Nias Island - Indonesia

Nias Island in northwest Indonesia has got a lot going for it; world class surfing, endless beaches and an amazing culture. Yet very few outside people go there. I worked there for a few years helping out with tourism development. These are some of the photos I took for the VISIT NIAS ISLAND campaign. Also take a look at the website www.visitniasisland.com
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A beautifully carved megalith in Lahusa Fau village. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A beautifully carved megalith in Lahusa Fau village.

Stone statue in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Stone statue in Bawömataluo village, south Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A 'Lazara' head in Bawömataluo village in South Nias. This is a mythological beast often used in Nias design. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A 'Lazara' head in Bawömataluo village in South Nias. This is a mythological…

Traditional house in south Nias. Most of the houses in the south are built close together for defensive purposes. This is an unusual exception. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional house in south Nias. Most of the houses in the south are built close together for defensive purposes. This is an unusual exception. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Ornate symbolic carvings one the Chiefs stone chair in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Ornate symbolic carvings one the Chiefs stone chair in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A rickety bamboo bridge in the interior of Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

A rickety bamboo bridge in the interior of Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

South Nias coastline. Most of the coast on Nias Island are lined with coconut trees which are very important for the local economy. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

South Nias coastline. Most of the coast on Nias Island are lined with coconut trees which are very important for the local economy. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture is kept alive. One of the largest and most accesible villages are Bawömataluo in the south of Nias Island, North Sumatra. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture…

Perfect vantage point of the street from the second level of a south nias traditional house (omo hada). Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Perfect vantage point of the street from the second level of a south nias traditional house (omo hada). Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Street scene in Hilinawalö Fau village, north of Teluk Dalam in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Street scene in Hilinawalö Fau village, north of Teluk Dalam in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The Guardian at the entrance to Hilinamö Zaoa village in south Nias. Most Nias villages were built on the top of hills for defensive purposes and often had steep stairs or ladders leading up to the. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The Guardian at the entrance to Hilinamö Zaoa village in south Nias. Most Nias villages were built on the top of hills for defensive purposes and often had steep stairs or ladders leading up to the. Nias Island, North Sumatra #indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Beautiful sunset on Walo beach on the west-coast of Nias. The westcoast has many beaches with no or very little development on them. Afulu is one of the few places with tourism accomodation on this side of the island. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Beautiful sunset on Walo beach on the west-coast of Nias. The westcoast has many beaches with no or very little development on them. Afulu is one of the few places with tourism accomodation on this side of the island. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tögi Heno Cave in Alaza Talumuzöi. There are many caves on Nias, most of them unexplored. This is believed to be one the longest on the island. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tögi Heno Cave in Alaza Talumuzöi. There are many caves on Nias, most of them unexplored. This is believed to be one the longest on the island. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorful facade of traditional house in Hilimaetaniha village, south Nias. The architectural details of Nias houses vary in different areas of Nias. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorful facade of traditional house in Hilimaetaniha village, south Nias. The architectural details of Nias houses vary in different areas of Nias. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Chiefs house (Omo Zebua) in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson.  www.visitniasisland.com

Chiefs house (Omo Zebua) in Hilimondregeraya village, South Nias. This is one of the villages with best preserved architecture on Nias Island #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Rock formations along the south coast of Nias , east of Teluk Dalam. The coast line on Nias was uplifted during the 2005 earthquake, particularly in the west-coast. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Rock formations along the south coast of Nias , east of Teluk Dalam. The coast line on Nias was uplifted during the 2005 earthquake, particularly in the west-coast. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

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