Enjoy riding waves meant to cater and satisfy the appetites of surfers belonging to all levels. Stay with Kingfisher Mentawai and experience a surfing paradise right at your doorstep. So if you are looking for the ultimate surf adventure surrounded by the world's best waves combined with an insight into a new culture and a relaxed holiday, then join this Kingfisher Mentawai's surf camp!
You will be staying in a bungalow at Kingfisher Mentawai. The Kingfisher Surf Resort has three Mentawai-style bungalows which are located directly in front of Lance’s Left, offering close-up views of this spectacular wave. The design of the bungalows combines the best of the local look and feel with the rigor and comfort that most Western travelers enjoy.
The result is an elegant yet strikingly exotic experience. The resort is designed to accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. The resort believes in this policy, as it allows them to take care in guaranteeing each guest a luxurious and comfortable stay. The private experience also ensures that the surf never gets too crowded.
All bungalows are equipped with air conditioning and fans designed for the ultimate comfort, electrical outlets to plug all devices you may need (220-Volt), iPod docking station, mini fridge, kettle, tea, and coffee, bath towels are given at the beginning of each trip, all beds are provided with mosquito nets, big spacious balcony with very comfortable chairs, and hammocks to enjoy the breathtaking views of the beach and Lances Left. Each bathroom has a sink, toilet, mirror, shower, shampoo, soap, and is completely tiled, and a fully furnished living room area inside. Each bungalow has maximum privacy thanks to the landscape and distance from each other.
Kingfisher Bay Resort is a gateway to a world of amazing waves, culture, adventure, and natural wonder. Kingfisher Mentawai gives you the opportunity to experience a strikingly original part of the world unlike any other destination; picture-perfect waves, a completely unique and fascinating environment with a backdrop of idyllic palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters.
As the name suggests, the resort is situated on the edge of an expansive bay, regularly frequented by stunning, acrobatic kingfisher birds, and a vast array of other wildlife including majestic sea eagles, large flying squirrels and pristine coral reefs teeming with sea life. The breathtaking waves along the Mentawai islands sets the stage for what has become a mecca for surfers around the world.
From Kingfisher Mentawai dream location in front of Lance’s Left on the southern tip of Sipora island, the fantasies of surfing waves so tantalizing and seemingly out of reach, can now become a reality. The island also caters for snorkeling, trekking, biking, and a wide range of activities on land.
Kingfisher Mentawai have waves for all surfing levels from beginner to expert. They are located on Lances Left, the most consistent wave in the Mentawais. Just around the corner, you have Lances Right, world-renowned for its perfection and one of the best waves in Indonesia. There are more than 15 waves in the area and Kingfisher Mentawai will have a speedboat on standby at all times to take the guest out surfing.
The guest can use the speedboat as often as they like and Kingfisher Mentawai have an experienced surf guide going out on every trip to assess the conditions and give the guests the inside tips to get the waves of their lives. For the beginners, Kingfisher Mentawai have an incredible fun beach break just five minutes from the resort. This is a secluded beach with white soft sand that is perfect for beginners.
The best thing about Kingfisher Mentawai surfing lifestyle is that they recognize everyone is unique. People have different surfing styles characterized by their personalities and therefore they enjoy surfing waves that suit their style. Some like big, stand up barrels, while others are happiest surfing a mellow three-feet peeling point.
The Mentawai gets swell year-round, though the waves do change from month to month. They are open from March until November and below is a summary of the types of waves you can expect during each month of the year to help you choose the perfect time to come visit Kingfisher Mentawai in paradise.
Arrive in Padang, where you will be picked up by a Kingfisher staff member and taken to your overnight hotel.
6:00 a.m. pick up at the hotel and taken to the fast ferry. Take the fast ferry to Tua Pajet harbour in the Mentawai islands. This takes about 4 hours. There is a Kingfisher staff member who will meet the guests and escort them to the resort speedboat to complete the rest of the journey to the resort.
Arrive at the resort 12:00 p.m. and have a quick lunch and go surfing!
Surf, explore, snorkel and relax. They have access to 15 waves in the area and they also offer day trips to further islands such as Macaronis and Telescopes.
Have an early surf at Lances Left, followed by a breakfast or early lunch. Depart the resort at 12:00 p.m. back to Padang. Arrive back in Padang 6:00 p.m. and spend the night in the overnight hotel.
A Kingfisher staff member will pick the guest up at the hotel and provide transfer to the airport to fly back home.
This surf camp will take place in South Sipora, Katiet in Sumatera Barat, Indonesia. The Mentawai Islands are among the best in the world in terms of quality and consistent surf. This is largely due to its exposure to the wide southern Indian Ocean, which guarantees the area epic waves throughout the year.
The resort is located in an extremely wave-rich region with 10 different breaks, all accessible within 10 minutes via boat. With such an extensive selection to choose from - long lefts and rights, barrel perfection, heavy slabs and fun beach breaks - the location at Kingfisher Resort caters for all levels and appetites of surfing.
Lance’s Left is a classic Indo-style wave. The break, famous for its year-round consistency, offers supremely long rides on the best-shaped waves in the area. Because of its length, there are several different take-off spots, which means Lance’s Left rarely feels crowded. The take-off spots also have a relatively low barrier to entry, which means riders of all levels are able to find their perfect wave.
