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Mentawai offers some of the best waves the world has to offer. The Mentawai islands are a chain of 70 islands and islets off the coast of Sumatra. With 33 reef-coral surf spots, Mentawai is a paradise for advanced surfers with consistent reef breaks and offers some great beginner breaks. The surf season in Mentawai is all year long. Nevertheless, the best time to surf in Mentawai is in the dry season, between March and November, when there’s the most consistent surf season. In between or after your surf sessions, enjoy boat rides and catch some fresh fish for dinner, followed by a local resort party hosted in the hostels and resorts.
The surf season in Mentawai is all year long. Nevertheless, the best time to surf in Mentawai is in dry season, between March and November, when there’s the most consistent surf season. Not to be forgotten, is that during the ‘off’ season the waves are great as well. Between November and February, the northwesterly wind dominates, making some of the archipelago’s lesser-known waves. Because the off-season prices and surf packages are much lower during this time, and the crowds are smaller, experienced surfers crowned this time of the year as the best time to visit.
The Mentawai islands are known for their surfer charters, such as catamarans or yachts. Often leaving from Pedang, Sumatra, your trip will take place on the boat most of the time, hopping from one island to the next to catch the best waves. Explore the islands around Sumatra such as Mentawai Island, Telo Islands, Nias, Banyak Islands, and its surroundings. The islands are famous for their surf destinations with incredible waves, amazing views, and extravagant nature.
Padang is the gateway to Mentawai, from where ferries go to several islands. If you’re doing a boat charter, Padang is your pick-up place. For transport between or after your surfing sessions, enjoy boat rides and catch some fresh fish for diner with the local fishing boats.
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