Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The beauty of Nias from End to End

Megalithic sites in the village of  Lahusa Idano Tae, Gomo district, Friday (7 / 1). This site became one of the cultural tourist destination, which must be crossed to reach it because there is no bridge Gomo.

By: Hilmi Mohammad Faiq, executive summary by Darmansjah Gojali

The three boys running around the beach chasing their used tires that roll. Shadow reflected in a puddle of seawater when framing violet rays that afternoon, Saturday (01/08/2011). The combination of color of the sky, ocean waves, sand, and the activities of people into such a beautiful panorama lure anyone to linger live.

 Moale Coast

Not far from the children, a traveler in concentration demonstrating the yoga movements. Fresh sea breeze helped eliminate extremely tired after a long journey.

That's a bit of beauty Moale Coast, South Nias. Moale beach is one of 14 beautiful beaches on the island of Nias. This beach has a coastline that is straight and long. For travelers, this point becomes an object that must be visited. The distance is approximately two-hour road trip from Teluk Dalam, South Nias regency capital, or about three hours drive from Mount Sitoli, Nias Parent. On the beach stands a cafe and several small huts with a capacity of six to eight people to just sit around enjoying the beautiful sea.

"Sorake Beach in South Nias is also really good at sunrise. In the month of June-July a lot of tourists visit to surf, "said Darman, the driver who brought The writer around Nias. Unfortunately, the writer did not get to come to the beach because of heavy rain.

West coast of Nias was no less enticing. Exactly in the Village / District Sirombu, West Nias. In the evening, travelers can enjoy the shepherds herding cows to come home past the beach. The sight was so unique when the cows were running marched in the sand, while the roar of voices legs collide with the sound of ocean waves are relentless pull.

Pulau Asu

In this village stands the scenery is so beautiful harbor for about a mile from the port there are small islands such as Pulau Asu and Pulau Bawa. Waves on the island had reached seven to 10 meters so many surfers spur andrenalinnya there. The natural beauty was mesmerizing underwater for divers.

"It's rare surfers play here. By the tsunami, waves not as big as it used to be, "said a stall owner in Sirombu.

Just for the record, Sirombu villages most severely damaged when the tsunami struck Nias in late December 2004. Debris on the beach Sirombu able to "give" the news how powerful destructive force of the tsunami and how severe the suffering of the citizens at the time. It was recorded 850 fatalities and 35,000 houses destroyed and damaged. Most are in Sirombu.

Still want to explore the beach? Try visiting Afulu in North Nias. In addition there is a white sand beach, this beach is also presenting the beauty of red sand. North Nias communities keep stories about giant evil dragon who was killed at the hands of a powerful warrior. Dragon blood flow and cause a red along the coast. "It is believed to be citizens," said Elisman Nazara, a resident of North Nias.

Cultural tourism

When tired of enjoying the beauty of nature, travelers can enjoy a cultural tour of Nias still very strong, especially in South Nias. Indigenous villages, sites megaliths (huge stone), as well as the surrounding story is very interesting. Without visiting these places, stories about the greatness of the megaliths or the uniqueness of indigenous villages was bland.

 nias traditional house

Try to visit the megalithic sites in the village of  Lahusa Idano Tae, District Gomo. Stones the size of the giant record the cultural history of how our predecessors Nias residents behave. Noble values ​​and local wisdom perennial recorded between the andesite rocks. "The stones are to witness how our predecessors tried and fight for dignity," said Gustav Atoli aka Ama, traditional leaders in the village of  Lahusa Idano Tae.

Watching stones weighing tons to a height of up to 1.5 meters, imagine how the tribes carve Nias, organize, and picked it up. "I myself still can not imagine," said Ama Gustav is believed to be the 11th generation of the first generation of Nias tribe.

Unfortunately, megalith sites in Lahusa Idano Tae eminent citizens who were not maintained so it is not visually appealing. In contrast to the megaliths at FAU and Bawomataluo Orahili village, the bay district. The stones were so well maintained and residents are still used to just sit around or for traditional ceremonies.

megalith sites in Lahusa Idano Tae

Almost on every page there is a large stone house along the 1.5-meter, 1 meter wide, 20 centimeters thick. Some of the slightly smaller size. Nias ancestral form of megaliths that there is also in the Village Ulayama, District Lolowa'u, and Onolimbu, West Nias.

Bawomataluo special village, travelers can enjoy a dish of Dance War (Baluse) and skip stones (Hombo Batu), the two traditions are very famous Nias. Two of these traditions is now often exhibited specific to entertain travelers, certainly not for free. "To show our war dance usually requested rate of Idr 5 million to Idr 10 million. These funds are for the players whose numbers reached 50 people, "said Hikayat Manao, Nias community leaders.


Hombo Batu

The appeal of Nias culture and natural beauty as an endless even if they've torn the tsunami. From the northern tip to the southern tip of Nias present the beauty that is hard to find elsewhere. Unfortunately, lack of infrastructure and other facilities to support the beauty of it. If government is serious about watching Nias, of the potential it could become a source of prosperity and progress of the people of Nias.

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