Kandui Villas, Playgrounds



Guest Reviews


The dream surf trip

By Billy Morgan, 26th May 2016

Jordan was exceptional in arranging the whole trip. We just had to sit back relax and enjoy the ride. Mind blowing resort in the most incredible surf region is a pretty good recipe for a very memorable surf vacation. We’ll be back for sure!


Kandui Villas is second to none

By Joe Ashton, 14th June 2016

Superb in every way. From the moment we arrived into Padang to the moment we flew out - it was hands down the most memorable trip ever.


Kandui magic

By Mike Walcott, 2nd June 2017

We decided to bring the whole family to Kandui Villas and were not disappointed. It’s certainly at the high end of the market, but for us it was money well spent. The wife and kids were entertained all day long and I got to surf the best waves on the planet... thanks again guys

kandui mentawai

Camp Size: 30+
Accommodation:  12 private A/C bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, Kandui
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Beginner to advanced
Budget: 5/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: Yes
Yoga: Yoga room, no classes
Ideal for: Large groups, couples & families


Located in the Mentawai Islands in the heart of the Playgrounds surf zone, Kandui Villas stands alone as the most refined and comfortable resort ever built in the region & is arguably the world’s premier luxury surf resort.

The resort has taken the Mentawai experience to a whole new level with the extravagance of the highest levels despite being tucked away from western civilization.  The amenities are second to none and include an infinity pool, gym, spa, spacious luxury accommodation, gourmet food as well as unrivalled service and facilities.

With 20+ world class waves within a short speedboat ride from the resort, including the world renowned Kandui Left (and baby Kandui) right on your doorstep, you’re well positioned to score the waves of your life.

Ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers, the resort is particularly good for groups, families or couples looking for the ultimate luxury surf trip.

9 x private uma (sleeps 1-4 guests in each)

1 x private “triple” uma (sleeps up to 12)

Kandui Villas can accommodate more than 30 guests within its 9 luxury “umas” and 1 “triple” uma. Each includes air conditioning and has two king-sized beds downstairs, and one king sized bed (or two single sized beds) – upstairs, in a second-story loft.

Kandui Villas is a compound of nine luxury uma’s – what the Fijians call bure – and one triple uma – which is three regular-sized luxury umas connected together, for a total of 12 umas. Each one is quite large at 7.5 meter wide x 10.5 meters long and contains two king-size beds downstairs, and one king size or two single size beds in a spacious, second-story loft.

Every uma is hand carved throughout with a different Mentawai animal, or jungle theme, and all the furniture is made of local hardwoods. Each unit comes with two air-conditioning units, allowing guests to adjust for their personal comfort level. The back one-third of each uma is built on a massive cistern which holds close to 10,000 gallons of water.

The bathroom and shower facilities are stylishly appointed, clean and comfortable, with stone floors laid by craftsmen from Bali. Each of the 12 umas are configured with three king-sized beds, or two king-sized, and two double beds, making them very versatile with room for 1 to 4 people – perfect for singles, couples, groups of friends, or families.

Each uma includes;

- Private beach access
- Ocean view
- Air-conditioning with mosquito nets
- Sleeps 1-4 guests
- Large private tropical landscaped
  garden/yard with Japanese grass
- Mini-bar
- Personal Safe
- Hot water
- Hair dryer
- Bathroom amenities
- Shaded surfboard rack



The Kandui Villas impressive restaurant stands two stories high & is located directly next to the swimming pool. Guests will benefit from gourmet fresh food during their stay with a wide variety of healthy meal options always available.

Guests can start their day with a “made to order” breakfast before or after their morning surf. Daily cuisine is plentiful and varied and includes local & freshly caught seafood as well as Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, American, and of course Indonesian. The resort is also proud to serve in-house organically-grown fruit & vegetables each day.

kandui mentawais

Included in the price:

- 3 gourmet meals per day
- Drinks with meals
- Snacks
- Welcome drinks

Not included:

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks/juice boxes outside of meals

mentawai islands


kandui bar

The Bar and Palapa building is located next to the Games Room and directly overlooks the swimming pool.

