Telos Surfing Village , Telo Islands

Guest Reviews


Incredible surf trip

By Howard Austin Hewlett, 26th July 2015

The camp was great - people need to realize you are at the edge of the world and it is incredible what those guys have done! The cooking was insane! The surf was great! I have already told a "select" group of regular foots not to waste their time with playgrounds and go to Pasti and sit on it.


Expensive but great value!

By Jürg Ackermann, 9th September 2015

Firstly, SV has very comfortable accommodation and communal areas. Secondly, I was very happy with the surf, I could improve my level and the boat took me whenever and wherever I wanted, every day. The service was perfect. They guys understand the mixture between entertaining you and leaving you the privacy you need! It’s expensive but also great value.


Telos froth

By Phil Connors, 9th May 2016

Thanks to Mario and the boys for an epic trip and Dave for organising it once again. Second trip to the Telos and wouldn’t really consider going anywhere else for our yearly surf trip with the boys, yeeew.

Telos Surfing Village

Camp Size: Max 12
Accommodation:  4 Private bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: included
Located in front of surf break: Yes
Destination: Telo Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf School: No
Surfboard Rental: No
Yoga: No
Ideal for: Any size group 

surf telos

Telos Surfing Village overlooks "Pasti" one of West Sumatra's best right hander's. The camps focus is on surfing quality surf in crowd free waters. With a limit of up to 12 surfers per trip combined with the remote location, guests visiting the area can take advantage of this unique wave rich destination. And with so many waves on offer; from heavy tubes to friendly walls, from point break style line-ups to beach break barrels; this is our choice for all levels of surfer wanting the "ultimate surf trip."

Located just to the North of the Mentawais and to the south of Nias, The Telos are also blessed with world class surf but without the crowds of its neighbouring islands. The region has somehow managed to discourage any low end, home stays, hostels or budget camps from developing, thus allowing a higher priced, crowd free surfing environment. 

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The camp caters for a total of 12 guests:

4 x private bungalows 

Each bungalow has 3 private rooms with a king size bed

Surfing Villages accommodation sit just a stone’s throw from the palm fringed shoreline in perfect view of the surf. The bungalows are spread throughout the impressive grounds and are exposed to catching the sea breeze and the additional shade of the jungle. Built with local hardwood and materials, their clever & distinctive style encourages airflow throughout as well as shielding the rooms from any passing storms.

Comprising of two levels, the first floor has board storage, sheltered seating, outside deck and two private bedrooms. The top floor is a loft style room with panoramic views of the surf and jungle. Each bungalow comes complete with king size bed, white cotton sheets, box style mosquito nets, individual fans and adjustable blinds for extra privacy and is ideal for singles or couples.

All four bungalows have a western style outside toilet with a flush system and a separate bathroom a hot and cold water shower.

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surf camp

Food is included in your package and you won’t be disappointed. Daily meals are always substantial and varied and include a mix of both Indonesian and Western flavours.

Daily breakfast is served from around 6.30am. Fresh fruit and cereal is available as well as toast with eggs, omelette or cheese and tomato. Tea and coffee is always on free flow.

Lunch is also flexible and is normally a local dish such as Mee Goreng, Nasi Goreng, fish or chicken “Gule” (local curry) and fresh grilled or bbq’d fish. Occasionally, burritos, fish burgers and chicken burgers will be served too.

Dinner is usually a buffet style affair with plenty of choice and always enough to refuel after a long days surfing. Beef rendang, various curries, fresh fish, sushi, chicken parmigiana, crumbed chicken and lasagna to name but a few.

Vegetarians and specific dietary requirements can be accommodated for with prior notice to your arrival.

Included in the price:

- 3 large, healthy delicious meals are served each day
- Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water.

Not included in the price:

- Alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks
- Additional snack bar menu

telos surf camp

surfing telo islands

Guests staying at the Surfing Village are blessed with more than a dozen world class waves within a 5-20 minute boat ride. 2 speedboats are at your disposal to transport you back and forth all day long – and it’s all part of the package.

What’s more is that the owners have invested in 2 brand new Maxcraft speedboats in 2015. Each boat measures 7.2m in length and comes complete with an aluminium hull and a 175hp Suzuki engine on the back. Shuttles to the surf have never been shorter, faster & more comfortable!

