Puri Asu Resort, Hinako Islands, Nias

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Kick Ass Asu!

By Pete Bates, 6th April 2016

One of the best places that I've been in this world, good food and good people. Big thanks to Marcelo who took care of us like a brother.

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Ssshhhhh!

By Fernando, 24th August 2016

Great camp for surfing and diving. Marcelo the manager was a great host too. Food was top notch for such an isolated location. Excellent waves and some varied options, certainly would recommend a trip to Puri Asu.

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Remote but great!

By Barry Droar, 9th May 2017

Thanks to the crew for an epic trip. Asu is a truly great wave and is well worth the mission. The camp is fantastic and the food very good too. If you want uncrowded waves then look no further. Thanks guys, Baz

nias surf

Camp Size: Max 15 surfers & 6 non surfers
Accommodation: Private rooms & bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: included
Located in front of surf break: 5 mins away
Destination: Nias & Hinako Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 3/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: Yoga terrace
Ideal for: Any size group 

puri asu

Located 1 degrees north of the equator on the Hinako islands, Puri Asu is a real surfer’s haven with a number of truly epic wave’s just minutes from this tropical paradise.

The island of Asu, is one of 8 islands found off the west coast of Nias, is blessed with some amazing surf and is home to the guests of Puri Asu. The main focus of the surf camp is the world class lefthander simply named Asu. This mechanical wave is very consistent, works on all tides and delivers on all swell sizes. It’s a wave for everyone and is the real lure for the majority of travelling surfers. Another 6-7 waves are found within less than 45 minutes from the resort.

Flights from Medan to Nias take just 50 minutes and conveniently fly each day.

Puri Asu Resort is ideal for all group sizes, families and couples looking for a slice of paradise on their surf vacation.

When staying at the resort last year we wrote a blog article about what you can expect. 

You can read it here: The Real Guide to Surfing the Hinako Islands 

hinako islands guide

The camp caters for a total of 21 guests (15 surfers & 6 non surfers)

Accommodation is divided between private rooms and private bungalows that sit just a stone’s throw from the palm fringed tropical shoreline. Each room and bungalow comes complete with air conditioninghot showers and exceptional views. Each bathroom has a sink, western toilet, mirror & hot shower. Towels are available for all guests, but we encourage people to bring their own beach towels.

Guests can also take full advantage of the private beach that’s just 20 meters away that is blessed with sunset vistas. You’ll also find a beach club as well as a beautiful gazebo for yoga.

Standard accommodation (below) 

Wooden House (below) - USD 125 pp / night

4 x private rooms with 2 single beds per room (2 shared bathrooms outside the room but inside the house)

Standard Accommodation

Beach side bungalow (below) - USD 125 pp / night

1 x bungalow with 3 king size beds (private bathroom inside bungalow)

Deluxe Accommodation

Superior accommodation (below)

Superior Bungalows - USD 250 pp / night

6 x bungalows with 1 king size bed per bungalow (private bathroom inside bungalow) - 

Accommodation Superior

Guests taking the "Standard" accommodation will not have to share a room unless the resort is full.

Guests opting for the "Superior" accommodation will always have private use of their bungalow.

accommodation asu

Food is included in your package and you won’t be disappointed. Daily meals are always substantial and varied and include a mix of both Indonesian and Western flavours including pasta dishes, pizza, chicken and of course fresh fish.

Desserts are served after lunch and dinner and include chocolate cake, banana cake, coconut bread & fresh fruits.

Superior package 

Breakfast - "order from menu"
Lunch and dinner - "buffet"

Standard package

Breakfast - "order from menu"
Lunch & dinner - "fixed menu"

Breakfast – 6:30am – 09:30am
Lunch – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Dinner – 7:30pm – 9:30 pm

Beer is available for all of our guests, a variety of hard alcohol, wine and mixed drinks will also be available for purchase when available.

Vegetarians and specific dietary requirements can be accommodated for with prior notice to your arrival.

Included in the price:

- 3 large, healthy delicious meals are served each day
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water.

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snack bar menu
 

surf camp hinakos

surf camp niasThe large speedboat for "superior" package guests

Guests staying at Puri Asu are blessed with 5 waves within 15-30 minutes of the resort and 2 more that are 40-50 minutes away. The ultra consistent break of Asu is just a short 5 minute boat ride away.

From the convenience of the private pier, guests can explore and surf throughout the islands. And thanks to Puri Asu’s 3 speedboats on offer each day – guests will be dropped off and picked up anytime you wish.

