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11 Day Budget Nias Surf Camp in North Sumatra

Nias KeyHole Surfcamp, Desa Sorake Botohilitano, Fanayama, Teluk Dalam, North Sumatra 22865, Indonesia

Exciting Surf Camp Indonesia

Advanced difficulty
Maximum 6 participants
Airport transfer included

Do you want to experience something different in your surfing holiday? Take part in this 11-day affordable surf camp to enjoy the most popular surf destination on the planet with its consistent swells and wave machines, Nias, Indonesia. You will be guided by a local surfer who will take you to various incredible and uncrowded surfing spots around. Experience different surfing holiday here!


  • Surfing sessions
  • Experienced local surf guides
  • Drive to 8-frame (Sau’a) or Nias secret
  • Drive to another surf break around Rockstar (Hili sataro)
  • Daily Toyota van & motorbike with surf racks
  • All meals, coffee, tea, and snacks
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced


10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Binaka Airport
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

You will be staying at Nias KeyHole Surfcamp. The family guest home is ideal for travelers looking for a clean, convenient, and economical room. Nias KeyHole Surfcamp will ensure your stay meets your needs. Features and amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Seven very clean guest rooms, each with private bathroom (flush toilets)
  • White sheet / bedding provided for each guest room
  • Each single bed that can be joined together to make a large double bed
  • Outside rinse shower
  • Room with two large wall fans
  • Large balcony to watch waves and hang out including DVD player and sound system


Indonesia with consistent swells and wave machines is the most popular surfing destination in the planet. The Mentawai Islands and Northern Sumatra, Nias, Telo, and Banyak islands are indeed a wave paradise. Its location, facing the Indian Ocean, gives it powerful swells generated by low-pressure systems throughout the Indian Ocean.

Offering a variety of waves that have nothing to envy of famous Nias and neighboring the Mentawai archipelago, Telo and Banyak islands offer an additional spot of world class but less crowded. Only a handful of boats now operates in this heavenly and unspoiled area.

Nias main break

The Nias of Indonesia is one of the most consistent surfing travel destinations in the world. Its main break is located in the front door of Nias Keyhole Surfcamp. The perfect right hander at Sorake bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region.

The April 28 earthquake has blessed Nias region, rising the hide tide mark and improving wave barrel quality, as the waves pick up any swell size and surfable on all tides. The broad exposure towards the vast southern Indian Ocean provides these majestic islands with remarkable consistency and quality all year round.


The indicator is just above the main break of Nias. It also goes off on its day as you can see on the right side from the lounge of Nias KeyHole Surfcamp. The wave grinds down a section of reef. At a low tide, you can choose to surf the outside section which can occasionally offer some alternative on a northwest wind. At a high tide though and on the right swell, the indicator can offer perhaps some of the thickest, fastest, and hollowest tubes in the world.

The Machine

The Machine is only 5 minutes' ride by motorbike from Nias KeyHole Surfcamp. The Machine is one of the fastest down the line left-hand barrels in the world. After the 2005 earthquake, the reef was lifted. You can hit this spot on the high tide when it's big at the point of Nias. Low tide is good but you might get a mouth full of reefs. It is a long tube and once you come out, it is an easy paddle back out.

The 8 Frame

The 8 Frame in Hiliduha village is one of the most high-performance waves in the Nias Islands. The wave itself starts breaking in way too left and right over the reef. It has fantastic left and right barrels. It is located close to Rockstar. The distance from KeyHole Surfcamp is around 15 kilometers. Access to the break requires 20 minutes' drive by car or motorbike. You can’t really tell if 8 Frame is breaking unless you take a closer look. If you’re not paying attention, the take-off can be quite challenging.

Walo Hiu

It is a world class left hander which can produce an epic 5 - 10 seconds barrel, depending on swell and wind direction. Walo Hiu is located in the north of Nias KeyHole Surfcamp. Access to the break requires a 30 minutes' walk in the jungle or 15 minutes by boat. Left of Walo Hiu is a beautiful long left-hand point which peels down the line offering a perfect open workable face for big carving turns or hunt out the inside barrels for a perfectly shaped peeling left located deep in the Bay of Walo which starts to work on larger swells. You can cruise down the line or hit the lip over and over again.


Sobatu is a thick barreling right punctuated by a shifting line-up. Sobatu is a sizable right-hander that is known as one of the big wave spots in the Nias island. Located a bit north from Nias point, the distance from Nias KeyHole Surfcamp around a 20 minutes' walk into the bay or a 15-minute boat ride.

