Mentawai Islands

The Mentawai islands are a chain of islands in Indonesia off the western coast of Sumatra, recognized as having some of the most perfect surfing breaks in the world. However, because most waves break over very sharp and shallow coral reefs, only experienced surfers should attempt them.

Islands

Cities

Pagai

Talk

Mentawai people use Bahasa Indonesia and they also have their own Mentawai language.

Get in

Over 30 surf charter yachts are based in Padang harbour, around 100km away from the islands on the Sumatra mainland.

The most comfortable Ferry to Mentawai is Ferry Ambu Ambu (made from Steel). Since September 2009, the Ambu-Ambu Ferry travels overnight from Padang Bungus to Muara Siberut 2. and 3. Thursday nights of each month. From Muara Siberut to Padang Bungus, the ferry travels 2. and 3. Friday nights of each month. The ferry departs from Padang at 9PM and arrives at approximately 7AM the following morning. The Sumber Rejeki traditional Ferry (made from wood) travels overnight from Padang Bungus to Muara Siberut every Monday evening. From Muara Siberut to Padang, the ferry travels every tuesday nights.

Get around

Three ways to travel to the Mentawai Islands.

  1. Join an organized boat charter.
  2. Take a ferry (Ambu-Ambu ferry).
  3. Fly by seaplane.

See

Traditional Mentawai peoples Trekking Diving Fishing

Surfing

Surf spots include:

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