North Sipora, Sumatra

There are so many different waves within striking distance of Northern Sipora that there is something for everyone. There’s around 9 waves that are within 5-20 minutes of each other. But the real bonus is that South Sipora (Lances left and Lances right) is just 1 hour South – and that “Playgrounds” is just 1 hour North (20+ waves including Rifles etc) culminating in a vast amount of waves on offer.

Although there aren’t as many waves in the direct vicinity as *playgrounds* - there’s a nice variation of lefts and rights with differing ferocity. There’s certainly something for everyone – including beginners, which is a rarity in the Mentawai Islands. It’s also much less crowded than its neighbouring more famous surfing areas found in the Mentawai Island chain, so you’ll arguably get more waves.

North Sipora

Aloita Resort

One of the best family & couple surf resorts in Indonesia, let alone Sumatra - Aloita Resort is a hard act to follow

Surfers From: USD 210 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 140 pp / night

North Sipora

Awera Resort

Family & couple oriented surf resort, Awera is also one of the least crowded surf regions in the Mentawais islands...

Surfers From: USD 185 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 175 pp / night

North Sipora

Villa Mentawai

Ideal for families & couples or just about anyone, guests can book the whole villa (8-12 guests) or rent individual rooms

Surfers From: USD 145 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 145 pp / night

North Sipora

Togat Nusa Retreat

A private surf & yoga sanctuary that's blessed with an extremely good left hander that graces its shores...

Surfers From: USD 225 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 225 pp / night

North Sipora

Bilou Beach Villas

A classy tropical paradise at an affordable price, just a stones throw away from a mechanical right hander...

Surfers From: USD 145 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 145 pp / night

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Tellies
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 10-30 surfers
Season: April until October

One of the crown jewels of the Mentawais, Telescopes is a world class lefthander that suits a wide range of skill levels and always seems to have something fun to offer. Tellies breaks on a variety of different swells, but it really thrives on is a decent sized west swell. If it’s firing, you can tuck right in after the takeoff and line up a long, straight barrel. Even if you’re really deep, the barrel typically ejects you out onto a part of the reef that gives you multiple opportunities to whack it off the top, until you hit the Monkey’s Corner on the inside, a bend in the reef that hooks back at you providing a great opportunity for a second solid tube. Even when Tellies is small or has a bit more south in it, it’s still an extremely rippable wave. It suits natural foots as well as goofy foots because of the easy entry and clean readable walls. The reef isn’t too sharp and there are certainly areas you can “play it safe”. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: The Ice
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year round

Icelands is a great lefthander that basically has two completely different personas: Small Swell Icelands and Big Swell Icelands. When everywhere else in the area is flat, you can still pull up to Icelands and there will be a head-high, cruisey, rippable wall. But when a big west swell hits, Icelands turns into a monster with barrels big enough to drive the speedboat through. A deep ledge outside the normal take off zone causes the swell to lift in a way it doesn’t do on smaller days, and allows you to get in with a fairly easy drop. The wave then rolls into a horseshoe shaped section where the wave bends onto itself and throws out a big, thick barrel section that spits nearly every time. Icelands is definitely one of the few (and best) true big wave spots in the Mentawais.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: The Sleeper
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year round

If you’re caught inside on a decent sized west swell, you’ll think there’s nothing sleepy about this wave at all. Just down the reef from Icelands, this right hander picks up nearly as much swell and can be a fun option when the wind has a bit more north in it. The wave is actually a series of different right hand sections that can look like firing J-Bay from a distance, but up close reveals breaks in the reef and several different surfable sections. The peak at the top is often the most predictable, and can chuck out fast walls and the odd pit as it shifts along the reef. Just try to pick the right section, because if you pick the wrong wave on the first wave of a set, you could be in for a loooong paddle, as the reef never seems to have a shoulder when you’re trying to make it back out. 

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Ariks
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: Year round

With a North wind and large South West swell, Ariks can offer an extremely long barrel that barely relents along a shallow reef pass. On less than perfect days, it can be a fun, whackable right, that tapers off easily into the channel. Just a short distance from Ombak Tidur, Ariks prefers a higher tide even under the tamest looking of conditions. Reef booties are a good idea even when it’s soft, because it has some nasty coral that can actually be more problematic the smaller it is. Holds size well and is one of the few local options when the winds blow from the North.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Scarecrows
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: Year round

One of the least hyped up waves, Scarecrows is a super consistent left, located off a beautiful tropical island. Its neighbouring wave Telescopes gets all the plaudits while this superb left often gets overlooked especially when the surf gets bigger. The wave has several easy entry take off spots, so it holds and spreads out a crowd very well. Scarecrow’s certainly has many faces but during the main season it will offer quality waves on a daily basis. Rides of over 200 yards can be had quite consistently with its end section “The Curry Bowl” delivering a tasty inside barrel. As with most breaks in the area, the wave is surfed ideally on a fuller tide. 

