Nias Island - located on the western coast of Sumatra- is the name of the archipelago of which the island is the centre, but also includes the Batu Islands to the south-east and the small Hinako Islands. Being off the beaten track means that only a few surfers and adventurous travellers make their way here.
Highlights of Nias include world-class surfing, a unique culture and a coast line dotted with beautiful beaches and small paradise islands. Nestled amongst the green hills of the interior are waterfalls, caves and traditional villages.
How To Get There
From Medan airport (KNO) take a local flight (Merpati air, Tigana) to Binaka Airport (GNS) in Gunung Sitoli, the capital city of Nias, continue with a car drive to your accommodation.
From Medan, take a bus to Sibolga and stop at Sibolga seaport (9 hour trip, around IDR 80 - 100K/seat). From Sibolga seaport continue with ferry/speed boat to Nias (5 hour with speedboat, 12 hour with ferry/slow boat), and another local transport to your accommodation.
You can have your hotel/tour operator arrange you a shared/private taxi from Medan airport/hotel, Lake Toba, Berastagi, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang to Sibolga, as well as a local transport in Gunung Sitoli, after the ferry, to your accommodation, or find them yourself at the airport/around the hotel.
A selection of accommodation, like guesthouses and bungalow is available.
The ethnic group native to Nias Island are Nias people.
Nias people are a community that still actively living within the norms and practices of the indigenous culture. Customary law of the Nias people is generally referred to as fondrakö, which regulates all aspects of life from birth to death. They have their own tradition and language. The most famous one is 'Hombo Batu', or Stone Jumping, an ancient ritual of Nias with young men leaping over stone walls over two-meters tall. The tradition was born out of inter-tribal conflicts and was once potentially deadly.
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