Of course guests don’t have to take the boats anywhere when the waves out the front are breaking!

surf telo islands

Despite being located in one of the most remote corners of Indonesia, guests can find a multitude of activities to keep them happy including:

Pool/billiards - with a pool championship each trip
Treks through the local villages & local beaches
Massage and Yoga
Movies in the TV room
Board games: War, Chess, Backgammon, Cards…
Reading from the comfort of your own hammock
Snorkelling at a beautiful “Caribbean Beach” just a 5 minute boat trip away
Natural rock-pool 5-10 minutes from the camp.



Scratches & minor abrasions should be treated by the guests themselves but anything that requires a stitch or two can also be treated at Surfing Village. More serious accidents & emergencies will require immediate transport to Padang. Although highly unlikely, it’s the reason we require all guests to have suitable medical insurance prior to arrival. The Telo Islands are a very remote corner of the world and medical assistance is limited.


The area is situated within an active seismic plate. Again, although highly unlikely, in the event of a tsunami, guests should make their way to higher ground found directly behind the camp. A convenient hill is easily accessed and provides more than enough elevation if required.


Although contracting Malaria is extremely unlikely - we advise all guests to contact their local doctor prior to travel. 

Travelling to Sumatra

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), 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 a number of countries including: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. 

travel to Telo Islands

Guests need to arrive into Padang by 2pm on day 1.

On the last day of your trip, guests can fly out of Padang anytime after 2pm.

Transfers include:

* Meet and greet at Padang Airport (PDG)
* All taxis in Padang
* Overnight crossing on SV’s private charter boat
* A/C accommodation and bed aboard the boat
* Evening meal aboard the charter boat

Your transfers in detail:

Upon arrival at Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport (PDG), you'll be met by our SV representative and swiftly taken to either a restaurant or a hotel, where you can relax for a few hours, have a cold beer, eat some delicious Padang food and get acclimatised to your surroundings.

The boats estimated time of departure from Padang is 18:00 with arrival into Surfing Village approx 7am the next day, just in time for breakfast and some morning barrels.

For the overnight journey from Padang to the camp guests will have private use of a 24 meter charter boat. The vessel has ample space for relaxing, enjoying your evening meal as well as a few sunset beers. Guests will each have a bed in the extensive a/c cabin to get a good night’s sleep before arriving into SV the next morning. It’s the perfect way to start your surf trip.

On return, guests will depart SV just before dark and arrive back in Padang early morning the next day. Guests are welcome to book flights departing 2pm onwards.

The boat has a very experienced local crew, and is decked out with all the necessary safety equipment including; Radio, GPS, life jackets, flares etc.

Hotels in Padang

For those needing to overnight in Padang, there are plenty of decent and affordable options to choose from.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel -
HW Hotel -


Whatever you bring, make sure you to pack light & within the baggage restrictions on your air ticket. Airlines are becoming more stringent & do impose hefty charges for excess baggage. Here’s a summary of what to bring:


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).


For more information, including which surf equipment, personal items & first aid to bring, please check out our Travel Essentials page

The best advice we can offer regarding packing your bags is to pack as lightly as possible. The following list is divided into two categories: In the Water and Out of the Water. It was created to give you ideas and help you keep track of items you may or may not need to bring on your adventure.

In the Surf

big wave leash (1)
mid sized leash (3)
leash ropes (6)
board shorts (3)
fin keys (2) best to use future fin keys, because they are stronger
fin sets (2) for each surf board
snug fitting T-shirt for sun protection (2). T-shirts work better than rash guards because they retain water, which keeps you cool, and they also give less rash than a ‘rash guard’
reef booties are recommended for several of the surf spots. When choosing your reef booties, it is best to select a pair that is snug fitting, or they will inhibit your surfing
snorkelling gear (optional. rental gear will be available)
surfboards (2-3). 
surf hat (optional)
surf board wax (5) The kind of wax that works best in Mentawai is Mr. Zoggs Quick Humps 6x tropical or base coat. Since the ocean is so hot here, Tropical Wax gets too soft, and slippery
wax comb

What surf boards should I bring?

Mid sized boards are what gets used most, but best to bring whatever you are used to riding.

