Aloita Resort & Spa
Aloita Resort offers a smorgasbord of aquatic activities in crystal blue water right at your front door. The surf shuttle will zip you twice daily to breaks right in their backyard such as the famous Telescopes lefthander and also up and down the
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HTs Resort Mentawai
HT’s Surf Resort is located right on the beach, directly in front of HT’S surf break. Starting this 2013 season, they are running a new 41-foot transport boat, HT One. Whether you’re a single traveller or part of a group, just book
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Togat Nusa Surf & Yoga Retreat
Togat Nusa Surf & Yoga Retreat is truly a magical place. A private, tropical island sanctuary perfect for those looking to escape, relax and unwind. Staying at this resort, you have a easy access to Scarecrows, Icelands, Telescopes and
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D'Bora - Mentawai
The D'Bora is a massive 80-foot vessel running affordable quality surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. Her owners, Charlie Josal, Tom Plummer and Joey Melroy have teamed to create this unique vessel with all the modern amenities, but a
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Melaleuca - Mentawai
Built new in 2007, the Melaleuca boast traditional Indonesian design with all the modern amenities and safety features of a western style boat. 80 feet of comfort and space at the best value in the Mentawais. The interior space boasts aircon and
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Pelagic - Mentawai
The Pelagic is the choice of the surf industry heavyweights and pro surfers, hosting the who's who of the industry over the years so you know the operation is first rate and experienced. Exclusive to The Perfect Wave network, this boat is the
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Naga Laut - Mentawai
The Naga Laut is one of the best value charters in the Mentawais - this massive boat has room to move, as well as the horsepower to get you to where you want to be. Although the boat could sleep 14 surfers, it will sail with 8 and prefers to have
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Kuda Laut - Mentawai
The Kuda Laut team have been doing charters to the Mentawai's, Telos, Nias and Banyak Islands for 18 seasons - they know how to find the best waves with the least crowds in the Mentawai, such as Rifles, No Kandui, Ebay, etc. in the
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Oasis - Mentawai
Oasis is a very good-value surf charter boat in Mentawais, able to serve up to 10 surfers. She is a 80-feet long traditional Indonesian boat and has a 17-foot speedboat with 85HP onboard to get you fast to the surf breaks.There are 4 private cabins
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Huey 1 - Mentawai
Huey has been operating in these waters since 1999, providing surfers with a variety of waves to suit all levels of ability. Sooly, the Aussie owner of Huey will be your host and surf guide. Sooly is a great character, who's love of surfing and the
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Nusa Dewata - Mentawai
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.
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MV Addiction - Mentawai
Addiction is owned, operated, and skippered by surfers for surfers. The luxurious 24 metre (80ft) high speed catamaran and their crew with over 15 years of combined experience in West Sumatra are there to get you into the best possible waves on
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Bintang - Mentawai
Bintang is an ocean going 110ft schooner, the largest Western owned vessel in the Mentawai Islands and is set up exclusively for surf charters. The boat is owned and operated by Daryl and Ashton Robinson - keen and experienced surfers. They are
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Aileoita - Mentawai
The Aileoita is a beautifully crafted surf charter boat, designed from the ground up by surfers for surfers, with high safety and comfort standards. The standard trip duration includes 11 days of surfing - 12 nights on the boat overall, but
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Samudra Biru - Mentawai
Samudra Biru, formerly known as The Nusantara, was designed with speed to be able to put up to 10 guests on the best waves at any given time. Not only fast, she is also comfortable, both under power, even in rough seas, and at anchor. The owners and
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WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort
WavePark is a beautiful, intimate resort catering to maximum 12 surfers just near Hideaways break in the North Mentawai region near the Playgrounds area. They are a very professionally run surf resort with the best breaks right at your door.
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Tengirri - Mentawai
Tengirri is a high-end 14 metre (46 ft) live aboard, power catamaran designed and built in Australia in 2004 specifically for luxury surf charters. She is one of the strongest, safest, and fastest vessels operating in Indonesia. Tengirri is
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Quest 1 - Mentawai
MV Quest One (Ex Indies Trader 2) is a 21 meter long and 5.4 meter wide and has a draft of 2 meter. The boat has 4 comfortable, air-conditioned twin cabins for total 8 guests. A typical surf trip includes 14 nights and 13 days at sea. It starts
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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 undoubtably have drooled over something from the Mentawai.
Considered the most consistent area of surf in the world, the Mentawai can get surf year round, but is best from March to November.
The most popular way to surf the Mentawai Islands is by charter boat, but there are also a couple of great resorts if you are a land lover or travelling with a non surfing partner. Travel to the resorts from
The Perfect Wave has the largest number of charter boats to choose from. The best option is to get together a group of your mates and we have boats that can cater for groups from 5 surfers right up to 14. Alternatively if you can’t get a group together, The Perfect Wave can match you up with other small groups or singles to make a charter.
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.
Season & Weather
The Mentawai Islands have consistently high temperatures and humidity, with barely any change in temperature year round due to it’s close proximity to the Equator. The dry season is from about March to September, and the wet season is from about October to February, but even during the dry season, you will often find there are short bursts of thunderstorms, but they generally don't last long and are more often at night.
The main surf season in the Ments is from March to November. This is when the low pressure systems off Antarctica push ground swells for thousands of miles towards the equator. The Roaring 40's coming south-west across the Indian Ocean creates the swell that the Mentawai are directly exposed to. Even during the off season when the trade winds switch to west and north-west, you can still find some great, fun waves as the swells can still be quite regular.
The winds are variable throughout most of the year. May to September generally sees the better easterly tradewinds which work well on the main breaks. March, April, September & October typiocally experience light winds and glassy conditions.
Water temperature is fairly constant at about 27-28C.