Teluk Dalam on Nias

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This lovely little city is an amazing blend of beautiful scenery, culture, and history. Teluk Dalam in South Nias, is a prime destination for surfers both local and international, with its challenging sites and fierce rolling blue waves. This city is also the spot where the famous traditional ‘stone, or boulder jumping’ takes place, a heart-stopping sport requiring great acrobatic skills and athletic ability.

Teluk Dalam is the capital city of the South Nias regency in North Sumatra, aside from also being a district of its own. Among the locals of Southern Nias, Teluk Dalam is referred to in the local dialect as Luahaziwara-wara, which translates to “the meeting place.” If you look on the map it is easy to locate Teluk Dalam as it lies directly on the southern tip of Pulau Nias, bordering the Amandraya district and the Lahusa District.

The majority of the population in this quaint little city is Christian and the rest, Muslim. Most of the residents make their livelihoods here as farmers of the many natural resources such as rice, coconut, rubber, cocoa and fruits as the main crops. Others work as fishermen and being so close to the ocean it is a relatively prosperous occupation. The main catches around this bay are fish, shrimp and crab.

If you are interested in the lives of the traditional Nias people, this city is a highly recommended destination. The villages in Teluk Dalam are located relatively near to each other and each is thick with tradition and the unique Nias architecture. One prime example of a traditional village is Bawomataluo, which is about 15 miles from Teluk Dalam. This village is located on a hill about 400 meters above sea level. The houses in this village are all built using the Nias traditional architecture, known as Omo Nifolasara, which is hundreds of years old. These unique houses were built facing each other leaving a large courtyard in between, which to this day is still used as a stage for traditional art performances such as the famous stone or boulder jumping (Hombo Batu) and the War Dance. Several other noteworthy villages to visit are the Hilinawalo Fau, Onohondro and Hilinawalo Mazino Villages.

Near Teluk Dalam you can also see Megalithic relics located in the Orahili Village, in the Gomo District. These large stones are located among the hills near the Gomo River. According to local history these megalithic stones were part a settlement or village dating back to the Early Stone Age (Neolithicum) from around 1000 to 1500 AD.

Teluk Dalam is also known for its beautiful beaches. The waves by these beaches are well known by surfers from all corners of the world, namely at the Lagundri and Sorake Beach. The waves at both of these beaches make for two excellent surfing spots due to their continuity and their perfect height, making it a challenge but also doable for beginner surfers.

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To Stay, To Do

There are approximately 60 homestays lined up right along the Lagundri and Sorake Beaches. The fees here are fairly economical with a minimum price of usually around Rp75.000, per night. These are usually equipped with basic daily necessities such as bedding, private bathrooms, clean water, electricity, fans and mosquito nets.Here are some references of nearby hotels in Teluk Dalam that you can refer to when choosing your accommodations. Hernelis HotelJl. Imam Bonjol Dermaga Teluk Dalam Nias SelatanTel: 081396391075Penginapan SiotuJalan SudirmanKeyhole Surf CampTelp: 081374692530; 081396661419Resort Pantai Sorake Desa BotohilitanoTelp: 21195 21197The Heritage Teluk DalamJl. Dermaga Baru Teluk Dalam Telp: 7321289

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Getting There and Around

Get There

Nias is accessible by both land and air. If you wish to fly, there are two airlines that fly directly to Nias, those being Merpati and Wings Air. Both depart from Polonia Airport in Medan to Gunungsitoli in Nias. Another available option is to depart from Padang using SMAC airline, however these fly only Mondays to Fridays. From Padang you will transit briefly at Pulau Telo Island then from there straight to Binaka Airport, a small airport in Nias, located about 17 km from Gunung Sitoli.

If you are looking for a more economical mode of transportation, there is also the option of taking a ferry. You can take the ferry from Sibolga (North Sumatra) directly to Teluk Dalam, which usually takes between 11-13 hours, depending on the weather. The ferry leaves from Sibolga at 8:00 am daily , except Sunday. Ticket prices are Rp 69.000 economy, and cabin tickets for  Rp103.000. Tickets can be purchased at Gunung Sitoli or directly at the Sumut Port in Sibolga.