Nias is an island located on the west side and included in the North Sumatra Province with an area of 5625 km2. Isolated yet worldly, Nias island chain have been traded since prehistoric times with other cultures, other islands, and even the mainland of Asia. Some historians and archaeologists have said the local culture as one of the few remaining Megalithic culture until now. While this perspective is hotly debated, there is no doubt that the relative geographic isolation of Nias has created a unique culture. As a merchant culture, the people of Nias found to be a source pendapata tourists, welcome, phenomenon, and a familiar culture.
Nias have been affected by the tsunami at 09:00 Wib dated December 26, 2004, and the strength of 8.9 Richter scale earthquake. 228 000 died including residents of Aceh, West Sumatra and North Sumatra. until the end of this island can not be visited, the second earthquake on 28 March 2005 with magnitude 7.5 on the Richter scale, killed 8000 people nias.
But now Nias has to be like before, and this place is back to normal. Tourists can visit back here.
Nias Island, How To Get There ?
By boat, There are two ferry terminals, namely: Gunungsitoli and Nias island in the Gulf, served mainly from Sibolga and Medan each. However, local ferry companies regularly go out of business or their ship sank, so that only one terminal can be active at any given time.
By air, since the 2005 earthquake, the flight has been increased to handle the increased travel needs. Susi Air, SMAC, Merpati Air and UNHAS are airlines that fly into the airport Gunungsitoli, all of Medan.
Note: From Medan, if you can not get a flight to Nias & do not have enough time to wait in the field, it’s better to get a shared taxi (‘travel’ in local language). It’s also nice to cut the trip in the middle in Toba Lake / Samosir Island. Medan-Lake Toba (Parapat) takes 4 hours, Parapat-Sibolga takes 5 hours. The price is about $ 9-11 in 2008. The travel goes around 9 am from Medan, and 1 pm from Parapat. The schedule is arrange so you can catch the ship to Nias at 8 pm. There are two travel agents in Parapat That I know, Good & Dolok Glare. The first one is better & more expensive.
In Nias, There are Several options of transportation and car transportation Mostly of you meet in nias is an illegal transportation. That means you got no insurance or anything if there is accident or else Happened.
The only choiche you have with travel is safe. There is a legal transportation company in nias island, it is CV. YuYu, i think it’s the Biggest transportaion company on the island, They have an office, i ‘ve been there. They have about 100 car and can take you any where on the island.
Nias Island, What Will You See?
Nias is most famous for the diversity of cultural festivals and cultural celebrations. The most famous event is the war dance, performed regularly for tourists, and Stone Jumping, a ritual of humanity that saw young men jump over two meter stone towers of their destinies. In the past the board of stone covered with sharp spikes and bamboo spears. Nias music, mostly performed by women, famous worldwide for its beauty.
Gunungsitoli is home to a museum in Nias, Nias Heritage Museum (Nias Heritage Foundation), which holds more than 6,000 objects related to the cultural heritage of Nias. The museum recently built a new building and has increased the storage and exhibition when the 2004 earthquake and tsunami occurred. This museum suffered some damage at the base and collections, but museum staff have repaired the building.
Nias Island, What Will You Do?
Surfing, which is famous of Nias is an international surf destination. Indonesia regions, especially the different character of the coast. so it is a potential for the development of surf sports. Many places are interesting & challenging to try by the surfers. however, if you feel the surf on the beach Lagundri, South Nias. Including one of the world’s best waves, beach Lagundri is still a choice in the world. In fact, the wave Lagundri beach is the second best in the world after Hawaii is located adjacent to the Indian Ocean, meets the bay, as well as the potential for producing large wind waves. This is what attracts domestic and foreign tourists come to try surfing. Besides Lagundri and Sorake Beach, South Nias on the beach there is another, more that offer surfing sensation like Lagundri Sorake Beach and Beach. It was on the island of Tello (Batu Islands, south of Nias) including Sibaranun Coast, Pono, Sifika, and many lesser-known surfing spot, high-quality surf spots with low crowds await adventurous travelers.
In the 1960′s, Nias was part of the famous Hippie trail, especially traveling with surfers, which lead to Bali. Some claim that the waves on the south coast Sorake better than that in Maui. This has been the site of several international surfing competitions in the past, particularly before the 1998 Reform Movement of Indonesia.
If you’re a surfer, comes in April or May and try to surf challenge in Lagundri.
