I am really sorry but I can not update this article at the very moment. After Daswan, Rizki and me left the island, Mr. Mali built up a new team. He lives now on Tailana and his wife helps him day by day.
Mr. Mali – the owner and manager of Tailana Phone: 0813 60991595
Daswan – he was the manager before; we are waiting for his new project Phone: 0812 6431 2706
Herman – who brings you around the islands for snorkling, searching for turtles, dolphins and who plays gitarre in the evening
Erwin – Transportation; he is the one who connects Balai and Tailana Phone: 0853 59831515
Wherever you are, Medan, Bukit Lawang, Banda Aceh, Pulau Weh, Ketambe, Padang, Bukittingi or Lake Toba we can help you to find transportation to Singkil, which is your stepping stone to get to Pulau Banyak:
You can call Mr. Darmawan in Singkil directly, he has shared and private cars around Sumatra:
Darmawan’s Phone: 0062 (0)821 66457040
Darmawan’s Email: dmawan_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you just contact the island directly by calling Mr. Mali: 0062 (0)813 60991595.
From Singkil you have different possibilities to come to Tailana:
The old common way, which can take a very long time is to go to the harbour in Singkil and go by public boat to Pulau Balai, which is the first island in Pulau Banyak from Singkil. The cargo ships are leaving everyday except holidays between 9 o’clock in the morning and two o’clock in the afternoon – and we never know exactly when. The cruise takes around three to four hours and costs around 30.000Rp. If we know, you are on the way to Balai, somebody (mostly Erwin) from our team will waiting for you at the harbour. From Balai it takes around one and a half hours to come to Tailana by chartering a boat, it costs around 100.000Rp per person.
Twice a week there is a ferry from Singkil to Balai (Tuesday and Saturday). It costs 25.000Rp, it leaves at 11 o’clock in the morning and it takes around three and a half ours.
You can go first to Haloban which is the closest village to Tailana. This is the cheapest way! But only every two days goes a boat from Singkil to Haloban. It costs 50.000Rp. (Read more about Haloban above.)
You can charter a speed, which goes directly to Tailana. It’s always better to leave in the morning, it takes between one and a half and two hours and costs 1.800.000Rp.