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Lake Singkarak is the largest lake in West Sumatra. It is situated in two districts; Solok and Tanah Datar. Its cool weather and the beauty of Mount Singgalang provide perfect scenery to this 1000 hectare lake. From Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Singkarak.

Lake Singkarak is famous for its Bilih fish. This species only lives in this lake and cannot be cultivated outside its natural habitat.

Getting There

Lake Singkarak is located some 70 km from Padang and 20 km from the capital city of Solok. From Minangkabau international airport, you may take a rented car or a public minibus plying the Padang-Solok route and then take other transportation to the lake. This journey will take you passed the Sitinjau Laut area which is famous for its sharp curves and steep canyons.

Getting Around

Its clean water is another attraction of Lake Singkarak for those who live in the Tanah Datar and Solok districts. Its beauty can be seen by those who pass by or those who eat in restaurants along Solok-Bukit Tinggi road.

To Do

Visitors can travel and enjoy the beauty of Lake Singkarak by boat. In addition, several areas offer swimming and fishing facilities.There are many hotels near Lake Singkarak such as those along Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road and in the Tanah Datar district.

To Stay

There are many hotels near Lake Singkarak such as those along Solok-Bukit Tinggi main road and in the Tanah Datar district.

To Eat

Bilih fish from Lake Singkarak is famous for its unique and delicious taste. This fish is served in various dishes such as fried fish, flavored with chili, or boiled for Rp. 15.000 to Rp. 25.000 per portion.

To Buy

At several points, visitors can buy souvenirs associated with Lake Singkarak and Minangkabau culture.

Tips

It’s best to spend at least one night in a hotel because of the many attractions Lake Singkarak offers.

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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

(Images credit and copyright: www.freelinesurf.com.au)

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Air Manis Beach is closely related to the legend of Malin Kundang in West Sumatra. Malin Kundang is a character fabled to have been turned to stone, together with his ship, after periods of disobedience to his mother. By the beach, there is a Malin Kundang stone and several pieces of equipment from his ship, which are also stones.

Based to the story, Malin Kundang was cursed by his mother for his refusal to acknowledging her as his mother after traveling to another region and becoming rich. Air Manis beach is a favorite tourist site for local and foreign tourists because it has low waves and beautiful views of Mount Padang. There is also a small island called Pisang Kecil (literally means ‘small banana’) on its right side. From morning to afternoon, you can walk to this one hectare island through shallow water. In late afternoon, however, there is a tide and you must take a boat to return. On its right, there is another island called Pisang Besar (literally means ‘big banana’). Local inhabitants on this island are mostly farmers and fishermen.

Getting There

Air Manis beach is located 15 km from Padang city center. From Minangkabau international airport, visitors can go to Air Manis by passing through Padang. If you want to use public transportation, you must first go to Plaza Sentral Pasar Raya from the airport exit gate in Simpang Ketaping. From the city center, you can take public transportation plying the Padang-Bungus route. Getting Around You can walk around the beach and wade to Pisang Kecil Island. Visitors can also rent a motor boat to visit Sikuai Island which is located across Pisang Island.

To Do

Beside playing in the water and swimming, visitors can rent a motor boat to visit Pisang Kecil and Pisang Besar Islands which are located some 500 meters from the beach.

On Pisang Kecil Island, visitors can sit under gazebos and enjoy sea and beach sceneries. If you want to stay overnight on Pisang Besar island, you can stay in a local inhabitant’s home or your own tent. If you visit Sikuai Island, you can try water sports such as surfing and diving. This island is famous for its white sand.

Pisang Kecil  Island is really close to Air Manis beach. It is about 500 meters – 1 km from Air Manis beach. The dominant vegetations are coconut trees, the surface inclination is 0 – 15 meter of the sea level. Waves are of medium size to the south. In low tides, the tourists may stroll to the island from air manis beach. Suitable activities for this island are natural landscape, adventures, legends, swimming, sailing, surfing for beginners and camping. On Pisang Kecil Island, visitors can sit under gazebos and enjoy sea and beach sceneries.