The area serves as the real heart of the resort. Overlooking the infinity pool – it really is the perfect place to have a drink, share stories of the days surf sessions, or do absolutely nothing. Guests can enjoy their favourite cold beer, spirits, mixed drinks, as well as wine, and even champagne. The open plan layout comes complete with large flat screen satellite TV, big couches and chill out areas, cool tunes and a separate bar snack & drinks menu.

There’s also a ping pong table & pool table across in the games room.


- Flat screen satellite TV
- Big couches and chill out areas
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
- Ping pong table (games room)
- Pool table games room)

mentawai resort

games room
Kandui Villas "Games Room" (yes that's Kelly playing pool and probably winning)

Included in your package:

- Daily Boat rides to the surf (with "Kandui Island" or "All Access" packages)
- 3 gourmet meals per day, drinks with meals, snacks, welcome drinks
- Large 25m infinity pool
- Flat screen satellite TV
- Sun Loungers, couches & chill out areas
- Games room with ping pong table & pool table
- 7 x SUP’s & 2 x Kayaks
- Snorkeling gear
- Beach volley ball, board games & DVD movie library
- Private gym includes two tread mills, an exercise bike, free weights, a multi-exercise machine, a multi-exercise cable machine, and exercise bike, pull up bar, jump ropes, an inversion table, exercise balls, and yoga mats.
- Traditional Mentawai Shaman Ceremony (For groups of 10 or more people)

Available with extra charge:

- WiFi (the fastest Internet connection in the Mentawai islands, with WiFi around the entire pool area, and Internet via cable in all of the umas)
- Spa treatments
- 15 x Resin 8 surfboards 150,000 IDR per - hour or 400,000 IDR per day
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
- Nanny service is available by special request

Photography services

Kandui Villas offers a team of 3 professional photographers offering their photography services, to capture high resolution photo’s of surfing, from land, water, boat, and sky.

Price: USD 250 individual photo package including flash drive

Videography services

Kandui Villas also offers professional HD personalised video services, to film and document your surfing & lifestyle throughout your stay.

Price: USD 350 individual video edit including flash drive

Not included:

- USD 75 Mentawai surfing tax (IDR 1,000,000)
- Transfers from Padang – Kandui – Padang
- Alcoholic drinks

mentawai kandui

The resort offers traditional Indonesian therapeutic massage to relax and sooth away sore muscles from travel, surf and everyday stress.

The massage oil used is homemade raw coconut oil, that's shredded and pressed lovingly by their very own Indonesian staff. 

Price USD 40 per hour

*Please note that all Spa rates exclude government tax and 21% service charge

speed boat mentwai

Kandui Villas has an impressive inventory of boats for accessing the 20+ waves. These include two, five-meter plastic dinghies, one 5.2 meter Kahajaya center-consul speed boat and four, 45-50 foot longboats for accessing the all the breaks that are not located around Kandui Island and are used for the ALL Access packages.

Each boats is launched from one of four cement docks. Three of the docks are built in a mangrove lagoon located behind each section of the resort making for easy transitions to and from the resort. The fourth dock is a jetty located on the front beach side of the resort, in a keyhole channel between Kandui Left and Baby Kandui.

The long boats are 45-50 feet long, and five to six feet wide. Because of the long boats’ sleek design, they cut through the chop better than any boats around, giving a smooth, comfortable and stable ride even through rough seas. Their construction is also very strong, using an entire tree the length of the boat for the body. The long boats all use three x 40 HP outboards, and go 20+ knots. They have canopies, comfortable padded seats, and all the safety gear, including life jackets, flares, GPS, EPIRB, and satellite phone contained in a Pelican case. Each boat brings a drinking water dispenser, and cooler with snacks, and drinks.

speee boat

surf kandui


Guests of the resort will have 15 high performance resin 8 surf boards at their disposal. Avoid the hassle of dragging your prized possessions half way around the world, guests can also dodge the inherent surfboard handling costs that can soon mount up over multiple flights. 

