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When is the best time to surf in Mentawai

Best time to go

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.

Best time to go

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.

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What kind of food & nightlife is Mentawai known for?

Going out in Mentawai

Food

Compared to the rest of Indonesia, Metawai uses ‘sago’ as their staple food, an extract from palm stems. You’ll find it as the base of many dishes. Besides this local produce, you can expect to find plenty of other local ingredients as rice, noodles, fresh coconuts, and other tropical fruits.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Mentawai is resort based, so depends on the local parties hosted in the hostels, hotels, and resorts around.

Mentawai at a glance
With 33 reef-coral surf spots, Mentawai offers some of the best waves the world has to offer.
70 islands
The Mentawai islands are a chain of 70 islands and islets off the coast of Sumatra
Best time to go
Mentawai has a year-round surf season and its most consistent surf conditions between March and November
Reef Breaks
Mentawai is a paradise for advanced surfers with consistent reef breaks and offers some great beginner breaks
How to get there
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
Fishing & Boats
In between or after your surf sessions, enjoy boat rides and catch some fresh fish for diner
Price of a meal
Roam the markets! The average price of a cheap street meal in Metawai is around €1,80 (30,000Rp)
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