South Nias Regency

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South Nias Regency

(Kabupaten Nias Selatan)
Official seal of South Nias Regency
Lokasi Sumatera Utara Kabupaten Nias Selatan.svg
Country Indonesia
Province Sumatera Utara
Seat Teluk Dalam
 • Total 1,825.5 km2 (704.8 sq mi)
 • Total 289,708
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (WIB)
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 1,825.5 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 289,708;[1] the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) was 301,886. Its administrative centre is the port of 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

The regency was divided into 18 districts (kecamatan) at the time of the 2010 Census, tabulated below with their areas (in and their 2010 Census populations:[2]

However, since 2010 seventeen additional districts have been created from parts of existing districts, notably in the Batu Islands where there are now seven districts compared with the three in 2010, but also on Nias Island itself where there are now twenty-eight districts within the Regency compared with fifteen in 2010. The four new districts in the Batu Islands are Pulau-pulau Batu Barat (West Batu Islands), Pulau-pulau Batu Utara (North Batu Islands), Simuk (Simuk Island) and Tanah Masa (that part of Tanahmasa Island previously part of Hibala District). The thirteen new districts on Nias Island itself are Hilisalawa'ahe, O'o'u, Onohazumba, Ulususua, Ulunoyo, Huruna, Luahagundre Maniomolo, Onolalu, Boronadu, Sidua'ori, Somanbawa, Ulu Idanotae, and Idanotae.


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.[6] 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.[7]


  1. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  4. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  5. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  6. ^ "Pantai Sorake, Idaman Peselancar Dunia". December 7, 2011.
  7. ^ 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

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