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Mentawai Islands: The Hidden Surfing Paradise

Submitted by Tommy Gunawan on November 25, 2009 – 12:16 am Comments

It’s almost early December and you are looking to escape your hectic lives this upcoming holiday season. You have checked many tropical destinations and planning to go for an exciting surfing trip. You are confused and can’t decide where to go!

Stop for a moment and take a deep breath. You don’t have to be confused, because there’s only a place where every surfer must go.

It is the hidden surfing paradise
“Mentawai Islands.

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Located 150 km offshore from Padang, the Mentawais is a chain of approximately 70 islands “glowing” with natural beauty. The Islands are home to 16 endemic species, including endangered species such as the Simakobu monkey. The four major Mentawai islands are Siberut (the largest island), Sipura, North Pagai and South Pagai.

The indigenous inhabitants of these islands are known as the Mentawai people. Their present lifestyle is a legacy from the Neolithic era and they have a strong belief that nature is the center of one’s life. Tattoo is one of the most important symbols for the Mentawai people. It reflects someone’s maturity, manhood and status. This body painting art is inherited from their ancestors and the ink is naturally made from tree leaves.

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For some surfers, the Mentawai islands are the world’s best surfing haven. The Islands are known as one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world with some of the highest waves in the world, which averages 3 – 4 meters. Most surfers that have been there would say to others, “Don’t call yourself a Surfer if you haven’t ride Mentawai’s waves.” You can find great waves here year round but the best waves appear during the Indonesian dry season from March to October.

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Before you call yourself a surfer, pack up your surfing board & head to the Mentawai Islands! Check out the clip below if you want to know what you can experience.

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  • Your welcome Nat. I wish I was there watching hot guys surf too... LOL..

  • Nat

    I wish I was there right now, on that beach watching hot guys surf.
    That would be great. Thanks for the update Gus, Nat

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