Hollow Trees Resort - Mentawai

Hollow Trees Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 1,400 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

HT’s, short for “Hollow Trees” and also known as “Lances right”, was discovered in the early 70’s and named by surfers due to the huge hollow tree standing tall on the reef. In 1999 a huge swell tore the tree down, leaving only the legendary name. The resort's property stretches over 150 meters of absolute beachfront land with the world-class HT’s surf break directly in front of the resort. All four villas are positioned directly on the beach 20 meters from the waters edge. Complete with AC, TV’s, hot showers, mini-bar fridge and in-room safes.
Bilou Beach Resort - Mentawai

Bilou Beach Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 830 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Isn't it amazing that you can now afford to bring your whole family to the Ments on holiday? Or a small group of friends can share a house and create your own surf adventure. This is a unique opportunity to rent a villa in the Mentawai Islands at an affordable price.  Bilou Beach Villas can sleep up to 4 adults, a fantastic affordable option for small groups of surfers or families.  The Mentawai Islands are a hidden gem, there is so much more to these beautiful tropical islands than just the waves.

Chill out by the pool at Macaronis Resort

Macaronis Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 1,288 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recently refurbished and renovated, Macaronis Resort is nestled just outside the world-class Macaronis surf break. It also gives you an option to surf 5 other famous waves, and a number of other less-known spots.
Beach Bungalow

WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort

From US$ 1,600 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Playgrounds area is one of the best spots to be in Mentawai, with breaks like Rifles or Burgerworld nearby and Hideaways just out front. Wavepark only takes up to 12 surfers, which keeps the crowds down.
Melaleuca - Mentawai

Melaleuca - Mentawai

From US$ 2,350 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

There's nothing like spending 10 days on a boat, waking up next a new wave each morning and live the ultimate sleep/surf/eat/drink lifestyle. Melaleuca is a reliable, affordable and comfortable option.

Nusa Dewata

Nusa Dewata

From US$ 2,168 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Advanced

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

The KM Nusa Dewata is a beautiful 57’ (14’ beam) wooden sloop rigged motor sailor commissioned in Lembongan back in 1992. Nusa Dewata Surf Charters cater for a minimum 5 and maximum 6 persons for each charter., so is perfect for smaller groups.
Naga Laut - Mentawai

Naga Laut - Mentawai

From US$ 2,200 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

Maximize your surf time and hang out with like-minded crew on the Naga Laut, one of the best value surf charters in Mentawai. This spacious boat takes up to 10 surfers in comfy cabins and offers a nice top deck area and free beers daily.

Tony Doris Eltherington Mentawai Charter - Raja Elang

Tony Doris Eltherington Mentawai Charter - Raja Elang

From US$ 2,920 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

Bali or Mentawai? This boat does both regions over the course of one year. With legendary captain Doris at the helm and a comfortable airconditioned accommodation, you will surf, eat, drink and chill out on a nice boat. Boat sleeps up to 10 people and free beers are included in your package.
Kuda Laut - Mentawai

Kuda Laut - Mentawai

From US$ 2,116 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

You don't always need a group of 10-12 surfers for exclusive Ments charter. This boat only takes 6-7, so it's easier to put a group together. When it comes to quality surf charters in the Ments, Kuda Laut is one of the most affordable ones.
Switchfoot - Mentawai

Switchfoot - Mentawai

From US$ 2,592 pp for 9 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

June, July, August, September, October, November, December

The Switchfoot is the new charter boat custom built by one of the Mentawai's most experienced captains, Jason Quinn. After many years at the helm of some of the most legendary boats like Barranjoey and Star Koat, Jason has helped design and build a boat that works to meet the needs of surf charters in Sumatran Waters. Even better, Jason has assemble a super experienced crew including one of the best chefs in the charter fleet.

