Camp Size: Max 20 surfers (32 guests)
Accommodation: Private A/C suites
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Local daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, 5 min boat ride
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Beginner to advanced
Surf School: Yes
Surfboard Rental: Yes at Resort
Yoga: Yoga terrace, no classes
Ideal for: Large & small groups, couples & families
Macaronis Resort is situated on Siniai Island, just off the coast of North Pagai Island in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands. Just a stone’s throw from one of the world’s best waves, Macaronis Resort offers an unforgettable experience with quality facilities and access to a variety of fun activities for all of its guests.
The resort features all mod cons including A/C, hot water, a beautiful swimming pool as well as a spa that offers massage and skin-treatments. Situated on a stunning lagoon with direct access, its location is perfect for exploring thanks to an abundance of complimentary facilities on offer for all of our guests.
Visitors are able to travel to the resort from Padang 2 days a week with trips starting in Padang Tuesday or Saturday and ending any Monday or Thursday.
There is no doubt Macaronis is one of the best waves on the planet. This perfect, consistent left hander works on all tides, on any swell size, and nearly all wind conditions. It’s just a 5 minute boat ride away. There is also a great beachie that’s ideal for beginners as well as a number of intermediate surf spots in the area. For the advanced surfer, there’s also a few serious but perfect reef breaks close by.
Ideal for any level of surfer – the resort is best suited for large to small groups as well as families or couples looking for a tropical surf holiday.
Macaronis Resort can sleep 32 guests (max 20 surfers) within its 16 (twin or queen bed) private suites. All suites are located on the second-floor, come complete with a veranda with ocean, lagoon, and pool views. Rooms are a/c cooled and completely noise proof.
Guest Suites – private accommodation
16 x guest suites
Maximum 20 surfers / 32 guests
- Twin or queen beds (sleeps 1-2 guests)
- Spectacular Ocean, Lagoon & Pool Views
- En-Suite Bathroom with Hot Water
- 4m Veranda with Seating & Privacy Shades
- Split Air Conditioner
- Proper Thermal & Acoustic Insulation
- 32″ Flat Screen TV & DVD Player
- International Channels & Sports
- Macas Channel: Live Surf Cam Broadcast
- Work Desk & Clothes Storage
- In-Room Free WiFi Internet
- Bedding Options: Queen or Two Twins
- New Mattresses & Bedding
- Daily Service & Clean Towels
The Bar & Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating (by the pool). A live feed of Macaronis lights up the big screen until dark. After dinner, guests can watch surf DVDs or the day’s footage. The bar area has excellent sound proofing so any night owls can enjoy a few late night beers without disturbing anyone sleeping upstairs.
Macaronis ground floor restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal and reflect on the day’s activities. Western and Indonesian cuisine is served each day including pastas, salads, roast chicken, beef rendang, and nasi campur. Our breakfast options include: bacon, eggs, fresh bread, pancakes, omelettes, porridge, fruit and Indonesian classics. Desserts are served after lunch and dinner and include cookies, cakes, fruit, muffins and many more! A twice weekly outdoor BBQ is served up every trip. Chefs can accommodate any food allergies or eating preferences. Supplies arrive at the resort only twice per week, but we are always well stocked and plan ahead. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian guests are carefully accommodated to.
Included in the price:
- Continental Breakfast Bar
- Mid-Morning Hot Breakfast of Your Choice
- Mid-Day Hearty Plated Lunch
- 3 Course Dinner or Self-Serve Buffet
- Purified Drinking Water, Juices and Milk - all day.
- Brewed Coffee and Tea making facilities all day.
- Twice weekly outdoor BBQ
Not included in the price:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snacks
A large flat screen TV usually plays a live feed of the surf until night closes in. After dinner most guests will choose to watch a DVD or the days surf footage whilst enjoying a few cold Bintangs. As with any decent bar - there’s also a pool table and ping pong table too! The bar serves a variety of cocktails, wines, liquor, beer, espresso and snacks. Bar Menu items are not included in your package rates and can be paid for at the end of your trip with Visa, Mastercard, or in cash with Indonesian Rupiah.
