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Pulau Nias (W Sumatra)

Pulau Nias (W Sumatra)

Characteristics

Description

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 round.
The capital of Nias is Gunung Sitoli. The airport is located 19km from Gunung Sitoli and the sea port is 5km.

6/02/2012
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East coast pulau Nias (W Sumatra)

The E coast of Pulau Nias has moderate depths with good anchorage and some streams; islets and reefs front the coast here, as on the W side, but the sea being smoother on the E coast renders it safer.
6 Feb 12

W coast pulau Nias (w Sumatra)

Off the coast of Nias lie 2 other islands - Pulau Bawa and Pulau Aru. Pulau Bawa is excellent for surfing. The W coast of Pulau Nias is nearly inaccessible because of surf Tanjung Sosilutte, about 2 miles SE of Tanjung Tojolawa, is a low point with a remarkable tree, and ...
6 Feb 12

Pulau Wunga (W Nias)

Pulau Wunga, about 8 NM S of Pulau Mausi, is low andcovered with coconut trees.
A large conspicuous tree, visible for 16 miles, is located on a small elevationnear the N end.
The reef extending from the N side of the island is ordinarily marked by high rollers; on the S side ...
6 Feb 12

Tanjung Sirombu (W Nias)

Tanjung Sirombu, lying about 34 miles SSE of Tanjung Sosilutte, is low and wooded and may be identified by several tall casuarina trees which stand above the other trees. The point is marked by a light. From a distance it resembles an island, but from closer in the low wooded sandy ...
6 Feb 12

Gunung Sitoli harbour (E Nias)

Gunung Sitoli (Gunungsitoli is the capital and the port of Nias. It is located about 14 NM NW of Tg Lambaru and forms a deep bight.
At its head the hills approach the shore, leaving a strip of lowland between them.
6.29 The mouth of the river, leading to the port, will just ...
6 Feb 12

Tanjung Mbaa (E Nias)

North of Gunungsitoli, the coast is covered with coconut trees for about 6 miles.Close N of Gunungsitoli is Tanjung Mbaa, a rocky point from which a light is shown. From Tanjung Mbaa, a narrow strip of coast land extends about 3 miles NW, then a fringing reef leads up to Tanjung ...
6 Feb 12

Tanjung Lambaru (E Nias)

Tanjung Lambaru, located about 8 miles NW of Ujung Onolimbu, is swampy and thickly overgrown; dead trees stand on it and in the water close off it.At Tanjung Lambaru it has a width of 8 miles. The coast consists of a sandy beach, off which rocks are lying. The sea usually breaks, ...
6 Feb 12

Ujung Onolimbu (E Nias)

Ujung Onolimb lies about 6 miles NW of Tanjung Sjuani. Onolimbu Road has good anchorage, in depths of 21.9m to 25.6m, mud. It is close to shore, abreast a road leading to Tagaule village.
There is another anchorage off Bodsyihona village to the N, in a depth of 18.3m. Local knowledge ...
6 Feb 12

Tanjung Laaya (Laaja) (E Nias)

Tanjung Laaja is the N end of the slope of a hill backing the coast. It is covered with coconut trees, steep-to, and free from dangers but is difficult to identify.
6 Feb 12

Pulau Onolimbu (E Nias)

Pulau Onolimbu is an island located about 1 NM N of Ug Onolimbu.There are several drying shoals about 3.5 miles NNW of Ujung Onolimbu.
6 Feb 12

Pulau Mausi (W Nias)

Pulau Mausi, low and barren, lies in the S approach to Labuan Atjeh, about 2.2 miles SE of Tanjung Sosilutte.
It has a white sandy beach, and is fringed by a reef onwhich the sea always breaks, extending about 1 mile S; there is a depth of 7.7m at the outer end of the reef.
 An ...
6 Feb 12

Pulau Sarangbaung (W Sumatra)

Pulau Sarangbaung lies 10.5 miles NNE of the N extremity of Pulau Nias. There is a break in the reef on the SE side where boats can land at a village. The island is overgrown with coconuts and is visible for 12 miles.
4 Feb 12
Local Area

Sumatra W coast (Indonesia)

On the W coast of Sumatera there is a high, rocky coast, or if there is a strip of sand by the sea, the land rises rapidly behind it to the neighboring hills.
Numerous small streams discharge their waters on the W coast, but most of them are barred and only navigable by small craft. ...
1 Feb 12

Sumatra (Indonesia)

Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera) is an island in western Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands.
The longest axis of the island runs approximately 1,790 km (1,110 mi) northwest-southeast, crossing the equator near the centre. At its widest point the island spans ...
7 Jan 12

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
6 Apr 12

Pulau Sarangbaung (W Sumatra)

Pulau Sarangbaung lies 10.5 miles NNE of the N extremity of Pulau Nias. There is a break in the reef on the SE side where boats can land at a village. The island is overgrown with coconuts and is visible for 12 miles.
4 Feb 12

Pulau Banyak (Banjak) (W Sumatra)

The Banjak Islands, consisting of a group of islands more than 50 in number, extend from 13 miles NW to 38 miles W of Singkil. The three largest of the islands are Pulau Toeangkoe, Pulau Bangkaroe and Pulau Oedjoeng Batoe, besides which there are many islets with deepwater channels ...
4 Feb 12

Pulau Musala (W Sumatra)

Pulau Musala or Musalar lies in the W approach to Teluk Tapanuli.
At its NW end is a conical mountain, about 451m high, with a prominent tree on its summit.
There is a remarkable waterfall at the NW end of the island issuing from a hill with an elevation of 55m; it is a good ...
6 Feb 12
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