Sobatu has a very large playing field and a few different take-off options including a few rights when it is small. Sobatu isn’t known as a barreling wave unless it has some serious size. When it is big enough, it will look more like Hawaii. When it looks like that, Nias point is a much better option. The ideal size to surf Sobatu is when small Nias is head-high to double overhead. In any medium swell size, getting caught inside is a certainty.


Rockstar is one of the most high-performance waves in Nias. Located on the south side from Nias KeyHole Surfcamp, it is only a 10 minutes' ride from 8 Frames point. Distance from Nias Keyhole Surfcamp is a 30 minutes' ride by car. The wave itself starts breaking in a compact area over the reef. If you’re not paying attention, the take-off can be quite challenging depending on the swell direction. However, once you’re on your feet, you’ve got a really fun semi-backwashing wave to carve, pull in, or boost on. Even though it’s soft a lot of the time with a medium tide, you’ll have a blast.

Beach Break

It is located off Lagundi bay. From Nias KeyHole Surfcamp to this wave requires a 5 minutes' ride by motorbike just before the Machine. It starts working when Nias point gets big over 5 feet.

Nearby places

  • Beach Break - 5 minutes by motorbike
  • Sobatu - 20 minutes on foot or 15 minutes by boat
  • The 8 Frame, 15 kilometers - 20 minutes by car or motorbike
  • Walo Hiu - 15 minutes by boat
  • The Machine - 5 minutes by motorbike

Surf conditions

Surf spot:


Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers


Best months for intermediate surfers


Best months for advanced surfers


Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit




  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance


The chefs are very proud about the meals at Nias KeyHole Surfcamp and have invested a lot of time and energy to ensure that your meals are healthy, plentiful, and delivered in the most hygienic way possible. Food and drinks including cold beers are available at Nias KeyHole Surfcamp.

Fresh fruit such as bananas, watermelon, apples, or papaya is available for you to help yourself at all times. Tea, coffee, fruit juice, and bottled water is included in the Nias KeyHole Surfcamp package price and is available for you to help yourself to at all times all you need to do is ask one of the staff.


Nias KeyHole Surfcamp will generally serve breakfast in the balcony area in varied menu every morning from 07:00 to 10:00 and it includes fresh fruit salad and various cereals such as muesli, corn flakes, bacon, and fried or scrambled eggs, French toast, banana pancakes, omelets, porridge, and waffle / hot sandwich. There will be always plenty of fresh toast and butter, jams, honey, and vegemite.


Your lunches will generally be served after guests return from the morning surfing session. Lunch times will be from 11:30 to 13:30 and served in the balcony area. The lunches will change each day and you will generally not eat the same meal twice during your stay. The chefs have everything from mie goreng, chicken salads, KeyHole triple decker sandwich chicken, fish burger, Bolognese spaghetti, pizza, enchiladas, as well as mie goreng and traditional Indonesian nasi goreng.


Dinner is the pride and joy of the chefs and this is where it’s no-holds-barred territory. There are whole grilled fresh reef fish, roasted meats, traditional Indonesian style banquet, mud crabs, lobster, curried fish, chicken curry potato, grilled fish, pasta dishes of every type, amazing potato salads, green salads, and curry vegetables.


Generally, dessert will be a handmade sweet of some type. Nias KeyHole Surfcamp makes everything from ice cream to banana cakes and chocolate cake.

The following meals are included:

  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Betel nut chewing experience
  • Guided tours to Botohili and Bawamatuo village
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing lessons
  • SUP
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Visits to Onohonde and Siwalawa village

What's included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
  • All meals, coffee, tea, and snacks
  • Daily Toyota van and motorbike with surf racks
  • Local surfing guide
  • Room with private bathroom and air-conditioning
  • Surfing sessions
  • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks, and fresh juice
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airline ticket
  • Alcohol or spirits
  • Nias souvenirs and KeyHole Surfcamp t-shirt
  • Other surfing equipment
  • Photographer or video package (100 - 150 USD)
  • Surfing lessons
  • Surfboards and stand-up paddle boards

How to get there

Recommended Airports


You should organize a flight from your Country of Origin to one of these major cities in South east Asia. Then use a domestic flight from Medan onward to Nias island. You can use the following routes:

  • Singapore – Medan – Gunung Sitoli Nias
  • Kuala Lumpur – Medan – Gunung Sitoli Nias island
  • Denpasar (Bali) – Jakarta – Medan – Gunung Sitoli Nias island
  • Jakarta – Gunung Sitoli Nias island / Garuda airline
  • Padang - Gunungsitoli
Airport: Binaka Airport Airport transfer included: Binaka Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday October 31, 2020
Departure: Tuesday November 10, 2020


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