- NIAS ISLAND
- THINGS TO DO
- GETTING HERE
- WHERE TO STAY
Description: Gomo is considered to be the spiritual and cultural heartland of Nias. According to legend this is where the forefathers of all Nias people came down to earth from the upper world. Many Nias clans and families trace their origins to this region. Today this is the part of Nias where traditional culture and language remains very strong. One of the reasons for this is the remoteness of this area, until recently you could only reach Gomo by foot. Even today travel to Gomo takes a few hours and requires a motorbike or a four-wheel drive. Gomo is not a specific place but a region where there are many traditional houses and megalithic sites clustered together. The megaliths are particularly interesting here and they are more abundant and more elaborate than elsewhere on Nias. A trip to Gomo is a full day trip, and many people actually end up staying overnight in order to take in everything. Some of the most interesting villages and sites in Gomo are Tetegewo, Tuhegewo, Tundrumbaho, Boronadu and Sifaoro Asi villages. Apart from cultural heritage the natural surroundings of Gomo are very beautiful and there are many waterfalls, particularly in Boronadu.
Getting to Gomo can be somewhat adventurous and facilities are limited. You are unlikely to meet many other tourists in this area. If you are interested in the unique culture of Nias and don’t mind roughing it, this will be one of the highlights of your trip to Nias.
Getting there: From the south (Sorake or Teluk Dalam) it takes ca. two hours to Gomo. First drive north along the coastal road, until the turn-off in Lahusa. Follow the road up the hills. Eventually it gets too bad for normal cars and there are usually motorbikes available here to take visitors further up.
From Gunungsitoli it takes ca. 2.5 hours to Gomo. Drive south along the main east-coast road. Just after crossing into Bawölato sub-district in Nias Regency turn right onto a smaller road that continues all the way to Gomo. Towards the end normal cars may not be able to pass.
Indonesian name: Kecamatan Gomo, Kabupaten Nias Selatan