Camp Size: Max 9 guests
Accommodation: Shared & Private Bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Private daily boat rides available
Located in front of surf break: Close by
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No classes
Ideal for: Budget travellers, groups, couples & families
Probably the most remote of any camp in the entire region - Maonu is located on the west coast of Siberut and offers a completely unique experience. At first glance of its geographical location, any would be traveller could easily mistake this camp for being a little far from the surf action. In fact, the island has 3 amazing waves on the outer reefs. With the right swell and wind conditions there are 7 waves that are surfable, including some that are on a world class level. The camp is secluded from all the other resorts in fact the only other people around will be the local coconut harvesters or local fisherman. The waves out front are usually really quiet, so solo surfs are a common thing.
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 9 guests, the camp is an extremely comfortable and affordable option for surfers of all abilities - and those looking to avoid the crowds of the other camps.
The Maonu main house is the social area of the camp where meals are served and stories are shared. The camp also has 3 bungalows, each with its own shower area & share a toilet.
Each of the 3 buildings are widely spaced apart, allowing for maximum privacy between the bungalows. Each bungalow is approximately 15 metres away from the beach, nestled back in amongst the coconut tree forest. The beach itself is exceptional with some of the clearest waters you’ll experience in the Mentawai Islands.
1 x Private bungalow (1-2 guests)
1 x Shared bungalow (5 guests)
1 x Private “Villa” bungalow (1-2 guests)
New for 2017 is the Villa Bungalow. This includes; private entrance to the beach, private bathroom with shower, small lounge/ seating area inside the villa, kitchenette with gas stove for cooking or boiling water, making tea & coffee. It also is more secluded from the main camp area & has wifi available (otherwise wifi is only available in the main umma/ dinning and recreational area).
Fans in all the rooms will keep you cool & there are mosquito nets to keep you bite-free during the night. Tables and shelves offer you some storage. Both downstairs and upstairs balconies in the main house are prime spots to relax during the evenings thanks to comfy seating & a mellow and welcoming vibe.
The camps electricity is powered by our own generators. At night, the generators will run until midnight at which time the air is much cooler & fans aren’t needed.
There is no phone signal but the camp does have internet facilities that are available each evening for about 5 hours. Although fine for general web browsing, emails and phone calls – the camp asks each guest to limit their use. Downloading & streaming isn’t available.
- Your room/bungalow (cleaned daily)
- All rooms have fans
- Generator electricity until midnight
- Fresh linen
- Three meals a day
- Tea, coffee & fruit – fresh coconuts!
Also available but not included:
- WIFI - $45 pp / trip
- Photos - $30 pp / day or $ 150 pp / trip
All guests will have three meals per day included in their package.
Depending on your preferences, we will organise a menu of local dishes, western dishes or a mix. We have a local chef as well as a western chef to keep everyone happy! Food is always great tasting and plentiful!
Day to day expect lots of fresh fish, fruit, vegetables & coconuts. If it is stormy then we will eat some form of meat. As well as plenty of braai’s (BBQ’s).
Vegetarian and vegan food on request.
Not included in the price:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snacks
Daily boat rides are charged per day, meaning you only pay for when you want to surf.
Surf Boat Rental – price / per person (full day of surfing, includes 2 surf sessions)
1-3 guests – USD$ 60 (small boat, includes captain and surf guide)
4-9 guests – USD$ 50 (large boat, includes captain and surf guide)
A typical day at the camp would be as follows:
- Wake up at whatever time you want
- If you're not frothing too hard then we have breakfast at the camp with some tea or a coconut. We then head out to find some waves.
- For the frothers we can have breakfast ready to go and we eat on the boat.
- If there are waves on or near the island then we will surf until you’re tired and then head back to camp for lunch and a chill, then head back out for a surf when the batteries are recharged.
- If we are heading to the outer islands in the morning, we will leave early morning and have lunch on the boat or in one of the local villages. We will then head back out for a surf.
- 6 pm we head back to the camp for some cold sunset beers and a feast.
- Our mission is to find the best possible waves for our guests each day.
- Plenty of opportunity to spear or fish along the way between surfs.
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.traveloka.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.
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.
Transfers are $95 pp each way
From the moment you land in Padang until the moment you leave, you will be looked after!
- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- 1 night at Brigitte’s House, Padang
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry – 3-4hr crossing (Includes 1 board bag storage)
- Private speedboat – Maura Siberut Port (Mentawai) to surf camp – 1hr
*Excess luggage & extra boards will need to be paid (on boarding) by the guests
Included in the transfer cost (each way) is 1 night at Brigitte’s House, Padang.
Guests are welcome to stay at elsewhere at their own expense.
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. Fly out anytime the next day
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.
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.
All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.
Bank details will be emailed upon booking.
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