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Mentawai Surf House - Siberut, Sumatra. Indonesia

INTRODUCTION

Mentawai Surf House - Siberut, Sumatra Guests overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 4 reviews.
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Arriving here you’ll be greeted by the vision of our home break Beng-Bengs. A super fun and consistent surf, left-hander, Beng Beng’s peels along the reef on our doorstep and aligns a beautiful pristine lagoon perfect for those who like to swim or snorkel. With over a dozen world class waves close by there is a wave to suit everyone.

 

The Accommodation is an amazing multicultural collaboration. Australian, French and Mentawaiian owned, it is a blend of all three cultures. Preserving the environment is our number one objective. To achieve this features include sustainable water treatment processes and Australian designed and engineered waste management systems. We do our very best to limit our use of plastics.

 

We look forward to welcoming you and ensuring your stay ate the beatiful wave rich Mentawai Island is a trip of a lifetime!

THE ACCOMMODATION

BEACHFRONT BUNGALOW

Our Beachfront Bungalow is nestled among the shades of palm trees and located a stones throw away from the pristine waters edge. Comprising of three rooms which has been constructed by local Mentawaiian craftsmen.

 

Each room features the pairing of traditional style, western comforts and amenities including air conditioning and a private bathroom en suite.

 

  • Room 1 – 1 x queen bed and 2 x king single beds sleeping a total of 3 people or 2 people and 1 couple.
  • Room 2 – 1 x queen bed and 1 x single beds sleeping a total of 3 people or 1 couple and 1 person.
  • Room 3 – 2 x king single beds sleeping a total of 2 people.

 

GUEST HOUSE

Our traditional style Guest House is located alongside a fresh water stream and in the shades of palm trees. Three rooms with western comforts, overhead fans and a shared western style bathroom a perfect option for those travelling on a budget.

  • Room 4 – 1 x king single bed and 1 x single bed sleeping a total of 2 people.
  • Room 5 – 2 x single beds sleeping a total of 2 people.
  • Room 6 – 2 x single beds sleeping a total of 2 people.

THE ACTIVITIES

WEEK

Adventurous womem together from all round th world for a fun, cultural and inspiring week of surfing and good vibes.

 

Women’s Week will place you on a tropical island in the Mentawais, no roads, no cars, no bikes. Surrounded with the energy of your fellow female surfers as you cheer each other on in world class conditions all while under the guidance of our supportive and experienced surf guides.

 

At night you relax at the lodge, eat local cuisine, share stories of the day, excitement for the next while forming new friendships. All girls surfing weeks are about bringing women of all ages together for an empowering fun filled week of surfing and laughter in a safe environment.

 

CULTURAL TOURS

Siberut Island has a unique nature including one of the most preserved primitive tribe in the world. Our co-owner and founder Delvino Sabolak has been operating his own travel agency for more than 10 years. Born and bred in Mentawai Islands, his local knowledge and relationships with local tribes will take you to the best places.

 

We can organize trekking and hiking adventures for cultural sharing and family fun. Learn how to perform the traditional dance (animals, war dance and gratitude to nature)  and traditional ceremonies.  Mentawai is one of the best place to conduct an Ethnographic study since it’s one of the oldest tribe in Indonesia.

Mentawai Island tattoo is the oldest in the world using materials from the nature.

 

Some other activities might include “Process the sago” (Mentawaian daily food), staple food made from the sawdust of the tree, make bow and arrows and poison for it, If any ritual or something to celebrate they go hunting.

 

The women usually go fishing in the river. Children will also be able to participate in those activities (fishing, hunting practice, roof making, etc.). Mentawaian traditional dance have many different styles mostly inspired by the animals (monkey, birds, snakes…)

 

For your trip, our Mentawaian Guide will ask what sort of dance style you would like to enjoy so the head of clan can suggest who should perform of the dance. You can also request what other traditional activities you would like to see.

 

This new source of income, supported by traditional living will promote cultural preservation.

** Please note these are not single day trips and would be required to be booked prior to arrival at an additional cost

 

ACTIVITIES

SURFING

 

There’s over a dozen surf breaks around the lodge including world-class waves for all surfing levels.

We also have some secret spots…trust our surf guide to help you score when the conditions are right.

 

A typical day at The Lodge may include:

 

Breakfast served from 7am at the Nyang Nyang Hut.

 

For early birds that want to score a first sunrise surf out the front there will be tea, coffee, nuts and fruits available. Depending on the swell and wind conditions, we’ll jump aboard our boats and look for the best waves around after breakfast.

 

If we decide to leave for a full day trip we will pack lunch, snacks and fresh beverages to eat on board or a beach, otherwise we will come back for lunch at the hut. Use of boats available for afternoon sessions upon request*. Back at the surf lodge, take a shower, enjoy a meal, chill and rest up for the next day of surfing and adventure.

