Matungou Surf Camp, Playgrounds



Guest Reviews


Epic trip

By Dan Jeffs, 27th September 2017

Camp was great. Mamma served up great food each day. Waves were amazing - we had a varied crew and there was something for everyone. Thanks Adri! Service was top notch too. I thought it was really good value & I've recommended it to lots of people. I can't wait to go back! Dave’s help was excellent!


Exceptional Service

By Bart Davies, 6th May 2017

Dave was exceptional with the booking thanks! The camp was comfortable and close to plenty of great waves. Lots of good food and great variety always served on time and with a smile. We scored waves every day and Adri did a fantastic job in guiding us to the best spots!


Amazing Matungou

By Becky Yates, 28th March 2017

Although we came early season we still scored good waves nearly every day. Accommodation, food and service were as expected and the whole family vibe was a real bonus. It was a genuine Mentawai Experience. Thanks Mamma, Pappa and Adri.

Matungou Mentawai

Camp Size: Max 10 guests
Accommodation: 2 private bungalows & 2 double rooms
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Private local daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: No, 5 min boat ride
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 3/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Budget travellers, groups, couples & families


Matungou Surf Camp is situated on Siberut Island, in the heart of the famed “Playgrounds” region in the northern region of the Mentawai Islands. The camp offers a welcome home for those wishing to experience the iconic waves of Kandui, Rifles & Bank Vaults, to name but a few. There are half a dozen waves accessible within 10 minutes of the camp. A further 15 are found 15-30 minutes away.

Matungou is managed by Adriano, a warm, friendly & well respected local with a smile as big as they come! Together with his mum (your seasoned chef) and his dad (much respected local ex fisherman) guests are guaranteed a welcoming atmosphere, great food and of course perfect waves. The camp is a seamlessly family run business that’s remotely managed with the help of Oli, a young doctor from England.

Visitors are able to travel to the resort from Padang 3 days a week with trips starting & ending in Padang every Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.

Ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers – the camp is best suited for large to small groups as well as families or couples looking for an affordable option in the otherwise expensive Mentawai region.


Matungou Accommodation

Total 10 guests:

2 x bungalows - with private bathroom (sleeps up to 3 guests in each)

Matungou is built in traditional “Uma” style of the Mentawais but with a twist of 1st world comfort. The main house serves as the main social area with plenty of room to kick back and relax as well as enjoying your daily meals. This is also where the 2 double rooms are located. Both rooms have a shared balcony and shared bathroom.

In 2016, the camp built 2 fantastic private bungalows. Each comes with a large double bed, single bunk bed as well as a private bathroom & shower. The most enjoyable aspect is the full glass 3 hinged doors that allow guests to open up and enjoy the sea breeze. Located just a few short steps from the beach, each balcony has its own seating area, providing the perfect relaxation after a hard days surfing.

Matungou is certainly not the Ritz Hotel, but its more than comfortable by Mentawai standards. Its aimed at the budget conscious traveler looking for a comfortable stay at an affordable rate. 


- 1 x private speed boat per group (min 2 guests)
- Beach front bungalows or ocean view double rooms
- Large fans to keep you cool
- Western style bathroom
- Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
- Drinking Water, Tea, Coffee
- Sunset views from your balcony

Available but not included: 

- Soft drinks - coke/sprite/pocari
- Bintang
- Laundry facilities
- Direct Speedboat Transfer from Padang to Matungou
- Wifi - $10 USD per hour, Maximum $30 per trip per person

Food and drink

3 large and healthy meals are served each day in the main house. The food is always plentiful and always extremely tasty. Adri’s mum is a local legend and she’s famed for her cooking skills.

We only buy fresh local produce. No burgers or fries here! Instead, we serve an Indonesian menu of fish, chicken and vegetable curries of varying spice. We often buy our fish from the beach in the morning. If you’re up early then you can choose your fish for dinner!


A flexible setup served whenever you wish.

- Pancakes, Donuts, Toast etc
- Tea & Coffee


Served whenever you get back from your first surf of the day – you tend to be starving so it’s ready and waiting!

We serve a selection of dishes with a main chicken, fish or shrimp dish along with vegetables, rice and chilli sauces.


Served after you get back from your afternoon surf but usually with less of an urgency as lunch – we tend to wait until people are showered and ready to sit down.

Again, similar to lunchtime there will be a couple of main dishes with meat and fish served with rice, tempura prawns and vegetables.

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snacks

surf boats

Guests at Matungou will have the use of a private speed boat each day (2-6 guests / boat) complete with boat captain. You’ll have the chance to surf from dawn to dusk.

