The gate to Nias island .
on the West Coast
of Sumatra, the administrative centre for Central Tapanuli. This is main
gateway to Nias Island. The best thing about
Sibolga is it's great selection of seafood for the traveller and
fishes for the trader , Sibolga also an internasional seaport that is why it is always crowded with the traders .
In the past Sibolga is well known with Barus seaport, a small town produce
camfer ( champor ) which needed by the Pharaoh to balm the mummy , for medicine, parfume, for ritual ceremony, etc, also
king Solomon sent his deputy to buy spices , gold and benzoin to Barus
( Ophir ) .
In desa Pancuran near Barus the Iranian
Nestorian Christian from Persia built the first church in Barus around century 7th in Desa Pancuran , Barus .
to Prof. W.B. Sijabat, Nestorian Christians have entered into Barus in the
seventh century AD Barus or Fansur is noted by a Nestorian Christian writer
named Shaik Abu Saleh al Armini in an important document in Arabic that is
written in the twelfth century AD and has been translated into English in 1895.
In this document noted that there has been Nestorian Christians since the 7th century in Fansur, Barus (Sijabat,
Pantai Pandan 11km north of the town centre and Pantai Ancol . At Pantai Pandan
there are so good seafood restaurants.
How to get there :
There is a golf course just 12km from the town centre.
Bus services to Sibolga most is in the morning ,
you just go to terminal bus or Petrol Portal (
Pertamina ) on
the right side of the street ( if we lead to the North / Medan ) , on
the left side of Pertamina there is an office agency of public bus " Tao Toba Indah " to
Sibolga . The main Trans-Sumatran Highway bypass
to Sibolga some buses to/from Bukittinggi , Padang to Medan also via Sibolga but most is via Tarutung . It
takes around 10 hours to get to Sibolga from Bukittinggi. From Parapat at Lake
Toba to Sibolga will take around 5 hours.
The ferry from Sibolga to Nias
takes from 8 to 13 hours depending on the weather. Ferries leave nightly at 8pm
to both Gunung Sitoli and Teluk Dalam.
Pelni Ferries also operates a service from Sibolga to
Poncan Sibolga Marina Jl Yos Sudarso No 29 Sibolga
A tropical island retreat with fifty air conditioned
beachside bungalows on 62 ha. Has a 24 hour restaurant and can arrange surf,
fishing and diving charters.
Hotel Wisata Indah Jl. Brigjen Katamso
Hotel Pasar Baru corner of Jl Imam Bonjol and Jl Raja
Hotel Prima Indah Jl. Brigjen Katamso
Batak bride around the coast .