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How amazing are the Mentawi Islands? This Indonesian surf paradise has hundreds of breaks that are perfect for surfers of all abilities. You’ll find fat, friendly waves just meters away from picture-perfect barrels. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best surf camps in the Mentawis that will suit families, yogis, adventure travelers, and those with mixed-ability friend groups.
Location: Sipora Island, Mentawi Islands Best for: Families and mixed ability
Hollow Tree surf camp is made up of four boutique villas with private plunge pools, lounge areas, a yoga deck, a small surf shop, and onsite restaurant. It’s great for couples, groups of friends, and is family-friendly as there are plenty of activities and kids under seven years old can stay free.
Every day, a surf shuttle and surf guide will take you out to the best spots around. HT’s wave is located just out front for those who are eager to surf outside of the boat schedule. Other waves like Lance’s Left, Bintang’s, and Monkey’s are just a short walk or bike ride away.
This Mentawis surf camp includes all meals (mostly French, Thai, and Indonesian), drinks, accommodation, wifi, and transportation from Minangkabau International Airport.
Kandui Villas Surf Camp caters to those with a penchant for luxury. Surfers can spend the day doing what they love while those taking a break in between surf sessions can hike through the surrounding jungle, swim in the infinity pool, and do yoga. Each hand-built villa is made from locally sourced wood and designed in a way that suits its surroundings. The umas have ocean views, beach access, air conditioning, internet access, and hot water showers. The resort also has an onsite bar, pool, game room with ping pong and billard tables, as well as a spacious restaurant.
Kandui Villas is set in front of Playgrounds, one of the most iconic waves in the Mentawi Islands. Their speedboat transfers surfers to over 20 surf breaks in the area, 14 of them being accessible by dinghy. Each guide is CPR and first air certified, and photography packages for guests are also available. Your stay includes three gourmet meals per day, drinks, accommodation, a traditional Mentawi shaman ceremony, and speedboat service to nearby waves.
Kingfisher Mentawi is set on a picture-perfect bay that’s home the iconic kingfisher birds — hence how the resort got its name. Set on the surf break of Lance’s Left, surfers will spend the night in tastefully styled traditional thatched-roof bungalows. Each room comes with power, a mini fridge, kettle, and a balcony complete with a hammock. There are plenty of waves around Kingfisher Mentawi to suit every type of surfer. A playful beach break is just a short bike ride away while more experienced surfers can catch barrels at Lance’s Right. This surf camp includes all meals, accommodation, speedboat trips to local waves, bikes, and airport transfer from Tabing Airport.
If you want a meditative and luxurious escape, then Awera Surf Camp is a top choice. The resort itself is set on its own private beach with a large community area, pool, meditation garden, and volleyball court. Each villa has both an indoor and outdoor shower, air conditioning, spacious balcony area, and luxury linen.
Awera Surf Camp is conveniently located next to three major surf breaks. They have three separate speedboats that shuttle surfers to and from the best spots of the day, accommodating all abilities. Beginners can take lessons from an experienced instructors while those in search of classic Indo barrels can plan trip around the region’s heavier waves. The resort hosts two yoga sessions per day in their dedicated yoga shala. All meals, non-alcoholic drinks, yoga classes, and snacks are included at Awera Surf Camp, where vegetarians and vegans will be well-cared for.