South Nias Regency

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South Nias Regency
(Kabupaten Nias Selatan)
Lokasi Sumatera Utara Kabupaten Nias Selatan.svg
Country Indonesia
Province Sumatera Utara
Seat Teluk Dalam
 • Total 1,625.91 km2 (627.77 sq mi)
 • Total 289,876
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Group of warriors in South Nias. Photo by Christiaan Benjamin Nieuwenhuis
Girls at an offering house at the entrance of a kampong in South Nias
Female dancers

Nias Selatan (South Nias) Regency is a regency in North Sumatra province, Indonesia. In 2010, the regency covered an area of 1,625.91 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 289,876.[1] Its seat is Teluk Dalam. Apart from the southern portion of Nias Island, the regency also includes the smaller Batu Islands (Pulau-pulau Batu) to the south, lying between Nias and Siberut.

Administrative districts[edit]

The regency is divided into 18 districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[2]


South Nias Regency is paradise for surfers with 4 surfer beaches:

  • Sorake Beach is second best in the world after Hawaii Beach for surfing. It has 5 level of waves which only occurs here.[3] Located in Luaha Gundre Maniamolo district with wave height maximum 3-4 meters and it depends on the wind.
  • Beaches in Pulau Batu, Pulau Batu Barat, and Pulau Batu Utara districts with wave height maximum 8-9 meters, but have only limited infrastructures.[4]


  1. ^ Seta,William J. Atlas Lengkap Indonesia dan Dunia (untuk SD, SMP, SMU, dan Umum). Pustaka Widyatama. p. 9. ISBN 979-610-232-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pantai Sorake, Idaman Peselancar Dunia". December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Irwan Arfa (September 18, 2016). "South Nias, Paradise for Surfers". 

Coordinates: 0°46′12″N 97°45′00″E / 0.7700°N 97.7500°E / 0.7700; 97.7500