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Stunning place!

An amazing experience, impressive architecture and excellent guides. The kids put the costumes on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anjaflowers1
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The stone jumping ritual was amazing

The traditional dance and song were a great treat to see. Be sure to look at the construction of... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
JerryofMpls
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing experience, impressive architecture and excellent guides. The kids put the costumes on after being encouraged by the local village people who were friendly, open and enthusiastic. Definitely a highlight of our trip to Nias!

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

The traditional dance and song were a great treat to see. Be sure to look at the construction of the homes along the main square.

Be prepared to have your picture taken and to be photographed with the locals -- it was such fun and feels so safe here.

Thank JerryofMpls
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Ya'ahowu!!

First visited Nias back in 1990 and had he chance to visit annually after that until 1993. So much have changed. We no longer have to climb so many stairs like before because of the new road. The roofs of the traditional houses have been changed using modern materials like tin. Only a few would use woven "jerami" as their roof.

It is true you need to pay to see the stone jump but it is worth it. Come on. These guys need to make a living like us too.

Some of the reviews here saying there is a need for management, in a way it is right but not entirely because if management is started to be put in place, we would need to pay in order to get inside the village. Would you like that? Paying to watch the stone jump already disgruntling a lot of visitors. What they actually need is education. Foreigners are teaching English down at the beach but nobody teach these villagers hospitality.

If you come to Nias, come and visit Bawomataluwo, but please also visit other villages even though it is not as grandeur as Bawomataluwo.

1  Thank fnulnu0723
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

A must see albeit it costs and they hassle a lot to buy stuff. Check out the Kings house as well as the stone jumping, that costs extra.

Thank Drew M
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

The guy who jumps needs lot of courage, hats off to the young boys. they challenge you to lie down above stones and they will jump above that and they do that with ease.

Thank praveen m
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Fahombo is an ancient tradition, where a young man of age, will jump over 2.1mtr high of stone, as proof of his maturity and readiness to protect the village during the tribal wartime in Nias. The exercise will start at early age, where gradually the height of the stone will be add to reach 2.1mtr standard. Each traditional village in Nias, will have a group of fahombo warriors. It is really amazing seeing the young men, dressed in specific traditional clothes and then jumped over the stone. Nowadays, the purpose of Fahombo is more to preserve the culture, rather than to go to war as it was in the past.

Thank Bonchank
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

I finally saw the attraction on my 4th visit to Nias. Went to Bawomataluo, a traditional village in Teluk Dalam. We had to climb up the hill to reach the venue. The view offered from the top of the hill is breath-taking.
To see the attraction, we need to pay IDR. 200,000 eventhough we are local tourists, and we speak in Nias language (my relatives stay in the island). The person will only jump once for such an amount of money. Then, we walked along the area just to get some photos of the traditional houses.
The sad part was to see that this place still unmanaged by the government. We met so many people offering to be our guide, but they ended up arguing to each other. Too bad, they forgot their hospitality when it comes into the payment. They also don't have that knowledge to explain to you the essence of fahombo. They would just tell you to stand aside and see while they were taking your photo.
I do hope that this tradition is kept forever. But, it would be better to have some management in the way of running the place.

1  Thank MegaPandia
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Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Uniqe place to visit, take 2,5-3 hour from city can return to Gunung Sitoli for 1 day. We can see stone age civilization, palace and traditional village.
But some local can be some annoying to selling handicraft. Advise to using local guide.

Thank Hendry S
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

This tradition was previously a test for a boy whether he may join the war or not. Today, we can ask our local tour guide to arrange it.
If you are travelling in a group, it is better to combine this attraction with traditional dances, such as Fataele a.k.a. War Dance and Tari Sekapur Sirih.

Thank Wardono
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

in Bawomataluo village everyday they will jump if you have 200,000 IDR to pay, the stone about 2 meters, no safety. This attraction so famous in Nias, make sure you visit it when you come to Nias.

2  Thank Gifari A
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