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Nias KeyHole Surfcamp offers you this 12-day surf camp with a boat trip in the heavenly and unspoiled area. You can experience surfing at some best spots available in Nias, Telo, and Banyak Islands which are indeed a wave paradise. All of the areas offer an additional spot of world class but less crowded so you can really enjoy your time during surfing.
Airport transfer included: Binaka Airport
Before the boat departs, you will stay at the family guest house operated by Wau's family for a night. It is ideal for travelers who look for a clean, convenient, and economical room. There are seven very clean guest rooms, each with private bathroom (flush toilets), white sheet / bedding provided for each guest room, each single bed can be joined together to make a large double bed, outside “rinse” shower available to all guests, room comes with two large wall fans, a large balcony to watch waves and “hang out” plus DVD player and sound system, and food as well as drinks available (including cold beers).
For the rest of the package, you will stay at Ono Niha boat. The boat sleeps up to 12 passengers in a luxury and air-conditioned rooms. There are 4 comfortable bedrooms with 2 single bunk beds and 4-single bunk beds in the V-berth quarters. It has 2 bathrooms with shower, a fridge, main saloon, galley and a top deck for a 360-degree view.
This surf camp will take place in Nias, Indonesia. The Nias Islands of Indonesia are one of the most consistent surfing travel destinations in the world. Located by the front door of Nias Keyhole surf camp-access. The perfect right hander at Sorake bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surfers.
The April 28th earthquake has blessed Nias region, raising the hide tide mark and improving wave quality barrel, as the waves pick up any swell size and surfable on all tides.It’s broad exposure towards the vast, the southern Indian Ocean provides these majestic islands with remarkable consistency and quality year round. Here is the list of well-known surf spots in Nias:
The Indicator is just above the Main break of Nias, also goes off on its day, as you can see on the right side from the lounge of Nias KeyHole Surfcamp. The Indicator as “a formidable opponent to your health, safety, and well-being” - and that certainly isn’t far from the shallow reef. The wave grinds down a section of reef, at low tide forgets it unless you choose to surf the outside section, which can occasionally offer some alternative on a northwest wind. At high tide though and on the right swell, The Indicator can offer perhaps some of the thickest, fast, and hollowest tubes in the world.
The Machine is only 5-minute away by a motorbike from Nias Keyhole Surfcamp. The Machine is recently named by one of the fastest, down the line, left-hand barrels in the world. After the 2005 earthquake, the reef was lifted. This spot is usually hit on the high tide when it's big at Point of Nias. Low tide is good but you might get a mouth full of the reef. It's a long tube and once you come out it's an easy paddle back out.
The 8-frame DP by Hiliduha village is one of the most high-performance waves in the Nias Islands. The wave itself starts breaking in a two-way left and right over the reef, fantastic left and right barrels. It's located close to Rockstar. The distance from Nias Keyhole Surfcamp is around 15 kilometers. Access to the break requires 20-minute drive by car or motorbike. You can’t really tell if 8-frame is breaking unless you take a close look, remarkably, if you’re not paying attention, the take-off can be quite challenging.
Walo Hiu is a world class left hander which can produce an epic 5-10 second barrel depending on swell and wind direction. Walo Hiu left is located in the north of Nias Keyhole Surfcamp, access to the break requires a 30-minute walk in the jungle, or take a 15 minute 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 of 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 bit north from as Nias point, the distance from Nias Keyhole Surfcamp around 20 minutes walks into the bay or a 15-minute boat ride.
It has a very large playing field and a few different take-off options including a few rights when it is small - but watch out for the paddle back out. Sobatu isn’t known as a barreling wave unless it has some serious size if it's 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 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 the Nias Islands. It's located in the south side of Keyhole camp as to Hilisataro village, is only a 10-minute ride from 8-frame DP. The distance from Nias Keyhole Surfcamp is a 30-minute ride by car. The wave itself starts breaking in a compact area over the reef, remarkably, 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.
Nias KeyHole Surfcamp will ensure that the meals are healthy, plentiful, and delivered in the most hygienic way possible. Fresh fruit such as bananas, watermelon, apples, or papaya is available for you to help yourself at all times or ask. 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 our staff.
Breakfast is generally served in the balcony area as different menu every morning at from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and it includes fresh fruit salad and various cereals such as muesli, corn flakes right through to bacon, fried or scrambled eggs, French toast, banana pancakes, omelets, porridge, and raffle or hot sandwich. There is always plenty of fresh toast and as butter, jams, honey, and vegemite.
The lunches are generally served after guests return from the morning surf session. Lunch times from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and are served in balcony area.The lunches change each day and you will generally not eat the same meal twice during your stay, there are everything from mie goreng special, chicken salads, Keyhole triple decker sandwich chicken, fish burger, spaghetti bolognese, pizza through to enchiladas, as well as mie goreng, and traditional Indonesian nasi gorengs.
Dinner is the pride and joy of chef Santi / Mama and Renata and this is where it’s no-holds-barred territory. The whole grilled fresh reef fish, roasted meats, banquet style traditional Indonesian, mud crabs, lobster, curried fish, chicken curry potato, grilled fish, pasta dishes of every type, amazing potato salads, green salads, and curry vegetables. Some of the well-traveled visitors claim all foods and dinners at Nias Keyhole Surfcamp are the best food of any surf camp on the planet.
Dessert is generally a hand prepared sweet of some type. Santi (Mama Andy) and Renata, they make everything from ice-cream through to banana cakes and chocolate cake.
Lion or Wings airline offers flights from Soewondo Air Force Base (MES) in Medan to Gunung Sitoli in Nias island. You can also fly from Padang / West Sumatra to Gunung Sitoli / Nias island. There are two flights a week on Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) airline. Nias KeyHole Surfcamp's representative will pick you up at the airport. This service is already included in the price.
From Medan to Sibolga is an 8 to 10-hour ride by bus. Nias KeyHole Surfcamp's representative will pick you up at the station. This service is not included in the price.
From Sibolga to Nias, you can ride a ferry for 12-hour (overnight crossing) to Teluk Dalam. There is also a faster ferry which takes 3 hours from Sibolga to Gunung Sitoli that departs daily at 10 a.m. or 1.15 p.m. From there, it’s a 3-hour drive to the Keyhole Surfcamp in Sorake Beach / Lagundri. Nias KeyHole Surfcamp's representative will pick you up at the harbor. This service is not included in the price.