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Pulau Nias

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Pulau Nias is an island the Indian Ocean off North Sumatra.

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Isolated yet worldly, the Nias Island chain has been trading since prehistory with other cultures, other islands, and even mainland Asia. Some historians and archaeologists have cited the local culture as one of the few remaining Megalithic cultures in existence today. While this point of view is hotly debated, there is no doubt that Nias' relative geographic isolation has created a unique culture. As a culture of traders, the people of Nias find tourists to be a welcome – and historically familiar – phenomenon.

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There are two ferry terminals (Gunungsitoli and Teluk Dalam) on the island, serviced mainly from Sibolga and Medan respectively. However, local ferry companies regularly go out of business (or their boats sink), so only one terminal may be active at any given time. You can get in by Boat from Sibolga Harbour. To Sibolga Harbour you can go by transporter in north sumatera like TOBATRANSPORTER, +6285261492668 (), [1].  edit for price you can see in their sites.

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Since the 2005 earthquake, flights have improved to cope with the increase in travel needs. Susi Air, SMAC, Merpati Air and UNHAS are the airlines that fly to Gunungsitoli Airport, all from Medan

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Nias is best-known for its diversity of festivals and celebration. The most well-known events are War Dances, performed regularly for tourists, and Stone Jumping, a manhood ritual that sees young men leaping over two meter stone towers to their fate. In the past the top of the stone board is covered with spikes and sharp pointed bamboo. The music of Nias, performed mostly by women, is noted worldwide for its haunting beauty.

Gunungsitoli is home to Nias's only museum, the Museum Pusaka Nias (Nias Heritage Foundation) [2], which houses over 6,000 objects related to Nias's cultural heritage. The museum had recently built a new building and had improved their storage and exhibitions when the 2004 earthquake and tsunami occurred. The museum suffered some damage to the grounds and collections, but museum staff are working to recover from this devastating even.

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Surfing[edit]

Nias is an internationally famous surfing destination. The best known surfing area is Sorake Bay, close to the town of Teluk Dalam, on the southern tip. Enclosed by the beaches of Lagundri and Sorake, the bay has both left and right-hand breaks. As they wait for waves, surfers can often see sea turtles swimming below. There are also two consistent, world-class waves in the nearby Hinako Islands, Asu and Bawa. Many lesser-known, high-quality surf spots with low crowds await adventurous travelers.

Nias was part of the famous Hippie trail of the 1960s, particularly traveled by surfers, which led to Bali. Some claim that the waves at the southern beach of Sorake are better than the ones in Maui. It has been the site of several international surfing competitions in the past, particularly before the 1998 Indonesian Reformation Movement.

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  • Aloha Surf Camp Nias, (on the beach overlooking Indicators and The Point), [3]. There is a large selection of surfboards for rent, and you can usually borrow a motorbike free of charge, if you fill the gas tank after. There is a large deck upstairs with hammocks and a beautiful view, and a ping pong table downstairs. Bunga and family are really nice. For stays less than 11 days, you'll pay $35 per person for a twin share room, including three meals a day. (Beer is available too for extra.) For longer stays, it's only $30, and you get free airport transport one way..  edit

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