 

FISHING

Our priority is to get you on the best waves around but we also know that fishing and spear fishing can be great activities, due to the nature of the reefs and underwater wildlife. We will have fishing equipment available including spear guns, snorkels, fins etc for our guests but we strongly encourage fishing enthusiasts to bring their own fishing gear.

 

Thanks to Robinson our local fishing expert, you’ll be able to discover some amazing fishing areas near reefs and in deep Ocean, where large pelagic such as Wahoo, Mackerels, Giant Trevally, King fish, King Barracudas, Dogtooth Tuna and others can be found.

 

SNORKELING

Underwater life is extremely rich in this area and offers an incredible diversity, in a warm crystal clear water. This is a spectacular experience to encounter local species such as turtles and all the colorful reef fishes in their natural environment.

 

You can either go snorkeling on the beach in front of the lodge or book a boat trip with our staff to take you to other spots around the island. Next time you’ll be surfing a wave, you’ll have this in mind and we can assure you’ll feel a deep connection and a great harmony with the wildlife below your feet!

 

SURFING

SINCE THE MID 90’S, THE MENTAWAII ISLANDS HAVE BEEN REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST WAVE RICH DESTINATIONS ON THE PLANET. NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH RECEIVES MORE CONSISTENT SWELL WITH GENERALLY LIGHT WINDS TURNING PERFECT SWELL INTO WORLD-CLASS WARM WAVES.

 

Our beachfront bungalow is nestled among the shades of palm trees and located a stones throw away from the pristine waters edge. Comprising of two main rooms the free standing traditional Mentawai thatched uma has been handcrafted by local Mentawaiian craftsmen.  The pairing of a traditional uma with Western comforts and amenities includes fresh bedding provided every few days, air conditioning and a shared private bathroom facility.

 

The most consistent seasons are generally between March and November when the Indian Ocean is turning into a groundswell-producing machine. Whatever month you go and whatever the wind, swell and tide conditions happen to be, somewhere in the Mentawai will nearly always be working.

Waves vary in size from 2 to 12 foot with the average day being 3-5 ft. They can range anywhere from fun sized walls to awesome stand-up barrels, there are set-ups for everyone. Clean, head high waves going off under offshore winds are virtually guaranteed even if there is no obvious groundswell running. Whether you’re natural or goofy, advanced beginner or the most experienced charger, this place has the right wave for you.

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

There are not many places in the world where you could find all packed into one small island some excellent world class surfing spots, exotic tropical forests, local tribal experiences, and rare exotic plant and animal species.

 

Located off the West coast of Sumatra, the Mentawai archipelago includes four municipalities: Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai. Even if the physical distance between the mainland and Mentawai is not great (150 km) this remains one of the most isolated places in Indonesia.

 

A long way from the world of shopping malls and theme parks, this is where travelers come from all around the world to get an authentic off-the-beaten-track adventure trip. From the moment you arrive you are greeted by white sandy beaches line with palm trees and hillsides of ancient rainforests.

 

Siberut Island recently received international attention as a priority conservation area, and has earned its designation as a UNESCO biosphere reserve for the unique culture of the ethnic Mentawaian and endemic of its biodiversity.

 

The archipelago is thought to have broken off from the rest of Sumara about 500,000 years ago and it is only since the 20th century that outside influences began to have an impact on the local people. Today, the Mentawai still abide by traditional practices and live largely off the land.

 

Local people have a strong spiritual relationship with the forest with a belief system that emphasizes harmony with creation. It is believed people first came to inhabit these islands at least several thousand years ago. Most anthropologists classify the Mentawai people as Protomalay.

 

 

The biggest town on Siberut is Muara Siberut on the southeast coast. This is the major point of entry for many of our travelers, other surfers and trekkers in search of an adventure.

 

CLIMATE AND TOPOGRAPHY

Siberut Island and Northern Mentawai are characterized by a wet equatorial climate, warm and humid, perfect synomous of a great surf trip! Temperatures generally range from 35°C (70-90°F), and humidity averages 81-85%.

 

The dry season (influenced by the Australian continental air masses) is from February to September and the rainy season (caused by Asia and Pacific Ocean air masses) is from October to January, but all months have an average precipitation value of at least 60 mm.

 

In other terms, dry season does not mean that there are no rains. In fact tropical showers in a dry season’s afternoon is a regular affair, and wet season can also be dry and sunny for weeks at a time. It is typically hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is frequent. One day in an equatorial climate can be very similar to the next.

 

Local winds are moderate and generally predictable, variable throughout most of the year but occasionally go through intermittent periods of storminess, called “Badai’s”.

 

Thanks to its position 2° below the Equator, The Mentawai Surf Lodge is not influenced by the steady easterly trade winds often associated with the rest of Indonesia. The water temperature is a consistent warm 27°C all year round so boardshorts are all you’ll need, you will never wear a wet suit but it might be worth bringing rash-vests, surf t-shirts and hats to protect your skin from the strong sun.

