One of the world’s most consistent surf destinations, the Mentawai Islands are on every surfers’ dream surf trip – and for good reason.
With swells arriving straight from the southern Indian Ocean, the islands offer consistent and high quality waves. There’s always a great wave breaking somewhere!
What boards & equipment do I need?
Due to its wide variety of breaks, the Mentawai Islands are one of the few places in the world where almost any type of surfboard you bring will work. Better call your shaper and order up!
We do recommend you throw in booties and a rash vest to your luggage as well – you’ll need them. Water temperatures hang around 28°C (82°F) all year, so pack your boardies too.
Of course, you’ll want plenty of sunscreen, and a decent first aid kit – reef cuts and staph infections are common.
When should I go?
While there are waves year round, May through September is the traditional peak period, with the south & south-west swells at their largest, averaging head-high to double overhead. Predictably, this is also the busiest time in the water, so plan accordingly.
The shoulder months of February & March, and October & November provide for those looking for more “fun size” waves, ranging 4-6ft. Either way, a poor day’s surf in the Mentawais is still going to be better than most of the year at your home break!
What’s the weather?
Located at the western end of the Indonesian archipelago, and just below the equator, the Mentawai’s are generally wetter, and more lush than Bali and the islands further east.
Air temperatures range between 22-32°C (72-89°F) all year round, with humidity remaining high at night. September through December is the “wet season”.
Good to know…
Make sure you’re all stocked up on malaria tablets, the region is heaven for mozzies. Before you go, check your fitness too – you’ll be doing some paddling 😉