- Flat screen TV
- Ping pong table
- Pool table
- Separate bar snack & drinks menu
WiFi Hot-Spot Internet
Live Surf-Cam Feed to Room TV
32” Satellite TV & Movies
Daily Boat rides to the surf
Ping pong & Pool table
Large Swimming Pool & Lounges
Private Terraces & Beautiful Views
A/C & Proper Insulation
Fishing Gear, Spear Guns & Tackle
Fishing, Surf & Snorkel Excursions
Beginner Surf Board Rental
Kayak & Snorkelling Rental
Available but not included:
High-Performance Surf Board Rentals
On-Staff Surf Videographer
Note: For families with infants there is a travel cot and high chair available free of charge.
Macaronis Resort is proud to be one of the only resorts in the Mentawai Islands that offer surf lessons for beginners. Much of the regions coast is fringed with sharp coral reef that’s less than ideal to learn on. However Macaronis Resort is blessed with its own sand bottomed wave that’s perfect for any beginner.
Located just a stone’s throw from the resort, Fish Fingers is Macaronis Resorts very own beginner wave. Breaking over a soft sandy bottom, this wave offers small rolling peaks, ideal for those new to the sport. And don’t forget, all learner surf boards are available to our guests free of charge.
Learners enjoy the following benefits:
- 50% OFF Regular Surfer Rates
- Free Use of Learning Surf Boards
- 1 Hour Surf Lesson
Am I a Beginner Surfer?
If you know how to surf or plan to bring your own equipment then you’re not considered a beginner surfer. Beginners can only surf “Fish Fingers” and must only use soft-top surfboards. Beginners are only allowed to surf other waves when taking an intermediate lesson with a hired surf board. The opportunity to advance to a more challenging wave is at the discretion of our surf instructors, for your safety.
Mini Macas or Silabu Left
Beginners taking an Intermediate & Advanced Surf Lesson (and paying for board rental) may surf at Mini Macas or Silabu Left if the instructor agrees the surfer is ready.
Pricing for Intermediate Surf Lesson:
RP 300,000/hour (approx $30/hr)
+ RP 100,000 Board Rental (approx $10/hr)
Surfers booked on the “Beginner Package” can no longer get advanced lessons at the Macaronis wave, or surf at Macaronis at all. The only way they can surf Macaronis now is to pay to upgrade to a full “Surfer” for the rest of their trip, and also pay the Mentawai Surfer Tax. Also this is only possible if we are not yet at 20 surfers during their trip. (We changed this because of the new law and the introduction of the Surf Tax).
If a Beginner Surfer is coming on a long-ish trip and they think that they may get to Macaronis by the end of their stay, I recommend that they actually book part of their trip as a "Surfer". If they want to upgrade on-site, especially during peak season, it might not work out for them as there may not be any "Surfer" spots left by that stage.
Macaronis Resort is one of the only resorts to stock a quality and comprehensive quiver of surfboards. And not only that – they’re all “Firewire” – one of the best brands available on the market. There are around 14 models with varying shapes and sizes available.
All surfboard rentals include fins and a leash.
Full Day: AUD $25
Half Day: AUD $15
Per Session: AUD $10
Guests can always contact us for an up to date stock of boards and even make a reservation for their trip.
Open Daily 10am – 6pm
Open air treatments are located within a pool-side gazebo & will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Traditional Massage - 1 hour – Rp. 200,000
Aromatherapy Massage - 1 hour – Rp. 200,000
Foot Massage - 1 hour – Rp. 200,000
Head & Shoulder Massage - 30 minutes – Rp. 150,000
Scrubs and Masks
All scrubs and masks are applied after a 1 hour traditional massage.
Javanese Lulur Body Scrub - 1.5 hours – Rp. 350,000
Vanilla Mocha Body Scrub - 1.5 hours – Rp. 350,000
Kemiri Nut Scrub - 1.5 hours – Rp. 350,000
Balinese Boreh Body Mask - 1.5 hours – Rp. 350,000
Payment is accepted in Indonesia Rupiah only. Resort guests may add treatments to their tab to be paid at the end of their trip with Visa or Mastercard.