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Ulars
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: Year round

When the Indian Ocean’s mechanical swell machine doesn’t deliver much swell, then 7 Palm point is certainly a great option. A fun, walled up, down the line left hander, rides can be up to 200 yards long. Surfers can enjoy memorable sessions especially when it’s around shoulder to head high. Another year round reef break just round the corner from Scarecrows. If you surfed here in the off season, you’d probably surf it alone.

Wave Quality: Good Fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: The Rat
Experience: All levels
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Found just a 10 minute stroll around the corner from Aloita Resort, these 2 neighbouring waves are suitable for all levels. Both offer fun little lefthanders with the occasional steeper sections. You can paddle to Fish Face in about 5 minutes from The Rat, and it’s even more suited for beginners. It’s a little less perfect than The Rat, but the wave faces are forgiving and not too steep. This is certainly a great option for learners or those looking for a cruisey, crowd free surf session. Both of these waves also manage a South wind really well. The photo here is of a really big day!

Wave Quality: Good Fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Muka Ikan
Experience: All levels
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Found just a 10 minute stroll around the corner from Aloita Resort, these 2 neighbouring waves are suitable for all levels. Both offer fun little lefthanders with the occasional steeper sections. You can paddle to Fish Face in about 5 minutes from The Rat, and it’s even more suited for beginners. It’s a little less perfect than The Rat, but the wave faces are forgiving and not too steep. This is certainly a great option for learners or those looking for a cruisey, crowd free surf session. Both of these waves also manage a South wind really well.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Doughnuts
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The name says it all. A full throttle, heal to the steel, freight train barrel. A fairly fickle spot, Suicides is a fast unforgiving barrel suitable only for experts. Offering perfection from time to time, even then you’ll rarely surf with anyone else. When a solid ground swell is running most surfers will simply cruise past the line-up, opting for the less consequential waves in the vicinity. 

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Twiggies
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another high tide spot, Twiggies is a fun wave to check, especially if Telescopes is looking crowded or a bit funky. Twiggies has two distinct faces – that depend largely on the swell direction. West Swells offer heavier walled up barrels where as a South swell will hug the reef, offering some fast workable walls. Certainly less intense than Suicides, surfers still need to watch the inside section that can catch you out from time to time.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Hookers
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

An often overlooked wave that can produce long left handers with speed walls and various tube sections on offer.

But knowing when exactly this wave lights up is a guarded secret. 

In reality its inconsistent, only pumping occasionally. West swells are thought to hit the reef a little better. Expect some tube time when the stars align.

Charter Boats in Mentawai Islands

Sola Gracia SPECIAL OFFER

Sola GraciaMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

Perfect for groups of 8-12 guests, the Sola Gracia had a recent refit and is incredible value for money

From: AUD 3500 3200 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Kuda Laut SPECIAL OFFER

Kuda LautMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

The Kuda Laut had a recent refit and is ideal for small groups looking to explore the Mentawai & Telos...

From: USD 2100 1999 per person
Max 8 / Min 6 guests

Melaleuca SPECIAL OFFER

MelaleucaMentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 2007, The Melaleuca is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 2350 1750 per person
Max 14 / Min 8 guests

Santa Lusia SPECIAL OFFER

Santa LusiaMentawai & Telo Islands

Santa Lusia is a popular Mentawai surf charter ideal for budget conscious groups of up to 10 guests

From: USD 2300 1950 per person
Max 11 / Min 7 guests

Naga Laut SPECIAL OFFER

Naga LautMentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 1999, the Sea Dragon was designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters...

From: USD 2590 2380 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Aileoita SPECIAL OFFER

Aileoita Mentawai & Telo Islands

The Aileoita 1, is a modern & comfortable surf charter that can host groups of 8 to 10 surfers...

From: USD 2500 2395 per person
Max 10 / Min 8 guests

Nusa Dewata SPECIAL OFFER

Nusa DewataMentawai & Telo Islands

The Nusa Dewata is all about scoring uncrowded surf where the larger charters simply can't compete...

From: AUD 3400 3075 per person
Max 6 / Min 4 guests

Moon Palikir SPECIAL OFFER

Moon PalikirMentawai & Telo Islands

If you're looking for that something extra from your Mentawai experience, then the MP just might be the answer...

From: USD 2990 2595 per person
Max 14 / Min 8 guests

Kaimana 2 SPECIAL OFFER

Kaimana 2Mentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 2013, The Kaimana 2 is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 2390 2190 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Bintang

BintangMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

The Bintang is one of the largest & longest serving charter boats in the West Sumatra region...

From: AUD 3800 per person
Max 14 / Min 10 guests

MV Addiction

MV AddictionMentawai & Telo Islands

The Addiction is the most luxurious surf charter in the Mentawai Islands as well as being one of the fastest...

From: USD 3520 per person
Max 12 / Min 10 guests

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