For the standard price (USD 125 pp / day) - this includes 1 trip to the furthest waves in the region (4 bobs, a-frames, rifles etc) - or 2 trips to the closer waves (E-bay, Bank Vaults, Pitstops etc). This still means you will surf ALL DAY. But it just means you have to be a little conscious with planning your daily surf sessions. Why? Well with any budget camp - fuel consumption is a large consideration and has to be managed. Of course there is an element of flexibility with this and you can still surf where you like but if you choose to burn more fuel (2 long trips in a day) then you'll just need to pay the fuel.

One of the great things about Matungou is that you'll never have to share a boat with a large group of surfers and so it's absolutely ideal for small groups looking to surf exactly where they want to - away from the crowds.



surf camp

The camp is located in prime position to the world famous region of Playgrounds and its neighbouring waves. There are around 20 different waves accessible within 5 to 30 minutes boat drive providing something for everyone. Closest to home are a number of lefts; Beng Bengs (5 mins), Good Times (5 mins), Dogs Reef (10 mins) & Ebay (10 mins). For those after right hander’s there’s Pitstops (10 mins) and Shadow Right (10 mins). In 15 minutes you can access waves like Nipussi and Bank Vaults (both rights) as well as Hideaways (Left). 20 minutes and you’ve reached Kandui (left), Karangbat Left, Four Bobs (right), A-Frames (left and right) & Burger World (right). In 25 mins you’re at Rifles (right), 30 mins you’re at Pistols (right).

There’s another half dozen other secret spots too. There really is nowhere quite like this region. 

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

Playgrounds Surf Breaks

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.

map of mentawai

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport, 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, Srwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air. We recommend

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:

US$ 95 per person, each way (details below)

All guests will need to spend their first night and last night in Padang due to the Mentawai Fast Ferry schedule between Padang and the Mentawai Islands. Taxis from Padang airport to the main hotel district takes around 1 hour and about 5-10 mins to the fast ferry port.

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

There are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels (below) are only around $60 for 2 guests including breakfast.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure - or HW Hotel -

mentawai fast ferry

Mentawai Fast Ferry

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

Full details:

From the hotel district, the ferry port is about a 10 minute taxi ride.

Travel days from Padang to Siberut are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We suggest Saturday to Tuesday as a standard trip. But for example, guests can also do 7 or 14 days (Tues-Tues, Sat-Sat) or 11 days (Tues-Sat).

The overall travel time is detailed below (crossing time 3-6hrs)

You'll need to overnight on your first night in Padang (Mon, Weds or Fri) and your last night in Padang (Tues, Thurs or Sat).


Note: Thursday is the best day to arrive in the Mentawai!

Tuesday: FAST FERRY, departs 7am, arrives Mentawai same day around 12.30/13.00.
Thursday: FAST FERRY, departs 7am, arrives Mentawai same day around 10/10.30am
Saturday: FAST FERRY, departs 7am, arrives Mentawai same day 12.30/13.00pm


Tuesday: FAST FERRY departs 15.00, arrives Padang around 18.30pm
Thursday: FAST FERRY departs 13.00, arrives Padang around 18.30pm
Saturday: FAST FERRY departs 15.00, arrives Padang around 18.30pm

Note: Tuesday or Saturday is the best day to return to Padang.
Note: Mentawai harbor (in Siberut) to the camp is about a 1hr 30 min speedboat ride

Transfer Summary

Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
Padang Hotel – approx $20-$60 (not included)
Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
Mentawai Fast Ferry; 3-6hr crossing
Private Speedboat - Siberut port (Mentawai) to surf camp – 1.5hrs


All guests need to pay for each board bag on the fast ferry.

Pricing is ONLY in Indonesian Rupiah (each way) - payable on boarding the ferry

IDR 230.000 (around $17) bags between 10KG-15KG
IDR 460.000 (around $33) bags between 15KG-25KG
IDR 690.000 (around $50) bags between over 25KG

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 (1-3 guests per bungalow) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19
Private Room (double) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Per Person Guests
Padang Airport to Matungou (return trip) 01 JAN 19 to 31 DEC 19 USD190

Booking Notes

Available accommodation is for 6 guests in 2 x private bungalows - both with private bathrooms + 2 private rooms are available in the main house.

Nightly Pricing

USD 125 pp based on 4 guests
USD 135 pp based on 3 guests
USD 145 pp based on 2 guests

Transfers are USD$ 95 pp each way but do not include Hotels in Padang.

Wifi is available at USD $30 pp / trip (most reliable internet in the region)

* 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 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 Matungou Surf Camp & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Matungou Surf Camp:

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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