The 52 foot (15.8m), 13 tonne catamaran has a beam of 23 feet (7.1m) so has plenty of space above and below decks. The advantages of a catamaran construction also mean it has a shallow draft and great cruising speed - perfect for getting on the spot when all the elements come together

Kaimana Royal - Mentawai

Kaimana Royal - Mentawai

From US$ 3,200 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Kaimana royal is a reputable, comfortable and spacious Mentawai and Telos surf charter. It takes maximum 10 surfers and offers accommodation in two triple and two double rooms.
Kaimana 1 - Mentawai

Kaimana 1 - Mentawai

From US$ 2,750 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, May

The Kaimana 1 is one of the most well-regarded and best value charter boats in the Mentawai. Charters are based on 10 days / 11 nights, where guests eat, sleep, and surf to their heart's content. Kaimana 1 surfing itineraries are based on the best available waves and conditions through the Mentawai Islands

D'Bora - Mentawai

D'Bora - Mentawai

From US$ 2,431 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Surf, sleep, eat & drink beer. D'Bora is the most popular boat because it's spacious, has a renowned surf guide and is top value for money. Fitting up to 12 surfers in dorm and double cabin accommodation D'Bora is the perfect Mentawai Surf Charter.
MV Addiction - Mentawai

MV Addiction - Mentawai

From US$ 4,199 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

Experience Mentawai's best breaks and live life to the fullest on Addiction. It's all about comfort and speed on board this boat, and the crew is trained to the highest level of service. It sleeps 10 surfers in 5 private cabins.

Indo Satu - Mentawai

Indo Satu - Mentawai

From US$ 2,300 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Indo Satu is a brand new boat built and run by the owners of D’Bora. She has the vibe of a traditional Phinisi timber boat but with the latest navigation gear, electronics, and safety features plus the service and wave hunting tactics that has gained D’Bora such a great reputation. Indo Satu runs 12 night, 11 day charters for groups of 8-10 and is guided by the same guys who run D’Bora trips.

Aileoita - Mentawai

Aileoita - Mentawai

From US$ 2,499 pp for 12 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

The Aileoita is a beautifully crafted surf charter boat, designed by surfers for surfers, with high safety & comfort standards. Typical trip gives you 11 days of surfing and the boat has a professional photographer on board to snap all your best moments.
Samudra Biru - Mentawai

Samudra Biru - Mentawai

From US$ 2,500 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Samudra Biru has 3 outdoor chillout areas so you don't need to sit inside when you are not surfing. Mentawai has some of the best in the world, but your boat and the surf guide are equally important. We tried and tested Samudra Biru numerous times, and it always delivers a great trip. Great value trip for 10 surfers.
Bintang - Mentawai

Bintang - Mentawai

From US$ 2,628 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

A group of 10 surfers that is looking for a spacious and well-run boat will be stoked with Bintang that is just under new management. This boat has the space, the crew and the service to make your Mentawai trip memorable.
Huey 1 - Mentawai

Huey 1 - Mentawai

From US$ 2,555 pp for 11 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October

Whether it is Ments' most famous waves, or less known and less crowded secret spots, Huey will take you on a surf trip of a lifetime. The quality of food, surf guide services and the boat is hard to fault. You will be more than well looked after. Takes up to 10 surfers.
Tengirri - Mentawai

Tengirri - Mentawai

From US$ 2,738 pp for 9 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip

Price Range

Per person

Season

February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, May

Maximum of 8 surfers share this top Ments boat: Fast, private double cabins and inclusive of photo & video from yourself and your mates surfing. The crew will look after all your needs, and the surf guide surely knows his craft to make sure you maximize your surfing time.

Region Information

Most avid surfers won't even need to read this section, as the Mentawai Islands are to surfers, what paints are to an artist.....  an absolute necessity.  Any surfer who's read a surf mag or watched a surf video will undoubtedly have drooled over something from the Mentawai.

It is a mystery as to who surfed the region first but we do know that by 1980, there are reports of Aussie surfers finding a magical left in the island chain, known today as Macaronis. However it wasn’t until 1989 that the area started to become a commercial destination with Martin Daly being one of the first to run guided tours in the region.

