Mentawai is one of the districts in Indonesia, located in the province of West Sumatra. Mentawai District consists of four main island, are Siberut Island, Sipora Island, North Pagai Island and South Pagai island that inhabited by a majority of the Mentawai tribe
Mentawai tribe is a primary resident in this district, Most of the residents of this islands in comes from Siberut. Mentawai tribe communities have a bit of ancient cultures. Half of the population in this district are animists, others are Christian and Islamic. After the independence day of Indonesia, these people in this district have to mingle with other tribes that exist in Indonesia.
On the Siberut Island there are a Siberut National Park. Siberut National Park is a nature conservation area which has a native ecosystems, which can be utilized for scientific purposes, as well as also for the culture and tourism.
Siberut island is 155 km from the city of Padang. Siberut National Park has 60% area covered by primary forest Dipterocarpaceae, a mixture of primary forests, swamps, coastal forests and mangrove forests. This National Parks has many large trees with an average 60 meters height.
Mentawai Islands is a famous and beautiful beaches. They has a high waves and very suitable for surfing activities (surfing). Surfing is an icon for Mentawai island and that has been famous throughout the world. The international surfing competitions have been held here. No less than 400 "Surfing Spot" that can be used as a surfing location. Waves in the Mentawai islands surf is the third best after Hawaii and Tahiti. Most visit time occur in July and August. It was the time of the waves reaches 7 meters.
Surfing activity can do at several beaches located in the Mentawai islands. Nyangnyang beach, Karang Bajat beach, Karoniki Beach, and Pananggelat Mainuk beach which all of the beaches are located in the District of South Siberut. In other side, in District Sipora there are also several beachessuch as Katiet Bosua beach and the South beach. And in the District of North Pagai there is the West Coast. Mentawai sea has a fantastic wealth and potential seabed. The extreme high waves making the Mentawai as one of the popular tourist attraction in the world surfing.
Surfing activities usually conducted on April to October. Becouse the waves in these months reaches the highest level and the surfers can use it for surfing. Meanwhile, it is not happen in November to March, so not challenging enough for surfing.
Access to the Mentawai islands is from the Padang City, the capital of West Sumatra. There is a Minangkabau International Airport. The daily flights from Jakarta and Medan. There is also a Garuda and Silk Air from Singapore, and Air Asia from Malaysia.
From the Padang City towards the Mentawai islands can be reached using sea and air transportation. No ground transportation. Sea transportation is served by KM. Ambu-Ambu with a scheduled route. In addition there are also rental boats provided by other private companies. And the air transportation using only small aircraft with the flight schedule is not every day.
Resort in mentawai island:
1. The resort of Botik is situated in the north part of the island in front of the islands of Mainuk and Nyang Nyang. It has two private bungalows of approximately 100 square meters to sleep four people very comfortably. Large rooms and a lot of space ar
2. Hosting guests since 1998, WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort is the original full service land-based surfing resort in the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Our all inclusive price includes a private chartered speedboat transport from mainland Sumatra to Mentawai and return, guided surfing and fishing speedboat service, 3 meals a day, drinks, snacks and accommodation on the island. With a maximum capacity of 12 surfers, the WavePark Mentawai surf resort guests have the entire island for their exclusive use.
Located in northern Mentawai near the Playgrounds anchorage, the wave park offers 21 different waves to choose from that we have designated beginner, intermediate and advanced. We are proud of our extensive knowledge of secret Mentawai waves as well as Mentawai weather conditions; built up from our combined 20 years of experience hunting waves in the wave park area. With unrivaled speed and comfort between lineups you will get better surf, more often with less crowds. http://www.wavepark.com/
3. Welcome to Mentawai Surf Camp a private 3 bedroom guesthouse catering for just 6 people. Situated amongst the world renowned waves of “Playgrounds” in the Mentawai Islands. Our beach front location, with views towards Beng Beng (and other waves), is second to none. We proudly boast a number of waves within just 5 minutes from our shore aswell as nearly 20 world class waves within 35-40 mins. http://www.mentawai-surfcamp.com/