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7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

  • Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort, Pulau Simeulue, Sumatra, Indonesia

7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Indonesia

  • Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort, Pulau Simeulue, Sumatra, Indonesia

Surf and Yoga Retreat Indonesia

Join the contagiously joyful Sally Aldrin and the intuitively quirky Bristol Dunlap, as they unite in yoga, surf, and rich discussions in beautiful Sumatra, Indonesia. You will integrate the wisdom of a new yama each day. These tools will subtly transform and prepare you to make significant change in your day to day. Awaken a fresh awareness of yourself and see the positive change in your relationships with others and the environment.


  • Live music by Bristol
  • Boat and rainforest excursion
  • Yoga classes with Sally Aldrin and Bristol Dunlap
  • Airport transfers from and to Lasikin Airport (SMG)
  • 3 organic and local meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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For this retreat, you will be staying at Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort. The bungalows of Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort are located on 10,000 meters square of garden paradise, fronted by a white sand beach, and directly in front of an epic A-Frame peak, Sumatran Trestles, which is one of the most consistent waves in Indonesia. Over ten surf spots within 30 minutes of the bungalows provide uncrowded waves for beginners, intermediate surfers, and professionals.

Mahi-Mahi boasts five bungalows, melding 100-year-old solid teak traditional limasans imported from Java to a modern ground floor. All have verandahs, private indoor-outdoor western style bathrooms, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and comfortable, quality innerspring queen-sized or single beds, depending on your preference.

There are a number of communal areas for guests to enjoy. There is a large open area made from a traditional teakwood Joglo equipped with DVD projector, stereo, comfortable sofas, table tennis, and board games. There are a number of other outdoor dining options. There is a private terrace, barbecue area, and two level bar that is directly in front of the peak.

During this retreat, you will have plenty of time alone and with the group and will have yoga classes for five days. Whether you would just want to take a step back in time to these tranquil beaches and jungles or spend your days surfing uncrowded breaks, Sumatra's western island, Pulau Simeulue, will be a trip of a lifetime! Yoga, surfing, and live music on a remote island. What more could you ask for?

You will enjoy a boat trip and a jungle excursion.

  • Sally Aldrin

    Sally Aldrin is known for her infectious energy and a smile that lights up a room. As Sally’s wanderlust led her all over the world, her experiences led her to a deep belief and dedication in sharing the gift of yoga. She believes that yoga has and will continue to make the world a better place by bringing about consciousness and awareness on how you are all connected.

  • Bristol Dunlap

    Bristol Dunlap is an intuitive musician, artist, and yogi. She grew up on Maui, immersed in the nurturing love and endless humbling teachings of the land, the ocean, and small town community. After a few years of traveling and working in the creative arts industries in Australia and New Zealand, she returned home with the hopes to absorb healing wisdom and step away from the nine to five mindset. Her voice is soulful, sincere, and enlightening. She integrates her singing voice into her yoga classes, which are strong, energizing, and alignment focused.

The retreat will take place in Simeulue Island. Take a step back in time off the beaten path to Sumatra's western island, Simeulue. Lonely Planet describes this isolated island as a rocky volcanic out-crop blanketed in rainforest and fringed with clove and coconut plantations. It is a true gem few tourists and surfers get to, which equals uncrowded waves for days. Whether you are just looking to get away from it all or wanting to get barreled, you will find your bliss here.

Nearby places:

  • Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) - 1 hour
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Reiki
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net

You will be served with three organic, local cuisines daily. Breakfast options include fresh fruit, muesli, fruit juice, coconuts and coconut milk, eggs, potatoes, banana pancakes, nasi goreng, baked beans, and fried tomatoes. Dinner and lunch options include Indonesian specialties, such as chicken, fish, meat curries and vegetarian dishes (Gado Gado, tempe, tofu, rice etc.), and western favorites, like steak, pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, burgers, and tacos.

Simeulue Island offers excursions into pristine jungle and marine environments like the Indonesia of 30 years ago. There are stunning clean beaches, coral reefs, swimming holes, primary rainforest walks, and waterfalls all nearby. You can hire a motorbike with board racks and explore the island yourself or they can arrange guided tours.

You can also have an optional add-on Reiki or massage sessions with Sally Aldrin.

  • 1 surf guide to various surf breaks on Simeulue Island
  • 2 yoga classes daily for five days
  • 3 daily local and organic meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Lasikin Airport (SMG)
  • Boat and rainforest excursion
  • Live music by Bristol
  • Moped rentals
  • Transportation around Simeulue Island via motor bike and car.
  • Unlimited purified water
  • Use of the fishing equipment, dive gear, and standup paddle board
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). On arrival in Medan, you can take the one-hour flight to Lasikin Airport (SMG) on the same day via SusiAir or WingsAir. Transfer from and to Lasikin Airport (SMG) is included. Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort will pick you up from the airport.

