We make it easy for you to plan the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are traveling by yourself or with a group, we’ve got you covered. We specialize in creating trips that fit your goals and desires.
5 easy steps to plan the trip of a lifetime
Step 1: Bookings enquiry
Go to gracewave.com/bookings and complete a booking form that will give us the details of your trip (dates, room type, meals, etc.). We will get back to you right away with availability.
Step 2: Bookings confirmation
Once we confirm with you on the details of your trip, simply make a 20% deposit at gracewave.com/give to reserve your room. You will receive a receipt and booking confirmation and the trip is on!
Step 3: Flights
Now you are ready to book your flights. We recommend doing this as far out as possible to ensure availability and the best price. There are many different options when flying to Nias from an international destination. Here is the key information you need to know.
Final destination- You ultimately want to arrive at the airport in Nias which is called Binaka. The initials for the airport are GNS (short for Gunung Sitoli the city closest to the airport in Nias).
Domestic flights- You can fly to Nias from three different domestic locations:
- Medan (Kualanamu airport-KNO)
- Padang Minangkabau airport (PDG)
- Jakarta (Soekarno Hatta airport-CJK)
The most preferable is Medan but Padang is fine too. Jakarta makes a direct flight to Nias but only a few times a week.
International flights- There are many different options when flying internationally. The closest international airports to Nias are cities like Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bali.
Step 4: Vaccinations/Insurance (optional)
Although vaccinations and travelers insurance is not mandatory, we always encourage our guests to check with the Center for Disease Control for the latest recommendations for our area. Staying current with your hepatitis B and tetanus shots is always a good idea. Travel insurance is pretty cheap and worth the peace of mind it brings.
Consult your doctor if you have any concern about whether you are healthy enough to travel.
Step 5: Pack your bags
The last step is to pack your bags so that you have all the gear necessary for the adventure ahead. Nias is a remote location and does not offer some of the supplies and/or equipment you may need to enjoy your trip. So make sure you have packed everything you need. See our checklist for some suggestions of things to pack.
Now you are ready for that epic trip you have been dreaming of. The planning is done and the adventure awaits you!
Recommended for everyone
- Passport (valid and does not expire within 6 months of trip dates)
- Flight tickets
- Cash, Credit card
- Personal medications
- Walking shoes
- Laptop or tablet
Recommended for surfers
- Surf boards
- Fins & Fin key
- Leg ropes
- Board shorts or bikini
- Sun block & zinc
- Rash guard
Recommended for missions
- Guys need long pants and dress shirt for church
- Girls need a long pants and a shirt that covers the shoulders or a full length dress for church
- Ministry supplies (this is specific to the ministry you are planning to do ie. school supplies, sporting equipment, medicine, teaching material, etc.)
- Cash for church offerings
We are travelers too so we get it! Gary has traveled to Indonesia from California over 50 times. Susan is Indonesian and knows the culture. Together they make the perfect team to give you the advantage of Western and Eastern culture. They both speak Indonesian and have led groups of all kinds for a combined 40 years. Gary and Susan are the owners and operators of Grace Wave Resort so their experience directly benefits you. Our staff is made of locals who have been born and raised in Nias. You will feel their positive energy, sense of humor and local knowledge. Our experience is the difference that will make your trip epic and exceed your expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the language in Indonesia?
The language is called Bahasa Indonesia which literally means “the Indonesian language”. A good/free way to get familiar some basic words and phrases is at LearningIndonesian.com. Nias also has its own local dialect called Li Niha. But most people understand Indonesian and many at Sorake beach also speak English.
What is the currency in Indonesia?
The currency is in Rupiah. The rate is usually about 13,000 Rupiah to 1 USD. You can check the current conversion rate for your country at currencyconverterrate.com. The best time to exchange you money is at the airport in Jakarta or Medan. You will usually have plenty of layover time so you can take care of it exchanging money quickly and easily there. The rates at the airport are pretty competitive. The further you get from these major cities, the worse the exchange rate gets. Yes you can always exchange money in Nias but rate is not as strong.
How do you get to Nias?
The airport in Nias is in the city of Gunung Sitoli (GNS). Nias can be accessed a couple of different ways.
From Medan: The simplest is by flying to the international airport in Medan called Kualanamu (KNO). You can reach Kualanamu from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, or just about anywhere. From Medan there are multiple flights to and from Nias everyday.
