Awera Resort, North Sipora

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Camp Size: Max 12 guests
Accommodation: 5 private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes - backyards
Destination: Sipora, Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Beginner to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf School: Yes
Surfboard Rental: Yes at Resort
Yoga: No
Ideal for: Couples & families

Built in 2017, Awera Resort is situated on a small tropical island, just off the coast of North Sipora & remains one of the most refined and comfortable resorts built in the Mentawai region. 

What makes this resort stand out from its neighboring camps is that it's located extremely centrally in the surf region giving quick access to the 10 or so waves in the vicinity. And whats more, there are 3 speedboats available for the guests who can easily surf 3 times per day (2 times to Scarecrows and one to Iceland/Ombak Tidur for example). A third boat is available all day (anytime) for sessions at Ombak Tidur or Awera Right (aka backyards).

Surf lessons are also available all year (for all levels). See the surf lessons section for further details.

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.

awera

Awera Resort has 5 villas, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 12 guests.

All the villas are situated close to the main building and all have air conditioning. Each bungalow villa is either directly on the beach or just a few steps away, so you can wake up every morning to the beauty of the ocean and the waves.

2 x Beach Villas – private a/c accommodation
3 x Jungle Villas – private a/c accommodation

jungle sideJungle Villa (above)

Accommodation includes (1-3 guests per villa):

- Private bedroom
- Fully equipped private bathroom
- Hot water
- Single beds: 1.20 m wide x 2 m long
- Double beds: 1.80 m wide x 2m long
- Air conditioning
- Fan
- Mosquito nets on all beds
- Clean towels and sheets
- Chill-out terrace
- Surfboard rack
- Outdoor shower
- Clothes drying rack

beachside
Beach Side Villa (above)

food and drinkThe open plan restaurant

Awera's picture perfect open air restaurant (300m2) provides an incredible setting to enjoy your daily meals and relax when you're not in the ocean.

Tastefully decorated and located on a private beach with views of the surf, all guests will be provided breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, with plenty of healthy and delicious meals on offer. Vegetarians can be catered for (given prior notice). 

Included in the price:

- 3 large, healthy delicious meals each day
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee & Water
- Snacks at any moment of the day
- Non-alcoholic drinks such as sprite, coca cola, fanta, water, fresh homemade juices.


Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages

Internet access

There is WiFi internet access for those who wish to stay connected with the outside world, along with a TV, a projector, and a selection of films, books and magazines.

Others Services

- A central bar area with TV and DVD player. The bar serves freshly squeezed fruit juices, beers and soft drinks all day long.
- A chill-out zone with sofas and incredible views.

restaurantGrab a fresh juice, pool side

swimming pool

Brand new for the 2018 season is Awera's very own private swimming pool

Just steps away from the beach, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the neighboring islands as well as views of the waves directly out the front of the resort (Back Yards, Ombak Tidur in the distance as well as the learner wave). 

Perfect for a few morning laps to warm your body up before a session, the pool also provides a safe environment for any families traveling with children. 

pool

surf lessons
The learner wave directly out the front of the resort (above)

50 USD per person for a 2 hour lesson (2-5 group). 80 USD one to one lesson. Includes instruction and surfboard hire.

The resort is one of the only locations in Sumatra that offers surf lessons for all levels from complete beginners to more advanced surfers. The residential instructors use a range of teaching methods to help you improve your surfing no matter what your experience is, with support and guidance in the water as well as filming your session with a breakdown of the footage in the evening.

Beginners

All ages and abilities welcome! Includes water safety before taking to the surf, understanding of the local conditions as well as where to position yourself in relation to the wave, paddling, reading the line-up, and, finally, how to pop up to your feet.  Progressive learner lessons focus on being independent in the water & catching unbroken (green) waves. Further instruction involves duck-diving under oncoming waves and negotiating steeper take-offs.

For beginners just looking to practice alone (no instruction), surfboard rental is available and includes 2 x 9´0 and 2 x 7´0 learner boards with 2-4 more expected for the 2018 season.

