The coastal roads in North Nias are in good condition, particularly along the east coast and between Lotu and Lahewa. But the coastal road in Afulu sub-district on the west-coast left much to be desired. Whilst the road was wide enough for cars, it was severely pot-holed and made travel here slow and tiring. This was a problem as most foreign tourists come to Nias to visit Afulu for the surfing. But throughout August 2014 road workers and locals have been busy improving the road all along the west-coast. The section in front of Afulu Beach is now wide and flat and it has cut travel time from Lahewa to Afulu considerably. Many southern beaches that were almost impossible to get to last year, can now be reached in 30-45 minutes from Lahewa. This has increased visitation of Walo, Afulu, Pasir Putih, Laosi-Laosi and Sifaoro Asi Beaches, and in some places small café style shops have sprung up to cater for the local weekend crowd. Between Afulu and Salonako there are several small rivers which used to have some very rickety log bridges across them. But now but due to funding from the North Sumatra provincial government proper bridges are being built across all the rivers and creeks in this areas. This is good news for one of the most beautiful regions of Nias, which until now has received very few visitors.
Where does this road lead to? After Salonako (near Sifaoroasi Beach) the road turns eastward and start winding its way across the interior all the way to Gunung Sitoli on the east-coast. With a motorbike it is actually possible to circumnavigate North Nias by following this road. The section between Salonako and Ombolata is currently very rough and can not be traveled by car. When this section is finally completed (in 2015?) it will improve access and offer very interesting tours options. For example the west-coast can be reached faster by driving across the island via Alasa sub-district. Tour operators can offer 1 to 3 day tours that circumnavigate North Nias, starting and ending in Gunung Sitoli.