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Exciting Surf Camp Indonesia

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
All meals included

M.I.A. Surf Camp Mentawai presents to you the perfect beach getaway in one of the best surfing locations in the world. This is your time to relax, bask in the sun, and feel the breeze against your skin. Catch the best surfing breaks and surf as much as you want. Relieve your stress and enjoy the gorgeous sea.

Highlights

  • Daily surfing activities
  • Speed boat usage to the other surf breaks
  • Proximity to the five epic breaks in Mentawai
  • All car transfers and return ferry tickets
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • All meals and drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00

MIA Surcamp Mentawai's beautiful, traditional, locally built bungalows are a stone's throw away from five epic breaks in the Mentawai Islands, with the most consistent wave in all the islands (Nipussi) literally 25 steps from the main house. As soon as you open your eyes, you can see all the waves from your bed and choose which one you want to surf as the sun is rising.

The main house has the bar, a library with a large range of books, surfing magazines, and board games. This is the main hangout place where all your meals will be served. Another relaxing area has been added, with a new flat-screen television with cable.

Next to the main house are the spacious traditional-style bungalows equipped with fresh linen, towels, mosquito nets, and lockable wardrobes. Each bungalow has its own western toilets and bathrooms. Each bungalow also has a spacious balcony for you to chill out, read a book, or watch the waves in between surfs.

To reach the venue, all car transfers and return ferry tickets will be arranged for you. Additional payment is required.

Program

M.I.A Surfcamp is at the northern end of the Mentawais which is also the most wave rich in the entire area. Very few surfers return from here disappointed with wave quality, quantity, and consistency. It is known across the globe as having “the best waves in the world,” a quote that is rarely disputed. Being so close to the equator, the winds are extremely light and variable unlike other parts of Indonesia which are strongly affected by seasonal trade winds. This in turn will give you so many more surfing options every day.

From the boat moorings, there is a short stroll through the jungle where you will see beautiful scenery and get to go through a local village, meeting some of the traditional Mentawai people and see their way of life.

Location

The Mentawai Islands is a large archipelago off the west coast of Sumatra. It is an isolated paradise where the jungle meets an ocean full of pristine coral reefs and unmatched waves.

M.I.A Surfcamp is smack bang in the middle of over 10 islands, each with pristine beaches and coral encrusted lava rock reefs with an amazing number of surfing set-ups. Five breaks are in front of the site, and over 25 are within a half hour of camp accessible on one of the new high-speed locally built long boats.

Food

All your meals along with snacks, tea, coffee, and water are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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)

Other activities

Guests can snorkeling, board and card games, darts, beach cricket, soccer, football, jungle walks, exploring local villages, skurfing behind boat, exploring rockpools, searching for local delicacies with the locals, plus they have an extensive library at the main house.

What's included

  • Speed boat usage to the other surf breaks in the area
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Speed boat from Siberut-MIA Surfcamp and return trip
  • All meals and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, and water
  • Mentawai surfing levy
  • Mentawai tax

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer to Gombolo (300,000 IDR per car)
  • Gombolo ticket (approximately 300,000 IDR per person)
  • Mentawai Fast Ferry fare (600,000 IDR per person)
  • Transfer from Mentawai Fast Ferry to hotel (50,000 IDR per car)
  • Transfer to airport (150,000 IDR per car)
  • Wi-Fi (200,000 IDR for 1 GB)
  • Bintang cans
  • Photography
  • Laundry (50,000 IDR per load)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK), or Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Bali. From there, catch a flight to Minangkabau International Airport (PDG).

There are multiple international airlines that serve Indonesia. Air New Zealand serves Bali and Jakarta from Australia and New Zealand. AirAsia serves a wide range of Indonesian destinations from Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore. Asiana serves Bali and Jakarta from Seoul. Cathay Pacific Airways serves Bali and Jakarta from Hong Kong.

China Airlines serves Bali and Jakarta from Taipei. Emirates serves Bali and Jakarta from Dubai. Eva Air serves Bali and Jakarta from Taipei. Firefly serves major cities on Sumatra from Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia. Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's main national airline, serves Bali and Jakarta from Australia, Asia, and Amsterdam.

Japan Airlines serves Jakarta from Tokyo. Jetstar / Qantas serves Bali and Jakarta from Australia. KLM serves Jakarta and Bali from Amsterdam via Singapore. Korean Air serves Bali and Jakarta from Seoul. Lion Air is a rapidly expanding carrier with services across Indonesia and the region. Wings Air is its regional subsidiary. Lufthansa serves Jakarta from Frankfurt.

