Other places to stay on Nias Island
If you come to Nias, you should take the time visit other parts of the island as well. Most tourists who come to Nias today are surfers, and near the famous surf waves you can find accommodation and places to eat. Even if you are not a surfer, these places can be a good place to stay while you explore the surroundings.
Sorake Beach – South Nias
Sorake the main draw card for surfers coming to Nias. This is the most famous place tourism location on the island, based around the world class surf wave near the entrance to Lagundri Bay. The wave is very consistent and easily accessed. A row of losmen style guesthouses have been built along the shore next to the wave. Sorake is very much focused on surfing; if you are a surfer it doesn’t get much better than this! Non-surfers can use Sorake as a base for exploring the south; there is a nice beach further into the bay, which also has a beginner surf-school. You can rent a motorbike and visit some of the traditional villages nearby. Don’t miss Bawomataluwo, where the famous stone jumping takes place. It is also known as the Kings village and it has lots of truly amazing ancient buildings. There are more than 20 guest houses in Sorake, all in a row next to the wave. The standard varies, from basic guest houses to mid-range with air con and en-suite bathrooms. There are also a few hotels in nearby Teluk Dalam, the second largest city on Nias Island. Tourists rarely stay there, but Indonesian business travellers and foreign development workers may prefer to stay in town.
From the airport it takes 3 hours to go to Sorake. Find out more about accommodation and hotels in Sorake here.
Hinako Islands (Asu) – East Nias
Hinakos is a group of 8 islands off the west-coast of West Nias Regency. There are a some very good surf waves here, the most famous one just off the north-coast of Asu Island. Surfers stay on Asu, where there are several options for accommodation. Before the 2005 earthquake there used to be 8 different places to choose from. Today there are 3 in operation. They are all very nice places to stay, but they vary in price and standard. If you come to relax and want to stay on the beach choose Mama Silvis place on the best beach on the island. From here it’s about a kilometer to the wave. The other two places, Puri Asu Resort and Asu Surf Camp are closer to the wave and mainly frequented by surfers. Asu is not far from North Nias and some travelers and surfers sometimes go by boat from Asu to Afulu or the other way around.
Boats to Asu leaves from Sirombu, a two hour car journey from the airport. Arrange for boat pick up by calling the place where you intend to stay. Find out more about accommodation on Asu Island here.
Batu Islands (Telo) – South Nias
The Batu Islands is a group of islands between Nias and Siberut Islands. They are quite far from Nias but actually belong to South Nias Regency. The language and culture of Batu Islands are closely related to Nias. Surfers know this place as the Telos, from the name of one of the islands where the resorts are located. This is another location with world class surfing. Generally speaking the style of accommodation is very different here, most of the resorts are significantly more up-market than Sorake. At the moment there are at least five foreign owned resorts and lodges and a couple of more basic local homestay/guesthouse type of places.
There are flights 3 times a week to Telo from Gunung Sitoli. It is also possible to take a boat from Teluk Dalam to Telo Island. There is a ferry twice a week which takes 6 hours. Smaller local boats go back and forth all the time and it is possible to hitch a ride (for a fee) with one of them on most days. Find out more about acocmodation on Telo Islands here.