Beng Bengs Surf Camp - Mentawai

Beng Bengs Surf Camp - Mentawai

From US$ 930 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Budget Surf Trip

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Per person

Season

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

Beng Bengs is one of the Mentawais most affordable surf camps. Located in the heart of Playgrounds with Ebay Left breaking out the front, this camp is perfect for small groups and individuals

Bilou Beach Resort - Mentawai

Bilou Beach Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 853 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

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. 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.

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”, is one of the most legendary right hand barrels on earth. The resort is on 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 complete with AC, TV’s, hot showers, mini-bar fridge and in-room safes.

Welcome to Aloita Resort, Mentawai

Aloita Surf Resort & Spa - Mentawai

From US$ 1,260 pp for 7 nights

Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

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

Enjoy the Mentawai in the comfort of this boutique surf resort in the heart of the islands, with access to roughly 70% of the regions surfbreaks. Perfect for the surfer that doesn’t want to rough it, groups or the family that wants to escape for an adventurous getaway.
Chill out by the pool at Macaronis Resort

Macaronis Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 1,323 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.
WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort

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.
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Kandui Resort - Mentawai

From US$ 2,900 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

Kandui Resort proposes a world completely away from time and obligations. For adventurous surfers considering a relaxing surf holiday surrounded by world class waves to everyday travellers looking for a private paradise - you've found it! Hidden
Nusa Dewata

Nusa Dewata

From US$ 2,104 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$ 3,000 pp for 10 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.
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.
Switchfoot - Mentawai

Switchfoot - Mentawai

From US$ 2,663 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 years at the helm of boats like Barranjoey, Jason has designed a boat perfect for surf charters. The 52 foot (15.8m) catamaran has  plenty of space above and below decks and great cruising speed - perfect for getting on the spot when all the elements come together

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$ 2,498 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$ 3,499 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

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$ 2,625 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.
Huey 1 - Mentawai

Huey 1 - Mentawai

From US$ 2,775 pp for 13 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.

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.

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