Pisang Besar Islands is situated close to Pisang Ketek island. It is about 2.5 kms from Air Manis beach. This island used to be a transit for Dutch ships when storms hit. It was also the graveyard for Dutch soldiers. Pisang Gadang  Island has a unique attraction in the form of such forest crops as coconut trees and cloves. It takes 20 minutes to reach this island from Muaro Harbor by speedboat of 2 x 40 PK engine. This island has a varied beach geomorphology with fine and soft sands. To the east of the island, you will encounter a row of coral reefs of various types. As this island is relatively close to estuary of Batang Arau river, its water is rather unclear. However, you can still find table-shaped corals of Acropora hyacinthus and acropora cytherea genus, corals of non-Acropora genus as well as soft corals living at 0.5 meter to 5 meter depth. You can enjoy the beauty of this island’s seabed by snorkeling as your visibility will be limited in rainy days. The coral reefs coverage is only 5 meters in depth which makes this island only suit for snorkeling. Scuba diving does not suit this place due to unclear waters. Other attractions to enjoy in this island are  natural landscape, adventures, legends, sailing, swimming and camping.

To Stay

There are hotels near Air Manis beach. You could also make a one day trip to Padang, stay on Pisang Besar or Sikuai Island.

To Eat

Near the beach, there are restaurants selling grilled fish, Kapau rice and other snacks.

To Buy

By Air Manis beach, there are many kiosks selling various souvenirs such as shirts, clothes, bags and other handicrafts. The interesting thing is that some kiosks only sell small to large handicrafts made of coral for Rp5,000 to Rp50,000.

Tips

If you visit Air Manis beach, you should prepare extra clothes. You will be tempted to swim or walk to Pisang Kecil Island.

(Article adapted from: www.indonesia.travel)

Bukittinggi is one of the loveliest, friendliest, most relaxed town in all Sumatra. This town is situated more or less 930 meters above sea level. Bukittinggi, formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. In the outskirts of the town is the Ngarai Sianok canyon, a canyon separating Bukittinggi from Kota Gadang, 12 km away overland. Kota Gadang is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.

A center of attraction is the town’s clock-tower, topped with a horn- shaped roof and referred to by the people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square and the city’s magnificent surroundings. Also worth visiting is the Museum’s which is a Rumah Gadang, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century. There are dance performances at the museum’s open stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. It is also worth seeing the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.

From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping it will take about 2 hours, after you arrive you can use Taxi or Bus to Bukittinggi.

There are various Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi, If you are looking for a star hotel, theres The Hills Hotel (Ex Novotel Coralia) Bukittinggi with a grand view of the beautiful Anai valley, while Lima’s Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified locally as a superior hotels.

  • Simpang Raya, Jl Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or noodle dishes.
  • Under the Bridge Restaurant, Jl A Yani. This is a slightly up market travelers restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.

Moving Around

You can move around the city by Taxi, Bus or rent a car. Theres also a horse carriage or sado provide a colorful charming transportation to move around through the town.

Other Things to See or Do

  • Watching one of the landmarks of the city, the Bukittinggi Big Ben or known as Jam Gadang. Also.
  • Make nice trips in the environment like to the Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake Singkarak.

As a tourist center, Bukittinggi boasts a multitude of craft, souvenir, jewelry, and antique shops. Many craft village lie within an hour ride from Bukittinggi.

Shopping

  • Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and souvenirs. Nearby, Sumatera,
  • Jl Minangkabau 19, has a huge range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya and king sticks from North Sumatra.

