Kingfisher Resort, South Sipora

Guest Reviews


Lances Left all to ourselves!

By Rick Williams, 17th September 2016

Thanks to Surf Camp Sumatra for organising a killer trip. As with any Mentawai adventure, it's a bit of a slog to get there but it's well worth it. We were lucky enough to score great waves every day. Occasionally there were charter boats about, but we were so much more onto it than those guys. It felt like our wave. If you like left handers then Lances is for you. The camp was super chilled, lovely bungalows. Food was plentiful and super tasty. Service was great. I like to venture to new locations but I'm thinking I'll be heading back sooner than later.


Epic trip

By Jono Verity 6th June 2017

Dave was fantastic in booking our trip and everything promised was certainly delivered. The camp was very comfortable and overlooked the line-up, just as pictured in the website. Lots of tasty food always served with a smile. Scored great waves every day. We'll be back.


A surfers dream

By Bob Arrowsmith, 28th June 2017

A perfect left, in a perfect bay - what else would you ask for!? The camp is super chilled out and was very comfortable. We had numerous sessions alone with just the Kingfisher guests. Well worth the money and we'll be coming back!

sipora map

Camp Size: Max 12
Bungalows: Private & shared A/C
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: Yoga areas, no classes
Ideal for: Small groups, couples & families


Kingfisher Resort
is situated in a beautiful bay on the south end of Sipora that overlooks an extremely consistent left hander. What sets it apart from other camps is that there are no other camps in the local vicinity – giving you unprecedented access to one of the Mentawai Islands most celebrated waves, Lances Left. It also means you’ll get plenty of waves to yourself.

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.

Surrounded by a number of other secret spots, the camp is also a 15 minute boat ride from the world famous Lances Right. Ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers – the resort is particularly good for small to medium sized groups, families or couples looking for tropical surf vacation. And with consistent waves reeling through the bay all year - this secluded corner of paradise is a must visit destination.


Kingfisher Resort can sleep 12 guests within its 2 triple share bungalows & 1 family bungalow. Each bungalow is constructed with beautiful local hardwood timber & includes its own large balcony as well as being 20 metres from the white sand beach that serves as the paddle out to the wave. All accommodation comes complete with A/C as well as hot/cold showers.


2 x triple bungalows - 1-3 guests in each. Ideal for singles, couples & small groups.
1 x family bungalow - up to 5-6 guests. Ideal for a family or small group.

Each includes:

- AC and fans 
- Private bathroom with sink, toilet, mirror, shower, shampoo, soap and is completely tiled
- Hot/cold showers
- Bath Towels are given at the beginning of each trip
- Electrical outlets to plug all devices you may need (220 V). These are Indonesian plugs (same as European).
- I-pod docking station
- Mini fridge
- Kettle, tea and coffee
- All beds are provided with mosquito nets
- Each bungalow has maximum privacy thanks to the landscape and distance from each other
- Big spacious balcony with chairs & hammocks to enjoy the breathtaking views of the beach and Lances Left
- Fully furnished living room area inside the bungalow
- Sunset views



The camps impressive open air restaurant is the focal point of the resort. With views of Lances Left and the adjacent bay, it’s the perfect place to relax and reflect on the day’s activities. Breakfastlunch & dinner are served at the restaurant with plenty of healthy and delicious meals on offer. Vegetarians can be catered for.  

Included in the price:

- 3 large healthy delicious meals served daily
- Dessert/choc/fruit every night after dinner
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water
- Late afternoon/sunset snacks
- Free Pool table

- Free Wi-Fi 

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks

surf camp

speed boat

New for the 2018 season saw a considerable upgrade for Kingfisher's speedboat. Long gone are the days of getting soaked by sea chop and squalls. Guests have the luxury of traveling in style and comfort to all the breaks. This boat is used daily and isn't just for "special" trips. What you see, is what you get! The resort now also offers trips to both Macaronis (south) and even trips to Telescopes (north). 

sipora surf

Included in the price:

- Daily Boat rides to the surf
- Wi-Fi
- Pool table
- Snorkelling Gear & fishing excursions
- Bikes
- Restaurant & Bar
- Flat screen TV, DVD, sound station
- Big couches, hammocks and chill out areas
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
- Hammocks     

Guests staying at Kingfisher Resort will have direct access to one of the Mentawai Islands best and most consistent waves, Lances Left. And as soon as you've unpacked your boards you're free to paddle out. 

lances left

Being the only camp in the bay, Lances is the obvious focus but HT's & Bintang's are very close by as well as a number of other closely guarded secret spots.

This video gives you a pretty good incite into what you can expect during your stay:

surf map

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

South Sipora Surf Breaks

travel to mentawai

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

We recommend using 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 

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USD 175 per person, each way (based on minimum 2 guests)


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

NOT INCLUDED: Hotel in Padang; meals and personal expenses 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:

5 star glory in Padang. Sunset views & swimming pool

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 14.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Wednesday depart 14.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Friday depart 14.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Sunday depart 14.00pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 to 4 hours. Guests will arrive in Tua Pejat (Mentawai Port) around 10.00am, where our staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the speedboat and take the guests to Kingfisher 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 2pm. 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 Kingfisher 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.

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.

2019 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Bungalow 20 MAR 19 to 15 NOV 19
Shared Bungalows 20 MAR 19 to 15 NOV 19

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Per Person Guests
Padang Airport to Kingfisher Resort (return trip) 20 MAR 18 to 15 NOV 19 USD350

Booking Notes

Transfers (Padang to Camp) - 175 per person, each way (based on minimum 2 guests)

Available Bungalows; 2 x triple bungalows, 1-3 guests in each. 1 x family bungalow, up to 5-6 guests.

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 payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Payment only by Bank transfer

All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

Save a lot of $$$ by using 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 Kingfisher Resort & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Kingfisher Resort:

Surf Camp Sumatra:
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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