The Resin 8 boards are duplicates of master shapes by Wade Tokoro, and Sam Egan with sizes 5’11” 6’0″, 6’1″, 6’4″, 6’5″, 6’6″, 6’7″ 6’8″, 6’11”, up to 7’2″. Resin 8 surf boards are arguably the best epoxy surf boards ever made, are high performance, and durable, so they are the perfect boards for nearly everyone.

The resin 8 rental price is 150,000 rp per hour, or 400,000 rp per day (approx. USD 25 / day)

SUP's & Kayaks (free of charge)

Guests also have access to 7 Stand Up Paddles Boards & 2 Kayaks that can be used free of charge. The SUP’s are 10′, 10’2″, 11’6″, and 3 x 12 foot cruiser boards perfectly suited for paddling around the waters of our tropical paradise.

Contact us via email for an up to date list of the boards available - [email protected]

surf mentawais

Below you will find a break down of what you can expect month by month in terms of size and quality throughout the year:

January & February

Its also one of the least crowded times to visit the region. Expect to surf head high Burgerworld which needs a small swell to break properly, or head high Nipussi which is another wave magnet, and even Bank Vaults. The waves around Kandui Island are likely to be on the small side. A very small south swell & you'll be surfing alone at A-Frames, 4 Bobs & Pistols. Wind conditions are generally very light & variable with calm & sunny weather.


Similar to January and February but with a little more consistency with some bigger days thrown in the mix. Still uncrowded.


Regarded as the start of the season, expect head high surf all the way up to triple over head although largely very user friendly conditions. Expect light northerly winds in the morning followed by variable winds after midday. Crowds are typically pretty light but increase throughout the month. 


This month often produces the biggest "south" swells of the year with the cleanest conditions for waves like Rifles, its a month that attracts good surfers looking for big barrels hoping to score Rifles on a really good day.


Similar to May but with a slight shift to more south easterly winds. But still generally light & variable. 


Bigger in size still, with very consistent swell, its rarely less than head high. Thunderstorms are more prevalent which combined with the abundance of swell means that many breaks can "turn on" with a passing storm. Winds tend be variable & it is a month where guests really count on having excellent surf guides to out smart the other camps and visiting charter boats! 


Plenty of swell and as big as any month. Less thunderstorms and a shift to more southeast winds (think lefts). Large south west swells dominate


More thunderstorm activity, similar to July, although there are still beautiful sunny days. Storms come and go. The swell cycle continues and the surf is still rarely less than head high. The crowds are thinning out a little compared to May to August.


October can still be a great month but certainly can have more patchy periods of smaller surf. Visiting guests tend to prefer smaller conditions around the head high mark with the odd bigger day. Crowds usually thin out throughout the month and into November.

November - February

At anytime from November until February there are windows of truly amazing surf and weather, but the once endless cycle of swell takes a well earned rest. Surfers that visit during this time can still expect really fun surf, in the shoulder to head high range. Many of the surf camps in the area close. Crowds are minimal.

map mentawai

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

Full details: Playgrounds Surf Breaks

surf map kandui
The above map gives you some perspective of the waves surrounding Kandui Island.

Daily rates that include the "Kandui Island" surf package are as follows:

Surfer: USD 265 pp / day
Couple: USD 212 pp / day

Guests can upgrade to the "All Access" pass for USD 80 per person per day

Guests have the choice of choosing to surf the waves surrounding "Kandui Island" or an "All Access" package that gives access to all the regions waves.

"Kandui Island" packages include dinghy transfers to the surrounding waves:

Kandui (in front of the resort)
Baby Kandui (in front of the resort)
Rifles - 10 mins away
Four Bobs - 5 mins away
Playgrounds left - 5 mins away
Playgrounds right - 5 mins away
Malibu right - 7 mins away
A-frames - 7 mins away
Pistols - 10 mins away

surf mentawai map

Daily rates that include the "All Access" surf package are as follows:

Surfer: USD 315 pp
Couple (one surfer): USD 245 pp
Couple (two surfers): USD 270 pp

"All Access" Packages include surf transfers by long boat to all of the other waves located on the neighboring islands as well as Kandui Island (aka karangmajat island).