Don’t be surprised if you ding up your surf boards and maybe even break a few of them on your vacation. Last, but not least, a ding repair kit, or some sun cure resin for quick fixes is a must.

Out of the Surf

airline tickets
airline tickets (copy)
binoculars (optional)
cash (crisp, new bills)
comb or brush (optional)
credit cards
ding repair kit / sun cure resin
driver’s license
driver’s license (copy)
220 volt-110 volt electricity adapter (optional)
long sleeve t-shirt
malaria medication (optional)
moisturizer (optional)
mosquito repellent (optional)
surf board coffin travel bag
nail clippers (optional)
pain medicine (optional)
light weight pants (2)
passport (copy)
prescription medicine (optional)
sealable ziploc bags for cameras, etc on the surfing excursions
shaving cream
shaving kit
walking shorts (2)
silica gel (for inside ziploc bags)
socks (3)
t-shirts (4-5)
travel backpack
visa (if necessary)
visa (copy)
waterproof jacket (optional)

The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA for entering Indonesia, and you will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months from the time of your departure. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you’re covered

Set Trips

Trip Dates Nights Currency
Set Trip 1 03 APR 17 to 15 APR 17 12 USD
Set Trip 2 13 APR 17 to 25 APR 17 12 USD
Set Trip 3 23 APR 17 to 05 MAY 17 12 USD
Set Trip 4 03 MAY 17 to 15 MAY 17 12 USD
Set Trip 5 13 MAY 17 to 25 MAY 17 12 USD
Set Trip 6 23 MAY 17 to 04 JUN 17 12 USD
Set Trip 7 02 JUN 17 to 14 JUN 17 12 USD
Set Trip 8 12 JUN 17 to 24 JUN 17 12 USD
Set Trip 9 22 JUN 17 to 04 JUL 17 12 USD
Set Trip 10 02 JUL 17 to 14 JUL 17 12 USD
Set Trip 11 12 JUL 17 to 24 JUL 17 12 USD
Set Trip 12 22 JUL 17 to 03 AUG 17 12 USD
Set Trip 13 01 AUG 17 to 13 AUG 17 12 USD
Set Trip 14 11 AUG 17 to 23 AUG 17 12 USD
Set Trip 15 21 AUG 17 to 02 SEP 17 12 USD
Set Trip 16 31 AUG 17 to 12 SEP 17 12 USD
Set Trip 17 10 SEP 17 to 22 SEP 17 12 USD
Set Trip 18 20 SEP 17 to 02 OCT 17 12 USD
Set Trip 19 30 SEP 17 to 12 OCT 17 12 USD
Set Trip 20 10 OCT 17 to 22 OCT 17 12 USD
Set Trip 21 20 OCT 17 to 01 NOV 17 12 USD

Booking Notes

*Couples* are partners & mixed sex only.
Available accommodation; 4 x triple bungalows (max 12 guests).
All packages inclusive of all transfers as well as the charter boat crossing to the Telos.

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.

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 Telo Surfing Village & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Telo Surfing Village:

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.

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Pasti
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti is the reason you should come to the Telo Islands. At least for tube hungry riders who are comfortable with big drops, bigger barrels and fast exits. When it’s on, Pasti is something to behold. It’s mesmerising from start to finish whether you’re in the line-up or mind surfing it from the safety of the camp. In glassy or off-shore conditions, it can deliver 3 separate barrel sections starting from the take off, then running into a 2nd very makeable tube section before a final barrel which although also breaks with perfect form – can shut down on the last inside section – you have been warned! This right hander only really starts to become a real quality wave in the head high region & will peel with perfect form. At 4-6’ it becomes even more lined-up. At 8’ it’s for chargers only as the take off zone remains in the same spot but the wave refuses to get much taller – just thicker. Be sure to check out the section on Andy Irons & co surfing in Blue Horizon (the last section is Pasti) -

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Nagas
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-5 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti’s little brother aka Nagas is found just a stone’s throw away. Only separated by a very handy keyhole – this right hander breaks on the same conditions and is often over looked by surfers. Nagas is often at its best when Pasti is doing its thing and so will largely go unnoticed. Although much shorter in length, this spot can often produce quality surf, certainly around the head high range – running down the reef delivering barrel sections and steep walls to throw some turns on. If you fancy surfing alone, then check out the right, you might be surprised with what you find. 

