Mentawai Surf Lodge, Playgrounds



Guest Reviews


mentawai surf map

Camp Size: Max 18 guests
Accommodation: Rooms & bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, Beng Bengs
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 3/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: Yes (firewire)
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Budget travellers, groups, couples & families

beng bengs
The view of Beng Bengs from Mentawai Surf Lodge

Set in an idyllic white sand, palm fringed bay, the camp is home to arguably one of the best locations in the Mentawai Islands. Situated on the island of Nyang Nyang, the camp overlooks one of the regions funnest left hander's Beng Bengs (above) - a wave that everyone seems to love. Its one of those waves that breaks all day long, producing rhythmic zippy walls that can break long enough to fit in about 4 solid turns, sometimes more. Perfect for all levels (except beginners), you might not get the tube of your life there, but you'll have a whole lot of fun that's guaranteed.

Guests will also have access to the regions other waves (20+ surf breaks) - thanks to the daily surf transfers that are part of the surfer package.

Mentawai Surf Lodge (aka Gin Gin's) can accommodate a maximum of 18 guests, and has a number of room options (a/c and fan) catering for just about any size group.

3 delicious and healthy meals are also included during your stay.

Guests can to travel to the camp from Padang 3 days a week with trips starting & ending in Padang every Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.

Mentawai Surf Lodge has 5 bedrooms to choose from. 

The beach front bungalow is the main sleeping quarters and is divided into 3 air-conditioned bedrooms.

The remaining 2 bedrooms are fan cooled and are found in the main social area above the restaurant. 

Nightly inclusions:

- Accommodation (air con or fan)
- 3 Meals a day
- Daily boat trips to other breaks
- Surf Guide
- Water, tea, coffee
- All Return transfers in Padang
- Return Siberut to GinGin transfers
- WiFi

Also available but not included:

- Mentawai Surf Tax (approx USD 75 for 15 days)
- Mentawai Fast Ferry (paid locally to ferry)
- Alcohol, soft drinks, snack and additional meals
- Photography services
- Laundry services

accommodation mentawaiBeachfront Bungalow

BEACHFRONT ROOMS (above) - Air Conditioned

$199 USD / NOW ONLY $129 USD per person per night

The Beachfront Bungalow sits among the coconut trees and is just a few steps from the camps jaw dropping beach. The bungalow is divided into 3 spacious bedrooms that can accommodate 2, 3, 4 or 5 people. 

* 3 bedrooms (2, 3, 4 or 5 people in each)
* A stone’s throw from the beach (and direct access to Beng Bengs)
* Air Conditioning
* Private bathroom

Room 1: 1 queen bed and 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
Room 2: 1 queen bed and 1 single bed
Room 3: 1 queen bed and 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed

Ocean view

OCEAN VIEW ROOM (above) - Fan Cooled

 $159 USD / NOW ONLY $119 USD per person per night

The Ocean View room is located above the camps restaurant.  Guests can enjoy views of the grounds as well as towards the camps home break, Beng Bengs.

* 1 Bedroom
* 1 King bed
* Jungle and ocean views
* Fan cooled
* 5 seat couch
* Shared bathroom

Jungle view

JUNGLE VIEW ROOM (above) - Fan Cooled

 $159 USD NOW ONLY $119 USD per person per night
The Jungle View Room is located above the restaurant offering views of the surrounding jungle.

* 1 Bedroom
* 1 Queen bed & 2 Single beds
* Jungle views
* Fan cooled
* Shared bathroom



The restaurant & bar

The hub of the camp is also the main social area where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or a cold bintang after a hard days surfing.

It also provides a great place to unwind in between surfs where you can keep one eye on the surf out the front while you kick back & browse the internet. 

Facilities include:

- Views of Beng Bengs
- Comfy Couches
- Flat screen TV
- WiFi internet

Three healthy meals
 are served each day as part of the package.

Guests can expect both Western & Indonesian cuisine with a focus on fresh locally caught fish & local dishes. 

Vegetarian food on request (given prior notice).

Not included in the price but available:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snacks

food and drink

surf boat

There are 3 speedboats at the camp to split up the guests & spread out the crowd. The surf guide will always chat to everyone the night before and go through the forecast and decide who wants to go where, taking the various levels of surfing into consideration. 

Usually running two times per day (morning and afternoon) the speedboats will take you & the other guests to the best surf spots in the playground area. You will get to surf all day every day! This is included in the daily surf package.

Each boat is equipped with surfboard racks, and seating for its guests as well as a roof to shade you from the tropical sun.

Whats more is that you have direct access to Beng Bengs if you'd prefer to stay at the camp, as well as E-bay, Pitstops & Nipussi that are also within walking distance.

surfboard rental

Firewire and Slater Designs Surfboard Rentals

The camp has partnered with Firewire Slater designs to offer a number of boards available for rental. These include a Spitfire, Sci Phi, Omni & Potatonator.

Fly and travel with carry on baggage only, no more lugging board bags around the world!

Minimum rental is $100 USD and this for up to ten days. Each additional day is $15 USD
Please contact us prior to arrival for availability.


Fins and leg ropes are not included and anyone renting needs to bring both a set of fins (rentals use both FCS2 and Futures) and 2 leg ropes (suitable for the waves in the mentawai islands, not light weight or thin leg ropes).

Terms and conditions apply. 200 USD deposit required for breakages or serious damages such as cracking that requires waterproofing repairs. Anyone renting needs to be aware if breakage occurs there may not be be a replacement model available and acknowledges this risk.

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

Playgrounds Surf Breaks

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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:

mentawai fast ferry

Transfers are USD 90 pp each way


- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Private speedboat – Maura Siberut Port (Mentawai) to surf camp – 1 hour

Extras: payable in Padang in IDR.

- Fast Ferry ticket: IDR 295,000 per person one way (approx. $22)
- Fast Ferry board bags (see below)
- Surf Tax: IDR 1,000,000 (approx USD 75 for 15 days)

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:

Oxville Hotel - or Mercure Hotel - or HW Hotel -

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 3-6 hrs)

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


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


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
Jungle View room (fan) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
Ocean View room (fan) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
Beach front room (a/c) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Jungle View room (fan) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
Beach front room (a/c) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18
Ocean View room (fan) 01 APR 18 to 31 DEC 18

Booking Notes

Deposit Payment:

30% deposit will be due within 7 days of making your reservation. 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).

Final balance:

The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days prior to arrival. Once paid, the balance is 100% 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).

Payment 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.

Payment by Credit Card

+2.9% processing fee. A payment link will be sent upon booking.

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 Mentawai Surf lodge & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Mentawai Surf lodge:

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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