Afulu – surfing, beaches & Islands
Afulu is a village on the west-coast of North Nias. The village is next to a large protected bay, which is one of the few sheltered harbours on the west coast of Nias. Long distance sailor often spends a few nights in the bay in front of Afulu. It was sailors and surf charter-boats that discovered the famous surf wave nearby. The wave is located off the southern end of Walo Beach, but surfers simply call it ‘Afulu’ after the nearby village. As the roads to the west-coast improved adventurous surfers started to make their way to Afulu overland. Initially visiting surfers stayed in local peoples homes but today there are a few different choices of accommodation. Today the drive from the airport to Afulu takes between two to three hours.
One of the best beach holiday destinations on Nias! The Retreat consists of four cosy beach bungalows on the southern end of Walo Beach, nestled in amongst the coconut trees, with a great view of the Afulu wave. The main part of the Retreat is run by Makmur and has three stand-alone bungalows with king beds, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Off the back of each bungalow there are beautifully designed outdoor showers and two western style toilets at the back of the compound.
On the other side is a more basic two room bungalow run by the older brother Darus. Shared showers and bathroom in the back. Staying at either of the bungalows includes three healthy meals a day, cooked in the family’s home and brought to your bungalow. Brothers Makmur and Darus have been involved in the surf scene in Afulu since the mid 90’s and have a reputation for being very helpful. Makmur speaks good English, knows the local surf spots and can help arrange motorbike rentals, transport and boats to Wunga Island.
Price depends on bungalow type and season. Contact Afulu Retreat directly to enquire about price.
Penginapan Citra – Guest house
Basic guest house located in a two storey building in the middle of Afulu villga. The second floor has a row of four rooms with a large terrace in front. There are two additional rooms on the ground floor. The rooms are very basic and bathrooms facilities are shared on the ground floor. Standard Indonesian fare can be prepared on order and eaten downstairs with the family. Short term rental of motorbike and minivan can be arranged from here. From Afulu village it is 1.8 km to the most popular surf wave.
Contact: Ms. Ina Citra. Mob: 081376580556 or 082360643500. Ms Citra can often be found his shop next to the guest house.
Pondok Harianto – Bungalow
Very basic wooden bungalow located in the middle of a Walo village, 1 km north of Afulu. There are two rooms. Mosquito nets and mattresses are provided and there is a nice balcony overlooking the street. Shared toilet and bath is available across the road in the owner’s house. Standard Indonesian fare is served on request. This village is 1 km away from the most popular surf wave. Short term rental of motorbike, ojek and minivan can be arranged from here. This is an ideal place for people who want to experience Indonesian village life.
Contact; Mr Harianto (Dado) Mob: 085279131808.