Aloita Resort, North Sipora

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Exceptional Service, fantastic trip

By Madeleine MacMahon, 6th October 2016

Dave was exceptional in helping us book, prepare and answering all my questions quickly and effectively! The trip really delivered what it said it would and the booking, travel and transfers process was totally smooth and efficient! The camp was comfortable and well laid out. Plenty of good food and good variety always served on time and with a smile. We got waves every day and Kahn did a good job in guiding us to the best spots - we even got Telescopes to ourselves.

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Amazing Aloita!

By Hannah Clarke, 29th September 2016

As a female surfer this was the perfect trip. The Mentawais are so beautiful and the resort was just as expected. The surf was certainly challenging but only due to my skill level being average. Id love to come back as a more experienced surfer (more intermediate+) - and I'd have an even better time!

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Aloita Resort has something for everyone

By Ashley Morland, 27th October 2017

Camp was excellent. Food was really nice. Waves were great because we had both novices and experienced crew and there was something for everyone. Service was great. I thought it was really good value & I've recommended it to lots of people. I can't wait to go back! Your help was excellent! It mustn't have been an easy one to organise. The service was great; you told us everything we needed to know

Mentawai Islands

Camp Size: Max 25 (12 surfers)
Accommodation:  Private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: No, 10 min walk
Destination: Sipora, Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Beginner to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf School: Yes
Surfboard Rental: Yes at Resort
Yoga: Yoga classes
Ideal for: Large groups, couples & families

Aloita Resort is situated on a small private island called Simakakang & stands alone as one of the most refined and comfortable resort built in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. 

There are several world class waves within a short speedboat ride of the resort, including the famous left hander Telescopes. Day trips to Playgrounds as well as Lances Left & Right are also possible. There are even a couple of waves you can paddle to right off the island which is also where the resort takes its beginner surfers.

Guests are able to travel to the resort from Padang 4 days a week, making it one of the most accessible resorts in the region.

Ideal for any surfer – the resort is particularly good for families & couples looking for a tropical surf vacation.

 Mentawai Islands

Aloita Resort can sleep 25+ guests within its 7 single/twin/triple bungalows & its 3 family bungalows. Each bungalow is constructed with beautiful local hardwood timber & includes its own large balcony as well as a private pathway to the jaw dropping white sand beach that’s just a stone’s throw away. All accommodation comes complete with A/C as well as hot/cold showers.

Bungalows – *private* accommodation

7 x single/twin/triple bungalows (1-3 guests)
3 x family bungalows (4-6 guests)

Aloita Resort Mentawais

All accommodation includes:

- Air Conditioning
- Private bathroom
- Hot/cold showers
- Private Balcony
- Private pathway to the beach
- Cleaned daily
- Fresh daily bed linen
- Mini fridge
- Private outdoor courtyard
- Storage area in the rear of the residence
- Outdoor shower
- Shaded surfboard rack

Aloita Resort Accommodation

Aloita Restaurant

Aloita’s gorgeous open air restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal and reflect on the day’s activities.

Serving as the hub of the resort, the restaurant overlooks the beach & the calm crystal clear waters of the east side of the island. The open plan layout comes complete with big comfy couches and a beach side deck area, cool tunes, separate bar area as well as a snack & drinks menu. 

Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served in the restaurant buffet style with plenty of healthy and delicious meals on offer. Vegetarians can be catered for. And seeing as some of the resorts owners are Italian, it should come as no surprise to find great pride and care in the preparation of the daily meals.

Included in the price:

- 3 large, healthy delicious meals each day
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee & Water

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Extra snacks

Just a short stroll away guests have access to another communal area that's home to a number of seating options hat are ideal for reading a book or catching up on some emails. here's also a pool table and a TV to entertain the kids!

Surf camp

Available facilities:

- Daily Boat rides to the surf (surfers package only)
- Restaurant & Bar
- Big couches and chill out areas
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
- Pool table
- SUP's
- Wifi 

Also available with additional charge:

- Snorkelling Gear
- Diving*
- Surfboard rental 
- Yoga Classes
- Surf Lessons 

*Dive tanks and equipment are available but instructors are not available at the resort.