Travel tips

  • Though the horse carriage is far more expensive than the ‘ojek’, it is very popular with the locals, especially since it can carry whole families.
  • The tourist office is at Jl Syech Bantam 1 (Mon-Thurs 8am-2pm, Fri 8-11am, Sat 8am-12.30pm; tel 0752/22403), near the clock tower.
  • Tours: Many places offer one-day local tours to traditional villages, the Pagaruyung palace and the Harau Canyon.

(Article copyright: www.my-indonesia.info)

BUKITTINGGI


Batour Agung

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 34346

Dymen’s

Jl. Sudirman Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 22904

East West

Jl. Tengku Umar Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 31707

Indo Wisata

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 32037

Jogja Wisata

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 33507

Parindo

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 23764

CV. Minangkabau Rafting

Jl. Tuangku Nan Renceh Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 22913

Maju Indosari

Front of Jam Gadang Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 32099

Mitra Usaha

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 21133

Puti Bungsu

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 23026

Shaan Holiday

Jl. Pemuda Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 21433

Travina Inti

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 21281

CV. Seruling

Jl. Tengku Umar Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 33052

Randi Tour & Travel

Jl. A. Yani Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 31505


PADANG


BUKITTINGGI


Ambun Suri
Jl. Supratman 21
Phone: (0752) 22769

Aisah Chalik
Jl.. Cindurmato No.90
Phone: (0752) 21158

Antik Shop
Jl. A. Yani No.2
Phone: (0752) 22557

Crystal Art
Phone: (0752) 23250
Jl. Minangkabau

Tiga Putra
Jl. Minangkabau 1,5/64
Phone: (0752) 21419

West Sumatra has several small comfortable hotels, though none of the deluxe class. three and two-star hotels all have airconditioning in Padang, with atteched bathroomn telephones and TV sets, a few are such as :

BUKITTINGGI

The Hill

Jl. Laras Datuk Bandaro Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 35000

Fax : +62752 23800

Class : ****

Pusako Hotel (http:/www.pusakohotel.com)

Jl. Sukarno Hatta No.7 Bukittinggi

Phone : +6275 32111

Fax : : +62752 32667

Reservation: reservation@pusakohotel.com

Royal Denai

Jl. A.Rvai No.26 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 32920

Fax : +62750 33490

Dymen’s Hotel

Jl. Nawawi No.1-3 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 21015

Fax : +62752 21613

Gran Malindo Hotel

Jl. Panorama No.30 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 625823

Fax : +62752 624790

Benteng Hotel

Jl. Benteng No.1 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 21115

Fax : +62752 22596

Lima’s Hotel

Jl. Kesehatan No.34 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 22641

Fax : +62752 32570

Bagindo Hotel

Jl. Sudirman No.41-45 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 23100

Fax : +62752 23370

Kharisma Hotel

Jl. Sudirman No.57 Bukittinggi

Phone : +62752 626900

Fax : +62752 32025

Hotel Pasir Panjang Permai

Jl. Raya Maninjau, Bukittinggi

Phone: +62752 61022, 61111

Fax : +62752 61255

Rooms: 26

Class: *

PADANG

Best Western Premier Basko Hotel

Jalan Prof. Dr. HAMKA No. 2 A

Padang – 25132

West Sumatra

Indonesia

Phone: +62 751 4488 888

Fax: +62 751 4488 8880

class: *****

Pangerans Beach Hotel (http://www.hotelpangeran.com)

Class : ****

Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 79
Padang 25115
Sumatera Barat – Indonesia

Ph. +62-751-7051333
Fax. +62-751-7054613

reservation_beach@hotelpangeran.com

Hotel Sedona Bumi Minang (temporarily closed)

Jl. Bundo Kandung No.20-28

Phone: +62 751 37521

Rooms: 164

Class : * * * *

Hotel Natour Muara

Jl. Gereja No. 34

Phone: +62 751 25600

Fax (0751) 21613

Rooms: 42

Class : * *

Hotel Mariani

Jl. Bundo Kandung 36

Phone : +62 751 34133

Fax : +62 751 25410

Telex : 55268 MARIA IA

Rooms: 36

Class : * *

Hotel Sedona Bumi Minang (temporarily closed)

