Last updated on January 9th, 2012 at 04:40 am


Resort Latitude Zero is set on its own island paradise amongst a natural coconut garden. The beautiful sandy beach around the headland where the resort is situated boasts clear, calm, aqua-coloured waters with no offshore fringing reef, making it perfect for boat access, swimming and relaxing.

The resort

The small complex consists of two beautiful timber Queenslander-style homes of pole construction with a separate open kitchen and dining gazebo between the houses that overlooks the 7 x 14m in-ground infinity swimming pool. The entire complex overlooks the beach and natural boat harbour where the resort speedboats are tied to floating pontoons just offshore.

The homes have Colorbond roofing and insulated and cladded walls with large eaves that create undercover, wrap-around timber verandahs on the top floor providing cool breezes and awesome 270 degree ocean views. The top floor of both homes features a large hang-out lounge area with a huge flat screen TV and high ceilings, fans and lots of louvres produce a natural cooling affect.

Each house has six air-conditioned bedrooms on the top floor, two of which have ensuites. All bedrooms are interchangeable to suit the needs of individual groups – they can be configured as family rooms, twin share boy’s rooms or very private couple’s rooms. Each bedroom has a set of louvres and French doors opening onto its own section of the verandah.

The lower level of the homes is on the same level as the garden and pool and features an open plan layout. The south house has storage rooms for your bags and boards, a small gymnasium and entertaining area and the northern house contains the main office area, a library/chill-out area, massage tables and kitchen stores etc.

The boatshed, which has big timber doors and is located right on the beach facing the harbour area, houses all the marine toys. The staff quarters are located behind this shed.

The waste-water system, designed and fitted by a registered Australian plumber, is very environmentally friendly and utilises aeration tanks that run off into hydrophilic gardens behind the resort complex. Being situated on its own island means Latitude Zero can instil systems to eradicate the risk of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

The area

The Batu Islands, commonly known as the Telo Islands, are made up of three large main islands and approximately 48 smaller islands located right on the equator at latitude zero degrees. They are situated between Nias and the Mentawai Islands, which strategically places them in the centre of an archipelago that stretches along the west coast of Sumatra, a region that has become one of the international surfing Meccas of the world in the last decade.

Nias was split into two regents of north Nias and south Nias in 2003 and the Telos are part of the South Nias regent, with its administration centre being Teluk dalam. The Nias island chain has been trading with other cultures, other islands and even mainland Asia since prehistory. Some archaeologists have cited the local culture as one of the few remaining Megalithic cultures in existence today.

Nias is best known for its remarkable diversity of festivals and celebration, with some of the best-known events being war dances and stone jumping (where the top of the stone board is covered with spikes and sharp pointed bamboo). The music of Nias, performed mostly by women, is noted worldwide for its haunting beauty. The predominant religion is Protestant Christian (around 80 percent) resulting from the early missionaries travelling through the islands, with the remainder being Muslim or Catholic.

The package:

Combination Resort & Yacht Packages- 13-14 nights. experience the best of both worlds.  Sail the Mentawai Islands to south or Nias and Banyak Islands to the north aboard one of our yachts and then settle in to the resort for a change of pace. When staying at the resort you will strike the local waves surrounding RLZ with our quality speedboats while enjoying  all the creature comforts of resort living.

Jump onboard the charter boat Mangalui Ndulu or Nomad  departing from the port of Padang and surf through the Mentawai Islands for 6 -7 nights ending at our Resort Latitude Zero in the Telo Islands. Or visa versa depending on our schedule. The following 7 nights will be enjoyed in our luxury resort where you will be
surfing everyday a variety of waves for all types of surfers around the entire Telo Island chain from our quality speedboats.
Inclusions in this package are:-
• Use of all Mangalui,Nomad and Resort marine facilities including fishing,  diving, paddleboards, speedboats etc.
• Accommodation in resort is either double or twin share and onboard the Mangalui and Nomad is dormitory style sleeping.
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks & tea/coffee.
• All drinks onboard the Mangalui and Nomad (including beer).
• All airport transfers in Padang and Telo.
• All porter services in both Padang and Telo Airports.
• Return airfare with NBA’s scheduled flight services from the Telo

So all you have to do is get yourself to Padang airport and we will take care of the rest.

Mangalui Ndulu or Nomad yacht charters. 11-14 nights Sail aboard these legendary pioneers of  surf chartering. Both vessels are currently based in Sumatra, sailing the Mentawai, Telo, Nias, Hinako, Banyak island chains and beyond. click on their own feature site at the top of each page to check out the vessels.

Our resort based holiday is where we surf every day from our quality speed boats around the entire island chain of the Telo Island group where there are literally dozens of great waves from 10 min to 60 minutes speed boat ride from our luxury home. Included in the package is your airfare with NBA’s scheduled flight services to and from the Telo Islands and mainland Sumatra (Padang).This means all you need to do is get yourself to Padang airport and we’ll look after the rest from there.
Other inclusions in this package are:-
• Accommodation in resort either in twin or double rooms
• Use of all resort marine facilities including fishing, snorkelling, unlimited speedboat, etc.
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks & tea/coffee
• All airport transfers in Padang and Telo.
• All porter services in both Padang and Telo Airports.


  1. Tim
    September 1, 2011


    I’m looking for accomodation in the telos islands from 11th november for 7 or 10 nights, are there any last minute specials going/how’s the availability?

    What are the options here are there many other resorts/camp other than telo island lodge or latitude zero?
    What sort of prices will we be looking at, could be 2-4 people.


    • michael
      September 9, 2011

      Hi Tim, sorry nothing going although if you want to get away from it.. try our Aceh Surf camp/house. Send me an email to

      thanks Michael


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Telos Island Surf Resorts

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  • surf camps

Packages: 3 options to choose from. Resort only, Resort and Yacht or Yacht Charter.
Accommodation: Latitude Zero Resort
Inclusions:Accommodation in resort either in twin or double room, Use of all resort marine facilities including fishing, snorkelling, unlimited speedboat, All meals, snacks, soft drinks & tea/coffee, All airport transfers in Padang and Telo, All porter services in both Padang and Telo Airports.
Suitability: for singles, couples, Honeymooners, families, small groups
Waves:a great range of user friendly uncrowded surf for all types of surfers
Season: Waves all year around, although April to October i'm told is the pick.