When it’s three-feet you can expect good, lined up walls that peel along the break, perfect for honing your turns. There are also two great barrel sections that turn on when the swell direction is right. When it gets bigger, thick swell lines start stacking up from the deep and roll in to create one of the most breathtaking and enjoyable waves in the Mentawais, comparable to Money Trees in G-Land, with super steep takeoffs, plenty barrels, and room for pushing your limits on high-intensity speed carves. It is located right on your doorstep where your bungalow is situated.
Lance’s Right is the poster child of Mentawai surfing, offering a wave so consistently perfect, even a machine couldn’t produce something better. At its deepest point along the coral platform lies The Office section, a sharp takeoff for the expert rider to scoop in, hold their line, and hopefully launch through to the Main Peak.
The wave ends on an infamous inside section, a.k.a. the Surgeon’s Table, where the last barrel section throws over a shallow slab and spits you out into the channel. These three peaks will link only when the size is right, but when it does and you score it, the ride is unforgettable.
Lance’s Right is mostly for intermediate to advanced surfers, and works best in 6-8 feet of S-SW swell, in either windless conditions or with a light Westerly, and at least two hours of tide. It is located 10 minutes by boat around the corner of Kingfisher Mentawai.
Bintangs Right delivers more fun per meter than most waves you will ever surf. The wave moves in from the deep end and when it hits the reef shelf it jacks up immediately. This sudden emergence of the wave initially catches many surfers off guard, but as soon as you figure it out, it turns into a barrel fest. Bintangs is a shortwave that horseshoes and bends back on itself.
The takeoff doubles up and can be steep, after which you can either pull in or smash the wall coming towards you. When conditions are prime, Bintangs delivers amazing, round barrels and extremely fun, rippable walls. A major advantage of having Bintangs in the area is that on the days when the dreaded North wind blows out most spots in the Mentawais, Bintangs is offshore and pumping. It is located five minutes by boat across the channel.
A short distance up the reef from Lance’s Left, you will find this intense left-hander. It gets really shallow on the low tide and prefers a bit more water. Due to the shallowness it is normally relatively uncrowded. On a South swell and East wind it is a non-stop barrel from the takeoff all the way to the channel where the wave spits you out. Therefore appropriately named, The Cobra. It is located five minutes walk up to the beach.
With over 10 years of experience in the Mentawais, the crew at Kingfisher knows all the nooks and crannies of the region. For example, there are certain breaks that rarely attract charter boats as the anchorage is not safe enough, allowing us to score uncrowded waves. At Kingfisher Resort, the goal is to get the guests on the best possible waves with the least number of people. The secret spots range from fun beach breaks to perfect and heavy reef breaks. There are at least five spots in the area that Kingfisher Mentawai regularly surf alone.
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Monthly recommended wetsuit
This surf camp includes daily three big meals with tea, coffee, drinking water, and all snacks (chocolates, biscuits, etc.). Kingfisher Mentawai in-house chef prepares daily meals using only the tastiest local ingredients. The tranquil atmosphere of the restaurant is the best place to relax and feast on a variety of foods while enjoying the amazing view of the island and its wonderful surroundings.
Meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats, cooked in a variety of styles including Western, Indonesian, Chinese, and barbeques. Kingfisher Mentawai consider delicious and plentiful food an integral part of an enjoyable dining experience, so meals are served buffet style to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.
Please note that Kingfisher Mentawai have a selection of cold beers available at the resort, however, they are unable to provide hard liquor due to local regulations. Guests are more than welcome to bring duty-free purchased wine and spirits for consumption at the resort.
For those who like to stay connected with the outside world, Kingfisher Mentawai have a digital area with free high-speed satellite internet, 24/7 Wi-Fi, a big screen projector, DVD player, and a sound station. In the evenings after dinner, Kingfisher Mentawai like to screen the daily selection of photos from the guests’ surf sessions while everyone enjoys a Bintang beer. Kingfisher Mentawai also have a pool table for entertainment where some big tournaments go down, normally when the waves are on the small side.
Kingfisher Mentawai are very fortunate to have a wide choice of fantastic snorkeling sites with warm, crystal clear water close to the resort. Directly in front of the resort is a keyhole offering amazing sites of live coral and teeming wildlife. Alternatively, you can take a short bike or boat ride to discover a diverse collection of hard and soft corals which provide a home and feeding ground for schools of vibrant reef fish, shellfish, anemones, giant clams, and turtles.
Kingfisher Resort is situated on Sipora island, home to various wild jungle tracks. Go for a trek through the lush Mentawai greenery or take a bike ride and go discover your own private beach. A jungle trek will take you through the local villages, the closest one is about five kilometers from the resort. There you can immerse yourself in a completely unique culture, or test your skills on the volleyball court - the local kids are always keen for a game.
The best way to start your morning is with a yoga session to get your body ready for a day in the surf. When you get tired from surfing perfect waves, you can enjoy a Thai massage to relax those muscles. Kingfisher Resort has a professionally qualified yoga instructor and masseuse at Kingfisher to provide lessons and classes.
Under the guidance of talented local Mentawaian woodcarvers and weavers, you can design and create your own piece of artwork. Make a unique souvenir for friends or family whilst getting to know the people who call Sipora Island their home.
Minangkabau International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Minangkabau International Airport (PDG). Transfer from and to the airport is included. To get to Kingfisher Mentawai Resort, you will need to take a ferry to Tua Pajet or Sioban, where the resort boat will pick you up to complete the rest of your journey.
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