Many beautiful islands dot the coastline around Nias. Along the coast of North Nias there are 16 islands. A number of these islands were created by uplifting during the 2005 earthquake. Many existing island also increased in size and shape during this event. The effect can clearly be seen when visiting an island and seeing all the exposed coral reefs that were previously submerged. Four of the larger islands display all the qualities of a tropical paradise island; sandy beaches, swaying palm trees with clear blue water. A trip to these islands can easily be arranged by chartering a local boat at nearby harbour.