Malaysia Airlines serves Bali and Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur. Qatar Airways serves Bali and Jakarta from Doha. Singapore Airlines serves Bali and Jakarta daily. Sriwijaya Air expanding airline with routes to Malaysia, Singapore and Timor-Leste. Thai Airways International serves Bali and Jakarta from Bangkok. Tiger Airways budget carrier serving Bali, Jakarta, and Surabaya from Australia and Singapore. Virgin Australia serves Bali from several Australian cities.

The first hurdle that has to be tackled is getting to the Minangkabau International Airport, located in Padang, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. There are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Bali to Padang. You can take Batavia Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Garuda Indonesia, or Mandala Air.

If you are coming from Bali, you will need to transfer through Jakarta first. From Kuala Lumpur, the main option is Air Asia, which has several different options that go to Padang every day. From Jakarta, the most popular option is Garuda Indonesia, which also flies every day with several different options.

M.I.A. Surf Camp Mentawai representative shall meet guests at the airport in Padang on arrival and be happy about assisting with ground transportation and any necessary overnight accommodations or hotels. A drive takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to downtown Padang, They shall also make arrangements to transfer you to the Surfcamp from Padang.

For the arrival, all guests need to arrive in Padang before 2 p.m. on the date of Padang departure. At the end of your trip, you will be arriving back on mainland Sumatra at 6:00 p.m. on the last day of your trip (using the Mentawai Fast Ferry three-hour trip). It is highly recommended you have a pre-booked hotel in Padang that night as flights are very limited at night.

Arrival by ferry / boat

There are different means of getting to Siberut and the surfcamp from Padang: ferries, Mentawai Fast (3-hour fast boat), and speedboat charter.

Ambu Ambu and Gambolo are the large slow ferries that make the overnight voyage from Padang to Siberut, Mentawai Islands, and take approximately 10 to 12 hours for the crossing, banking on the weather or sea conditions. Both ferries leave from Teluk Kabung, around 20 kilometers south of Padang, and it takes about 54 minutes to get to Bungus port from central Padang with the ground transportation fee of 30 USD per person.

The drive from the airport to the Bungus port is around 90 minutes and costs 50 USD for the pickup and for one way. Hence, guests ought to plan their flights accordingly. M.I.A. Surf Camp Mentawai can help guests book their ticket along with a basic economy seat, an air-conditioned VIP bed, and cabin. The ticket with the basic economy seat costs 120,000 IDR per person, and the ticket with the air-conditioned VIP bed costs 130,000 IDR per person.

The cabins on board fit two to four people, depending on your group size and the guests coming or going on your trip, and the cabin arrangement will vary. There are two different types of air-conditioned cabins with different prices: a double-bed cabin with the price of 110 USD for one trip and 220 USD for return trip, and a four-bed cabin with the price of 195 USD for one trip and 390 USD for return trip. One ticket costs 10 USD per person for one trip and 20 USD person for return trip.

Mentawai Fast is the air-conditioned, impeccably maintained fast ferry taking approximately 45 minutes to ride from the airport to the Mentawai Fast and operating three times a week from Padang to Siberut. The voyage takes three to four hours from Padang to Siberut and back, depending on the weather.

This Fast Ferry is worth 295,000 IDR each way per person. Maximum baggage is 15 kilograms, and if it is in excess of 15 kilograms, will be charged 7,000 IDR per kilogram.

If guests have a group coming at the same time, they have the option of chartering a private speedboat to take them directly to M.I.A Surfcamp Mentawai. Cahaya is a three-hour private speedboat charter that will be available, and it could be the best option in case they arrive at a time that is not convenient for the fast ferry (Mentawai Fast).

Chartering the speedboat to get to the Surfcamp will be advantageous; it is speedy and flexible, it can essentially take off on any day, and it can take three hours to get to the destination. Cahaya speedboat can take or carry 12 to 13 guests along with their surfboards and other stuff. It costs 23,000,000 IDR per group for one way to take the surfers to M.I.A Surfcamp Mentawai from Padang.

However, if there is another group of surfing guests or surfers wanting to take the speedboat to get back to Padang at the time it returns to Padang, the group or the guests will only be charged amounting to 30% of the specified cost.

On arrival in Mentawai at Siberut port, the ferry will moor at Siberut Village harbor where guests will be greeted by one of the M.I.A Surfcamp hosts and await speedboat. From here, depending on guests' preferences, you can either go to a local restaurant for a quick lunch, or you can start the one-hour trip to M.I.A Surfcamp Mentawai and go surfing. You will be loaded onto the speedboat along with your boards and be whisked away to M.I.A Surfcamp.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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