Jl. Bundo Kandung No.20-28

Phone: +62 751 37521

Rooms: 164

Class : * * * *

Hotel Mariani

Jl. Bundo Kandung 36

Phone : +62 751 34133

Fax : +62 751) 25410

Telex : 55268 MARIA IA

Rooms: 36

Class : * *

Hotel Dipo

Jl. Diponegoro No.13

Phone: +62 751 34261

Fax : +62 751 43205

Telex: 55209

Class: *

Hotel Pusako Sikuai

Pulau Sikuai

Phone: +62 751 36333

Class : * *

Hotel Dipo

Jl. Diponegoro No.13

Phone: +62 751 34261

Telex: 55209

Class: *

Hotel Pangeran Beach

Jl. Juanda No. 79

Phone: +62 751 51333

Fax : +62 751 54613

Rooms: 139

Class : * * *

Hotel Pangeran’s City

Jl. Dobi No. 8-5

Phone: +62 751 31230, 312

Fax : +62 751 27189

Telex : 55213 PHPD IA

Rooms: 65

Class : * *

Hotel Puti Bungsu

Jl. Permido No. 49

Phone: +62 751 32230

Rooms : 54

Class: *

Hotel Bogainville

Jl. Bagindo Azis Chan 2

Phone: +62 751 32423

Rooms: 19

Class: *

Hotel Hang Tuah

Jl. Pemuda No. 1

Phone: +62 751 26558

Rooms: 38

Class: *

LAKE SINGKARAK

Hotel Singkarak Sumpur

Singkarak

Phone: 82529, 82696

Rooms: 36

Class: *

LAKE MANINJAU

Hotel Maninjau Indah

Tepi Danau Maninjau

Phone: 18

Rooms: 27

Class: *



BUKITTINGGI


Simpang Empat (Indonesian)
Jl. Gurun Panjang
Phone: (0752) 22661

Ria Sari (Indonesian)
Ngarai Sianok Shopping Centre
Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 1
Phone: (0752) 21503

Simpang Raya (Indonesia)
Muka Jam Gadang
Phone: (0752) 22585

Three Tables
Jl. A.Yani No.58
Phone: (0752) 23306

Dymen’s Hotel & Restaurant
(Indonesian European,
Chinese, Japanese)
Jl. Nawawi No. 1-3
Phone: (0752) 23440, 28444

Coffee Shop
Jl. A.Yani No.105
Phone: (0752) 22306

Selecta
Jl. A.Yani No.105
Phone: (0752) 23320

Bungus

Bungus 20 kms South of Padang sheltered by a bay, there are two good beaches : Carolina and Karang Tirta.

Anai Resort and Golf Course

Anai Resort and Golf Course. The Anai resort is located in gorgeous natural setting roughly 550 meters above sea level. This resort is incorporating first-class hotel facilities.

Batang Palupuah

Batang Palupuah, 12 km from Bukittinggi, is a refuge for the giant flower Rafflesia arnoldi, blooming only once a year in November. A guide can be obtained from the office at the reserve.

Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve

Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve. Just aside the road to Medan, at the distance of 108 kms from Bukittinggi, this nature and wild life reserve where various monkey species and black panther found in here.

Bung Hatta Forest Reserve

Bung Hatta Forest Reserve. Situated 15 kms from Padang in the direction of Solok, known in the past as the Setya Mulya Botanic Garden. The reserve has giant flower Rafflesia arnoldi.

Batu Basurek

Batu Basurek. A stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman in the year 1347.

Tanjung Alai

Tanjung Alai. Located at 7 kms Lake Singkarak, enjoy gliding in the fresh and coolness of its air.

Mount Talang Tea Plantation

Mount Talang tea plantation. 35 km from Padang, one of the highest mountains 2,572 meters above sea level has a green and fresh views. From here you can overlook the beautiful Twin Lakes and Lake Singkarak.

