Surf Banyak charters currently departs from Gunungsitoli in Nias, and the easiest way to get there depends on whether you are coming from overseas or you are travelling elsewhere in Indonesia.
If you are coming directly from overseas, it is easiest to fly to Medan’s Kuala Namu airport (KNO), where we can organise a meet and greet and your domestic travel to and from Gunungsitoli so you don’t have to do anything. Most guests travel to Medan via Singapore (Silk Air, Valuair/Jetstar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysian, Air Asia) or Jakarta (Garuda). You can order the transfer package as part of your trip with Surf Banyak at the following rates:
Transfers from Medan:
$US400, includes return flights from Kuala Namu Airport (Medan) to Gunungsitoli; meet and greets off all your flights; and transfer of boards/luggage to and from your charter (note that Sumatran airlines usually cannot take an entire group’s surfboards and have restrictions on length/weight). Please see SURFBOARD TRANSPORT below. Basically, with this package you arrive in Medan and we look after the rest!
We can arrange to provide transport to and from hotels in Medan. All costs for Medan transfers to be paid by the guest prior to arrival. So, if you are wanting to spend the night in Medan on either end of your trip and be transferred to and from hotels this will be an additional expense.
Alternatively, if you’re an hard core independent traveller with Indo’ experience, you can get yourself from Medan to your charter by public bus and ferry for under fifty dollars and in a day or two, but you’ll be needing more than a surf at the end of it! We recommend getting our transfer option unless you are fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and experienced in Sumatran logistics.
Many of our guests visit Lagundri/Sorake on their travel and we can also help with accommodation and transport on Nias – just let us know.
In all cases, please run your itinerary by us before you book just to make sure!
Getting your boards to the boat.
Please contact us for more information regarding this.
When do I need to get there?
You must be at your charter on the Monday afternoon of departure. If you come from Medan and have the transfer package, you’ll need to be in Medan by 08:30am Monday.
Departure/arrival from Medan on same day of charter can be organised in some cases, especially if travelling on the Seriti. Please contact us before confirming flights as domestic flight schedules do change. If you want to come into Indonesia on the same day as your charter departure, the Silk Air flights from Singapore arriving in Medan 0755 or Air Asia AK450 from KL arriving at 0735 will work.
When do I book my flight home?
On the way home, we recommend you stay the night in Medan on Friday and depart on Saturday after your return, as the domestic flights from Gunungsitoli to Medan are occasionally delayed or cancelled due to weather or operational requirements. If you really want to depart on the Friday night, we can aim to connect with flights leaving Medan after 7pm, but you must have fully comprehensive travel insurance as we can bear no responsibility for missed connections due to domestic airline delays or cancellations.
Can you organise accommodation in Medan?
Yes, Wings and Crew Hotels are 15 minutes from the airport at around $50. In the city, the Danau Toba or equivalent at $50/room/night twin share ($60 for 3 people); or the Marriott $100/room/night twin share ($120/night 3 people). The Marriott is a good bargain in Medan with a breakfast that you have to see to believe, and if you’re looking for value for money we recommend it as a five-star hotel which is the same price as many budget hotels in Singapore or KL.
Unfortunately, the new Kuala Namu airport is about 90 minutes from the city of Medan, but we expect this to reduce to about an hour once highway construction is complete. There is also a very convenient train service to avoid the street hassle. Please contact us with any questions – we’re happy to provide advice on any itinerary!