- NORTH NIAS
- THINGS TO SEE
- THINGS TO DO
- GETTING HERE
- WHERE TO STAY
Description: Panjang is the largest island on the northern coast of North Nias. It is a long and narrow island, hence the Indonesian name; Panjang (long) Island. The most interesting part of the island is the eastern corner where the best beach is located. The beach is narrow but very beautiful with good, safe swimming in front of it. It is 150 meters long fringed with thick bushes and trees. The vegetation here is more varied than neighbouring islands who usually have coconut plantations on them. The forest on Panjang Island more resembles a tropical rainforest and there are a lot of birdlife and bats here. On the northern side of the island there is a small bay with another beach which has good access to the sea and good snorkelling along the rocky shore on both sides of the beach. There are no permanent inhabitants on the island anymore, but the thick bush hides remnants of old settlements. Local fishermen often spend a night or two on the island.
Access: Panjang Island is best accessed from La’fau village or Lahewa harbour. It is easy to arrange a boat from one of the shops near the bridge in La’fau village. From the river mouth go northeast for 6 km’s. The trip takes 45 minutes.
Nearby Lahewa harbour has larger boats and some visitors arrange the trip from there. The distance from Lahewa Harbour to Panjang Island is 10 km’s.
Indonesian name & location: Pulau Panjang, Kelurahan Pasar Lahewa, Kecamatan Lahewa, Kabupaten Nias Utara.