- NIAS ISLAND
- THINGS TO DO
- GETTING HERE
- WHERE TO STAY
Description: Lagundri Bay is a horseshoe shaped bay on the south-west corner of Nias island. Inside the bay are world class surf waves, a great beach and most of the available tourism accommodation on Nias Island. Because the overwhelming majority of visitors to Nias are surfers, Lagundri is the most popular tourism destination on Nias. The wave known as The Point, Sorake or Lagundri is usually included in the top-ten lists of the best waves worldwide. The wave is very consistent and easily accessed. On the north shore of the bay a row of losmen style guesthouses have been built at a place called Sorake. Most of them have great view of the wave and only a few minutes to the entry point. Sorake is very much focused on surfing; if you are a surfer it doesn’t get much better than this! Apart from the main wave there are a number of different waves in the area of varying levels and styles.
Lagundri Bay is not only for hard-core surfers. This is actually a very good place to learn surfing. Lagundri Beach inside the bay has a surf school staffed by experienced local surfers willing and able to help beginners out. If you progress beyond the beach break stage there are excellent places for beginners nearby, such as Kiddies corner just inside the Point in Sorake. Many beginners’ surfers also come to Lagundri Bay in the low-season when the waves are smaller than during the April to October swell
Lagundri beach is about 20 minutes’ walk from the Sorake and in the past most non-surfers preferred to stay here because it is a much more beautiful location. The Boxing Day Tsunami washed away most the beach bungalows and the 2005 Earthquake knocked over the sturdier structures. Today the beach has been cleaned up and a hotel and a surf school have opened again at the west end of the beach. Most of the week the beach is all but deserted but on Sundays hundreds of locals gather here.
There are a lot of things to see and do in the immediate area: traditional villages, beaches, stunning country side and some ‘secret’ surf waves.
Getting there: The drive from the airport to Sorake takes about three hours along the main west-coast road to Teluk Dalam. Many drivers are waiting to collect passengers at the airport and it is very easy to arrange transport south, especially since the drivers will assume that most foreign tourists want to go to Sorake.
Indonesian name: Desa Lagundri, Kecamatan Fanayama, Kabupaten Nias Selatan