It may be necessary to stay overnight in Medan depending on the time of your flight arrival. We can recommend excellent, clean and affordable places to stay in Medan that range from 5-to-3 star.


  • Review by JuanArmel from Singapore

    "After visiting several surf resorts around Indo, Mahi-Mahi is definitely one of my favorites. Despite bad weather during off season, we had an amazing time - the wave works even when there is no swell, yoga was exceptional, island hopping and secret cave are just one of the many other things to do. Thank you to the awesome Mahi-Mahi crew for having made our stay a delighting experience!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at Mahi Mahi in September 2016. A family of 4, young kids 4 & 6 who had a ball in the big grassy area at the front of the property and loved seeing the buffalo walk up and down the beach. we all surfed every day. Great lil beginner beach for the kids and I out the front of Mahi Mahi, warm water, gentle waves, unspoilt beaches and gorgeous lil village nearby....and waves for experienced surfers at Mahi Mahi or a scooter or boat ride away. I love that the resort supports a turtle conservation project. The food was good and the people working at the resort were so lovely - all of them. A great holiday - sad it's over!! Thanks to all at Mahi Mahi. P.x"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York
    8 out of 10

    "Really nice place, super chilled vibe, great staff, solid food ... and waves right out front. Good for groups and also if solo. Not much else there but surfing but thats all you need! Bikes to get around the island too"

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  • Review by Ezekiel J
    10 out of 10

    "Such a wonderful place to stay and especially it's good spot for surfing. The resort staff were super friendly especially Nathan with his great hospitality towards the guest and the food served were good as well. I would suggest this as best resort to spend your holiday with your buddies or family."

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  • Review by Edward J from Northland, New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "Spent 16 days here in July 2016. Great trip, great people running the resort, and even the Surf guide is okay for a South African....(joke). Couldn't spend much money up there as it was all exclusive except snacks and drinks, but these were very cheap. Got some great waves and surfed everyday. Boat trip to nearby islands a must, great waves."

    "Already planned to go back in 2017. "

    "The food was good, a mix of indo and sushi, had Spag Bol one night, always enough food, coffee was good. Soda's and snacks available to buy."

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  • Review by Stephen W
    10 out of 10

    "Had an amazing time staying here, the staff were incredible, weather was nice and scored some great waves. Very beautiful villas and met some really great guests who were also staying. Breathtaking island and perfect resort. Highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Lisa
    10 out of 10

    "The rooms are delightfully mix of tradition and style. I could view the waves from my room and walk to, which was super fun. Food delicious and plentiful. Fruit, coconuts, vegetable, and fish cuisine and now, they serve chai. The staff including the locals were caring, friendly, laid back, helpful, and open. The yoga pavilion is soon to be completed and the conservation programs are ethical and admirable. Overall a real retreat (with free Wi-Fi), amidst waves and jungle!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Staying at the Mahi-Mahi Resort was the highlight of my trip! It felt like we were with family - the staff and locals are so welcoming and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious and we found ourselves counting down to each meal. The rooms are stunning, and the location is ridiculous! The surfers would wake up each morning and the waves were right on their door step, with deep rock pools and a swimming bay also out the front."

    "Cannot say enough about this resort! They really went above and beyond for everyone. Not only is it an amazing surf resort, but they also have affiliated with an eco-volunteer program in order to help conserve the surrounding islands sea turtle populations. More tourism organizations and resorts should be environmentally conscious like Mahi-Mahi!!"

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  • Review by Craig
    10 out of 10

    "Mahi-Mahi is a very comfortable resort with an authentic Indonesian style. Fantastic food, breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Simeulue still has very little tourism, so there isn't any real choice of restaurants or cafes, but you are so well-looked after here you wouldn't want anything else. My fiancee and I stayed for three weeks, and really did feel like we were on holiday with a group of friends. The staff are that great! We would love to go back again!"

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  • Review by Shannon
    10 out of 10

    "Great accommodation great staff, food, waves, and even helped me out with flight bookings that went wrong a while there. Beautiful untouched island, a real old tropical island feel, and one of the best surf trips I have done. I will definitely be going back soon."

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  • Review by Reuben from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed here for a couple of weeks with my brother and mates. If you are going to Simeulue, Mahi-Mahi is the place to stay. Right next door to Aura, but much newer, nicer, and surprisingly cheaper. Accommodation was beautiful, with the view of the main peak from my bed. Food was exceptional. The buffalo rendang was a highlight. Surf was great and the crew were outstanding . Thanks Anna, Shaun, Nate, and Iona for a great time."

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  • Review by Michael
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at Mahi Mahi for two weeks. Unfortunately the break out front wasn't working during our stay (we were told is rare, saw plenty of photos to rub salt in the wound). However, we managed to surf it a handful of times. That didn't affect our stay. We had great waves all within short drive, minimal crowds, and super friendly staff. Accommodation is basic, but has everything you need, great food, and offers great bang for buck! One of the better resorts on the island."

