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Published on : Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Island of Nias has long been known and visited by anthropologists and surfers from around the world. Located remotely off the west coast of North Sumatra , the island of Nias in the province of North Sumatra, has maintained its unique living megalithic culture, where villagers in Bawomataluo until today still live in huge and sturdy traditional homes built without any nails, where houses face each other across a paved plaza. The highlight of a visit to the village is the Stone-jumping ritual, where Nias warriors jump barefoot over a 3-meters pile of boulders.
In the past years Nias has also become the haunt of surfers, since the island’s Lagundri beach is touted as having one of the top ten best surf in the world.
Unfortunately, so far access to Nias has been difficult, since Nias has mostly been served by infrequent ships from the town of Sibolga only, or small planes from Medan. But this is changing.
Since January this year Garuda Indonesia has started operating twice daily flights from Medan’s Kualanamu Internationl airport to the Binaka Airport at Gunungsitoli, capital city of the District of Nias. The route is serviced on ATR 72-600 planes that can carry 70 passengers.
In addition, last Tuesday, 16 June, Garuda Indonesia officially opened its city Sales Office at Gunung Sitoli, where passengers can make their city check in and buy tickets. Working in cooperation with a travel agency PT Biduri Permata Raya Cemerlang, the office is located at Jalan Lagundri No. 18 and is open until 21.00 hrs. local time. Here passengers can buy tickets not only to Medan but also to all domestic and international destinations served by Garuda,
Garuda Indonesia Sales Office and Services Manager, Bernadus M Mapram IM informed Kompas .com that since the launch of the Medan-Nias flights in January 2015, Garuda has managed to sell over 1 million tickets, most of which were bought by international tourists.