Sibolga is one of two jump-off points for boats to Pulau Nias (the other being Singkil), with daily departures to the island. It’s not a particularly pleasant port town and is renowned for its touts. Dragging around surf gear can invite inflated prices: bargain hard or accept a degree of extra 'service'. Arrive as early in the day as possible to ensure a place on a boat departing that evening.
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