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 villas

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
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

kanduiLocated 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

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

The Bar & Palapa

Kandui Villas large bar area is 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 islands

- Daily Boat rides to the surf (20+ surf breaks)
- Large 25m infinity pool
- Restaurant & Bar
- Flat screen satellite TV
- Sun Loungers, couches & chill out areas
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
- Ping pong table & - Pool table
- Wi-Fi – (additional charge)
- Snorkelling Gear
- Spa Treatments
- 15 x Resin 8 surfboards 150,000 rp per - hour or 400,000 rp per day
- 6 x SUP’s - 150,000 rp per hour or – 400,000 rp per day
- Beach volley ball, board games & DVD movie library
- Private gym includes tread mills, exercise bike, weights & inversion table

Our professional therapists are on hand to offer a wide variety of treatments set in a tranquil, peaceful and therapeutic ambiance.

Massages, Remedial & Beauty Treatments;

60 minutes massage - USD$ 40
90 minutes massage - USD$ 60
60 minutes Reflexology - USD$ 20
90 minutes Facial - USD$ 35
90 minutes Body Scrub - USD$ 35
Manicure - USD$ 12
Pedicure - USD$ 15

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

Transfer Pricing (“each way”)

1 guest - USD$ 360 pp
2 guests- USD$ 255 pp
3 guests - USD$ 220 pp
4 guests - USD$ 205 pp
5 guests - USD$ 212 pp
6 guests - USD$ 235 pp
7 guests - USD$ 223 pp
8 guests - USD$ 214 pp
9 guests - USD$ 207 pp 


- Taxis in Padang (airport-hotel and hotel to port)
- Mentawais Fast Ferry ticket (Padang to Siberut)
- Speedboat (Siberut to Kandui Villas) 

There will also be the additional cost of one-way surfboard bag fees to be paid by guests themselves at the ferry departure location based upon the categories below, with excess baggage over 20 kg/person at Rp. 6,000/kg per trip.

Small Boardbag Max 10 kg – Rp. 230,000 / bag
Medium Boardbag Max 20 kg – Rp. 460,000 / bag
Large Boardbag Over 20 kg – Rp. 690,000 / bag

- Does not include hotels in Padang

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

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

Guests are able to travel between Padang & Siberut on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Please note; all guests will need to spend the night in Padang at the start and end of their trips.

Mentawai Fast Ferry - departure times:

Padang – Siberut: Tuesday, depart 07.00am
Padang – Siberut: Thursday, depart 07.00am
Padang – Siberut: Saturday, depart 07.00am
Siberut – Padang: Tuesday depart 14.30pm
Siberut – Padang: Thursday depart 14.30pm
Siberut – Padang: Saturday depart 14.30pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 to 4 hours. Guests will arrive in Siberut (Mentawai Port) around 9.30am, where our staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the speedboat and take the guests to the Resort, arriving around 11.30am. 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.

Speed Boat - from Padang to the resort directly

A private speedboat is available (price to tbc) - for larger groups. The boat will operate directly between Padang & Kandui Villas and the crossing time usually takes 3 to 5 hours.

Please note; 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.

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.

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.

Special Offers Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Shared Bungalow 01 JAN 18 to 31 MAR 18
Private Bungalow (couple) 01 JAN 18 to 31 MAR 18
Shared Bungalow (non surfer) 01 JAN 18 to 31 MAR 18
Shared Bungalow (Children 13-16) 01 JAN 18 to 31 MAR 18
Shared Bungalow (Children (6-12) 01 JAN 18 to 31 MAR 18

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Shared Bungalow 01 APR 18 to 30 SEP 18
Private Bungalow (couple) 01 APR 18 to 30 SEP 18
Shared Bungalow 01 APR 18 to 30 SEP 18

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Guests Total Price
Padang Airport to Kandui Villas (return trip) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18

Booking Notes

Kandui Villas can accommodate more than 30 guests within its luxury uma's. With the exception of couples, guests are expected to share the Umas with other guests when neccessary. Please note: if there are less than 9 guests booked in during your trip, then "special conditions" might apply, please be sure to read the following link: http://www.kanduivillas.com/kandui-villas-special-conditions.html

* From August 2016 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 USD 1500 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 60 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: http://www.kanduivillas.com/booking-terms.html

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.

bSed at ante dui. Etiam lectus elit, hendrerit eu odio vel, pulvinar tempus magna. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Integer vulputate sem et interdum aliquet. Curabitur non vehicula quam, non semper ipsum.

Your Personal Information

Your Card Information

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+

Mentawai Surf RetreatPlaygrounds

Set in a pristine bay with sunset views overlooking Pitstops, an extremely fun and rippable right hander...

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


Macaronis ResortPlaygrounds

The ultimate surf resort with direct access to what's been described as the funnest wave on the planet...

Surfers From: AUD 360 252 pp / night
Beginners From: AUD 195 pp / night

Kingfisher ResortPlaygrounds

Set in a picture perfect bay, the camp overlooks Lances Left, one of Sumatra's most legendary & consistent waves...

Surfers From: USD 195 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 170 pp / night

Togat Nusa RetreatPlaygrounds

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

Surfers From: USD 222 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 222 pp / night