Mentawai, Place to Watch the Sunset

The Mentawai Islands lie roughly 100 km off of the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. They consist of 4 main islands with many smaller islands scattered throughout. From north to south, the main islands are Siberut, Sipora, North Pagi, and South Pagi.

Mapaddegat, District of North Sipora known as the most fun place to watch the sunset. Sunsets in the Mentawai islands off the coast of Indonesia are some of the most beautiful in the world. The palm tree silhouettes in the orange toned sky create exotic tropical art.

Another place to watch the sunset is Awera Island. Awera Island surrounded by world class waves, rainforest and coral reefs, the Awera Island Guesthouse is a small, comfortable and affordable accommodation option for guests wanting to experience the waves of the Mentawai Islands.

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West Sumatera Tourism Maps

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If you never visit West Sumatera before, tourism maps is best choices alternative for you, you can visit West Sumatera happier and easier. This tourism maps can be your guide

Here is distance in KM from a city to another city in West Sumatera.

CITY PDG PNN TPN LBA PRM TKU MGP SMP PP
Padang 77 213 35 56 93 105 178 72
Painan 77 136 112 133 170 182 255 149
Tapan 213 136 248 269 306 318 391 285
Lubuk Alung 35 112 248 21 58 70 143 37
Pariaman 56 133 269 21 37 49 122 58
Tiku 93 170 306 58 37 12 85 95
Manggopoh 105 182 318 70 49 12 73 107
Simpang Ampek 178 255 391 143 122 85 73 180
Padang Panjang 72 149 285 37 58 95 107 180
Bukittinggi 91 168 304 56 77 114 126 199 19
Payakumbuh 124 201 337 89 110 147 156 232 52
Batusangkar 102 179 315 67 88 125 137 210 30
Solok 64 141 277 91 112 149 161 134 54
Sawahlunto 95 172 308 122 143 180 192 265 85
Sijunjung 127 204 340 154 175 212 224 297 117
Lubuk Sikaping 168 245 381 133 154 191 178 105 96
Air Bangis 347 424 560 312 333 370 147 74 275
Sitiung 233 310 446 260 281 318 330 403 223
Muara Labuh 134 211 347 161 182 219 231 304 124

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Mentawai Islands Surf Charter Boats

Here’s some of Mentawai islands surf charter boats:

MV MIDAS

Completely refurbished with state-of-the-art equipment and cabins, MV Midas is luxury surf charter boat comfortably accommodates 6 to 10 people. Once onboard you are in the hands of the local surf experts that wave-lovers like you are looking for.

MV Midas is solution to reach the remote Mentawai surf spots that slower boats simply cannot reach. MV Midas use twin 1100hp diesel motors allow MV Midas to reach speeds of up to 26 knots. More about MV Midas

MELALEUCA

Built new in 2007 the Melaeuca boast traditional Indonesian design with all the modern amenities and safety features of a western style boat. With 80′ x 20′ x 6′ vessel feet of comfort and space at the best value in the Mentawais.

All sleeping areas are individually air conditioned. Guest amenities include an air conditioned sitting room complete with flat screen television, digital video disk player and sound system. There is also an open party deck with sound system plus fishing and snorkeling gear for your use.

TheMelaluca has all safety and navigational instruments, including: Furuno Radar; Furuno GPS; Furuno Echo Sounder; Kenwood SSB Radio; Icom VHF Radio; 7 fire extinguishers; a 20 person capacity life raft; 20 life preservers; SSB and VHF radio communications; 1 EPIRB, flares, smoke and emergency alarms. The vessel is powered by 2 Mitsubishi 320 hp inboard diesel engines, with 2 Mitsubishi PS100 250V generators.

KAIMANA

Kaimana is a new 80 x 20 x 9 ft motor boat, built and moored in Padang. Kaimana depart Padang harbor on Saturday late afternoon/evening and arrive back in Padang harbor early Wednesday morning.

Kaimana offers the same luxury accommodation as some of the top western boats. She has 5 twin cabins with individual air-conditioning, so it’s much more comfortable than sleeping in the one room. She has a large fully air-conditioned lounge room with TV, DVD and stereo, 2 shower/toilet rooms with hot water showers and an outdoor shower. There is also a fantastic shaded top deck to watch your mates get shacked, and when the sun is going down, move onto the higher open top deck for a sunset bintang!