The Mystical Rao-rao

The Mystical Rao-rao. Some 15 kilometers from Batusangkar. A village in which the Minangkabau building style is well preserved.

Belimbing Village

Belimbing Village. Some 20 km from Batusangkar, this traditional village has some beautiful old Minangkabau long houses. Around the village one can enjoy the beauty view and traditional social life of Minangkabau matriarchal society.

Tabek Patah

Tabek Patah. 30 kilometers from Batusangkar, is a lookout point in the foothills offering a wide open view on the magnificent central Minangkabau countryside.

Batu Sangkar

Batu Sangkar is 41 km southeast of Bukittinggi, a center of the Minang-kabau culture. Megalithic remains found in the area support the theory of a large community living in the area some 2000 years ago. Many fascinating historical sites were found at Batu Basurek, a stone with inscriptions in the Palava script of India, bearing the legend Adityawarman, the Emperor of Kanaka Mahindra (the island of gold).
Pariaman has 300 years old traditional houses. Make sure to visit the open council grounds with ancient stone seats, the mosque and hot spring.

Pandai Sikek village

Pandai Sikek village is 13 km south of Bukit Tinggi and famous for its hand woving and carving industry. The village has a thousand of looms and turning out richly colored cloth. Carved wooden ornaments and furniture also made here.

The Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes (Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah) 65 km from Padang the two lakes, one a little higher than the other are located at +1000 meters above sea level and covered by thick mist. There are several cottages and coffee shops in Lake Diatas resort.

Pagaruyung Kingdom

Pagaruyung Kingdom. Situated at the ouskirt of Batusangkar the capital city of Tanah Datar Regency. In the past, it was the seat of the ancient of Minangkabau Kingdom, Pagaruyung : which at the beginning of its history was ruled by a queen named Bundo Kanduang. Relics of that ancient past are still scaffered over the area among them are Batusangkar stone inscriptions found in some areas.

Ngarai Sianok

Ngarai Sianok is a canyon in a city, a steep colorful valley surrounded by 100 meter cliffs. 4 km from Bukittinggi, there are many tunnels and caves made by the Japanese during WW II. The pathway leads to Koto Gadang that is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.

Harau Valley

Harau Valley is 15 km northeast Payakumbuh, 100 to 200 meter steep granite walls shelter this 315 ha fertile valley. It is a nature and wildlife reserve, where wild goats and tigers still roam.

Ngalau Indah Cave

Ngalau Indah Cave can be reach on the way from Bukittinggi to Payakumbuh, it has extend deep into the mountainside. The domain of thousands of bats, the main entrance is the outline of an elephant visible on its face. The pats through these caves lead out to the top of the mountain and panoramic views.

Siberut National Park

Siberut National Park: Using a regular ferry, which regularly sail three times a week in the night from Padang (Muara Padang) to Muara Siberut/Muara Sikabaluan/Muara Saibi. The trip takes approximately 10 hours of sailing. Or use an express ferry that travels every Thursday morning from Padang to the town of Tuapejat in Sipora Island and then further to the southern part of Siberut Island for only four hours of sailing.

Padang

Padang is the capital of West Sumatra; and gateway to the homeland of Minangkabau. Its bustling harbours a crossroads for rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tea and nutmeg. There are Minang houses, prehistoric artifacts, ceramics, manuscripts and modern art. In Kampung Cina (Chinatown) you can wander streets lined with turn-of-the century houses, Chinese herbalist and coffee shops. Good hiking and wonderful views of the city can be had a Bukit Monyet and Gunung Padang.

Air Manis

Air Manis 4 kms South of Padang, down the hill and across Batang Arau River is a fishermen village on Padang’s scenic west coast. A rock standing in the water a short distance from the shore is said to be the hull of Malin Kundang’s boat, which shipwrecked in a storm after it was cursed by the defiant young man’s mother.

