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INDONESIA - MENTAWAI ISLAND

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INDONESIA

Mentawai Island

Mentawai Island is approximately 130 miles off the coast of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It represents an incredibly rich tourism resource and offers a range of niche tourism products. The Mentawai has been ecologically isolated from mainland Sumatra since the mid-Pleistocene period, resulting in high levels of endemism amongst its indigenous flora and fauna. It’s high conservation value has attracted the attention of World Wide Fund for Nature and United Nations body UNESCO resulting in the establishment of the Siberut National Park (Taman Nasional Siberut) encompassing slightly less than half of the island.


Mentawai is one of the most consistent surfing travel destinations in the world with world class level waves, not just surfing!!! It doesn’t mean they only offer a surfers’ paradise, they also offer Mentawai Eco and cultural tourism for those of you who love to discover beautiful nature and unique cultures. The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. The power of southern Indian Ocean storms is turned by the prevailing sea trades winds towards these amazing islands and amplified. The result is surf that is remarkably consistent and of unsurpassed quality. During the southern hemisphere winter, (late April to early November) the Indian Ocean is an over-active, groundswell machine.

Mentawai Surf Travel

Mentawai Surf Travel located in Mentawai Island and Padang and is the only Mentawaian registered Company that specializes in Surf Charters, Surf Camps, Game Fishing, Diving ,Eco and Cultural Tours.

Surf Charter Boats

They run a small fleet of surf charter boats whose modern style interiors are designed for the surf adventure.


Mikumba

As a large boat MIKUMBA holds 10 guests comfortably. The double cabins have their own individual air conditioning units. There are two large dining areas, as well as a separate lower salon, where you can watch the day’s footage in air conditioned comfort, or pop in a DVD to watch on the large flat screen TV. Dinner is frequently served on the front deck space, and occasionally on the picnic table on the top deck.


Mikumba dining area

As well as Mikumba 1 (the other vessel in the same class), The Mikumba also has 2 tenders: an 85 hp beast with a center console and a smaller 18-foot dingy with a 40 hp engine. The crew is always ready to drop you off on the waves. On Mikumba you will find a friendly, experienced crew and Surf Guide who will make sure you have a great time and also make sure that you would be in the right spot at the right time. Enjoy your Surf trip. Both Mikumba and Mikumba 1 have similar specifications.


Star Koat 1

Star Koat 1 was built as a traditional wooden hulled Sibolga, a port known for the quality and experience of boat building in Sumatra, Indonesia. This craft was designed specifically for surf charter operations, equipped with high technology and security necessary to ensure the success of your trip. The name Koat means wave in the Mentawai language Bahasa, and was chosen to reflect all energy and respect that this location brings us. It is equipped with


Star Koat interior

Air Conditioning, a 42″ Plasma TV / Home Theatre, Video CD Player / DVD Player, 2 Fridge/Freezers, cold drinking water dispenser, Modena 4 burner Stover with Oven, 2 Showers and Toilets, Snorkeling Gear and Fishing equipment.

Surf Camps

Welcome to paradise at Siberut Island Surf Camp. Surf and enjoy your vacation in their friendly local Surf camp. Not just minimum budget (the more people there are in your group the less your cost) but also you are contributing directly into the local economy by way of employment. Siberut Island Surf camp employs local people as well as the surf guide to look after you during your stay in the camp.


Siberut Island Surf Camp

The Surf camp base on Nyang-Nyang Island, part of the Mentawai archipelago. The camp is 15 meters from the water’s edge in a fantastic location. The Camp was design by in traditional Mentawaian style using solid local wood for strength and comfort. Our camp faces the ocean where you can watch the waves while you drink a glass of coffee.

The location is between of E-bay and Beng-Bengs. From the camp you can reach the other surf spots nearby the (see the surf map below) within 15 minutes by our local wooden speed boat.


KingFisher Bay Resort

Positioned directly in front of Lances Left, arguably the most consistent waves in the Mentawai archipelago, this will be the place for those looking to have a genuine Mentawain experience. Kingfisher Bay Resort gives you the opportunity to experience a strikingly original part of the world unlike anywhere you’ve ever been to or imagined; freakishly perfect waves, a completely unique and fascinating culture with a backdrop of idyllic palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters. As the name suggests, the resort is situated on the edge of an expansive bay, regularly frequented by stunning and acrobatic kingfisher birds, as well as a vast array of other wildlife including majestic sea eagles and large flying squirrels and pristine coral reefs teeming with sea life.


King Fisher Bay Resort

From your bungalow you can see the impressive Lances Left. The resort is located in an extremely wave rich region with 10 different waves within 20 minutes via boat. With such an extensive selection to choose from; fun beach breaks, long lefts and rights, barrel perfection and heavy slabs, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced surfer, all levels and appetites are catered for at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Fishing and snorkeling are available as well as a wide and varying range of activities on land. For the culturally curious, the local village provides a window into the lives of a race and people with a very different lifestyle to what most of us are familiar with. Get to know your friendly neighbours and hosts by joining in a woodcarving or weaving lesson under a palm tree or get involved in the daily volleyball match in the village. If all this sounds like too much activity, feel free to relax in a shaded hammock or catch the breeze in our open-planned restaurant where drinks and food are available. Meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, cooked in a variety of styles including; Western, Indonesian, Chinese as well as barbeques on the beach. We consider great food and lots of it an integral part of an enjoyable experience, so meals are served buffet style to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.

Getting there

One of the reasons for the Mentawai islands enduring natural beauty and cultural uniqueness is due to its isolated location about 100 kilometers off the coasts of mainland Sumatera. In recent years great strides have been made concerning transportation to the islands, however relatively small infrastructure, particularly in terms of accommodating foreign tourists can make traveling by yourself an adventurous though often frustrating journey. With our years of experience we will take the guesswork out of your journey and have you arriving at your destination as efficiently and comfortably as possible.


Take the journey and escape the pressures and obligations of daily life and immerse yourself in the island rhythm of a unique and remarkably unspoiled corner of the globe. Join them for a once in a lifetime experience amongst world class waves set in a culturally rich and spectacularly beautiful location. Whether you are looking for adventure, an insight into a completely different culture or simply to relax, you will find it all at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Let them and their ever helpful and smiling staff show you a truly memorable Mentawaian experience in all its remarkable diversity and uniqueness.

If you need any further info, Don’t hesitate to visit www.mentawaisurftravel.com

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