From Jakarta: There is a direct flight now from Jakarta to Nias on Garuda Airlines. The cost is about $75 USD and currently runs on Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur, and Sat.
Once you get to the airport in Nias, you will be greeted by a Grace Wave staff member or one of our drivers holding up a Grace Wave sign so you will never have to worry about your transition. Then you will make a two and a half hour drive to the south end of the Island whre our beach lodge is located.
Is it safe in Nias?
Yes! There are millions of tourists every year in Bali, and thousands in Nias. Tourism is a major part of the economy, so foriegners are treated well. Of course there are some bad apples just like everywhere in the world, but by and large the people are warm and friendly and glad to have you enjoying their island and helping boost the economy. Surfing had been the main source of economy in Sorake, so that means they are used to seeing tourists and connecting with them.
Is there malaria in Nias?
Nias had practiced malaria irradication for many years now. That does not mean it does not exist, but it does mean that the cases found here are very rare. We are not aware of anyone here who has malaria. Our staff does not take any anti malaria medication. We sometimes sleep with a mesquito net but that is about all. Mainly because even though they are not malaria carrying, they can still be annoying. But they only really come out at night so you can put on longer pants and a long sleeve shirt and your will be fine. Some guests prefer to take the added precaution of malaria medicine. Always check the travel health notices at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
Do i need travel/health insurance?
It is always a good idea to protect yourself in case of a travel or medical emergency. You can get good inexpensive coverage for both through Faith Ventures.
What activities are there to do?
Grace Wave specializes in offering activites for every type of traveler. Wether you want to serve your brains out, surf your brains out, or simply chill and enjoy a good book while listening to the waves roll onshore, we’ve got your back. Some of the activites include:
- Watefall hike
- Boat ride
- Tour of the traditional King’s village (stone jumping)
- Shopping in Teluk Dalam
- Tide pools
- Trip to nearby Asu island
- Island drive
- Church services
- Outdoor revivals
- Indoor revivals
- Visiting the orphanage
- Taking the orphanage kids on a field trip
- Swimming and physical therapy with handicap children
- Hospital visitation
- Jail visitation
- School ministry
- Power of One projects
- Construction projects
- Cosmetic ministry with the girls
What should I pack?
Some key things to remember are of course your passport, plane ticket, personal medication, and spending money. But aside from these, here are some items that a key to our climate and activities: Sun glasses, sun screen, close for church or formal type events (long pants and a button down shirt for guys, a dress and shirt that covers well for girls), camera, hat, sandals, lots of shorts and t-shirts, swin gear, and whatever activities you are into. Surfers should bring a board for fun waves and one for big waves, wax, a good leg rope, and a rash gurad.
What is the best season to visit Nias?
The lodge is operational all year. Our staff is made of locals who are born and raised here, so they are consistently running the lodge and the ministry projects. The surf season is April-October. Gary and Susan are usually in Nias March-November.
What does a trip cost?
It depends on where you are coming from and what the flight costs are at the time. Once you get to Nias, the costs are relatively inexpensive. We offer a paket that includes accomodation and three meals a day for about $40 USD per day per person. Most of our team trips from California cost just under $2,800 USD for a 12 day trip. Here is an example of a 12 day team trip from California and the estimated costs:
- International flight ($1,000)
- Domestic flight ($100 x 2 = $200)
- Baggage fees if over weight ($50)
- Travel to and from the Nias airport ($40)
- Accomodation and food ($480)
- Shared transportation ($200)
Do all your guests to ministry?
No. Some guests are on vacation and want to spend their time getting some much needed relaxation and fun. Some come to Nias to surf as much as they can before returning to home and work. We don’t push our ministry on our guests. If they want to help the people of Nias, that’s great. If they just want to be on holiday, that’s great too. Simply by choosing Grace Wave for your accomdation and meals is indirectly helping the people of Nias. So all is good!
What does a typical trip schedule look like?
We taylor each group to match their time frame, skill sets, and desires. In that sense, there is no such thing as a “typical” trip. However, we do try to include cartain elements that we have found over the years make for an excellent experience. A schedule could look like this:
- Sunrise free time
- Breakfast (8:30)
- Devotional (9:00)
- Ministry (9:30-12:30)
- Lunch (12:30-14:00)
- Ministry (14:00-17:00)
- Free time (17:00-19:00)
- Dinner (19:00-20:00)
- Debrief (20:00-21:00)
- Free time (21:00-you crash)
If you have any questions that we did not answer, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.