Note: "Superior" package guests will have the use of the "large" speedboat (above) whereas the "Standard" package guests will have the use of the 2 smaller speedboats.

nias surf

Despite being located in one of the most remote corners of Indonesia, guests can find a multitude of activities to keep them happy including:

Free of charge; 

* Stand Up Paddle Boards
Fishing equipment
Snorkelling equipment
Spear fishing equipment
Table Tennis
Board Games
Yoga Gazebo
* Large TV with Movies

Available but extra cost;

WiFi - guests can purchase a SIM card from the resort manager. For around $10 you will have enough web browsing for over 7 days.
Massage - $10/hr
Photos ($100-$300)

 

Guests staying at Puri Asu will have unprecedented access to the uncrowded waves of the Hinako Islands.

When staying at the resort last year we wrote a blog article about what you can expect.

You can read it here: The Real Guide to Surfing the Hinako Islands 

hinako surf map
Surf region accessed by Puri Asu 

The resort is just a stones throw from the areas most famed left hander Asu as well as being within an hour of all the areas waves.



Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Hinako Islands pages.

Hinako Islands Surf Breaks

Travelling to Hinakos

Guests need to fly into Medan Airport (KNO) - Kuala Namu International Airport West Sumatra 

We recommend using https://www.skyscanner.net/ and flying into Jakarta, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia as well as a lunchtime flight to Medan.  From Jakarta, there are plenty of flights each day that fly into Medan, with airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Sriwijaya, Citilink & Lion Air. We recommend https://www.nusatrip.com

From Medan, you will need to take an extra flight to Gunung Sitoli, Binaka Airport (GNS) we recommend Wings Air (part of Lion Air). There are a number of flights each day.

Note: Many of the air craft are small and have limited capacity to take surf boards. From our experience WINGS seems to have the best success rate with the majority of board bags making it across each flight. Worst case scenario your board bag will make it across the next day (although unlikely that this will happen). 

From Gunung Sitoli, our driver will collect you & drive across Nias Island (2 hours of beautiful tropical scenery) to Sirombu Harbour. From here, our private speedboat will take you to Asu Island in about 30 minutes.

It’s a long but stress free journey and because there’s so many flights each day, you’ve plenty of travel options to suit your needs.

Hotels in Medan (approx 45 mins from airport)

JW Marriott Hotel Medan - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mesmc-jw-marriott-hotel-medan/
Hotel Aryaduta Medan - http://www.aryaduta.com/hotels_home_medan.php   

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for a number of countries including: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. 

Make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions of your airline. 

Don’t leave for your trip without any of the following:

Passport valid for at least 6 months from date of departure and must have at least 1 completely blank page (no stamps, nothing)

Tickets & itinerary

Travel insurance policy

Cash – change $500 minimum per two weeks stay into Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Valid Visa (for Australian, British & USA passport holders, visas can be issued on arrival (30 days max). Please check prior to purchasing your tickets.

Important: Make sure to check our "know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Standard package (10+ days) 01 APR 18 to 30 NOV 18
USD125
Standard package (5-9 days) 01 APR 18 to 30 NOV 18
USD150
Superior package 01 APR 18 to 30 NOV 18
USD250
Non surfer (sharing with any surfer) 01 APR 18 to 30 NOV 18
USD100

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Per Person Guests
Nias (Gunungsitoli) to Puri Asu - return trip 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18 USD150

Booking Notes

"Superior" package:

Superior bungalow (a/c) - private use
Breakfast - "order from menu"
Lunch and dinner - "buffet"
Use of large speedboat

"Standard" package:

Wooden house (a/c) or beachside bungalow (a/c)
Breakfast - "order from menu"
Lunch & dinner - "fixed menu"
Use of 2 small speedboats


A USD$ 500 deposit per person is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Bank transfer

All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests. All transfers require a US$25 processing fee due to incoming bank charges.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

Please use www.transferwise.com for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

Credit Card (only for additional payments at the resort)

Credit Card payment (Visa or Mastercard) All credit cards require a 4% processing charge for both deposit and the balance.

 

 

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Puri Asu Resort & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Puri Asu Resort http://www.puriasuresort.net/info/

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml
This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

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Item Krui Mentawai Telos Banyaks Simeulue Hinakos
Alcohol available Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Yes
Beaches OK Great Good Great Good Great
Crowd Good Good Great Great Good Great
Date Flexibility Great OK Poor Poor Great Great
Diving No Yes No No No Yes
Family Friendly OK Great Good OK OK Great
Female Friendly OK Great Great Good OK Great
Fishing OK Good Good Good OK Good
For Couples OK Great Good OK OK Great
Learn to Surf Yes Yes No No No No
Snorkelling OK Great Good Great OK Great
Surf & Yoga Yes Yes No No No Yes
Surf Season April-Nov All Year All Year April-Nov All Year All Year
Surfer Daily Budget $30+ $130+ $225+ $200+ $50+ $160+
Surfing Ability Beginner+ Beginner+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+

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