Mentawai Island: The Ultimate Diversity Of The Hidden Paradise

Located in the middle of Indian Ocean, 150 km and takes 9 hours trip from Padang, West Sumatra-Mentawai glowing with all the nature spirits and make it an extraordinary escaping spot from a hectic life. Mentawai is the natural habitat for 16 endemic species, and some of them categorized as endangered species e.g. Simakobu monkey (simias concolor-eat leaf as primary food). The present life of Mentawai people categorized as the legacy from Neolithic era and they have a strong believe in nature spirit, for their life strongly affected by nature. They believe that nature is the center of life. All the genuine attributes make Mentawai a perfect place to gain cultural experiences, here you will notice a very fascinating and indigenous culture, like traditional cloths, art, music and the way of life. The entire culture attributes strongly reflects their respect to nature. Tattoo is one of the most important symbol for Mentawai people, its reflect maturity, manhood and status. The art of this body painting inherit from their ancestor. The tattoos ink naturally made from leaf.

Among the surfers, Mentawai is the best place to fill their demand for challenges and natures beauty. The beaches offer one of the highest wave in the world, 3 to 4 meters, totally challenge your gut. Once you grounded your self in this hidden Paradise Island, next you will paddle out to the worlds best surf. Dont call your self Surfer if you havent ride Mentawais waves said most of the surfer to expressed their surfing experiences in Mentawai.There are four ultimate diving spots here in Mentawai, Siberut, Sipora, Pagai Utara (north Pagai) and Pagai Selatan (south Pagai). You can find great waves here year round, but the best waves are during dry season, March to October. Make sure you have the gut to explore all the glassy waves, because the best way to entitled your surfing experiences remarkable is through finding your own.

Getting There

  1. Take a flight from Sukarno Hatta air port, Jakarta to Tabing airport, Padang–West Sumatra (available everyday)
  2. Take a ferry from Teluk Bayur port, Padang to Mentawai island

Getting Around

To access all the beauties offered, you can rent a boat owned by local people. You can find the boat along the beach. The rate depends on your bargaining skill.

To Do

Beach Activities

  1. Sight seeing
  2. Diving
  3. Snorkeling

Cultural Activities

  1. Learn how to perform the Traditional dances (war dance and gratitude to nature)
  2. Traditional ceremonies
  3. Mentawai is one of the best place to conduct an Ethnographic study since its one of the oldest tribe in Indonesia

Ecotourism Activities As the habitat for rare primate, the natural rain forest of Mentawai will be the perfect place for research or other educational purpose. Here, you can conduct research about

  1. Snub-nosed monkey/Simakobu (Simias concolor) monkey family eat leaf as primary food
  2. Joja or Lutung Mentawai (Presbytis potenziani) easily identified for the long tail, white face and black hair head
  3. Bokkoi atau Beruk Mentawai (Macaca pagensis)
  4. Kloss Gibbon/Bilou or Siamang Kerdil (Hylobates klossii) famous for the beautiful voice, different compared to general monkey

To Stay

Lot of visitors prefer homestays. They offer you a distinctive way of living in a unique architecture and experience interacting with local people. Otherwise you could stay in a budget hotel in Siberut.

To Eat

Boost your taste with exotic and fresh seafood that you can find in the local restaurants run by local people. If you are lucky enough, you can pick and cook your own seafood, but make sure you know the secret recipe/spices from Mentawai people. If you’re not into seafood, you can find regular meals as well.

To Buy

Local handmade souvenirs like traditional hats, traditional bag and accessories will be genuine souvenirs for your relatives and friends. You can buy them in a souvenir shop or from the locals directly.

Tips

  1. Bring your own surfboard with you, because it may be hard to find a surfboard shop in Mentawai
  2. Great wave can be found year-round, but the best waves are present during dry season March to October
  3. Bring your personal medicine
  4. You may arrange your visit by contacting the travel agent and airline services in Indonesia

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