What could be better than having a cold beer on a hot sunny day when surfing in Nias Island? Indeed, there is something better!

Let’s forget Bir Bintang, Heineken or Guiness for a while and taste the authentic Nias alcohol beverage instead. 

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Thinking in come and surfing in Nias Island but you don’t know what surfers eat here? Don’t worry check out this article we made for you! See ya!


SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDIn a land as secluded as Nias, you can expect local foods – traditionally made by the bare hands and traditional utensils – Nias authentic foods have intense flavour characterized by the unique spices that Indonesian cuisines are usually composed of.

SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDThe island is surrounded by coconut trees. It is no surprise that the locals incorporate coconut milk in most of their cookings. But that’s what makes these foods so special and are not quite like the ones you taste in anywhere else!

As you go surfing in Nias island, here are the must-try dishes and beverage! Jot them down because these delicious phrases might not be easy to memorize.


Harinake is Nias’s traditional food made out of diced pork with a taste of local spices. Often served with rice cake, Harinake is a symbol of honouring the guests at the wedding party. The juicy meat is hard to resist.

SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDHambae Nititi & Bato hambae

As a home to marine life, Nias offers plenty of mouthwatering crab dishes such as Hambae Nititi and Bato hambae.  Hambae Nititi is crab meat cooked with coconut milk. The mixture creates unique savory taste and rich flavour.

Bato Hambae is another delicious smoked crab meat which has been shaped into rounds. It is used as a side dish that the locals would eat with rice.

Gowi Nihandro

The snack is made from boiled cassava smoothly mashed and topped with dried grated coconut.

Tuo Nifaro

Don’t expect wine or beers lining up at the beach in Nias when you go surfing in Indonesia. But you can try Tuo Nifaro – Nias traditional beverage made from distilled raw tuak which has been fermented.

The distillation takes about 6 hours to complete with low heat – creating steam during the condensation process. Tuo Nifaro was initially served in cultural parades or as a hot drink on rainy season. But with the constant restriction in alcohol beverage in the country, Tuo Nifaro hasn’t much been seen in many areas.


Another delicious snack made from glutinous rice cooked in a bamboo. Loma has that sticky texture with cylindrical shape.

Silio Guro

Minced shrimp mixed with grated coconut and wrapped with banana leaf. Silio Guro is cooked using traditional meat-smoking method with high heat.


Sautéed minced pork mixed with mung bean, grated coconut and clover.

Saku nisolo

Saku Nisolo often substitutes rice as the main dish. Made from sago starch, Saku Nisolo has that savory taste resulted from thick coconut milk as the mixture.

Dodol durian

During Durian season, you will find this seasonal fruit easily around the island. Dodol Durian is a traditional toffee treats made from Durian. It has sticky texture with inevitably unique durian-sweetness taste.

Now you know how tasteful food is in Nias Island… Our Surfcamp in Indonesia offers very energic food and transportation service from the airport so the only thing you will do is..

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When surfing in Nias Island is your plan, you need to learn several Indonesian phrases to make the bargaining and stuffs easier. Not all Indonesians are able to speak English especially the economically low class.

#1 Berapa? “How much”

Travelling means getting something back for souvenirs. And since the traditional markets offer bargained goods, you can start to ask, “Berapa?” to the seller and see how the negotiation goes from there. You can also use the word to negotiate illegal transportation rate. Going surfing in Nias Island might need you to take several transportations so the art of bargaining is needed. If you think the rate is too high, you can say, “Mahal.” It means ‘expensive’.

#2 Ada? Ada! “Do you have?. “Yes, I have!”

“Ada” means “Do you have?” This word is useful when you ask for accommodation in Indonesia. “Ada kamar?” means, “Do you have a room available?” If he answers, “Ada.” It means, “Yes, we have.”

#3 Makan. “Eat”, “Food”

The thing about Indonesian language is that some words can work as noun and verb. “Makan?” means you are asking for food. “Makan!” can also be translated as “Let’s eat!” Simple, right? Your accommodation in Nias Island can recommend you to the famous dish in town.

#4 Terima kasih. “Thank You”

Indonesian people are very warm hearted. Any small help, give thanks to them and they will put a big smile for you. So don’t be afraid to ask a stranger on the street for directions.

#5 Dimana? “Where?”

Let say you get lost and you only know the name of the place. You can point the destination and ask, “Dimana?”

#6 Left or Right?

Often time the directions come in “Left or right”. So, “Kiri” is left and “Kanan” is right.

#7 Ombak is wave. And Pantai is beach.

This one is very important for surfers. As you are planning for surfcamp in Indonesia, you can use words like, “Ombak” which means wave. “Ombak besar” means “Big Wave.” Pantai means beach. So if you are heading to the beach, you can say, “ke pantai”.

#8 “Ke-“ means “Go to”

This will help you to ask for a ride. “Ke pasar” means “Go to the market.”

#9 “Ke pantai” means “Go to the beach”

#10 Ratus for “Hundred”

Surfcamp in Nias Island will have different types of rate and it’s important to learn the numeric language. A hundred is “Se-ratus”. Two hundred is “Dua ratus”. And so on.

Surfing in Indonesia is a lifetime experience that every surfer must have. Big breaks, easy vocabs, cheap prices. What more can you ask for?