 

Getting Here

MENTAWAI FAST’S FERRY SERVICE

LEAVING PADANG

SATURDAY 7am indirect to Siberut with 1 stop duration approx 6 hours

TUESDAY 7am indirect to Siberut with 1 stop duration approx 6 hours

THURSDAY at 7am direct to Siberut duration 3.5 hours hours (no stop)

 

LEAVING SIBERUT

SATURDAY 3pm direct to Padang duration approx. 3.5 ours

TUESDAY 3pm direct to Padang duration approx. 3.5 hours

THURSDAY 11am indirect to Padang duration approx. 6 hours

 

MENTAWAI OVERNIGHT FERRY

LEAVING PADANG

WEDNESDAY 7pm duration approx. 18 hours

FRIDAY 7pm duration approx. 12 hours

 

LEAVING SIBERUT

THURSDAY 4pm Duration approx 18 hours

SATURDAY 7pm Duration approx 12 hours

 

MENTAWAI FAST

Boat Service Mentawai Fast, our new recently launched fast boat service from Padang –

West Sumatra Indonesia. Mentawai Fast has now made it easier to access some of the greatest surf breaks in the Mentawai Islands in approx 3 hours. Located in the centre of town on the Muara River 30-45 minutes ride from the main airport in Padang. Mentawai Fast operates six days a week to Tua Peijat, Siberut, Sikakap and Sikabaluan.

 

PRICES & PACKAGES

BeachFront Bungalow

$180 per person

Includes:

✔ 3 meals per day

✔ 2 boat trips daily to surrounding surf breaks if conditions suitable

✔Air Conditioning

✔Private bathroom ensuite

 

Beachfront Bungalow 20% Discount (min 2 people booking at same time)

$150 per person

Includes:

✔ 3 meals per day

✔ 1 boat trip daily to surrounding surf breaks if conditions suitable

✔ Air Conditioning

✔Private Bathroom ensuite

 

BeachFront Bungalow Full Bungalow Group Booking

$9000 for 10 nights

Sleeps max 7 people (approx $128 per person)

Inclusions – 3 meals per day

1 boat trip daily to surrounding surf breaks if conditions suitable

Air Conditioning

Private Bathroom ensuite

 

Guest House

$120 per person per night twin share

Includes:

✔ 3 meals per day

✔ 1 boat trip daily to surrounding surf breaks if conditions suitable

✔ Shared Bathroom

 

Guest House 20% Discount (min 4. people booking at same time )

$99 per person per night twin share

Inclusions:

✔ 3 meals per day

✔ 1 boat trip daily to surrounding surf breaks if conditions suitable

✔ Shared Bathroom

 

Guest House Stay and Surf Beng Bengs’ (min 4 people per booking)

$75 per person per night twin share

Includes:

✔3 meals per day

✔ Shared bathroom

 

FACILITIES

✔ Western mattresses and bedding

✔ Electrical Indonesian wall plugs 220V

✔ Laundry service upon request*

✔ Open Air Shower

✔ 3 Chef-prepared meals per day

✔ Coffee/tea and fresh coconuts available all day (sodas, juices beer available via our drinks packages*)

✔ Experienced surf guide and surf lessons available anytime

✔ Surf trip daily to other locations (depending on package or available upon request*)

✔ Photography (available upon request*)

✔ Recreational boat trips with guide: snorkeling, fishing and village excursions upon request*

 

WOMENS WEEK

Trip #1 – 11th-20th May – 9 Nights ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Trip #2 – 3rd-10th October – 7 Nights USD$1350 + tax

Trip #3 – 11th – 21st November – 9 Nights USD$1650 + tax

 

Prices include:

✔ twin and triple share accommodation in our beachfront bungalow

✔ 3 meals a day

✔ experienced surf guide

✔ 1 boat trip per day

✔ tea

✔ water

✔ coffee

✔ Padang to lodge round transfers.

 

* Charges apply

* All pricing quoted above does not include transfers, taxes and additional charges. For transfer schedule and costs please refer to the transfer tab

*All  deposits and final payments carry an an additional 10% tax total payable to the Australian and Indonesian Government

* Payments via credit card incur a non refundable 2% surcharge. We offer the ability to avoid paying the credit card surcharge by paying for your trip direct in to our accounts via EFT

*Mentawai Surf Tax:  All surfers visiting Mentawai Islands and surfing are required to pay Mentawai Surf tax on arrival in Padang of $100USD to the local Mentawai Tourism Board . Surfers will be issued with wristband to be worn at all times and is valid for 14 days . Receipt documents issued are to be carried at all times by surfers and maybe requested by Nyang Nyang lifeguards. Non surfers are not required to pay this charge

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