Pulau Nias is an idyllic island off the west coast of Sumatra. Taken about 1 km from Saroke Beach, a world famous surfing mecca on the south of the island. This area was severely affected by the tsunami. Gunung Sitoli, the main town on the north coast, was even worse off.
The beach isn't much good here for swimming. Its surrounded by coral reef & the water was only 4 inches deep. However, there is a good swimming beach (or was), at Lagundi in the opposite direction to Saroke, also about 1 km away. I met a fisherman offering freshly caught lobster along this beach. I should have taken him up on his offer. 'Pulau' is the Indonesian or 'Bahasa' word for island. I was very surprised to see that this is the only Trek Earth entry for Nias Island.
I was a bit nervous walking along this beach, as the coconut trees are very tall, & falling coconuts kill several people on this island every year.
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kaud (1840) 2005-01-04 3:42
Picturesque shot of a beautiful beach.
Thanks for sharing.
Gufa (16) 2005-01-04 3:45
Very nice beach.
Good colour contrast.
Cool-ice (5289) 2005-01-04 3:46
It's hard to imagine this paradise totally destroyed and still harder to think of all the victims behind.
Thanks for letting us materialize our sadness with this kind of image, Chris.
bantonbuju (51787) 2005-01-04 3:58
hi chris, youre killing me with pics like this one - here we have terrible winter: instead of snow, rain for the last 2 months, grey days, long nights; and you do what - show me such beautiful places? lovely scenery with great contrasts!
RGatward (20062) 2005-01-04 4:59
Interesting shots you're posting from the area. Seeing these shots of happier days somehow makes the whole catastrophe more direct for us. Good series.
Janice (4403) 2005-01-04 5:18
WHat a beautiful idyllic spot, and what awful memories of this place now. Thanks for sharing...
PixelTerror (0) 2005-01-04 5:23
Hi Chris, beautiful view of this disappeared paradise of which is has the elements, the white sand beach, the fine sea, the palm trees.
jrj (34843) 2005-01-04 5:39
As presented here another paradise looking shot from this part of the world. Great colours and very effectful with the leaning palm tree.
papagolf21 (90616) 2005-01-04 7:04
Encore une très belle vue d'une île paradisiaque qui peut se transformer en un véritable cauchemar vivant !
Le paradis n'est pas pavé que de bonnes intentions.
Très belle prise de vue Chris.
Merci pour la note.
jhm (144328) 2005-01-04 7:44
Another great beach picture, Chris, the green palm trees against the blue sky are wonderful. Excellent depth and splendid colours. Beautiful place for holiday here Chris.
verge (1242) 2005-01-04 7:45
beautiful beach. i like the color of the clear water and the sky. good pov......rgds
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-01-04 9:19
I like this pic, very much like Hawaii, I like the colours too here, very rich indeed, well done
chinchini (31529) 2005-01-04 12:37
Joli paysage souvenir que tu présentes Chris. Aujourd'hui tu ne reconnaitrais certainement pas le coin après le tsunami.
Personnellement, je pense que c'est maintenant qu'il faudrait aller dans ces pays pour aider les gens en leur donnant du travail.
elihesamian (26149) 2005-01-04 13:42
It's beautiful,beautiful place,not important about swimming,just beautiful,well captured and very well and nicely composed,I enjoy it,Chris.
Mrg (825) 2005-01-04 13:46
Is so sad to think this paradise is destroyed and the people that live there..A great photo Chris.Fantastic colors and composition
nwoehnl (122) 2005-01-04 14:39
Heartbreaking to imagine how this place must look like today, when watching this beautiful photo, Chris. Very nice shot, great colors, and good composition particularly with the leaning coconut trees.
Rockyboy (20598) 2005-01-04 17:07
Indeed, Sumatra is the most affected aera of this Tsunami and it's very nice to see a such beautiful picture from there now. Though, I am sure those beaches will be back a paradise where I hope to go one day...
joseelias (0) 2005-01-05 7:37
An image of a paradise (although the coconut story shows otherwise...). Well composed image with good details and colors.
anakin (2775) 2005-01-05 17:35
Lovely photo is a fantastic place, good colours and good angle as well.
naret (826) 2005-01-05 21:56
Just one word for this one "excellent"
c_tremblay (23) 2005-05-11 6:53
Great Shot! Beautiful beach with an exotic look!
svo555 (1028) 2006-02-23 16:03
Great compo and colours. I want this little paradise ;-)
sergio1 (12152) 2006-04-19 4:58
VEry interesitng place. I like the compo and pov. Good sharpness too. Fantastic shot.