These also include:

1. Hideaways
2. Nipussy
3. Bank Vaults
4. Pit Stops
5. E-Bay
6. Beng Beng
7. Good Times
8. Burgerworld
9. McDonald's
10. Dog Reef

travelling to Mentawais

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 http://www.traveloka.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/

Padang Airport to Kandui Villas

Mentawai Fast Ferry - "Direct Transfers"

The safest, most reliable way of travelling between the mainland and the Mentawai islands. 

In 2017, a partnership was created with the Mentawai Fast Ferry, an 80 foot transfer boat that was specifically created for transport from Padang to the Mentawai.  Kandui Villas rents it *exclusively* for their guests and makes the 90 mile transfer in 3 hours flat, direct to the resort (weather permitting)

The resort has adopted a 10 day/10 night or 11 day/11 night schedule with "set travel days" (check "booking & pricing" tab for dates & availability).

Padang to Resort: Saturdays & Tuesdays: depart 7:30am & arrive Kandui 10:30am (*direct* transfer)
Resort to Padang: Saturdays & Tuesdays: depart 1:30pm & arrive Padang 4:30pm (*direct* transfer)

At the end of your trip, guests will arrive back into Padang around 4:30pm. Please do not book any outbound flights before 7:00pm.

- USD 275 pp (“each way”)
- USD 135 pp (“each way”) for children ages 4 - 10
- FREE for children 3 and under.

* It is also possible to accommodate guests wanting to travel on alternative dates. Please contact us for further details: [email protected]

* If you are visiting Kandui Villas during our Shoulder Season (October – March), the Mentawai Fast dates & times may vary.  Please contact us prior to booking your airfare.

Transfer package includes:

- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - approx. 5 to 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry – 3 to 4 hr crossing (direct to Kandui Resort & direct back to Padang)

Padang Hotel
 (extra cost)

Guests are required to spend their first night in Padang. There are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels (below) are only around $40-60 for 2 guests including breakfast. We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel - www.mercurepadang.com or Oxville Hotel - http://oxvillehotel.com (both are in the hotel district, about a 5 or 10 minute taxi ride to the ferry port).

mentawai fast ferry

Please note it is also possible to travel on different dates using a combination of the mentawai fast ferry to Siberut and longboat to Kandui Villas. Please contact us for more details and pricing.

"Direct" Fast ferry schedule:

APRIL 09 – 20
APRIL 20 – 30
APRIL 30 – MAY 11
MAY 11 – 21
MAY 21 – JUNE 01
JUNE 01 – 11
JUNE 11 – 22
JUNE 22 – JULY 02
JULY 02 – 13
JULY 13 – 23
AUGUST 03 – 13
AUGUST 13 – 24

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.

2019 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Non Surfer 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
Kandui Island package (Surfer) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
Kandui Island package (couple) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
"All Access" package (surfer) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
"All Access package (couple) 2 surfers 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
"All Access package (couple) 1 surfer 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19

Booking Notes

Family Rate (per night) - "Kandui Island" Package (2 Adults / 2 Surfer Kids 13-16yo) USD 625
Family Rate (per night) - "All Access" Package (2 Adults but only 1 adult surfer / 2 Surfer Kids 13-16yo) USD 690
Family Rate (per night) - "All Access" Package (2 Adults but 2 adult surfers / 2 Surfer Kids 13-16yo) USD 740

Kids Rates (per night)

Surfer Kids 13 - 16 - USD 120
Non Surfer Kids 13 - 16 - USD 80
Kids 7 - 12 - USD 50
Kids 6 and Under - FREE

Padang Airport to Kandui Villas - "Direct Transfers"

- USD 275 pp (each way)
- USD 135 pp (each way) for children ages 4 - 10
- FREE for children 3 and under.

A 50% deposit per person 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 payment is due 90 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Payment by Credit Card or Bank Transfer

Debit & Credit Card (also available for services at the resort)

Credit Card payment (Visa or Mastercard) plus additional 4% processing fee

Bank transfer

A USD$50 processing fee is to be included for each transfer.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

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 Kandui Villas & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Kandui Villas: https://www.kanduivillas.com/booking-terms/

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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