• Trip Code

    D22006

  • Location

    West Sumatra

  • Meeting Point

    Padang

  • Number of Pax

    Min. 8 pax

As the oldest tribe in Indonesia, Mentawai stays as original as it is – villagers far from modernization, with only left few people, the tribe stays on preserving the culture and traditions. This is where travellers come to get a truly off the beaten track adventure.

The local people have a strong spiritual relationship with the forest with a belief system that emphasizes harmony with creation. The other big attraction for visitors to these islands is world-class surfing. With some of the best surfing conditions in the world, monster waves and swells that remain all year round, this is ranked by serious surfers as a must-visit destination.

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The Mentawai Tribe

INTRODUCTION

As the oldest tribe in Indonesia, Mentawai stays as original as it is – villagers far from modernization, with only left few people, the tribe stays on preserving the culture and traditions. This is where travellers come to get a truly off the beaten track adventure.

The local people have a strong spiritual relationship with the forest with a belief system that emphasizes harmony with creation. The other big attraction for visitors to these islands is world-class surfing. With some of the best surfing conditions in the world, monster waves and swells that remain all year round, this is ranked by serious surfers as a must-visit destination.

The Trip Condition

Mentawai Island is one part of Indonesia’s island that is still quite isolated. So you must be ready of these conditions, and we strongly believed that your purpose of visiting is to know Mentawai’s nature and culture for a true experience of a simple and primitive Culture. This trek is only recommended if you are prepared to accept very basic and less comfortable conditions. 

This is a challenging trek that will take you far from the tourist trail, into the heart of the Mentawai Islands. Deep within their jungles indigenous people live close to nature. A people in transition, these uncomplicated rainforest dwellers are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle against the paradoxes of modernization.

You will stay as guests of a local Kerei (medicine -man) in the Uma (traditional family house). The facilities here are very basic, however, you will gain a unique insight into the lives of these people who maintain a belief system based on living in total harmony with nature. Your journey begins with an overnight boat crossing to Siberut, the largest island in the chain.

Highlights

Jungle Trekking

On some of the days, we will trek through the jungle visiting villages, learning the way of life of the Mentawai Tribe.

Cultures & Lifestyle

It is very common to see Mentawai people covered head to toe in tattoos since they follow various traditional tribal rituals and their tattoos identify their role and social status.

Island Hopping

Although Mentawai is a popular destination for surfers, it doesn’t mean that the underwater life there has nothing to explore, too!

DAY 1 (FRIDAY): PADANG

Arrive in Padang and you will meet our team to transfer you directly to your hotel.

DAY 2 (SATURDAY): PADANG – MUARA SIBERUT – MENTAWAI TRIBE (B,L,D)

Fastboat will depart 07:00 AM from Padang to Muara Siberut (3-4 hours). Upon arrival in Muara Siberut, collect our luggages assisted by our local team. While our local team reports our arrival to the police station, we will have our lunch at the local house in the village.

After lunch, we will walk to the harbor about 10 minutes to get to our small motorized wooden boat to reach Mentawai Island (2-3 hours). After we arrive, we will go to our homestay. We will stay at Uma, the Mentawaian traditional house. Along the walk, we will pass by a muddy area, slippery logs, sago trees, jungle trek, and so on. So, please prepare yourself for this.

DAY 3 (SUNDAY): MENTAWAI (B,L,D)

Today, we will explore the daily activities of Mentawai Tribe such as searching for Sago worms or making sago powder –  the staple food of Mentawai Tribe. We will also see the traditional fabric (Tenun) making process. Stay overnight at the local house.

DAY 4 (MONDAY): MENTAWAI (B,L,D)

Today’s programme is to see the tattoo making process of the Mentawai Tribe. The tattoo represents the status of the people. After that, we will see how they do hunting, and fishing. We shall not miss watching the traditional dances of Mentawai before the end of the day. Stay overnight at a local house.

DAY 5 (TUESDAY): MENTAWAI – PADANG (B,L,D)

Spend the last moment with the Mentawai by visiting another village. We will do short trekking and canoeing to the last mentawai village. If we are lucky, we can meet more Mentawai Tribe in other villages. After lunch,  pack up and prepare to sail back to Muara Siberut and then to Padang using a fast boat at 3PM – 6 PM. Upon arrival at Padang, transfer to a hotel in Padang.

DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY): PADANG – SINYARU ISLAND (B,L,D)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Padang Jetty by car, about an hour. Boat transfer to Sinyaru Island is around 30-45 minutes. Check in and lunch. We will go snorkeling around the house reef at an agreed time. Dinner will be served at 7 pm.

DAY 7 (THURSDAY): SINYARU ISLAND (B,L,D)

Breakfast is ready at 7.30 am. We will take the boat out for snorkeling around Sinyaru Island. Return to the resort for lunch and another boat out for snorkeling at the other sports. Back to the resort for dinner and free programme afterwards.

DAY 8 (FRIDAY): SINYARU ISLAND – PADANG (B)

After breakfast, free time until check out time from the resort. Transfer to Padang and drop off at the airport.

INCLUSIONS

• 7 night accommodation
2 night at 3 stars hotel in Padang (twin sharing), 3 night at the local village house, 2 nights at Sinyaru or Cubadak Island
• All transportation and transfer
• Chartered small motorized wooden boat to Mentawai
• Meals and logistics during the tour
• Electricity for chargers
• Fees of Traditional Tattoo, Traditional Dance and all Photography Session
• Local guide speaking English and Mentawai
• Porters
• Snorkeling gears

EXCLUSIONS

• Flights
• Travel insurance
• Optional tours or activities which are not stated in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Gratuity for guides

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