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
This is a challenging trip that will take us far from the tourist trail, into the heart of the Mentawai Islands. Deep within their jungles, the indigenous people live close to nature. The people in transition, these uncomplicated rainforest dwellers are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle against the paradoxes of modernization. This trip is only recommended if you are prepared to accept very basic and often uncomfortable conditions.
We will stay as guests of the local Kerei (Medicine Man) in the Uma (the traditional family house). In here, where only basic facilities are available, you will gain a unique insight into the lives of these people who maintain the belief system based on living in total harmony with nature.
The only specialist in the community is the medicine man whom they called “Sikerei”. He is responsible to communicate with the spirits and the souls. In the case of misfortune or illness, he is called in to restore harmony within the group. The religious beliefs with respect to the environment is a dominant characteristic of traditional life on Siberut.