The Mentawai Islands are a chain of about seventy islands and islets off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. There are 4 main islands and the rest are small islets.  The islands lie approximately 150 kilometres off the Sumatran coast and are widely known as the KING of surf destinations. They span about 160 kilometres in length and encompass thousands of wave possibilities, but the 49 named breaks are some of the most famous waves in the world.

Mentawai Favorites

With such an amazing selection of different surf experiences in the Mentawai on both land and boat, you can’t just have a favourite. However if you are more of a land dweller then you need to look no further than Aloita Surf Resort & Spa. No other resort can access more breaks in the Mentawai within 1 hr speedboat ride. If you want to be able to come back each day to relax comfortably in your air-conditioned villa after surfing hard all day, Aloita is perfect.

You can bring the family or just your non-surfing partner and they’ll have plenty to do while you are surfing. The Perfect Wave have built the first Surf Experience Centre in the Mentawai, with learn to surf options, stand up paddles and yoga daily. And after your day of activity, you can grab a cocktail at the bar, hit the table tennis table or fussball or enjoy the pool.

As for the sea dwellers, we have picked the best charter operations in the region. If they are listed on our website they have completed our 20 point check list audit and are experienced, reputable and not going to let you down.

Where to stay

The most popular way to surf the Mentawai Islands is by charter boat, but there are now some great resorts and surf camps if you are a land lover or travelling with a non surfing partner or family. Travel to the resorts from Padang is either by overnight ferry (Ambu Ambu) or by their own private speedboats, which cost a bit more but are of much higher standard and are much faster.

Boat charters generally depart Padang in the afternoon or evening of the first day and return on the morning of the last day. Most charters can be extended at an additional cost if dates and availability allow; and most boats can do charters to Nias and Telo Islands for just the cost of the fuel surcharge.

Our Mentawai Packages include:

  • Surf Charters – To get maximum surf time
  • Family Resorts – for a family holiday adventure
  • Surf Camps – Perfect for small groups
  • Luxury boat trips – for when you deserve it!

Go Exploring

The Mentawai is not only for mad surfers, it is one of the last truly remote regions of the world to have indigenous tribes still living the way they did thousands of years ago. With amazing untouched jungle you can do trekking tours and visit these indigenous villages lost in time. However if trekking isn’t for you, then you have some amazing snorkeling & diving sites to explore. And did we mention the fishing? For the angler you have some great game fish like Wahu, Mackeral, Tuna & Giant Trevally to hunt down.

Mentawai

Considered the most consistent area of surf in the world, the Mentawai can get surf year round. There are three breakdowns of season for surfing.

Off season – From December to February the region is always empty of people and the weather is amazing and you have the choice of more small perfect waves than you could surf in a year. If you want to experience the Mentawai when the breaks are at their mellowest, this is the time to travel here. The best kept secret in surf travel.

Shoulder season - The months of March, April, October and November are considered shoulder months, but we can tell you that you can get everything from solid swells to small fun days during these months. If you aren’t a charger but want to get perfect waves, this is when you should visit.

Peak Season - If you want to get the barrel of your life and experience what true Indonesian surf is like then between May and September are the months for you. We recommend that only intermediate and above experienced surfers travel during this time as the surf can be big and the quality of surfer is very high.

