5 BEST SURF TOWNS BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

What could be more thrilling for a surfer, than to have breathless experience when riding the waves?

Surfing is a challenging yet exciting activity. The virtuous blend of sun and sand and the ocean somehow give the sense of ‘living life to the fullest’. Even for novice players, they will easily get excited as they learn this water sport because the adrenaline rush just makes it so addictive!

The National Geographic has summed up the best surfs towns and places around the globe. Prepare your checklist and get your surfboard ready!

#5 Florianópolis, Brazil

Surfing in Floreanopolis Brazil

Surfing in Floreanopolis -Brazil

Set in the exotic Brazil island, the Florianopolis is a home to professional surfers. International competitions have been held in this so-called, capital of surfing. Florianopolis has 42 white sandy beaches with the lush rolling waves to surf all year round. As one of the world’s best surf town, the island provides all of the entertainment from dusk till dawn. From cultural parades to discerning nightlife – surfer enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this place.

#4 Byron Bay, Australia

Surfing in Byron Bay - Australia

Surfing in Byron Bay – Australia

Surfing with your family? The Byron Bay owns the best waves in the continent. A pleasant scene of crystal clear water that accommodates all surfers at any level – Byron Bay has some of the iconic surfing spots from the quietest beach of Wategoes to the local’s favorite swells in The Wreck.

#3 Biarritz, France

Surfing in Biarritz, France

Surfing in Biarritz, France

Thanks to Pieter Viertel, he made Biarritz a surfing location by doing it for the first time in 1957!

Biarritz is a mixture of the French’s historical culture and modernity. It is considered as the first to influence surfing activity in Europe. And now, surfers from every corner of the world come here to join surfing competitions and championships or simply, enjoying the best swells of Atlantic! As the center of surfing culture, Biarritz offer board rentals, surfing schools, numerous resorts and everything else in between to accommodate all level of surfers.

#2 Shonan, Japan

Surfing in Shonan-Japan

Surfing in Shonan-Japan

If you are a surfer and also a passionate traveller, then Shonan has all the vibes for you. As the new surfing culture, Shonan offers reef breaks for surfers at any level; plus a mix of Japan’s rich culture and authentic culinary experience. The town was first recognized as a fishing spot but the waves are too good just for catching fishes. It quickly becomes popular among the surfers, especially when it only takes an hour drive from Tokyo.

#1 Nias Island, Indonesia

Surfing in Nias Island, Indonesia

Surfing in Nias Island, Indonesia

This surfing paradise was discovered in 1975 by Australian surfer, Peter Troy. Situated on the western side of Indonesia, Nias owns some of the world class waves scattered on secluded beaches of Sorake, Legundri and Ture Loto. Nias is one exotic destination that has hold international surfing championships. While you are here, you can witness the glorious megalithic culture and have a taste of Nias’ unique authentic foods that you won’t find anywhere else.

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If you happen to be surfing in Nias island, make time to visit Ture Loto beach. There are numbers of surfcamps in Indonesia that will advise you with your accommodation in Nias island.

 

Snorkelling at Ture Loto Beach

Ture Loto beach is situated in the northern Nias, precisely at Balofadoro village. This secluded paradise is one of Nias tourism destinations due to its untouched natural beauty.

Getting to Ture Loto Beach

A small isolated beach – Ture Loto promises thousands of species and coral reefs as you get into the water for snorkelling. To get here, it takes 2 hours of road trip by car or motorcycle from Gunung Sitoli. You can enjoy the scenic green fields on your left and right as you make your way to Ture Loto. The beach gets packed with people during weekends as this is also the locals’ leisure destination. So, if you want a paradise of your own, it is recommended to visit Ture Loto on weekdays – it would be less crowded. It is suggested to hire a tour guide when you go to Ture Loto beach as they are familiar with the area. The roads are meandering but still vehicle-friendly. There have been some reports of road thieves so it is best to go there during daytime.

Tips to Snorkelling at Ture Loto Beach

  • Ture Loto beach gets packed with people during weekends, so…
  • …it is recommended to visit Ture Loto beach on weekdays
  • it is best to go there during daytime.
  • it takes 2 hours by car or motorcycle from Gunung Sitoli.

 

Let the snorkelling begin!

Snorkellinh in Turu Loto Beach IndonesiaCombining the best of 2 worlds, Ture Loto is almost like a giant swimming pool. The impact of earthquake back in 2005 has caused the land to form beautiful exotic reefs surround the beach. And the crystal clear water seems to be waving at you as you arrive!

You can rent a boat that will take you to farther off the beach and in about 10 minutes from here, you can start to use your snorkelling equipment and enjoy the panoramic sea. From clown fish to Moorish idol, you’ll get excited as these colourful species greet you down there! Not only for professional divers, Ture Loto is a safe place for newbies, too. This beach is still considered as a virgin beach because the area is geographically remote and hasn’t been ‘touched’ by wastes or industrial chemicals like some of other beaches in Indonesia. For snorkelling equipments, you can either rent on the spot, or bring your own.

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Take a retreat to the traditional accommodation in Nias island

Many guesthouses are available for stay. When you arrive at Pleasure surfcamp in Nias Island, you can expect a natural lodge surrounded by the trees and chirping birds. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and experience the nature at its best in Nias!

(And… don’t forget your surfboard, lots of waves are waiting for you 😉 )

 

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