Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra
We recommend using www.skyscanner.com 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 www.traveloka.com
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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.
* 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 - www.mercurepadang.com
HW Hotel - www.hwhotelpadang.com
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)
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
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 (copy)
cash (crisp, new bills)
comb or brush (optional)
ding repair kit / sun cure resin
driver’s license (copy)
220 volt-110 volt electricity adapter (optional)
long sleeve t-shirt
malaria medication (optional)
mosquito repellent (optional)
surf board coffin travel bag
nail clippers (optional)
pain medicine (optional)
light weight pants (2)
prescription medicine (optional)
sealable ziploc bags for cameras, etc on the surfing excursions
walking shorts (2)
silica gel (for inside ziploc bags)
visa (if necessary)
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