Lake Maninjau

Lake Maninjau Perhaps the most beautiful lake in Sumatra, Maninjau is far smaller and less developed thas its neighbour lake Toba to the north the road to the lake is famous for its forty four bends oftering superb panoramas as it meaders down to the water’s edge. The lake is punctuated by pretty Moorish styled mosques, perhap designed by some long ago Arab traders who came to her shores. Datted about the lake are small and friendly villages. Mountain bikes for rent ofter a perfect way to explore along the flat roads. Small hotels.

Lake Singkarak

Lake Singkarak is surrounded with green hills and mountains, the biggest lake in west 129,70 kms square and lies on the Trans Sumatra between Bukittinggi and Solok regency. It is 36 km from Bukittinggi or 86 km from Padang.

Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi is the West Sumatra’s center of culture and tourism, nestled in the higlands north of the provincial capital of Padang. It is a pleasant two-hour drive (90 km) from Padang through the gorgeus Anai Valley up to Agam Plateu. Located 930 metres above sea level, it has a cool climate and is surrounded by tree volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. The central landmark is the town’s clock tower, reffered by the local people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity and fantastic place to do some souvenir shopping. Also worth visiting is the Rumah Gadang Museum, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century.

Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands is made up from four islands: Siberut, Sipora, Pagai Utara and Pagai Selatan. The people of these islands still live in comparative isolation, maintaining their age-old ways. Siberut is an area for trekking and visiting these ancient cultures, and its virgin rain forest, inhabited by a number of some rare monkey’s species. Beautiful coral reefs are found offshore, and its wave is famous for surfing. The best season to visit is January to September.

Indonesia and Hawaii are the 2 best locations in the world for surfing, with a combination of big waves, variation of conditions and miles of coastline. Bali itself has to be the single best island in the world for surfers to visit due its combination of warm weather, low prices, great surfing, easy of access, selection of food and drink, not to mention plenty of pretty girls for when the surf is not up. For surfers visiting Bali, who want to go on a adventure inside Indonesia, one of the absolute best surf locations is the Mentawai Islands, situated off of the west coast of Sumatra. Area districts Mentawai is 6011.35 square Kilometers. With a population of 38,300 people (2000).

Mentawai Islands history The theory of pleistocene glaciation, Mentawai islands separated from Sumatra by the increase due to surface water is estimated to have been sea. Mentawai islands add have 200 and 500 of SM.migration north through Siberut Island and moving toward to south and Sipora Island pagai.Austronesia language, customs and habits of life is very different from the West Sumatra province as a mother. In the early 17th century the Portuguese Mentawai make a map with the name ‘Mintaon’ map is made year 1606. On August tahun1792 an employee British East India Company, John Crisp visit Pagai (Poggy) to learn about the Mentawai people mentawai.article loaded in crisp 1799.John is the first person to introduce the literature on the Mentawai west. On 10 July 1864 to become part of the Dutch East Indies. Mentawai Islands Surf Destinations The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. It’s broad exposure towards the vast, southern Indian Ocean provides these majestic islands with remarkable consistency and quality. There are great waves in this area YEAR-ROUND. However, the most ideal time to surf in the Mentawai’s is during the dry season, late March to early November, the southern hemisphere’s winter, when the Indian Ocean is an ultra-active, groundswell producing machine. The reasons why the Mentawai Islands are a great surfing destination are:

  1. They get good swell moving in from the Indian Ocean
  2. They are spread out enough to feature many breaks
  3. They are in a very remote part of the country
  4. There is no industry on shore, so conditions are pristine

Negatives about the Mentawai Islands as a surfing destination are:

  1. They are in a part of the country prone to earthquakes and tsunamis
  2. They are hard to get to unless to arrange a live-aboard boat
  3. There are few facilities onshore.
  4. Malaria is rampant in the Mentawai’s and Nias
  5. There is an increasing number of boat operators in the area
  6. More expensive than surfing Kuta Beach

