1. WHAT KIND OF VISA DO I NEED TO VISIT PURI ASU RESORT AND WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Visitors to Indonesia get a free 30 day visa upon arrival.
Passport must be valid for 6 months from date of entry.
You can purchase an extendable 30 day visa upon arrival at the airport. This visa may be extended 0ne time for a total stay of 60 days.
2.WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SURFING AT PURI-ASU RESORT? ARE THERE GOOD WAVES FOR INTERMEDIATE SURFERS?
Asu and Bawa are up to 4-5 feet and are very accessible to intermediate surfers. The other waves (Salonako, Afulu, Bommie and Hamutala) can be surfed by intermediate up to 6 feet. For more information on Surf conditions, click here.
3.DO I NEED TO BRING CASH TO THE PURI ASU RESORT?
We accept cash payment by Indonesian Rupiah (local cash) Euro or USD. Local cash is great to have for buying souvenirs from the locals. There is no ATM available once you arrive in Asu, so please withdraw cash from an ATM in Medan or Gnungsitoli before departing. The only money you will NEED is for extras at the resort such as snacks, bar bill, lobster dinners, baggage complications or laundry.
4.WHAT IS THE CLIMATE AND AREA AROUND ASU LIKE?
Puri Asu Resort is located in a very remote and pristine part of the world 1° north of the equator. The climate is tropical and the weather is hot and humid with rainfall occurring all year.
5.WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS TO USE?
Snorkelling: There are sets of fins and masks for guest use free of charge.
Stand Up Paddling: There are two stand up paddle boards with paddles available for guests at any time.
Fishing: Rods and tackle are available for trolling off the power boats.
Jungle Walks: Walking through the jungle on the island is an adventure. Home to beautiful and unique wildlife, friendly local people and beautiful plants and foliage.
6.WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Traditionally, April 01 through to November 30 is regarded as the best time to surf Asu and others spots in the area.
7.HOW DO WE GET TO THE RESORT?
Guests arrive at Medan International Airport (KNO) Sumatra. Guests then fly 50 minutes to Nias Island Gunungsitoli, Binaka Airport (GNS). Our driver picks guests up at the airport and drives across Nias Island (2 hours of beautiful tropical scenery) to Sirombu Harbor. Our speedboat takes guests from harbour to Asu Island in 30 minutes.
If we arrive before departure day, can you arrange a Hotel in Medan or Gnungsitoli?
Yes! We can arrange all the logistics needed. We can reserve a hotel room for you and payment is taken when you arrive. If you require an over-night stay in Medan, we highly recommend DANAUTOBA HOTEL which is where guests meet on the trip commencement date and in Gnungsitoli we recommend Miga Beach Hotel. We can provide you with all the details.
8. In the case of a medical emergency
Resort management will assist in contacting your travel insurance company to arrange emergency evacuation. Puri Asu Resort is not held responsible for emergency evacuation availability or costs and this is agreed upon by all guests in the terms of conditions which all guests must agree to before visiting the resort.
Thank you for your understanding and please view the Travel Insurance page for more details.
9.WHAT ABOUT MALARIA?
Over the last 10 years there has been no case of Malaria in Asu Island. Regardless of that, every guest must avoid mosquito bites by using repellent or clothing coverage.
10. SHOULD I BRING A FIRST-AID KIT OR MEDICAL SUPPLIES?
Yes! We do have medical supplies and a first aid kit, but we strongly recommend that guests bring their own as well, as they are in high demand and certain supplies can deplete quickly, so having a personal stash is well worth it. At the least, we recommend the usual reef cut kit such as an antiseptic to clean cuts, ointment to apply to them as they heal and whatever types of bandage you like (gauze & tape, Band-Aids, etc.). We also suggest guests bring a course of antibiotics in case of infection.
11. HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Get Fit! Make sure you’re at your best to surf these waves. Surfing is a sport of extreme skill and you need to feel safe to surf here. Puri Asu Resort, along with our local operators, agents and owners take no responsibility for any surfer.