Mentawai Surf Retreat, Playgrounds



Guest Reviews


Location, location, location!!!

By Leon, 27th September 2016

Fun waves in front of our bungalow, plenty of other good waves about. Not super quiet, but not super busy. Wish I had stayed longer!



By Adrian Davidson, 6th June 2016

An amazing, picture perfect surf camp. Lovely accommodation. Great food provided in an amazing dining area over looking “Pitstops”. Friendly mangers and surf guides. Everything was organised well and spot on. I have absolutely no complaints.



By Andy Yates, 28th April 2016

Fantastic location, hospitality and waves. Really great set up and the Pit Stop retreat team were what made this experience exceptional. Well be back. Thanks Brent and the team for making for such a great holiday

Mentawai Surf Retreat

Camp Size: Max 12 guests
Accommodation:  Private beachfront bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, directly in front
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 5/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Small groups, couples & families

Mentawai Surfing Retreat

Mentawai Surf Retreat rests amongst 20 acres of beach front land on Nyang Nyang Island in the Northern Mentawai region. The retreat is just a stone’s throw from Pitstops and Ebay - 2 world class waves giving you unlimited surf time! There are around 20 waves within a 30 minute boat ride of “MSR”.

The Mentawai Surfing Retreat consists of three comfortable and spacious beach front bungalows set in a pristine bay with sunset views overlooking “Pitstops” an extremely fun and rippable right hander. The location is second to none in the Mentawai Islands. Visitors are able to travel to the resort from Padang using a set schedule.

Ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers – the camp is best suited for small groups as well as families or couples looking for the ultimate experience in the Mentawai archipelago.


Mentawai Islands

Available Bungalows (total 12 guests):

3 x private bungalows (with private bathroom) - up to 4 guests per bungalow

* Single guests are expected to share.
* Couples will always have a private bungalow. 

Bungalows can be set up in any configuration:

Double Share: Two full size beds
Triple Share: Three full size beds
Quadruple Share: Four full size beds    

Each bungalow is nestled amongst a tropical hillside that overlooks one of the most idyllic bays in the Mentawai Islands. Sit back and enjoy perfect views of “Pitstops” or take in a dreamy sunset, all from the comfort of your very own private deck.  

The accommodation is airy, comfortable and spacious, and accommodates between 1 & 4 guests in each bungalow. A large & private bathroom can be found at the rear & includes western toilet, high pressure shower and a separate entrance to keep your space sand free.


- Beach front bungalows
- Private bathroom
- Western toilets
- High pressure showers
- Separate entrance
- Private deck/balcony
- Overlooks "Pitstops"
- Personal fans for every bed
- Sunset & Surf views from your balcony


All packages includes:

- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks
- Drinking water, tea and coffee

Not included in the price: Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or additional snacks

The elevated beachfront restaurant, bar and lounge also boasts sunset views overlooking "Pitstops" as well as distant coastal views of Siberut and its neighbouring islands. The Nyang Nyang Lounge is the perfect place to gather, eat, drink & share stories from the days surf sessions.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served each day around the guest’s schedule. The menu includes a variety of traditional Indonesian cuisine with a few western favourites. We can cater for special dietary requests, including vegetarian and gluten-free, just let us know.

Beer & soft drinks are available for purchase but are not included in the packaged price.

Note: Guests are more than welcome to bring their own duty free liquor!


Playgrounds Surf

Included in the package are your twice daily boat rides to the surf. There’s no set schedule but usually a plan is made the previous evening based on what the guests want and what the surf guide then suggests. Sometimes a first light mission is what’s agreed whereas other times a more relaxed approach is taken. It all depends on what the guests want. Usually we return to the camp for lunch & set off again mid afternoon and return home by dusk. It’s always a full day of surfing. Of course guests don’t have to take the boat every session if they’d prefer to stay at base camp and surf Pitstops or Ebay then that’s fine too!

surf mentawais

Included in the price:

Experienced Surf Guide
TV & DVD in lounge
Two surf transfers a day to over 25 waves
Photographer (photos not included)
Unlimited surf @ Pitstops and E-bay
Snorkelling (gear available)
Fishing (by request)
Guided jungle walks (by request)
Guided village excursions (by request) 

Also available but not included:

Soda, soft drinks & Beer
Internet - $10/hr (Max $40/trip)
Airport/Island transfers are $200 each way.
VISA on arrival (US$30).
Hotel in Padang if required (US$30 to US$70).

mentawai travel

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:

Padang Airport (PDG) to Mentawai Surf Retreat - USD $200 pp each way.