Wave Quality: Good Fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Bagas
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: Year Round

Baga is one of the “go to” waves in the area as it’s a reliable swell magnet, has favourable wind conditions and it works on all tides. It’s located off a desolate tropical island with translucent water and is very close to Surfing Village. Perfect for pretty much anyone – it breaks from 2’-10‘ – and offers long playful walls as well as the odd tube section here and there. 

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Mibs
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Mibs is a very long barrelling wave that only becomes more manageable during larger south-west swells. A superb sight to behold when the swell, wind and tide unite – comparisons to Desert point are not uncommon. Certainly not for the faint hearted, bring a bigger board and you might just luck into a freight train tube. This place holds some size.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Lado Lado
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The secret deep water wave known as Lado Lado, is a thick A-frame left and right peak that can deliver absolute gold from time to time. A relatively short ride, this Hawaiian style throaty tube, barrels from start to finish and what it lacks in length is made up in quality. Somewhat fickle, the wave requires the right tide and swell direction to really fire, but when it’s on, it’s fully worth having a go – especially since it’s not particularly shallow. A larger board is required for easy entry into its shifting peak.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Rahasia
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another of Surfing Village’s secret spots, Rahasia is a magical break, located in a protected bay close to shore with an impressive tropical backdrop. Needs a solid South West swell to really light up, this left only needs to be shoulder to head high to be extremely fun, with guaranteed barrels on offer. 

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Ceweks
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Situated in a protected bay, this left and right peak offers some long walled up waves and is suited for all abilities. Although rarely surfed – it’s certainly another easy access, softer wave, that’s always worth checking out. Needs some West in the swell before lighting up.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tangguh
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Tangguh is one of the more reliable waves in the Southern Telos, is very open to the Indian Ocean, picking up year round consistent swell. The wave is the first of 3 right handers in close proximity, breaks on all tides and with a number of take-off spots, the crowd is usually very manageable. Different tides will offer different moods, with each wave often perfect in its own way. Fast walls and various tube sections are always on offer in small, medium and large swells.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tantang
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The middle right-hander located between Tangguh and Tatras. This is by far the fastest, most hollow and shallowest of the three waves. Not as consistent, but certainly the most challenging, surfers can watch in awe as they sit out the back of Tatras whilst mind surfing flawless barrels breaking a few hundred yards away. Advanced chargers only.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Skateparks
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Tantras is a very fun wave that all surfers seem to like. It’s located further in the bay than Tantang and Tangguh & it prefers some west in the swell and is pretty consistent from small to medium sized pulses that frequent the area. Ideal at around head high to a foot over head the wave peaks up to form a back door barrel on the take-off before becoming a top turn machine. Rides are mid range in length (100m) with the occasional tube on the inside section. This wave puts a smile on everyone’s faces due its dream like synchronised shape & perfect rhythm. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Beach Break
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Beach
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Usually when the swell drops on a surf trip, spirits fade. But when staying at Surfing Village, it’s the exact opposite, as everyone’s attention turns to the local beach break. Known as “DAOCAVANACA” – it’s a semi secret spot with mesmerisingly clear water, which delivers punchy A-frames across a white sandy beach. It’s an all out tube fest, so don’t expect to be busting turns. Bring a fuller, floatier board to get you into the wave early. It’s all about getting to your feet as fast as possible. When it’s on, it’s a real highlight. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Facas
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

If you’re not a charger or an advanced tube rider, then it’s best to give Facas a miss. But if you’re willing to go and you pick the right one, then this extremely photogenic, ultra hollow left will produce some of the best barrels available in the Telo Islands. It’s a 100% commitment type of wave, make the drop and pull in, then eject before the inside closes out! Facas ultimately works only on big South West swells – and is a good 45 mins by boat to get to. But, if the tides and swell line, you could just get the wave of your life. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Shhhhh
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Shhhhh is a relatively new discovery in the Southern Telos. This fast paced reeling right hand tube can offer perhaps some of the most perfect tubes in the region. Another full commitment wave, for advanced riders and tube specialists only, this thick cavernous right hander churns along the reef with raw perfection before shutting on the inside. Shhhh is another sensitive wave that requires specific conditions – but certainly a bigger size swell is required for this special wave to light-up. 

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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+