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8 Days Guided Surf Camp Mentawai, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Blissful Surf Camp Indonesia

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 16 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer included

Hollow Tree’s Resort is located on Sipora Island in the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia. With white sandy beaches, brilliant blue waters and about 10 of the world’s finest waves in the vicinity, Mentawai’s has, by no accident, become an ever expanding and popular holiday destination for surfers and eco-tourists from all walks of life. HT’s short for “Hollow Tree’s” also known as “Lances Right” was discovered in the early 70’s and named by surfers due to the huge hollow tree standing tall on the reef. In the year 1999, due to a huge swell, the hollow tree has been torn away.


  • Surf guiding
  • Surf guide and speedboat shuttle to surf spot
  • Private transfer service from the local airport to the accommodation
  • Use of stand up paddles and kayaks
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer included: Minangkabau International Airport
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  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Hollow Tree’s Resort provides a shared accommodation of 8 rooms in 4 villas. Maximum capacity per room is up to 2 people - a total of 16 people. Both double and single beds are available. All villas are a combination of modern and natural designs that provide an outside sitting area, own private dip pools with air conditioning, TV, hot water, mini fridge and in-room safes.

Each villa is equipped with one bathroom to share. All the room types are adequate for all kinds of people, whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, as a family or a big group of friends. The HT's wave is directly in front of the resort, the moment you wake up you can instantly jump into the ocean or the little dip pools that are provided for each villa. Hollow's Tree Resort would love to welcome everyone to this beautiful paradise!

Villa 1 and Villa 2

These villas are divided into three rooms. The front room provides a lounge / TV area with a big room up to three single beds and a room in the back - ideal for a big group of friends or families.

Villa 3

This villa is designed perfectly for families with a big front room that can take up to three single beds and a private room in the back.

Villa 4

The villa provides a front room that has a stunning view of the ocean and an extra room in the back - suitable for couples.


This 8 days Mentawai Island holiday is perfect for thrill and holiday seeking surfers. To reach Mentawai Island one needs to stay overnight in Padang on a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to catch the next day's early morning Mentawai Fast Ferry service from Padang to Mentawai Island and start your 8 day surf holiday. An overnight stay might still be needed for the late afternoon / evening arrival in Padang from Mentawai Island after your trip.

The Surf

With 10 world-class waves within a short boat or bike ride from the resort, there’s surf to suit all levels. Or if you don’t want to hit the waves, then simply enjoy a tropical paradise and watch the action unfold from the beach.

Lance’s Left

Is a long and consistent left hander right around the corner from the Resort. The wave offers a barrel of the take off and a long open face for multiple manoeuvers down the line. Being on the other side of the island and facing east the left is a good option when the wind is onshore at HT’s. Perfect for all levels and long perfect lefts lovers.


Is A frame peak just a few meters up from Lance’s left that offers a good backdoor left hand barrel. Don’t forget to kick out before it closes out on dry reef. Sometimes you may get lucky and connect with Lance’s Left and get one of the longest waves. This wave is a good option to get away from the crowd of Lance’s left.


Is a short dredging right, on the other side of the bay at Lance’s left. On medium Swells, it offers a short but thrilling barrel. On smaller days becomes a fun mellow rippable wave. Works best on south swells and north winds.

Beach break

Just a short bike ride away from the resort, the beach break offers beautiful crystal clear left and right peaks, perfect for all levels and even if you want to learn how to surf we can organize lessons.


A fun shifty left that works on smaller swells and offers occasional barrels. The wave is tucked away in a beautiful bay away from plain sight.


A perfect barreling right, not surfed by many. Mid to high tide only and beware on the inside section. I nice getaway when HT’s gets too crowded.

The Point

A long fun right hander, suitable for all levels, with hollow and flat sections. Just a few hundred meters from HT’s.

Hollow Tree's or HT's

The wave wraps around the south end of the island and into the sheltered bay where it unloads on the reef known as The Office and finally the Surgeon’s Table. As the name suggests, this wave is for intermediate and advanced surfers and rated as one of the top five waves in the world.

Surf Shop

Hollow Tree has a surf shop available on site. They provide all surf essentials such as wax, zinc, leash, grip pad, sunscreen and much more. They have a few selection of surfboards to purchase. Additionally, Hollow Tree's Resort also provides ding repair services.


This surf camp will take place in South Sipora Island, Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Your place of stay, Hollow Tree's Resort, is surrounded by tropical vibes, a bike ride away around the jungle for an adventurous experience. The ocean view villas are literally 120 meters away from the water edge. For beginners or intermediate surfers, there are other nearby destinations that are either accessible by speedboat or bike, such as Lances Left, beach break, as well as Bintangs and Monkeys.

