Sibandang is the second biggest island inside Lake Toba, i.e., after Samosir. It is a hilly island with the size of 8.5 square kilometers (3.3 sq mi). Mango dominates its vegetation, but there are also coconut and banana. Sibandang has a population of about 2,000 people who live as farmers and fishers. To see it on the map, click here.
Unlike the shores of Lake Toba and Samosir which are sandy, Sibandang’s shores are mostly rocks. And interestingly, the island looks like a swimming goldfish from the hill of Huta Ginjang. Fishing is a favorite activity there since the quantity of fish is high. That is why some population is living from fishing. Enjoying Sibandang at night is quite soothing, right for you who are looking for peace and wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Local people also call it “mango island” because it produces a lot of mangoes and sells them to other regions in North Sumatra. Residents plant almost the entire island with mango trees. The fruit is of superior quality with a sweet taste.
What to Expect
If you don’t enjoy fishing but like fish, order Naniura or Arsik (the typical Batak culinary) on Sibandang island.