only time the road gets bad is when you’re driving past some of the small villages.
Father and son riding in cart pulled by water buffalo on the way to Sipiso Piso Waterfall.The villages along the way are interesting to see.
You’ll be in a very rural area of Indonesia.
You might see things on this drive you wouldn’t see in other parts of Indonesia.

While that stuff might be fascinating to you, YOU are also fascinating to the people you’re passing.
Everyone will be looking at you like “What is this person doing out here?
But it’s in an entertaining curious way, not in a rude way.


38 km from the Tigaras port is Saribudolok.
This is the biggest town you’ll come across.
This is the only part of the journey that gets a little busy with cars.
In this town you can find some restaurants, an Alfamart, petrol, and an ATM.

Continue another 10 km to the next village and that’ll be Situnggaling.
Right as you approach the village there’s a dirt road to your left.
That’s the road to Sipiso Piso Waterfall.
Be on the lookout as you approach the village as the road can be easily missed.

Entering The Park.

A quick 3 km drive down that road takes you to the entrance of the park.
According to THIS website the entrance fee is 2,000 rupiah.
Yet, I was charged 4,000 rupiah.
There’s a road to your immediate left that takes you closer to Lake Toba.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time for that.

The road straight ahead leads to parking, restaurants, and the waterfall.
There’s parking all around but I parked in front of a restaurant and they charged me 3,000 rupiah.
I’m not sure if all the parking is 3,000 rupiah or if this place just wanted money(probably the latter).
Sipiso Piso waterfall from the top of the stairs leading to the bottom.


The hike to the bottom of the waterfall was pretty easy.
I was there around 3-4 pm, just after a rainstorm.
Therefore I had the path all to myself.

Sipiso Piso is quite skinny, but at 360 feet(120 meters) high it comes down with some force.

At the bottom of the steps another path goes past a tarp covered hut.
That path leads right to the bottom of the fall where it pummels the rocks below.
Following that path will certainly get you soaked.
But it’s fun and the drive back to Tigaras will dry you off.
Sipiso Piso Waterfall from the bottom.Driving back to Tigaras I was able to catch the 2nd to last boat(6:30 pm) back to Samosir Island.
The whole day was quite long and adventurous.
Around 140 km round-trip.
That’s not even including the two 30 minute ferry rides to cross Lake Toba.
Sipiso Piso Waterfall

Berstagi is closer.

The ride to Sipiso Piso Waterfall was only 38 km one-way from my guesthouse in Berstagi.
Obviously a shorter option, but the roads were busier and most of the ride was through towns.
I chose to leave from Lake Toba because the ride was more adventurous, safer, and had better scenery.

Have you been to Sipiso Piso Waterfall?
Let me know about your journey in the comments below.

Jeremiah Cooper

By Jeremiah Cooper

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