Shadow Surf Camp, Playgrounds

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Amazing!

By Simon Beardsley, 5th April 2015

Wow what a trip. Simply epic. When I return it’ll only be to stay with Dodi and Ade again. Amazing surfers and amazing human beings. Thanks guys!

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By Lisa Savidge, 16th May 2016

Dave was a great help during our booking! The camp itself was fantastic considering its one of the most affordable options in the Mentawai Islands. The location is spot on. Lots of good food and always served on time and with a smile. We scored perfect waves every day and the boys did a fantastic job in guiding us each day! I’d highly recommend a trip to the camp.

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Thanks Ade & Dodi

By Greg Williams, 24th August 2017

Accommodation, food and service were as we’d hoped and the whole family vibe was a real bonus. We were fortunate enough to score some very uncrowded sessions thanks to the boys. It was a genuine Mentawai Experience that’s for sure. We’ll be back! Thanks so much.

Shadow surf camp

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
Budget: 3/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Budget travellers, groups, couples & families

Shadow mentawai

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.

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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

Inclusions:

-  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)
-  Transfers 

Also available but not included:

- Board bags charge on Mentawai Fast Ferry
- Hotels in Padang 
- Mentawai Surf Tax
- Laundry
- Surfboard Rental
- SUP Rental
- Snorkel Rental

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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

surfing mentawai

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.

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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/

mentawai fast ferry

Transfers are FREE for all guests taking the "surfer package".

Includes

- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry – 3-4hr 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:

Mercure Hotel - www.mercurepadang.com or HW Hotel - www.hwhotelpadang.com

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 3-4hrs)

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).

Ferry departs 6.30am from Padang, travels via Sikabaluan, has a brief stop, and then continues to Maura Siberut. Here you'll be collected around 12pm (by speedboat) and taken direct to the camp. Approx arrival at the camp is about 2pm.

On return, you'll depart the camp approx 1pm by speedboat, arriving at Maura Siberut around 2pm. The Mentawai Fast Ferry departs 3pm and arrives in Padang approx 6pm

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
Private accommodation - book before 31st December! 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD130
Private accommodation - book before 31st December! 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD140
Private accommodation - book before 31st December! 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD120
Private accommodation - book before 31st December! 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD110

2018 Prices

All Guests Dates Nights Person/Night Guests
Private Room or Bungalow (Surfer package) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD165
Private Room or Bungalow (Surfer package) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD156
Private Room or Bungalow (Surfer package) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD148
(Non Surfer) Standard room with a/c (double or triple) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD90
(Non Surfer) Superior room with a/c & bathroom (king size bed) 01 JAN 18 to 31 DEC 18
USD82

Booking Notes

Rates are "per days surfed" (not per night)
Price reduced to $70 pp / day (last day only) when the guests dont surf

Transfers are included* in the pricing except board bags costs
*except non surfers

Rooms:

4 x twin rooms
1 x 4 x single bedroom
1 x bungalow - king size bed & private bathroom
1 x bungalow - 2 x single bed
The bathrooms are shared- except the couple bungalow.

* 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 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.


 

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 Shadow Surf Camp & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Shadow Surf Camp: http://www.theshadowmentawai.com/terms-and-conditions.html

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml
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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