Freelance surf photographers offer guests a video and photo service year-round. They shoot from the boat, from the viewing platform and some of them from the water. The photographers will do their very best to get you on the best wave of your life! You may purchase photos or get a video of your trip to take home with you. See pricing below.
Photo and video pricing varies, this is an example for 8 days / 9 nights surf package:
Rp 2,000,000 all photos
Rp 3,000,000 all photos and videos
Rp 3,500,000 edited video, uncut video and all photos
Photos & Videos can be paid for with Visa / Mastercard or Indonesian Rupiah.
On arrival at the resort, you'll soon realise that the hype is real! And after cruising past the wave on your way to the Resort, as soon as the groups debrief is over you'll be free to surf.
Guests can surf anytime, all day, dawn to dusk at Macaronis as its the best and most consistent wave in the area.
In fact its probably the best and most consistent wave in all of Sumatra.
Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Pagai Mentawai pages.
Macaronis Resort Surf Breaks
Guests need to fly into Padang Airport, 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, Srwijaya, Citilink & Lion Air. We recommend https://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 Macaronis Resort
Price: AUD 150 pp each way (+ $50 per board bag each way)
Guests will be picked up at Padang Airport (PDG), no matter your arrival time and shuttled to the ferry headed for the Mentawai Islands or to a hotel in Padang. Guests will have a private A/C sleeping cabin (with bed) on the overnight ferry as well as an evening meal. The ferry is the safest, most reliable way to get to the resort. We guarantee it! You won’t have to worry about a thing; it is all taken care of for you.
In summary and includes:
* Padang Airport Pick-up (Arrive PDG no later than 2:00pm on Tues or Sat)
* Early Arrivals Spend Transit Time at nice Padang Hotel with wifi & pool
* Shuttle (A/C) to Ambu Ambu Ferry, Bungus Harbor (1 hr)
* Ambu Ambu Overnight Ferry (14 hrs, Departs at 5:00pm)
* All Port Handling and Fees for Luggage & Board Bags
* Evening Meal & Water Bottle
* A/C Sleeping Cabin with Clean Blankets (share with other resort guests or private, 2-4 max guests/cabin)
* Resort Staff Accompaniment on the Overnight Ferry
* Pick-up in Sikakap Port, Mentawai (7:30am the following morning)
* Speedboat Transfer to Macaronis Resort (1:30 hr, Arriving 9:00am)
* Booking Arrangements and All Needed Transport from Padang Hotels
Those with extra time to kill in Padang will be taken to a hotel to relax in. Afternoons are spent pool-side with the option to purchase snacks and drinks and shower, while those waiting in the morning will have access to a large breakfast buffet and a relaxing lounge with Wifi.
Check out time on Wednesdays and Sundays is at 10:00am. The speedboat will depart the resort at 2:00pm for transfer to the ferry in Sikakap. The ferry departs Sikakap at 5:00pm for its return to Padang.
The ferry arrives back to Padang, the following morning at 7:00am.
Guests with morning flights are transferred directly to the airport. Departing flights should depart no earlier than 11:30am.
Guests with transit time before their flight are taken to Mercure Hotel to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet for Rp.75.000 (approx. $7.50) and access to pool, wifi, shower and lounge. Our driver will schedule pick-up times with each guest for transfer to the airport.
NOT INCLUDED: Hotel in Padang; meals and personal expenses in Padang.
Padang Hotel (extra cost)
For those choosing to stay in Padang there are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels are only around $60 for 2 guests including breakfast.
We suggest staying at either of the following options:
MERCURE HOTEL - www.mercurepadang.com/
The one and only hotel where you can see sunrise and sunset. 5 star glory in Padang. Brand new, multi-story hotel on an elevated property overlooking the beach. Western sterility with Minangkabau (West Sumatran) touches. Swimming pool, bar, beach and mountain views.
HW HOTEL - http://www.hwhotelpadang.com/
HW Hotel is located in the heart of Padang City, Offering a different atmosphere with Smart Room and Elegant Design. You can also admire the scenery of the sea from the windows of our rooms. All rooms have views in this hotel. A strategic location will indulge you to experience a variety of shopping and entertainment place.
Overnight Ferry (Ambu Ambu)
Guests will need to spend their first and last night (total 2 nights) aboard the comfortable overnight ferry that will transport them between Padang, Sumatra and Sikakap, Mentawai.
