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Jakarta Post

Nias to be world-class surfing destination, government pledges

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Nias, North Sumatra   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  12:21 pm
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A surfer rides the wave on Sorake Beach, south Nias.( van der Logt)

Pristine beaches and seas most suitable for surfing, a close-knit community of the same race but different dialects, showcasing richness in culture and the iconic hombo batu (stone jumping). The aforementioned describes Nias Island, North Sumatra, 120 kilometers west of Sumatra and the largest of a group of more than a hundred islands forming the Nias Island archipelago, which may well become “the new Bali” as the government has its sights set on transforming the region into an international tourist destination. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the government planned to turn the region into a world-class surfing hub to bolster local tourism, considering its popularity among international surfers over the years. “The government vows to make Nias a better place to attract more tourists,” Luhut said on the sidelines of t...