Mentawai Island Bodyboard Holiday | The World’s most Perfect Waves Await
Bodyboarders need to have attended at least one trip with us before as the Mentawai Islands are fun but more challenging. Experienced bodyboarders are more than welcome.
This trip has been two years in the making but we’ve been determined to get it right. The monumental task to bring it to fruition however has ended, and the result is a premium bodyboarding trip perfect for the more intrepid and adventurous booger.
We’re sailing between tropical Sumatran Islands to catch the finest waves in the world.
If you’re an experienced traveller and bodyboarder, this is the trip you’ve been working towards. First pioneered in 1975 by Australian Surfers, the exotic Mentawai island chain is packed with amazing waves and the opportunity for exploration, so be prepared for the unexpected.
You’ll be climbing in and out of numerous boats, clambering river banks and crossing high gullies to reach our beach front surf camp. Once there we’ll be checking out set ups on different wind directions, swell directions and having an amazing adventure.
At the fringes of the Sumatran jungle we’ll be travelling by boat each day to numerous waves running along the edge of the Mentawai’s archipelago, you’ll encounter simple island life and off the beaten track travel.
Ground swells are consistent during October and the variety of waves available means crowds are easily avoided. Winds are usually light at this time of year too so it’s guaranteed to be offshore somewhere every day. Wherever it’s on, we’ll be there!
If you feel comfortable in line ups, riding hollow and barrelling waves and surfing with an experienced pack, this holiday was designed for you. We’ll have an awesome time going with the flow with a plan but no fixed schedule.
Join us. See for yourself why experienced surfers and bodyboarders alike travel so far for waves that are second to none. The Mentawai Islands offer a booger paradise unlike any other you’ve ever known.
We’ve chosen an area of the Mentawai Islands that boasts over 20 breaks within a 45 minute boat ride from our surf camp. As well as the long left-hand running almond-shaped barrels Indonesia is famed for, there are shorter wedging peaks, fast hollow waves and fuller, deeper waves. On the right day you’ll get the longest tube ride of your life.
Within 5 – 20 minutes from the camp, travelling by boat, nearby waves include Beng Beng, E Bay, Pit Stops, Good Times, A Frames, Hideaways and Bank Vaults. They offer a great variety of set ups and levels of intensity.
We visit during the back end of the dry season so expect warm, sunny weather and to spend most of the time wearing few clothes. It’s board shorts, Lycra vests and sunscreen only in the water. There could be occasional light rain. Sea temperatures remain steady at around 28°C or 82°F.
Our surf camp is located in a beautiful protected bay where our boats are moored right out front. Fashioned in the style of traditional Mentawai Uma, the accommodation is simple but well put together for the travelling bodyboarder. Within the camp you can also pay to have a massage while overlooking the ocean, the ideal antidote for loosening muscles after a day in the water.
Our coaching team offer expert daily tuition tailored to your ability with friendly coaches that are qualified, fully insured and lifeguard trained. Our coaches are passionate about bodyboarding and have well over twenty years of surfing and worldwide travel experience. All our staff are trained by British team coach, Rob Barber. Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual.
- Sessions tailored to individuals needs
- Video and photo analysis
- A focus on getting the longest barrel of your life
- Goal setting to achieve a higher level of performance and enjoyment
- Improving current moves and developing the technical side of your riding
- How to get the most from your equipment while having heaps of fun
In order to book, follow these steps.
1. Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page
2. You will then be emailed an information pack and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
3. Read the information and follow the instructions to contact us to pay.
4. Remember we have limited numbers on each trip so please book early for the best price.
5. If you want to hear what other bodyboarders have thought of the holidays, read our Trip Advisor reviews here.
6. Once you have paid you will receive an online enrolment form, when you have completed and returned this you will be confirmed on the trip.
You need to make your own travel arrangements to Padang Airport in Sumatra to arrive the day before the trip starts. You also need to organise your own airport pickup/drop offs and accommodation in Padang for the first and last night of your trip, this is very straight forward and all explained in the Frequently Asked Questions information that we will send you.
To begin your adventure, you’ll be catching the Mentawai public boat from Padang to Siberut at 6.30am on on the first day. You’ll arrive in Sikabaluan around 10am to catch another boat to Maura Siberut, arriving at 12 noon. Our Surf Camp Speedboat will be waiting for you here to take you to our camp for 2pm.
On your return journey, you’ll depart our camp at approximately 11.30am and arrive in Padang for 6pm. Be aware, travelling in Indonesia can be slow going so embrace it as part of the adventure . . . Please request an information pack and set of FAQs for further details.
All daily meals are supplied during your stay in the camp and specific eating requirements can be catered for, vegetarians, vegans and most food allergies. With breakfast you can enjoy an unlimited amount of tea and coffee and both lunch and dinner comprise hot cooked meals, freshly prepared using delicious local ingredients. The food is hearty and healthy and the portions are large! All meals and soft drinks are included in the package.
- 9 nights of accommodation
- Airport welcome meeting arrangements
- Guided transfers to and from Padang to the camp by boat
- All meals
- Daily local guiding and boat trips to the waves each day
- Daily coaching/instruction sessions
- Photography and video analysis to help you improve
- Good times!
We have bodyboarding equipment available on arrival in the Mentawai Islands. Please contact us in advance if you would like to hire or buy equipment for the trip.