Aloita Resort is proud to be one of the only resorts in the Mentawai Islands that offer surf lessons for beginners. Shared and private lessons are available for all levels and board hire is included. Lessons are tailor made to suit your needs but generally have the following format;

learnt to surf mentawai

Level 1 - $50 1 guest - $40 pp (2 guests)

The introductory level 1 surf lesson will teach you the fundamentals of catching waves and help you familiarise yourself with the board from the safety of the beach. Before entering the ocean for the first time, it’s essential to understand every aspect of safety and much more. Guests will then be transported down to the learner wave which is just a short 5 minute boat ride away. Beginners will be get firsthand experience in the surf under the watchful eye of our surf instructor.

Level 2 - $40 1 guest - $30 pp (2 guests)

Once you’ve completed level 1, our guests will spend the majority of the lesson in the surf with an emphasis of getting more comfortable in the ocean and a focus on perfecting your pop up! Learn how to start trimming along the wave and how to make slight adjustments on your board to maintain speed and increase your length of ride. Beginners will learn a little more each lesson with a focus on understanding where the waves break and the factors affecting the surf.

Level 3 - $25 pp

Once the basics are understood, surfing is largely about repetition. This course aims to strengthen your foundations in order to help you progress with confidence and have as much fun as possible!

Learn to surf

Surfer Package - USD 55 pp / day

Each guest opting for the “Surfer package” will have daily boat rides to the surf included. The first session will depart Aloita between 6.30am and 8am depending on what’s agreed the evening before. Guests will return back to the resort for lunch, usually by 12pm. The afternoon session departs around 2-3pm and returns back just before dark. The decision on where to surf will depend on the surf guide & what the group/majority would like to do.

Aloita Resort

There are so many different waves within striking distance of Northern Sipora that there is something for everyone. There are around 9 waves that are within 5-20 minutes of each other with the majority being left handers. The region certainly suits an intermediate surfer or a surfing family that are looking for the least crowded waves in the Mentawai Islands. 

Aloita Resort also caters for beginners, which is a rarity in the Mentawais.

For an additional charge, guests can also head to South Sipora (Lances left and Lances right) in around 1.5 hours – or north to “Playgrounds” in around 1 hour (20+ waves including Rifles etc).

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the North Sipora pages.

Aloita Resort Surf Breaks

travel to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra 

We recommend using https://www.skyscanner.net/ and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang,  from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Sriwijaya, Citilink & Lion Air. We recommend www.nusatrip.com 

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for the following countries: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. To see the full list visit this link: http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/

From USD$ 50 pp "each way"

USD$ 75 pp – 1 guest "each way"
USD$ 60 pp – 2 guests "each way"
USD$ 50 pp – 3 guests or more "each way"

(Boards bags are an extra USD$ 20 each way for up to 15 kg's)

Includes:

-  Airport collection
-  Taxi to Hotel & Taxi to Ferry
-  Ferry Ticket (Padang to Tua Pejat, Sipora)
-  Speedboat transfer from Tua Pejat (Mentawai port) – the camp

NOT INCLUDED:

- Hotels in Padang.
- Guests bringing surfboards will need to pay an additional fee when using the Mentawai Fast Ferry service.
Fees payable in Indonesian Rupiah on boarding the ferry. 

Rates as follows;

- Up to 10kgs - 230,000 IDR (approx $17)
- 11-20kgs - 460,000 IDR (approx $34)
- More than 20kgs - 690,000 IDR (approx $50)

Your transfers in detail

Padang Airport (PDG)

Upon arrival at Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our staff members with pre-arranged transport and you'll be taken to your hotel. From this point we can help with any pre-departure needs, like accessing money, where to eat or simply explore this unique and colourful city for a genuine Indonesian experience.

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

Note: All guests will need to spend their first night and last night in Padang. That said, hotels are very affordable and even the best hotels are around $60 for 2 guests including breakfast.  We suggest staying at either of the following hotels:

MERCURE HOTEL - www.mercurepadang.com/

5 star glory in Padang. Sunset views & swimming pool

HW HOTEL - http://www.hwhotelpadang.com/

HW Hotel is located in the heart of Padang City. Sunset views & swimming pool

Mentawai Fast Ferry

Mentawai Fast Ferry

You'll be collected from your hotel and taken to the ferry port the next morning around 6.00am. The port is very close to where the hotels are found - it's just a short 5-10 minute taxi ride.

