Nihi hosts one of the world’s most coveted waves.

Nihi Sumba Island is host to one of the world’s most coveted waves. Even for the most experienced surfer, it presents a challenge because it is so sensitive to different conditions: tides, size, strength, and direction.  Catching a good ride isn’t as easy as it looks, but once you make the right pick, the reward is a 200m to 300m long and often thrilling ride down the line through sections of ripple walls and heaving barrels.  We reserve the number of surfers to 10 per day, adding to the special experience.  The wave has been a popular one for avid, recreational, and professional surfers for decades.

Novice and first-time surfers can still get their feet wet with lessons on Nihiwatu beach, depending on the swell. Calmer waters can often be found at nearby Coconut Cove, where surfers can spend half a day with breakfast or lunch and do some light surfing, then be driven back to the resort.

As our resort has grown, so has the popularity of our wave. To maintain a surfing experience unparalleled in the world, it is our intent to limit the wave to ten registered surfers per day.

It is essential to reserve your slot (maximum 1 per Villa and according to availability) at the time of your trip confirmation to avoid disappointment. Surf slots can only be reserved by accomplished surfers. Beginner surfers need not book a surf slot, as surf lessons are booked to secure the services of a Nihi Sumba Island Waterman & Surf Instructor. For beginner and intermediate surfers, there are fantastic neighboring waves that can be travelled to by boat, or car, at an additional charge.


Based on airline regulations, passengers are limited to one (1) board per person with a maximum length of 7 feet. For surfboards that exceed this limit, please email us for special arrangements. Please note that airlines apply additional charges according to the carriers’ policy.


At this level, Nihi instructors will help familiarize guests with equipment, teach the basics needed to paddle, stand up and start riding waves. Surfing is all about having fun, and at this stage you will be introduced to the thrill of being on a board and riding a wave. With instructors close by, students can gain a sense of comfort in the water and on a board. There are two ways to do this:

Push Ins – your Nihi instructor swims out next to you, coaching you through how and when to paddle, and helps get you onto your first waves with a good push on the back of your board.

Tandem – with a tandem lesson, your instructor is there with you the whole time. We can actually help you paddle and stand up by being on the board with you.


Surfers at this level will be able to develop the confidence necessary to catch waves without the assistance of an instructor. We will focus on wave selection, positioning, and timing. Pemula surfers will also gain a heightened awareness of how body position on the board affects the ride and ability to maneuver their board. Ultimately, a surfer at this level will be able to paddle, catch, stand up, and have control over their board.


Now that you have mastered the basics of surfing, you will be able to develop new skills to make you a better surfer. Your instructor will help you build on what you already know. Here you will use your body and weight to direct the board through a number of functional maneuvers. You will master being able to generate speed on a wave by executing the appropriate maneuver for any given section of a wave. Focus at this level is heavily based on being able to read and predict what a wave will do, in order to ride it in a skilled manner. You will also develop the skills needed to try and ride inside of the barrelling section of the wave.


Instruction at this level involves in depth analysis of the student’s surfing. Your instructor will help you refine your timing, style, and technique. In doing so you will be able to attempt critical maneuvers such as power carves, snaps, fin throws, airs, and deep barrel riding. Students will be encouraged to get creative with their approach to riding waves.