Preparation: Surfing in a remote location such as the Mentawai Islands means you will have to think ahead regarding what’s needed to bring along. Extra boards, leg ropes, wax, plenty of sunblock, reef boots, a knife will all be used most likely. You might also want to pack your own lightweight first aid kit. These are available from camping stores, but you can easily assemble one here in Bali for a lower price. You might take a selection of BandAids in various sizes, scissors, a roll of gauze tape, gauze pads, Betadine, tweezers, ibuprofen, aspirin, insect repellent. Pack that all in a waterproof lunch box that you can get in Bintang supermarket and you’re good to go. There are small neon-blue octopuses in the islands which local have advised are poisonous if stepped on. Reef boots might be a good idea. How do I plan a trip to Mentawai islands? The following list will help guide you through the entire planning process from A to Z:

  1. Money (for souvenirs, photos, beer and tips) As for tipping, it is not compulsory. We suggest 10 USD per staff. You will be personally served by 5 staff members.
  2. Schedule and Rates
  3. Flight Information
  4. Travel Itinerary
  5. Life at the Resort
  6. Resort Features
  7. Surf Report
  8. Latest News
  9. Contact Information

What to Bring? (For surfers)

  1. Money (for souvenirs, photos, beer and tips) As for tipping, it is not compulsory. We suggest 10 USD per staff. You will be personally served by 5 staff members.
  2. Board size: usually ‘fun’ size boards as well as a longer board for bigger days (6’4″-7’4″)
  3. Leg ropes and spares, Tropical wax,  Board bag,  Ding repair kit,  Hat & sunscreen
  4. Board shorts,  Walk shorts,  T-shirt, Long sleeves shirts, Trousers
  5. First aid kit,  Books & travel games,  Beach towels
  6. Rash Vest, Booties, Casual shoes,  Tropical insect repellent, Anti-malarial treatment, Sunglasses , Diving mask and fins.
  7. i-pod / Discman, Video / Camera, Personal toiletries

What to Bring? (For non surfers)

  1. Money (for souvenirs, photos, beer and tips)  As for tipping, it is not compulsory. We suggest 10 USD per staff. You will be personally served by 5 staff members.
  2. Hat & sunscreen, Tropical insect repellent, Sunglasses, Tropical insect repellent, Anti-mlarial treatment, Personal toiletries
  3. Walk shorts, Trousers, T-shirts, Long sleeves shirts
  4. First aid kit, Books & travel games, Beach towels
  5. Casual shoes, Sandals, Diving mask and fins.
  6. i-pod / Discman, Video / Camera, Personal toiletries

How to get Mentawai Islands

The simplest way to do this is by flying to Minangkabau International Airport, and that will ease your entry into West Sumatra greatly. Minangkabau International Airport is the main gateway to West Sumatra and is serviced by Garuda Indonesia Airlines.

Here are the best flight from Jakarta to Padang:

Air Asia www.airasia.com
Lion Air www.lionair.co.id
Garuda Airlines www.garuda-indonesia.com
Batavia Air www.batavia-air.co.id

From Padang airport (Minangkabau International Airport), you can go to mentwai island with Ferry. This is the schedules: Schedules

Padang to Siloinak Resort
Departure from Padang Ferry Arrival at Mentawai
Monday Between 17:00 and 21:00 Sumber Tuesday 08:00
Tuesday Between 17:00 and 21:00 Ambu Wednesday 08:00
Saturday Between 17:00 and 21:00 Ambu Sunday 08:00

Siloinak Resort to Padang

Departure from Mentawai Ferry Arrival at Padang
Tuesday Between 17:00and 21:00 Sumber Wednesday 08 :00
Wednesday Between 18:00and 21:00 Ambu Thursday 08:00
Sunday Between 18:00and 21:00 Ambu Monday 08:00