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. Nias Island, North Sumatra #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

The famous wave in Sorake on a good day. Lagundri Bay, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Justin Bu'ulolo.

The famous wave in Sorake on a good day. Lagundri Bay, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Justin Bu'ulolo.

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

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

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

Tropical reed fish seen while snorkelling at Tureloto in the north-west corner of Nias Island. This is ne of the best and most accesible reefs for freedivers and snorkellers on the Island. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tropical reed fish seen while snorkelling at Tureloto in the north-west corner of Nias Island. This is ne of the best and most accesible reefs for freedivers and snorkellers on the Island. 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

Draso waterfall near Gunungsitoli, Nias. This unique waterfall has three level and a couple of plunge pools inside a cavern. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Draso waterfall near Gunungsitoli, Nias. This unique waterfall has three level and a couple of plunge pools inside a cavern. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Namo Si Felendrua waterfall -  a series of cascades and plunge pools in a hidden jungle valley in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Namo Si Felendrua waterfall - a series of cascades and plunge pools in a hidden jungle valley in South Nias. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Dolphins are often seen from boats around Nias Island. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Dolphins are often seen from boats around Nias Island. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

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