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Nias & Hinako Islands

When someone speaks about Nias, your mind goes straight to the perfect righthander that breaks in Lagundry Bay, maybe the most consistent and best right in the world. Anyway, in the Hinako archipelago, there are other perfect and uncrowed waves.

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Nias & Hinako Islands

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The island of Nias and Hinako islands lie to the north west of Sumatra. The islands of Asu and Bawa have two world class waves, respectively a left and a right. Asu is a tubing reef left, very technical and consistent, while the right of Bawa is a rarer wave, which works well with northwesterly winds (onshore for many other spots), with a deep and powerful inside. On the island of Nias, however, there is one of the most beautiful rights in the world. It is a wave with a predictable take off that unfolds with precision on a deep reef, although the 2005 earthquake has raised it of several inches, and the side channel allows reaching it without getting hair wet. The wave is called The Point and is located in the south of Nias, in Lagundri Bay. Every year many surfers undertake the long journey to get here and just ride this wave. In order to reach Nias, you can take the frequent flights operated by the Indonesian airlines, like Wings Air, Merpati or Riau Airlines, which from Medan or Padang (Sumatra) reach Gunung Sitoli (Nias). Often the surf camps in this area deal with the entire transport of their guests from Medan and Padang to Nias and the Hinako Islands.

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The best time to visit Nias and the other islands is between April and October when swells from the southeast generate regularly (almost always) waves over a meter (3feet), with frequent days that reach up to 3 m. (9 feet) with a period of 13-14 seconds. During this season, the wind always blows from the east / southeast (in the morning blowing with less force) and then turn in October (the windier month) and move to the northwest from November to March (wet season). However, the waves are not absent in the remaining months of the year, although the size is lower (better for beginners). The tide plays an important role, because during the low the reefs become very shallow, especially after the 2005 earthquake. The risk of malaria is present, but in recent years it has been reduced, especially during the dry season. The mosquito repellents are essential and a malaria prophylaxis is a plus.

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