Dangers & Annoyances

Nias is one of the few places in Sumatra where visiting surfers can expect a bit of aggression in the water. Experiencing surf rage is never pleasant, but if our local breaks pumped like this, we probably wouldn’t want to share the lineups with a boatload of tourists either.

Renting surf gear on the island can be an issue. Be sure you pay a fair price; if it is too cheap, you’ll probably pay for it at the end with inflated damage costs.

Chloroquine-resistant malaria has been reported on Nias, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.