20 USD per session, 30 USD per day, 200 USD per "trip"

Intermediates

Focusing on gaining confidence in the ocean and refining your surfing technique, particularly on the areas that need the most improvement. These often include generating speed, perfecting your take-off and drawing clean lines on the waves. Starting in smaller conditions, guests will potentially progress onto larger surf.

Advanced

With the help of one of the surf guides, you'll be coached on how to approach some of the regions best waves as well as pin pointing areas to improve and the overall body mechanics involved in further developing your skills.

Guests also have use of Awera's snorkeling gear as well their stand up paddle boards - free of charge.

surf package

A professional photographer (who resides at the resort until early September), is available for all guests. Pricing is 225 USD / person for all the photos of the trip (from the water and boat).

When the professional photographer in unavailable, Awera will use the boat captains for all photos (no water shots) using 6D and 7D canon cameras. Pricing is 180 USD / person. 

Surfer Package

Surfers staying at the resort can use the 3 speedboats to access the regions waves as many times each day as they wish! Most camps in the Mentawai Islands offer a standard 1 trip in the morning and 1 trip in the afternoon and although this is enough for plenty of surf time, Awera's guests have the extra flexibility to time their surf sessions exactly when they want.

Starting as early as 6:30am guests can easily surf 3 times per day, for example, 2 times at Scarecrows and one at Iceland/Ombak Tidur, or 2 times at Telescopes and one session at Tikus. Guests also have a third boat to surf Ombak Tidur or Awera Right that is used just for these 2 waves so guests can surf them anytime they like.

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. 

Exceptional trips (Playgrounds and South Sipora)

If conditions are bad (South swell and west/northwest winds) for the north Sipora surf region, then 2 trips to the Playgrounds surf zone is included (Rifles, Pistols, A-frames, Four bobs). The speedboat takes 50 mins to reach if weather conditions allow.

Additional day trips to Playgrounds is USD 60 p/p and requires a minimum of 4 people. Also, one trip is included in a 10 night stay at Awera.

Additional day trips to Hollow Trees and lances left, takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, the price is USD 75 p/p and requires a minimum of 4 people.

speedboat

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

Awera 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/

Guests are welcome to make their own way to Tua Pejat in Sipora, where complimentary transport by speedboat from the “Mentawai Fast Ferry” stop in Tua Pejat will transport each guest to Awera Resort. This transport takes about 10 minutes (same for the return back to Tua Pejat).

Alternatively, guests have the choice to take the "comfort package" (all inclusive transfers);

All inclusive transfers

USD$ 110 pp "each way" single guest (USD 85 pp for a couple)

Includes:

-  Airport collection
-  Taxi to Hotel
-  Grand Inna Muara hotel (deluxe room with morning breakfast)
-  Taxi to Ferry
-  Ferry Ticket (Padang to Tua Pejat, Sipora)
-  Speedboat transfer from Tua Pejat (Mentawai port) – the resort
-  Exact same on return back to Padang Airport

Guests not spending the night before in Padang, the costs are 60$ less for a single person and 90$ less per couple.

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

IDR 230.000 (around $18) bags between 10KG-15KG
IDR 460.000 (around $33) bags between 15KG-25KG
IDR 690.000 (around $50) bags over 25KG

Fees payable in Indonesian Rupiah on boarding the ferry. 

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.

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.

Note*: On Sunday the ferry has a stop in Sioban so guests will arrive 2hrs later when arriving in Tuapejat.

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 6.15pm. Our staff member will transfer you to your hotel as well as the airport the next morning. 

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
Surfer (1 night free) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD185

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Non Surfer 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD175
Surfer 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD206

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Per Person Guests
Padang Airport to Awera Resort (return trip) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18 USD220

Booking Notes

Children 5 - 12 years: 103 USD / night (10 nights+ get 1 night free) Up to 4 years old: FREE

Transfers (Padang Airport to Awera)

USD 110 for a single person (each way)
USD 170 per couple (pp each way)

If you are not spending the night before in Padang, the costs are 60$ less for a single person and 90$ less per couple.


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.

Bank transfer

Bank details will be emailed upon booking. Each payment requires an additional USD 50 cover bank fees. Transfers typically take 3 days to clear.

Save money 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 Awera Resort & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Awera Resort: http://aweraresort.com

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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