The archipelago of Nias has several interesting sites for surfing. One of those is at Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach. Sorake Bay is located at Botohilitano Village, the district of Teluk Dalam, Nias Island, Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. The bay is framed by the crème sand of Lagundri Beach.

Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach offer challenging waves that constantly roll through the entire year. That is what makes this place perfect. That is what surfers are dreaming of. This is the reason why this object got the catch-phrase “All-Time Nias” Surfing.

Surfing on Nias (Source: Flickr. Credit: Rachmat Hussain)
Surfing on Nias
(Source: Flickr. Credit: Rachmat Hussain)

How to Get There

If you are from other country or province, first you need to reach the city of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province. The city has an airport, Kualanamu International Airport that serves many flights, both domestic and international.

International flights are available from Singapore, Bangkok in Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca and Subang in Malaysia. Meanwhile, domestic flights are available from many major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta City, Surabaya, Aceh, Bandung, Padang, Pekanbaru, and more.

After you are already in Medan, find another flight using smaller planes that go to Binaka Airport at Gunung Sitoli. This flight is served by several airlines such as Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Wings Air.

Once you reach Gunung Sitoli, you are only one step away to Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach. All you need to do is drive for about 60 kilometers away and you are there. If you don’t like driving or renting car, you can get on a public minibus that goes to Sorake Bay. It will cost you about $4.5. The trip from Gunung Sitoli to Sorake Bay will take about 4 hours.


Where to Stay

Surfing can be exhausting. Therefore, a comfy accommodation is necessary. To that, Niat has provided lots of interesting accommodation to stay at. Around the area of Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach, there are a lot of budget hotels where tourists like to have a long stay at. But you can also find several hotels with fancier accommodations as well. Some choices of accommodations are:

A Surf Camp around Sorake Bay (Source: Flickr. Credit: travellie)
A Surf Camp around Sorake Bay
(Source: Flickr. Credit: travellie)


The Environment

Nias Archipelago consists of 131 islands with only 11 of them are inhabited. The biggest one and also the most developed island on the archipelago is Nias Island. The land is about 5,000 square kilometers wide. It is slightly larger than the famous Bali Island.

Lagundri Beach has a stunning panorama. The sand is crème and soft. Trees are marching neatly in line, providing shades to the beach. Lagundri Beach is a coral beach. That means the shoreline is floored with corals. It might be uncomfortable to explore it on foot. Therefore, you need to bring sandal. Sorake Bay is not much different than Lagundri Beach. The location is about two kilometers away from Lagundri Beach.

Lagundri Beach with Peaceful Atmosphere (Source: Flickr. Credit: andres muller)
Lagundri Beach with Peaceful Atmosphere
(Source: Flickr. Credit: andres muller)


Nias was not a popular destination for surfing as the object is a little bit secluded and hard to access. Only hard-core surfers were aware of this site. But still, they didn’t mind coming through all the way to reach this place. This was because the rolls of wave in Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach are perfectly constant and challenging.

But later in 1975, there were three hard-core surfers wandering to this object. They were amazed at how beautiful Nias was; the nature, the rolling waves, and the culture. They publicly shared information about this place. From that moment, Nias were gradually gaining its popularity and development in surfing tourism business.

Now, this object is widely known. Every year, many surfers from around the globe would come along to this object. Several surfing competition is being held annually since 1993, both domestic and international level. The biggest annual competition is Nias Open, which is usually be joined by surfers from around the world.

On December 26th, 2004, a massive earthquake occurred and clashed this object. With 9.2 Richter scale, it was considered as one of the deadliest disaster in the world. Many buildings in Nias were destroyed, including the supporting facilities of the tourism. Surfers didn’t come anymore. But after few years, the island of Nias is developing again. Surfers also started to come along again.



Nias has several interesting surfing sites. But the most popular and favored one is the Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach. This site is famous for having constant waves. This allows people to surf at any time they want to, unlike other sites that needs to be visited during specific season. To that reason, people started to dub this object as “All-Time Nias” as this place is the only place in Nias that allows you to surf at all the time.

Surfing at All-Time (Source: Flickr.Credit: ericsvaughan)
Surfing at All-Time
(Source: Flickr.Credit: ericsvaughan)

The waves are not only constant in duration, but are also challenging and have the perfect character for surfing. On regular day, the waves are approximately ranging between the heights of 3 to 10 meters with 5 levels. On a rare great day, it could reach up to 15 meters. The length of the wave could reach up to 200 meters. This condition will get more challenging and fun during full moon.

The waves tend to be softer and calmer in the morning. This moment is perfect for newbie surfers. If you don’t bring any equipment, you can simply rent a surfing board. Rentals are not hard to find around the beach. The prices are ranging from 15,000 per 30 minutes. And if you have never surfed before and are interested to learn, you can hire a reliable instructor that you can meet at the rentals as well.



  • Best season for surfing is around April to October.
  • Competitions are usually being held around June to July.
  • Best time for newbie surfers is in the morning.
  • Best time for advanced surfers is in the afternoon.
  • Always wear sandals while walking on the shoreline as it is covered with corals. Walking barefoot might hurt your foot.
  • ATM, Banks, and Money Changer Stations are rare at Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach. Make sure to bring enough cash to the site.
  • Nearby the Lagundri Beach, there are several traditional villages that are worth exploring. The people have unique cultures and buildings.
Corals on the Shore (Source: Flickr. Credit: DocBudie)
Corals on the Shore
(Source: Flickr. Credit: DocBudie)


A long and high wave is always challenging for surfers. And it would be perfect if the waves stay that way the whole time. Thus, you don’t need to plan a schedule to surf. The island of Nias seems to understand that through Sorake Bay and Lagundri Beach. Plus, the sites have beautiful form of nature. This could be such an enjoyable sight to complement your adventure along the waves.