Camp Size: Max 16 guests
Accommodation: Private rooms & private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Private local daily boat rides available
Located in front of surf break: Yes
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Budget travellers, groups, couples & families
Truly the only 100% locally run and owned (legitimate) surf camp in the Mentawai Islands.
Opened only in the last few years, the camp was built by two brothers (Ade and Dodi), who are born and bred in Siberut. Without doubt, they're the most well known and respected local surfers in the region and they'll be by your side all day every day, making sure your stay with them is perfect.
The Shadow is located on a small mentawai island called "Pulau Buasak" and is only for the guests to enjoy! The location is deceptively good too, with access to some of the area’s best secret spots that Dodi and Ade frequent! The boys surf very well (almost certainly better than you do!) - but they'll always surf where you decide to surf! These guys will open their arms to you and welcome you to their little island. By the time you leave this corner of paradise, you will be one of the family. That’s guaranteed.
Guests can to travel to the camp from Padang 3 days a week with trips starting & ending in Padang every Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
Catering for up to 16 guests, the camp is an extremely comfortable and an affordable option for surfers of all abilities - and those looking to avoid the crowds of the other camps.
The Shadow main Uma has 5 rooms all with air conditioning. 4 rooms have two beds, 1 room has 4 beds and they all share a bathroom. All the rooms come with bed sheets, a table and a rack to keep your belongings. Rooms are cleaned daily.
There are also 2 private bungalows available - 1 with 2 single beds (shared bathroom) & 1 with a King bed which also has a private bathroom.
Total 16 guests:
4 x twin room (2 guests each) shared bathroom
1 x 4 single bedroom (1-4 guests) shared bathroom
1 x bungalow (2 guests) - King bed, private bathroom
1 x bungalow (2 guests) - 2 x singles, shared bathroom
- A/C accommodation
- 3 daily meals
- Daily boat rides to the surf (surfer package)
- Free Internet (24h/day)
- Towel, shampoo, shower gel
- Clean bed sheets
- Unlimited water, tea and coffee (Sumatran)
Also available but not included:
- Board bags charge on Mentawai Fast Ferry
- Hotels in Padang
- Mentawai Surf Tax
- Surfboard Rental
- SUP Rental
- Snorkel Rental
Three meals per day will be provided.
The chef with years of experience in the Mentawai will cook delicious western food and of course Indonesian cuisine!
The breakfast is continental, American or Indonesian (you can choose) and lunch and dinner a mix of locally caught fish dishes, typical Indonesian food as well as some western dishes from time to time.
Vegetarian and vegan food on request
Not included in the price:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snacks
The Shadow Surf Camp operates 4 speedboats to transport you to the surf each day.
Speedboats are available two times per day (morning and afternoon) & will take you to the surf spots in the playground area. You will get to surf all day every day with Ade and or Dodi! Growing up in the area, the boys know when and where to be, on any given conditions. There are no better surf guides in the area! And what’s more, is that you’ll certainly benefit from being under the wing of these two local surfers and it’ll almost certainly help you get more waves.
Guests staying at Shadow Surf Camp will have direct access to the 20+ waves of the Playgrounds surf region.
The camp is ideally located next to 3 excellent waves - and although they dont break every day, when they do - the guests will always be there to take advantage of the camps location.
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
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.nusatrip.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/
Transfers are FREE for all guests taking the "surfer package".
- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry – 3-6 hr crossing (board bag storage not included)
- Private speedboat – Maura Siberut Port (Mentawai) to surf camp – 1.5hrs
- Padang Hotel – additional charge approx $20-$70
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:
Mentawai Fast Ferry
The safest, most reliable way of travelling between the mainland and the Mentawai islands. Full details: www.mentawaifast.com
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)
PADANG TO MENTAWAI (SIBERUT)
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
MENTAWAI (SIBERUT) TO PADANG
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
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.
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.
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 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 www.transferwise.com for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank.
Payment by Credit Card
Only available in Padang.
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