From North to South (main surf spots):

  • Burgerworld - This is a mushy pointbreak righthander. Can offer barrels at times, but usually long rippable walls with many cutback sections.
  • E-Bay - This is a hollow left that barrels off the take-off with a short wall down the line. A great option when a lot of swell is hitting.
  • Pit Stops - This is the right off the peak at E-Bay. A playful right that can offer some cover-ups off the take-off, but mostly a high performance wave with air sections at the end. Ends in a sandy channel.
  • Bank Vaults - A heavy righthander that barrels and spits. Usually larger than most spots in the area. Watch out for clean-up sets.
  • Nipussi - A shorter right that breaks down the point from Bank Vaults. Definitely fun and rippable. Usually has fairly deep water from the takeoff to the inside. Ends in a riptide that sucks all the water back out to sea. A good option when there’s not much swell, and usually the most consistent spot in the area.
  • Hideaways - A very hollow left that can be very shallow at low tides. The waves come out of deep water, then unload on a shallow section of reef before barreling towards the channel.
  • No Kanduis - A long barrelling left that wraps around a small island. Usually very sectiony, but can line up on the largest of swells. Many barrels on offer, but usually only makeable for one or two sections before closing out.
  • Four Bobs - This is a small peak for when there is heaps of swell, or guys looking for a mellower option. Mainly a right with a short barrel off the takeoff, but quickly dies off into the channel. There’s an even shorter left, but usually not worth the effort.
  • Rifles - One of the best waves in the Mentawais. A very long righthander that wraps around the other side of the same island as No Kanduis. Rarely makeable from start to finish, but even just from section to section you can get rides up to 100 yards or longer. Nice and hollow once it’s a few feet overhead, but usually more sectiony at smaller sizes.
  • Icelands - Another consistent lefthander for when the swell is smaller. Usually always has some rideable surf, even when other breaks are flat.
  • Telescopes - A perfect wrapping left reef. Long walls wrap around the reef with very few sections on larger days. Mostly breaks in pretty deep water, but it can get heavy and shallow on the inside on bigger days.
  • Scarecrows - Breaks off of an island just south of Telescopes. Good lefts but a bit more or less predictable and shifty. It’s a short, wedgy wave that works best on a dropping high tide.
  • Bintangs - A short and hollow right across the channel from Lance’s Left. As the wave approaches the reef, the bottom drops out before barreling towards the channel.
  • Lance’s Left - Long left walls wrap down the point before hitting the last section, which is the main take-off area. Great hollow section after the take-off. A gun helps on the larger days.
  • Hollow Trees (HT’s or Lance’s Right) - A great righthander that has been all over the surf mags and videos over the last decade. The main takeoff spot is up the point where most of the waves start barrelling and peel flawlessly down the reef. On larger swells it can be very shifty and hard to read. It can shift more to the end bowl where it can break, reform, then bowl again into the channel. The inside is very shallow and is often referred to as the “surgeon’s table” due to the many reef-cuts doled out to travelling surfers.
  • Macaronis - One of the most perfect waves in the world. A very hollow wave with many shallow spots. Lefts start from way up the point, then gradually slow down as it approaches the channel. The further up the point you paddle, the faster it barrels when you take off. After the initial barrel ride, this wave offers one of the most rippable walls for any maneuvers you can think of.
  • Rags Left - A great lefthander that can hold the biggest swells. It is very hollow and can often dish out some of the heaviest hold-downs in the island chain. Usually a bit more water moving around so a larger board can be useful.
  • Rags Right - A shorter, hollow right on the southern end of Rags Island. Similar to HT’s only a little shorter, but just as good. It can be fickle, but it’s one of the best rights in the islands.
  • Thunders - Another large left that picks up and can hold the biggest swells. It’s a top to bottom wave on the outside, that gets a bit mellower on the inside section. Another wave that usually has a lot of water moving, so a bigger board can come in handy.
  • The Hole - Another very hollow left off a small island in the southern end of the Mentawais. Starts barrelling off the takeoff, but never really stops until a closeout section at the end of the reef. Definitely not a place to straighten out at.

There are quite a few more waves out in the islands that work on different swells and tides.

West Papua

West Papua

Rote & Timor

Rote & Timor

Sumba

Sumba

Sumbawa & Lakey Peak

Sumbawa & Lakey Peak

Lombok

Lombok

Java, G-Land & Panitan

Java, G-Land & Panitan

North & South Sumatra

North & South Sumatra