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  • Review by Tony
    8 out of 10

    "Just spent seven nights with a crew of crusty old kiwi mates re-living our youth. I had a great time here. Accommodation was simple, but great. Rooms cleaned every day with private bathroom. Food was very tasty and the staffs were really helpful with a nice vibe about the place. Expat surf guides were competent, relaxed, and happy to advise and assist. They were on tap to drive us to the surf anywhere most of the time. Wave in front not always on. They could do with a more reliable van, but rustled up extra transport easily enough when needed. "

    "Surf ranged was from okay to excellent around the coast semi local the entire time we were there. Waves were really for intermediate and better level surfers. They are not for learners, unless you have a special interest in white water, coral reefs, and sharp volcanic rocks. We chartered the Mahi-Mahi launch to Banyaks for a couple of days where we scored awesome fun waves. I would have no hesitation in returning or recommending Mahi Mahi."

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  • Review by Mac from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed on Simeulue Island for two months and Mahi-Mahi is by far the place to be. It is so underpriced for what it is in comparison to other resorts. All bungalows are private so you aren't sharing, with a private rustic like bathroom and shower. They are all brand new and clean as with a view of the peak from your bed. The people there are a really cool. They are like family and will go way out of their way to make sure you have the most comfortable stay possible. Mahi-Mahi do a lot for the people of Simeulue and their community, so you tell any locals on the island that you are staying with Mahi and they will welcome you with a smile."

    "The main point of difference that Mahi has over other resorts is its location. The peak is an A-frame that breaks right in front of the resort. So, you are literally having every meal watching your mates surfing. People from other resorts would travel to the peak every day as this is the most consistent wave on Simeulue that they have found. I was there for two months and only had two days where it was un-surfable ( I still could have got a grovel in). I only went to two other waves the whole time and still the peak was better on the day."

    "The food is awesome, fresh, healthy, and there is always heaps. This was the only place that had Wi-Fi on the island when i was there. I am stoaked on how lucky i got by saying with these guys as you always hear from other people out at the peak about how their resort isn't what they had hoped for. Stay at Mahi and you won't be disappointed for sure. Can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    8 out of 10

    "We had almost 14 nights here, which unfortunately was a bit long, when we only a few days of good surf. The rest of the time it was flat. We tried to scope out other locations, but nothing was breaking. My boyfriend says the wave out the front isn't the perfect wave, but is still fun. The kitchen staff are wonderful and the food is really good, although a few operational things in the kitchen still need to be worked on. There isn't much food options outside of the resort."

    "The location is lovely and the grounds are beautiful and well cared for. The couples room is big and spacious and well-looked after each day. There are quite a few mosquitoes hanging around, so bring plenty of bug spray! The Wi-Fi works, but is extremely slow, but its surprising they even have it on an island like this. We took the mopeds out and got a flat tyre, so if your going on a long journey make sure you have some money and scope out where the little garages are. "

    "If females are considering coming, it is good to remember Simeulue is under the Sharia Law and therefore, you can't wear bikinis outside of the resort (as well as shorts and singlets too). Overall, Simeulue was a lovely place to visit, but it isn't the most exciting place if your not a keen surfer. Mahi-Mahi is definitely the best place to stay on the Island at the moment with lovely staff, good food, and nice grounds. At the moment, it is still under construction, so there is a lot of workers around and there is a bit of noise from that."

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  • Review by Muriwai John from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed 11 great nights in one of the new beachfront ensuite units. The accommodation is great, with good beds and large bathroom. A big fan keeps you cool at night and insects away. Every unit has an uninterrupted view of the surf break, which is directly in front of the dining room. The onsite managers who are Kiwi and Swedish are super friendly and fantastic when my boards were lost temporarily by the airline. A couple of calls and they were found and on their way to me at the island."

    "I was among the first guests and resort was still being built during my stay, but the work didn't affect me. The food is basic, but very substantial, which is what you need when you are surfing three or four times a day. I understand that it will become more varied in the near future."

    "The surf guide, a saffa / kiwi, has an intimate knowledge of the area and we visited several other breaks on the island, including boat trips to breaks offshore, which includes a world-class barreling right with only four of us out, and a mellow long left with just three in the water. I thoroughly recommend Mahi-Mahi to anyone who wants to surf uncrowded, quality surf in a beautiful location. Their commitment to sea turtle conservation work is also a very nice touch."

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  • Review by Dev from Malaysia
    8 out of 10

    "i Stayed here for three weeks and scored good waves right in front of the resort. The resort is brand new, with some buildings still to be completed, so everything was nice and fresh. Indo-style food was good. Nice crew and relaxed atmosphere. Will be even better when fully operational."

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