Guests must arrive in Padang by 2:00pm on either Tuesday or Saturday in order to make the 5:00pm Padang ferry for the over-night passage. Guests will arrive in the Mentawai at 7:00am (the next day) before arriving at the resort by speedboat at approximately 9.30am.
Guests will check-out of the resort on Wednesday or Sunday at 10:00am and after lunch at 2:00pm will be transferred by Speedboat to Sikakap to take the 5:00pm overnight ferry back to Padang arriving on Thursday or Monday morning by 7:00am. Departing flights should depart no earlier than 10:00am.
Note: If transferring to/from a charter boat or resort plan your check-in/out for Wednesday or Sunday. Charter boat captains must agree to schedule
Note: September & October Guests: The ferry only runs once/week in September & October allowing for trip start of Tuesday and trip end of Thursday only.
Ferry Schedule in detail:
Padang, Sumatra –to- Sikakap, South Mentawai
The Ambu Ambu ferry runs a round-trip route between Padang and Sikakap (South Mentawai) twice per week. The ferry departs at 5:00pm from both ports for a 14 hour over-night passage arriving at 7:00am the following morning.
Ferry departs Padang at 5:00pm on Tuesdays & Saturdays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Wednesday or Sunday in Sikakap, Mentawai
Ferry Departs Sikakap (Mentawai) at 5:00pm on Wednesdays & Sundays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Thursday or Monday in Padang
Resort Check-in and Check-out days are on Sundays and Wednesdays, when the ferry arrives and leaves Sikakap, Mentawai.
Ambu Ambu Ferry:
The large, well-maintained Ambu Ambu Ferry has private A/C sleeping cabins that are clean and comfortable allowing most guests to get a full nights rest. Taking the over-night Ambu Ambu ferry allows an extra day of surfing and most are pleasantly surprised, finding the trip over to be an enjoyable social and cultural experience.
Macaronis Resort has been using this ferry service since 2007 and we’ve found it to be most reliable. The Ambu Ambu Ferry must achieve at least 95% reliability otherwise it would not be subsidized by the Indonesian Government according to its operational contract. It is required to operate minimum 90 return trips to Sikakap annually (port closest to Macaronis) over 48 weeks of the year.
Ambu Ambu Ferry has twin and quad share air-conditioned cabins available for overnight passengers. Macaronis Resort has first-priority booking these cabins on the Padang–Sikakap route. The ferry also has a canteen serving cold drinks, cold beer, snacks, tea, and coffee.
Total Certified Crew: 21
Main Engines: 2
Back up Engines: 2
Twin Share air-conditioned cabins: 6
Quad Share air-conditioned cabins: 4
Air-conditioned Private Lounge: 60+ Reclining Seats
Safety Equipment: International Standard Life Rafts, Life Jackets, Fire Fighting Equipment, Interior Sprinklers, and Marine Communications Safety Devices.
Speed Boat - from Padang to the resort directly.
Third party private speedboat transfer can be arranged through Padang booking agent, Rudi Khelces: [email protected]
Speedboat crossings take a minimum 6 hours and are largely dependent on weather conditions. Macaronis Resort does not guarantee, arrange, or encourage speedboat transfer. The resort is not held responsible for late arrivals or departures on private transportation due to break-down and weather conditions, which is often the case. If departing the resort and private transportation does not arrive or is unable to travel, guests are not guaranteed a guest room and are held responsible for all extra costs.
Prices range from AU $1800 – AU $2,500 for a one-way transfer.
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.
Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.
Payment by Credit Card or Bank Transfer
Credit Card payment (Visa or Mastercard) is accepted online through the Macaronis Resort secure Online Payment Form. A merchant fee of 2.5% will be charged on payments under AU $1000, and a flat fee of AUD $25 will be charged on all payments over AUD $1000.
Note: we do not accept American Express or PayPal.
After submitting a Reservation Inquiry, you will receive an email confirming dates available and applicable discounts. You will then be directed to fill-out our quick and secure Online Payment Form and pay the quoted amount due.
All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.
Bank details will be emailed upon booking.
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