are four main islands making up the chains including, Siberut,
Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai, These four main islands are
surrounded by many smaller ones
The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent destinations
to surf worldwide. Its enormous exposure towards the Indian Ocean
provides these paradise islands with great consistency and quality.
This archipelago of Islands attracts swells all year round with
the swell being bigger towards the middle of the year. The waves
are generally 4 - 6ft and can reach the 10 - 15 ft range occasionally.
The variety of waves here means that all standards of surfers
will enjoy the Mentawai Islands.
There is great surf all year round in the Mentawai Islands. Biggest
waves are from May-September but excellent waves in all other
months. The average wave size in the Mentawai's is 6 feet but
can range between 2 to 15 feet.
Besides the main popular breaks, the Mentawai's has an abundant
supply of perfect waves for all levels of surfing, ranging from
cruisy long-boarding through to high performance barrel charging.
Winds are light and variable most of the year. During April to
October SE to SW winds favor the left hand breaks and NW to W
winds for the balance of the year favor the rights. E to SE winds
are strongest (8-15 knots) from June till September but expect
lots of calm glassy days, especially early mornings and late afternoons.
Expect the occasional small days (1-2 swell) for up to 3-4 days.
The Mentawais are very consistent but the Indian Ocean is running
the show and there is not much we can do. We have some special
spots that break in the slightest ground swell so bring a short
board for mini barrels in crystal clear water.
Expect lots of thunderstorms with squalls for short periods of
time followed by calm. Take a break and have a warm rain shower.
Most Mentawai surf breaks are coral reef bottom but the variety
and range of wave types is extraordinary. Some of the barrel sections
are as perfect and challenging as any in the world (E-Bay, HT’s,
Iceland and Mainu). Others peak and then barrel in two or more
sections (Thunders, Lances left and Maccas). Others are fat and
fun with a fun pit at the shoulder and long walls (Pit-stops,
Chubbies, Nipussi and Burgerworld). Most have a workable shoulder
or fat section for the less extreme surfer.
Snorkel over spectacular coral reef, troll for fish from the yacht
or dinghy, lie under a palm tree and read a book, swim in crystal
clear water or just do nothing!