Includes collection from airport, all taxis in Padang, as well as the “speed boat” from Padang to “MSR”.

Upon arrival at Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our staff members with pre-arranged transport to the harbour or hotel depending on your schedule. 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.

Speedboat transfer - departure and arrival times

Padang to MSR

12:30 PM Loading
1:00 PM Departure Padang (Arrive in Padang anytime BEFORE 10am)
4:30 PM Arrival MSR

MSR to Padang

6:30 AM Loading
7:00 AM Departure MSR
10:30 AM Arrival Padang (Flights depart anytime AFTER 2pm)

This schedule allows for a morning flight arrival and a late afternoon flight departure. Designed to minimize time spent in Padang if possible.

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

If your flights don’t match up or you’d like to overnight in Padang, there are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels (below) are only around $60-70 for 2 guests including breakfast.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel -

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 -

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.

Transfer times summary:

Taxis – Padang airport to hotel zone & ferry port - 1hr
Taxis – hotel zone to ferry port - 10 minutes
Speedboat, Padang to MSR, Mentawai - 3-4hr crossing 

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.

Set Trips

Trip Dates Nights Availabilty
Set Trip 1 05 FEB 18 to 16 FEB 18 11 10
Set Trip 2 16 FEB 18 to 26 FEB 18 10 10
Set Trip 3 26 FEB 18 to 09 MAR 18 11 10
Set Trip 4 09 MAR 18 to 19 MAR 18 10 10
Set Trip 5 19 MAR 18 to 30 MAR 18 11 10
Set Trip 6 30 MAR 18 to 09 APR 18 10 10
Set Trip 7 09 APR 18 to 20 APR 18 11 10
Set Trip 8 20 APR 18 to 02 MAY 18 12 10
Set Trip 9 02 MAY 18 to 13 MAY 18 11 10
Set Trip 10 13 MAY 18 to 25 MAY 18 12 10
Set Trip 11 25 MAY 18 to 05 JUN 18 11 10
Set Trip 12 05 JUN 18 to 16 JUN 18 11 10
Set Trip 13 16 JUN 18 to 28 JUN 18 12 10
Set Trip 14 28 JUN 18 to 08 JUL 18 10 10
Set Trip 15 08 JUL 18 to 18 JUL 18 10 10
Set Trip 16 18 JUL 18 to 27 JUL 18 9 10
Set Trip 17 27 JUL 18 to 07 AUG 18 11 10
Set Trip 18 07 AUG 18 to 18 AUG 18 11 10
Set Trip 19 18 AUG 18 to 29 AUG 18 11 10
Set Trip 20 29 AUG 18 to 09 SEP 18 11 10
Set Trip 21 09 SEP 18 to 20 SEP 18 11 10
Set Trip 22 20 SEP 18 to 01 OCT 18 11 10
Set Trip 23 01 OCT 18 to 11 OCT 18 10 10
Set Trip 24 11 OCT 18 to 21 OCT 18 10 10
Set Trip 25 21 OCT 18 to 31 OCT 18 10 10
Set Trip 26 31 OCT 18 to 08 NOV 18 8 10
Set Trip 27 08 NOV 18 to 18 NOV 18 10 10

Transfer Costs

Transfers Dates Per Person Guests
Padang Airport to MSR (return trip) 05 FEB 18 to 18 NOV 18 USD400

Booking Notes

Groups of 6+ - discounted from USD 230 to USD 215 pp / day
Groups of 8+ - discounted from USD 230 to USD 210 pp / day

* 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 500 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 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 Mentawai Surf Retreat & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Mentawai Surf Retreat:

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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