Been coming to Nias for years for the surf; Lagundri, Hinakos and Afulu. Probably spent a year or more on Nias all counted. I’ve seen the changes the last 15 years; I still love it and try to visit every other year.
Loved exploring the back roads in the interior of Nias on a motorbike. We stopped in villages where the old people only spoke Nias language and most of the kids had never seen a foreigner before.
All the kids lined up to watch us and to practice their English. Very few tourists come north and everywhere we went the people were so friendly and inquisitive as to where we were from and what we were doing there.
Did a weeklong tour of Nias Island with my son. Some rough roads in places but we loved it. Culture, beaches, relaxing on the beach, what’s not to like? Our favourite was Asu Island and Mama Silvis Cottages
There are several beautiful islands off the north coast well worth exploring. You can get a boat for the day and do some fishing and snorkeling. Some of the more remote beaches were a little holiday haven for our group.
If you are planning a cultural visit to the island of Nias, the museum and its traditional houses is the best place to start. The museum staff is so friendly and always available.
As a beginner surfer I enjoyed catching some low-season waves in Lagundri and Afulu. Both places are so nice but with a very different vibe. The local people are so friendly, never had my picture taken so many times.
Some of the beaches that doesn’t have any good roads to them are real little secret hideaways– there are literally no people there. All you got to do is walk a bit and then you have them all to yourself.
We hired a car for two days and explored the north. So many hidden little beaches along the coast and the only people there a few local fishermen. Had a great lunch (grilled fish) at Asi Walo Beach.
Explore the jungles of Gomo village!!! According to anthropologists it was the first settlement of Nias tribes. It has many ancient archaeological artefacts plus the beauty of the jungle and the amazing landscapes surrounding it.