Mentawai Fast Ferry - departure times:

Padang – Tua Pejat: Monday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Wednesday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Friday, depart 07.00am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Sunday, depart 07.00am
Tua Pejat – Padang: Monday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Wednesday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Friday depart 14.30pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Sunday depart 14.30pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 to 4 hours. Guests will arrive in Tua Pejat (Mentawai Port) around 9.30am, where our staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the speedboat and take the guests to Aloita Resort, arriving around 10.30am. Crossing times are subject to weather conditions and delays can happen.

On return, guests will depart the resort around lunchtime (with the speedboat) to take the Ferry at 2.30pm. The arrival time in Padang will be approx 6pm. Our staff member will transfer you to your hotel as well as the airport the next morning. (Hotel and meals in Padang are not included.)

Speed Boat - from Padang to the resort directly

A private speedboat is available (as an alternative to the fast ferry) - for crossing for groups of up to 12 surfers, starting from around USD 1,550 (tbc). The boat will head straight to Aloita Resort and the crossing time usually takes 3 to 5 hours. This is always done in the morning; however the crossing can be postponed due to weather conditions.

"Rubber time"

Indonesian transport is renowned for being erratic, with this in mind delays and re-scheduling are an everyday reality concerning public transportation. We will do our best to get you where you need to be asap, but take no responsibility for delays or cancellations due to external circumstances.

Make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions of your airline. 

Don’t leave for your trip without any of the following:

Passport valid for at least 6 months from date of departure and must have at least 1 completely blank page (no stamps, nothing)

Tickets & itinerary

Travel insurance policy

Cash – change $500 minimum per two weeks stay into Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Valid Visa (for Australian, British & USA passport holders, visas can be issued on arrival (30 days max). Please check prior to purchasing your tickets.

Important: Make sure to check our "know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

Special Offers Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Bungalow 14 MAR 18 to 31 MAR 18
USD100

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Bungalow (single) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD170
Private Bungalow (Twin share or double) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD150
Private Bungalow (Triple share) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD140
Family Bungalow (min 4 guests, max 6) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD140

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Guests Total Price
Padang Airport to Aloita Resort (return trip) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18

Extra Items

Extras Dates Days Person/Day Guests
Surf Package (Intermediate to Advanced) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD55

Booking Notes

Early season special (14th-31st March) The resort will still be under minor renovations and getting ready for the new season, so guests might incur some minor issues like electricity not running 24 hours/day, limited or no wifi (internet can be obtained with an indonesian phone card though), and other minor things.

Surf Lesson Level 1 USD 40-50 pp / Surf Lesson Level 2 USD 30-40 pp / Surf Lesson Level 3 USD 25 pp
Yoga Classes approx $15
Surf Lessons & Yoga Classes are payable at the resort.
Children: 0-6 year old - Free of charge & 7-12 year old - 50% discount
Available bungalows: 7 twin/triple bungalows & 3 family bungalows

* A government tax of IDR 1,000,000 (approx AUD$ 105) will be charged additionally to all surfers in the Mentawai Islands. Guests can surf up to 15 days with the option to extend. Fees will be due on arrival.


A 30% deposit is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payments is due 60 days prior departure and non-refundable 100%.

One payment per group for initial deposit & final payment.

Credit / Debit Card

Guests are welcome to pay by credit/debit card. Please let us know if you’d prefer this method of payment so we can send you a "secure payment link" by email.

Please note a 3.5% charge will be added to cover bank fees.

Bank transfer

Bank details will be emailed upon booking. Each payment requires an additional USD 25 to cover bank fees. Transfers typically take 3 days to clear.

Save a lot of $$$ by using www.transferwise.com for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Aloita Resort & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Aloita Resort: http://www.aloitaresort.com/planyourtrip/term.php

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml

This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

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Item Krui Mentawai Telos Banyaks Simeulue Hinakos
Alcohol available Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Yes
Beaches OK Great Good Great Good Great
Crowd Good Good Great Great Good Great
Date Flexibility Great OK Poor Poor Great Great
Diving No Yes No No No Yes
Family Friendly OK Great Good OK OK Great
Female Friendly OK Great Great Good OK Great
Fishing OK Good Good Good OK Good
For Couples OK Great Good OK OK Great
Learn to Surf Yes Yes No No No No
Snorkelling OK Great Good Great OK Great
Surf & Yoga Yes Yes No No No Yes
Surf Season April-Nov All Year All Year April-Nov All Year All Year
Surfer Daily Budget $30+ $130+ $225+ $200+ $50+ $160+
Surfing Ability Beginner+ Beginner+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+ Intermediate+

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