Nias Island

Nias Island

Nias Island

In the Indian Ocean, in the western part of Sumatra is one of the 131 largest islands called Nias Island. You can get there by a weekly ship, if you are will be going there from Jakarta. This ship brings you to Gunung Sitoli or you may take a not so frequent flight from Medan. The airport is Binaka on the island, you may also consider the Susi Air, UNHAS or Merpati Air. Discovering this island and its culture is one of the must do. There are Chinese, Malay and Batak as native inhabitants living on this island, a total of more than 600,000 of them. Gunungsitoli is an independent municipality and Nias Regency has 32 subdistricts.

The Deep Gulf, Teluk Dalam

Teluk Dalam which means ‘Deep Gulf’ in English, has 39 villages in all. It is a sub-district in South Nias regency. This part of Sumatra is worth exploring especially the 4 kilometers long white sandy Lagundri Beach, Sorake Beach as well as Bawömataluo. Look out for those traditional houses. The other interesting sites include Genasi Abys, Botohill, Hill Amaeta Niha, Hilisimaetano, Onohondro Village, Hilinawölö Mazingö and Hilinawölö Fau. Here you can find the megalithic stones other than coconut trees. At the Lagundri Beach, you can sun bathe or do wind surfing, take boat rides, dine in restaurants and arrange your accommodation at the cottages there.

Sorake Beach

You can find this beach at the southern part of Nias. It is about 12 kilometers away from Teluk Dalam. Sorake Beach is of similar length as Lagundri, but Sorake Beach is the best surfing destination due to its huge waves. This is why the annual international surfing competitors is held here. You can find many surfers from Australia, Bali, Hawaii as well as Japan coming altogether for this sport event.

Nias ceremonial Stone Jumping

Nias Island Cultural event

Nias Island Cultural event

This was more of an intention to get young people ready for war during the olden days. This stone is two meters high, and it is like a criteria for those young men who could jump and regarded as mature to join the war. For this Nias ceremony, they wear traditional dresses and on their heads are feathered ornaments. Heroic shouts can be heard and you can witness courageous jumps during this big ceremony. Then at Bawömataluo, you can check out the War Dance.

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