The Mentawai Islands lie roughly 100 km off of the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. They consist of 4 main islands with many smaller islands scattered throughout. From north to south, the main islands are Siberut, Sipora, North Pagi, and South Pagi.


These islands block most swells from reaching the mainland on Sumatra, but they offer some of the most perfect surf in the world. Access to the islands is by sea only with regular ferries to the main trading ports, but by far the best way to access the surf is by charter boat.


The Mentawai Islands offer some of the best and most consistent waves in the world. We have been operating in these waters since 1999 providing surfers with a variety of waves to suit all levels of ability.


We leave from Padang which is on the west coast of Sumatra. Padang has an International airport and there are many flights daily from Singapore and KL. There are also connecting flights from Bali via Jakarta daily. These are best booked from Bali as they are a lot cheaper.


Lion Air and Garuda all service this route while Garuda and Air Asia service the Singapore route. Air Asia also has a daily flight out of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.


Note that these are budget airlines and have weight restrictions so be prepared to pay twenty or thirty dollars extra for boards. Luggage will also have to be re-checked. More expensive, but very reliable and good with boards, flexible as well, concerning change of flight is Garuda.


Check your flight status to the Mentawais from the following locations:


Airport Airport Airport
Bali Jakarta Padang


Transfers to and from the boat are included in the price. Most boats charge a 3 US-$ /day Mentawai Tax but this is included in our price. This money is paid by all guests traveling to the islands and goes toward the local community.


Good to know

  • You’ll be met at the airport by a member of our crew, with transportation provided either to a local hotel, (2 Star to 4 Star), for youto unwind overnight, or alternatively, directly to the boat
  • The boat normally leaves the harbor between 4pm-8pm.
  • The cost of the hotel is not included in the daily charter fee, but local rates are relatively inexpensive.
  • Included in the daily charter fee is nightly accommodation, all food, 3 meals a day, and soft drinks, tea/coffee etc. All on-board alcohol purchases are at moderate local prices.
  • Free use of all equipment: skin diving, fishing rods & reels etc.
  • Other facilities include TV and a DVD home entertainment center plus a loud stereo system.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory, and must include a MedEvac option / lost charter days due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.


Note : All persons entering Indonesia must have a minimum of 6 months remaining on their passport prior to the passport expiration date and entry visa if needed. Also you need to have at least 1 or 2 empty pages in your passport. Indonesia offers a VOA (visa on arrival) facility to most western countries including Australia and the USA. Under the VOA you can simply arrive in Indonesia and pay an on the spot fee of US$25 for your 30 day visa.


What to bring

  • Board size is a personal thing but usually a “fun” size boards as well as a longer board for bigger days (6’0 ‘- 7’2)
  • Leg ropes and spares
  • Tropical wax
  • Board bag
  • Ding repair kit / solar resin
  • Good hat & sunscreen
  • Board shorts
  • Walk shorts
  • T-shirt
  • First aid kit
  • Books & travel games
  • Beach towels
  • RashVest
  • Booties
  • Casual shoes
  • Tropical insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Walkman / Discman I ipod
  • Video /Camera
  • Personal toiletries
  • Cash for souvenirs, photos, alcoholic beverages
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