Pulau Nias, the largest of the islands at 125 km off the W coast of Sumatera, is hilly and from E appears like a chain of mountains of varying height. It has hardly any conspicuous peaks, but Maziaja Mountain, 432m high in the N portion, is noticeable along with three somewhat lower peaks. Nias is 130 km long and 45 km wide.
From the W, the hills along the coast are seen to better advantage and afford good landmarks in conjunction with the islands fronting the coast. From S, the headlands provide the best marks.
Legendary for surfing, this island once hosted a World Surfing Championship
capital of Nias is Gunung Sitoli. The airport is located 19km from Gunung
Sitoli and the sea port is 5km.