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RE: Telo Islands« Reply #1 on: May 17 2013 00:05:00 »
If you would like to do the Tellos cheap, you can stay with my friend Andreas (081363644963) he lives a short paddle from a fun left (churches/Mishos) and half an hour walk from a fun right (the boot/max's right) he can also take you to many other waves in his small long boat (although travel is slow)
To stay with him the cost is Rp 100,000 per person per night (max 4 people), and you must buy all your food in Tello town, he can help you with this and his sisters can cook for you (included in price, Indonesian food, mostly fish and rice etc)
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #2 on: May 17 2013 00:05:00 »
Dont be mistaken the living is basic indonesian village living so you will be roughing it, electricity from only 7 to 10 at night, so hot nights, but his house is clean and Andreas and his family (sisters) are honest good people and will look after you and keep your things safe.
BTW. Some Bahasa Indonesian would be a real help as Andreas is still learning english and nobody else there can speak english.
Getting there from Nias, there is a sometimes a ferry or there is a supply boat that goes there everyday from Teluk Dalam (weather permitting). Leaves at 11 am (or so - Indo time). Cost is 50,000 if you speak bahasa and 100,000 if you're a bule.
If you contact him at least a day before hand he can pick you up from Tello town in his boat to take you to the Island.
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #3 on: May 17 2013 01:05:00 »
PS. I am posting this info as Andreas asked me if i could help as there is very little opportunity where he lives to earn money, but please respect the locals and don't screw up paradise...cheers
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #4 on: July 02 2013 22:07:00 »
If I make my way to telos and meet Andreas, What is the chances of avoiding and not having to pay cops etc.? I ve heard they can be a little inhospitable around there (ie more than the usual small scale intimidation)
Is there any shop at all in Andreas village/? or do I need to take all my food?
ps i can speak pretty good bahasa
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #5 on: July 03 2013 23:07:00 »
Hi, yes I was there a few months back for a month and had no problems and spent plenty of time in Tello town (where the police are based), apparently the cop that was causing the most problems years back is no longer in the area.
There is no proper shop in the village where he lives just a small stall at a house where you can buy a few small items like noodles or biscuits, sometimes you may also be able to buy fish from locals, but it is much better to shop on the neighbouring island of Tello where there is many shops, Andreas can help you shop and find the ingredients you need for his sisters to cook you great Indonesian food and offcourse by snacks etc
If your on Facebook please search "Telo islands" for more information and photos.
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #6 on: July 03 2013 23:07:00 »
Whoops i meant search "Telos Sumatra" on Facebook not, telo islands
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #7 on: May 15 2014 19:05:00 »
I have also been wanting to go to the Telo Islands on the cheap and am planning to make it this July. My friend and I would like to surf the area around Pulau Bojo, in the south of the island chain, on the southern end of Tanahbala. If we flew into Telo, is it possible to hire a boat to take us to the south of the chain? The distance is about 50 miles. Or would it be better to try to hire a boat on mainland Sumatra - either from Air Bangis or Padang?
I tried contacting Andreas (in case we decide to stay further north) with no luck. Would you say if we just landed in Telo town, we could find arrangements for a homestay with boat? Thanks!
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #8 on: May 16 2014 01:05:00 »
There is fights to Telo on small plane but its a government subsidised service for locals flights must be booked at the airport (cant buy online) and locals get first preference, so you would be very lucky to get a flight.
The far south area of the Telo islands is super remote and very hard and expensive to access and there is no homestay only a few very small villages.
RE: Telo Islands« Reply #9 on: May 16 2014 19:05:00 »
get 2month visa at PENAN. PENAN to MEDAN by ferry. MEDAN to SIBOLGA by bus . SIBOLGA to TELUK DALAM by ferry. stay SORAKE few days then get a ferry ticket to TELO every 2weeks on sutarday from TELUK DALAM. when you get TELO take a becak at main street and you say SAYA MAU KU SIBURANUN to becak man after 15 minutes you get south side of TELO small beach near the small school then you can see SIBURANUN is surf island you can swim there something like that. a local would take you to SIBURANUN by kayak.