With pristine clear blue waters for as far as the eye can see, the Mentawai Islands are another of Indonesia’s hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.
Located only 150km from the mainland of Padang in West Sumatera, the Mentawai Islands are a group of four small islands that entice surfers in particular. Offering a year-round massive swell, the Mentawais have been voted as one of the best surfing destinations in the world.
Since the islands are fairly secluded, the Mentawais invite you to truly enjoy the ultimate tropical getaway. If you’re planning on skipping the waves, be sure to maximize your time lounging by the beach or trying the many water-based activities, such as snorkelling, fishing and kayaking.
Above the water, travellers visiting the area are treated to soft sand and rows of palm trees covering the little islets. Siberut is the biggest island in the Mentawais and is where many of the Mentawai people still reside. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, adventure seekers can also trek deep into the jungle. As one of the world’s rarely visited natural wonders, the flora and fauna in this jungle are some of the most interesting you will ever encounter. For example, this is where you can find a rare species of black-and-yellow monkey named simpai Mentawai.
As for lodgings, there are numerous options that travellers can choose, both inland and on the water. The land options range from surf camps to resorts located mere minutes from the world’s best surf spot. The Kandui Resort is home to eight private umas, or traditional thatched houses built in the traditional Mentawai style. Each is clean, spacious and offers unparalleled views of the waves, ocean and the islands near the resort. While at Aloita Surf Resort & Spa, the resort accommodates both surfers and non-surfers with a plethora of activities, including daily yoga sessions.
The Mentawai islands are easily accessible by boat from Minangkabau Airport with direct flights from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.