Sorake Beach, Sorake beach as the second best surfing beaches of Hawaii. Sorake beach located in the Village Botohilitano, District Bay Dalam, South Nias district and Nias Island in the position of the western island of Sumatra. Sorake lined along the beach home stay is ready to serve and cradles for tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of the beach, The most famous surfing spot is the beach Lagundri and Sorake Beach. Waves on the Beach Sorake can reach a height of 15 m due to the direct dealing with the Indonesian Ocean. Waves at this Sorake says is ideal for water sports surfing. Waves at this beach has five levels. There is no other place in the world who have a wave like that. So, if surfers fail to play slalom in there, they can still continue surfing in each subsequent wave.
Afia beach, beach afia not an official tourist destination. the beach is huge, soft white sand, clean, and so on. The beach is so quiet as you have the whole beach just for you. wave is so quiet, not like in Lagundri. there are no sellers, no nothing, just you and the beach. and this is the perfect place to wait for the sunrise and swimming. but because this is not an official tourist destination, you have to borrow their bathroom if you need. however, there is a taboo here that women can not touch the fishing boat.
Charlita Beach, Looking for beach tourism in the town of Gunungsitoli not difficult. Located in the village of Afia, District of North Gunungsitoli, about 14 kilometers from downtown Gunungsitol, which has an area 8.5 acres, this tourist area is always crowded with local people.
Nias heritage museums, the culture in southern Nias is sightly different than the northern nias. find a complete collection of cultural nias here. nias see traditional houses north, a small zoo, lots of beaches. This museum is run by the priest John, a German priest who dedicated his life to people niasan. if you want to know anything about niassan culture, this is the center!
Hot Water aukhu bombo. warm natural sources indicate that nias has / have a Vulcan. this place is relaxed, look nice, pretty green, pretty clean, but facilities are basic. if you have a few days to spend in nias, this is a decent place to visit. trip to this beautiful place, sorounded by cocoa plantations. coconut just any place.
Bawamataluo village, Bawomatuluo village traditional village, District Fanayama, South Nias regency is one of the best places of cultural preservation nias. You can see the unique architecture of the house south-traditional niassan, watching a war dance & rock-hopping, buy whatever sclupture niasan / crafts. You will see how to understand their lives or social niassans colective.
War dance is rooted in the tradition of warfare between villages which symbolizes the heroism of the villagers to maintain the village. From custom battle between the village and then come and rock art War Dance jump, Fahombe.
Stone Jumping show ever devoted to preparations for war. Because usually every village to fortify himself with a two-meter-high fence of bamboo, the men in the village can be trained to jump over the fence by passing a stone. Stone jump event is also as a means of testing the courage and maturity of the boys.
Heritage Stone Megaliths, you can enjoy tours of Nias culture that is still very strong, especially in South Nias. Indigenous villages, heritage sites megaliths Nias, as well as the surrounding story is very interesting. Without visiting these places, the story of the greatness of the megaliths or the uniqueness of the traditional village feels less. Locations of tourism in the island are many who have a high historical value of cultural heritage such as stone megaliths in Tundrumbaho, Village Lahusa, Idanö Tae, Gomo district, South Nias district. Megalith site is the ancestral heritage of people of Nias have been hundreds of years. Megalithic stones of very high cultural value is the choice of stone that weighed a ton with a height of up to 1.5 meters, it is difficult to imagine how one tribe Nias tool used to engrave, managing, and picked it up. these places are worth a visit.
The Beauty Of Asu Island, The beauty of the island of Asu probably not much different from the islands in this region. Crystal clear sea, green-coated clear and stunningly blue to white sand beaches. Blue skies and palm or coconut trees waving continues with the arrival of sea breeze, the scenery itself. in addition, the potential for waves and beaches for surfing tour with a height between 4-8 meters, the situation is calm and friendly locals make a traveler feel at home to enjoy the island. Facilities and transportation to the island of Asu still limited. On the island of Asu, with about 20 head of household residents, it’s just four simple cottage complex. Each cottage complex that has 5-6 units of houses on stilts. The tourists who stay there are generally several days waiting for the right for surfing. regular transportation is to use a speedboat from the mainland of Nias, precisely in Sirombu district, to take about 1.5 hours. If using regular motor boat will then travel 3-4 hours, and even then depending on wave height. Remoteness of Nias and surrounding islands, like the island of Asu, clearly visible. Because the ocean that separates the Nias and other islands of Sumatra island is the deep sea. While sea transport is still very minimal. to support this variety of sea ports, air and soil, slowly repaired.