For a surfer, paradise is called Indonesia! Among all the variety of destinations to choose for a surf trip in Indonesia, my favorite one is The Mentawai Islands. Whether staying on a boat or at a surf resort, both are a fantastic experience.
Where to Stay: Boat or Resort?
To reach it is necessary to take a boat or a ferry from Padang, the West Sumatra province capital. There are, basically, two options for accommodation in the islands: staying on a boat or at a surf resort. Both are a fantastic experience. The feeling of a light breeze on a sunny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean catching some perfect waves with friends. My preference, however, is the boat because of possibility to reach almost anywhere. On a boat, mobility makes it possible to go for the right place under wind and swell conditions. On the other hand, by staying in a resort, you don’t have to deal with boat sickness, and you get better rest and energy recovery. It can get stressful to have a meal sailing in rough conditions, for instance.
Roughly, there are three main surfing areas: the Playground in the south of Siberut Island, the northern region of Sipora Island and the southern part of Mentawai (South Sipora and the islands of Pagai Utara and Pagai Selatan). The Playground has many surfing spots close to one another as Rifles, Bankvaults, and E-bay among many others. There are also good options for resorts attending different budgets. North Sipora also has some nice breaks as Telescopes and Iceland. The southern region is where the best breaks lie: Lance’s and Hollow Trees in South Sipora, Macaronis, Greenbush and Thunders among others. By the way, there is a beautiful resort in Pasangan Bay (Macaronis surf break).
I suggest for those coming from a long haul flight to overnight in Jakarta (or Kuala Lumpur). As is a long journey, it is useful for recovering before boarding to Padang and then getting a boat crossing to the islands.