Nearby places

  • The water edge, 120 meters

Surf conditions

Surf spot:


Monthly wave size

Best months for beginner surfers


Best months for intermediate surfers


Best months for advanced surfers


Monthly water temperature

Monthly recommended wetsuit




  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance


The restaurant concept is a combination of French, Thai and Indonesian cuisine with stunning views of the famous HT’s waves. It has a maximum capacity of 30 people. Lunch and dinner will be served in a buffet style. As for the breakfast, you can choose from a mouthwatering menu provided with daily fresh juices, smoothies, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hiking
  • Massage: Due to high demand, the resort has now a second Balinese masseuse. You won't have to wait for your mate to tell you all about it before you head on.
  • Relaxing swim by the pool that is located in front of each villa
  • Scooter adventure through the jungle or to other nearby beaches
  • Speedboat trips to other destinations for snorkeling, picnics or surfing
  • Use the chill out area by the tree house
  • Use the new built yoga deck to perform all your favorite muscle reinforcement, stretching moves or just meditate with the peaceful view of the waves right in front of you
  • Shopping at the new surf shop: Forgot your wax, sunscreen or favorite bikini? Don't get a headache we've got everything you need!

Photography package

On the island, there is a local photographer that can take your photos/videos during your surf session.

  • 5 days - 150 USD
  • 7 days - 180 USD
  • 10 days - 200 USD
  • 14 days - 225 USD

Package includes all photos/videos from land and boat.

Yoga package - one yoga class per day

  • 3 days package - 50 USD
  • 5 days - 80 USD
  • 7 days - 110 USD
  • 10 days - 150 USD

If guests prefer not choosing the packages as listed above, the rate is 20 USD per class (this will be charged at the end of the stay). Guests need to inform in advance whether they are interested in the above packages. As they need to arrange the services in advance as well.

What's included

  • Surf guide
  • Unlimited use of speedboat trips to nearby destinations 
  • 1 complimentary 15-minute back and shoulder massage per person per stay
  • Roundtrip private transfer service from Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) to hotel in Padang and boat harbor
  • Use of all resort facilities (standup paddles, kayaks, etc.)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the whole resort
  • Use of AC, hot showers, and outdoor dip pool
  • 3 gourmet meals per day
  • Complimentary unlimited water dispenser provided in the villa
  • Reusable water bottles to fill with the water dispenser
  • Scooters
  • 10% government tax
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Surfing equipment
  • Accommodation at a Padang hotel (before and after the trip)
  • Roundtrip boat transfers - Mentawai fast ferry from Padang to either Tuapejat or Sioban, then speedboat transfer to / from the resort (transfers include ferry ticket plus luggage and surfboard luggage, prices are 350 USD per person for surfers and 250 USD per person for non-surfers traveling without surfboards)
  • Mentawai tax (75 USD for 15 days for visiting surfers only)
  • Travel insurance
  • Photography package
  • Yoga package

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Minangkabau International Airport (PDG). Transfer from the airport is included. Hollow Tree's Resort will pick you up from the airport. Then you would need to stay one night in Padang, due to the early departures of the ferry the next morning.

The ferry only departs once a day and 4 times a week. Once you have reached the ferry terminal (Tuapejat or Sioban), the resort representative will come pick you up with their speedboat service and deliver you to the resort at an extra cost.

Arrival by ferry / boat

To get to Hollow Tree’s Resort, you would first need to travel by boat from Padang. There are 2 options to travel.

Speedboat transfer

You will need a speedboat service from Padang straight to Hollow Tree’s Resort. It will cost 4000 USD (round trip) with the travel time approximately 3.30 hours. All trips are available on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to availability. This can only be arranged with a maximum of 12 people. This package is recommended for big groups of people.

Mentawai Fast Ferry package from Padang to Tuapejat or Sioban including your speedboat service to the resort.

For guests who wish to travel on a cheaper basis, you have the option to travel with the Mentawai fast ferry. Roundtrip transport will cost 350 USD per person for surfers (with surfboard luggage) and 250 USD for non-surfers (no surfboard luggage), with the travel time of approximately 3 hours on the ferry plus 2 hours on speedboat to the resort. Travel time by speedboat from Tuapejat to the resort is approximately 1.30 to 2 hours while it takes about 1 hour travel time by speedboat from Sioban to the resort.

The Mentawai Fast Ferry schedule:

From Padang

  • Monday at 6.00 a.m. to Tuapejat
  • Wednesday at 7.00 a.m. to Tuapejat
  • Friday at 7.00 a.m. to Tuapejat
  • Sunday at 7.00 a.m. to Sioban

The travel time from Padang to Tuapejat or Sioban is 3 hours.

From the resort to Padang

  • Monday at 3.00 p.m. from Tuapejat
  • Wednesday at 3.00 p.m. from Tuapejat
  • Friday at 3.00 p.m. from Tuapejat
  • Sunday at 11.30 a.m. from Sioban.

All travel times mentioned above depend on the weather condition. Hollow Tree’s Resort will not be held responsible for bad weather conditions.

Airport: Minangkabau International Airport Airport transfer included: Minangkabau International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Children up to 7 years old are free of charge.

The price for children from 7 to 13 years old is 50% of the regular prices.



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