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Mentawai Islands

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Mentawai Islands

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The Mentawai islands are a chain of islands in Indonesia off the western coast of Sumatra, recognized as having some of the most perfect surfing breaks in the world. However, because most waves break over very sharp and shallow coral reefs, only experienced surfers should attempt them.


  • Siberut
  • Sipura
  • North Pagai
  • South Pagai



Other destinations



Mentawai people use Bahasa Indonesia and they also have their own Mentawai language.

Get in

Over 30 surf charter yachts are based in Padang harbour, around 100km away from the islands on the Sumatra mainland.

The most comfortable Ferry to Mentawai is Ferry Ambu Ambu (made from Steel). Since September 2009, the Ambu-Ambu Ferry travels overnight from Padang Bungus to Muara Siberut 2. and 3. Thursday nights of each month. From Muara Siberut to Padang Bungus, the ferry travels 2. and 3. Friday nights of each month. The ferry departs from Padang at 9:00 p.m. and arrives at approximately 7:00 a.m. the following morning. The Sumber Rejeki traditional Ferry (made from wood) travels overnight from Padang Bungus to Muara Siberut every Monday evening. From Muara Siberut to Padang, the ferry travels every tuesday nights.

contact:,The Asian Princess is skippered and crewed by local Mentawai seamen. Their intimate knowledge of the local waters are the Asian Princesses’ greatest asset. Their combined lifetime experience of weather and wave conditions will ensure you are surfing the best empty lineups.

Built in 2000 the "Asian Princess" is a 20m (70 ft) wooden hulled beauty and was purpose built for long haul surf exploration along the Indonesian coastline.

Her traditional lines are drawn from over 1000 years of Indonesian maritime knowledge. She is locally designed for local conditions, is comfortable in heavy seas and provides maximum safety for all onboard.

Her twin 190hp Mitsubishi diesel engines provide a cruising speed of 9 knots. This combined with her 7000L fuel capacity allows you the freedom and luxury of extended periods at sea without the time delays of re-supply. This means you get un-interrupted maximum surf time on all of your trips.

The floor plan layout allows for a variety of separate areas on-board that cater for dinning, sleeping, chill or surf watching. Three separate air conditioned sleeping cabins- 1 x 8 bunk room, 2 x 2 private cabins provide spacious accommodation for a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 guests and her 5 crew.

The Asian Princess is supported by a 15ft aluminium tender fitted with a brand new Yamaha outboard 40hp engine that will shuttle you directly to your surf spot. Our boat to barrel service will save you valuable time and energy on those notoriously long Indo paddles.

The Surf Guide Arguably the most important job on the boat to ensure you get the best empty waves ahead of the other boats.We use local surfers to guide you to some of the areas less well known waves that western guides just don’t know about. Their intimate knowledge of swell and weather patterns are gained from a lifetime of living on the Mentawai Islands where these decisions are a matter of life and death for the local people.

Boat Specifications Official Specifications Length OA: 20.20 Meters Length Hull: 13.0 Meters Beam: 4.46 Meters Depth: 1.70 Meters Draft: 0.80 Meters Fuel Capacity: 2 x 1730 Litres F/W Capacity: 2 x 420 Litres Lightship Weight: 39 Tonnes Total load capacity: 65 Tonnes Construction: Wooden Hull Main Engines: Twin Mitsubishi 6D 15 190 hp Max Speed: 11 Knots Cruise Speed: 9 knots Genset: 1 x Mitsubishi 100hp 300 kw 1 x Yanmar 1007cc 220 p/m

Electronic, Navigation & Communication Equipment GPS: Garmin 128 LCD Radar: JRC 1000 MkII Fish Finder: Garmin Fish Finder 250 VHF Radio: 2 X CB Radio EPIRB AM/FM/VHF Receiver Anchor Winch

Entertainment and other Equipment

Stereo amplified CD, external and internal speakers with iPod connection Colour TV and stereo DVD/video player Extensive range of CD and videos Chess, cards, scrabble, dominos, and a variety of popular board games Large library Bar

Safety equipment Life raft: Yes EPIRB: 2 Lifebuoys: 6 Lifejackets: 17

PRICING... Please note prices are in Australian Dollars. Don't let life pass you by. Treat yourself to the dream trip you have always wanted to do.

Surf the Mentawai Islands with a group of your closest mates. Come discover epic waves and leave with life long memories.

This is the lowest priced surf charter in the area. Access exactly the same waves as the most expensive operator but have twice the fun on board the Asian Princess.

Totally refitted with the newest safety gear and operated by a professional crew we will get you into waves you have only dreamt about. Get your core group of mates together and let us take care of the rest AUS $2600 per person 10 days 11 nights on our standard charter or you can design your private charter and go for as long as you like.

Total discovery in one of the last untouched places on earth.


   * Padang airport transfers
   * 10 days / 11 nights accommodation aboard the Asian Princess
   * Surf anywhere in Mentawai Island chain
   * All meals
   * All drinks
   * 1 case beer per person/trip
   * Boat to barrel chauffer
   * Fishing equipment
   * Snorkeling equipment
   * Pumping sound system
   * Shaded board racks
Maximum 10 passengers


Traditional Mentawai peoples Trekking Diving Fishing


Surf spots include:

  • Beng Beng. A very consistent world class wave, an extremely rippable left. This spot is loads of fun and probably one of the easiest waves to surf in the Mentawai’s. It’s the deepest and safest wave in the area and also pick up a bit more swell than other locales. 5 more breaks in the area, including E-Bay and Pitstops. Nestled inside a small bay with one of the most scenic views imaginable all around you.
  • E-Bay. This is a hollow left that barrels off the take-off with a short wall down the line. A great option when a lot of swell is hitting. A hollow, fast, powerful left. A world class wave for experienced surfers. Watch out for the two rocks on the inside. Great barrels, and turns into a surfing paradise at 6 feet offshore. There is a heavy warble that hits as you are taking off. Make the drop and don’t get thrown by that first warble and chances are you’ll get a mean aqua blue barrel. The scenery alone will blow you away. Besides its aesthetic beauty, double overhead E-bay is a beast and forces to be reckon with.
  • Nipussi or Pussies. A shorter right that breaks down the point from Bank Vaults. Definitely fun and rippable. Usually has fairly deep water from the takeoff to the inside. Ends in a riptide that sucks all the water back out to sea. A good option when there’s not much swell, and usually the most consistent spot in the area.
  • Pitstops. This is the right off the peak at E-Bay. A playful right that can offer some cover-ups off the take-off, but mostly a high performance wave with air sections at the end. Ends in a sandy channel.

The following surf camp provides instruction:

  • Surf Camp Siberut, +6281374006060 (), [1]. Max = 6 surfer and min = 3 surfer. Surfer camp has electricity from 6 am until 10 pm, fan, shower, refrigerator. $500/person for 12 days, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, pickup, service/guide, ferry ticket, snacks.



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