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, Also transport to and from hotels in Medan when required. (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 the transfer package you arrive in Medan and we look after the rest! ( Package allows for one board bag only)
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. 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?
If you come from Medan and have taken the transfer package, you’ll need to be in Medan by 08:30am Monday morning of the charter at the latest. (Best to overnight in Medan on the Sunday) If you go it alone, you will need to be at Gunungsitoli Airport by 11am Monday to meet with the rest of the guests for transport to Lahewa Harbour and the Seriti.
When do I book my flight home?
On the way home, it is possible to leave Medan on Friday night, though we recommend a connecting flight after 7pm as the domestic flights from Gunungsitoli to Medan are occasionally delayed or cancelled due to weather or operational requirements. It is necessary to have fully comprehensive travel insurance as we can bear no responsibility for missed connections due to domestic airline delays or cancellations. (If you can’t get a flight out after 5.30pm, best to overnight in Medan and depart Saturday)
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).
The Swiss-Belle Hotel or the Marriott $100/room/night twin share ($120/night 3 people). These are 5 star Hotels and offer good value. (If you get in late the night before the charter, it is best to stay near the airport as it can be an hour and a half to two hours into the city). 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!