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  • Trip Code

    D022

  • Location

    South 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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PRIVATE TOUR

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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

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.

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, we will collect our luggage as well as our equipment assisted by our local team.

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

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

Exploring the daily activities of Mentawai Tribe such as searching for Sago worm or making sago powder (as the main food of Mentawaian Tribe) and traditional cloths making process. Stay overnight at the local house.

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

Exploring the daily activities of Mentawai Tribe, making a traditional tattoo, hunting, fishing and watch traditional dances of Mentawai. Stay overnight at the local house.

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

Spend last moment with the Mentawai by visiting another village by short trekking and canoeing to the last Mentawai village. If we are lucky, we can meet more Mentawai Tribe in other villages. After lunch, prepares all your bag to sailing back to Muara Siberut and to Padang using the fast boat at 3 PM – 6 PM. After arriving at Padang, transfer to hotel in Padang.

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

If stay on Sinyaru Island

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Padang Jetty by car, about an hour. Boat transfer to Sinyaru Island around 30-45 minutes. Check-in and lunch. Rest for a while and we will go snorkelling around the house reef at an agreed time. Dinner will be served at 6.30 pm.

If stay on Cubadak Island

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Padang Jetty by car, about 1.5 -2 hours. Boat transfer to Cubadak Island around 15 minutes. Check-in and rest. Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm. We will go snorkelling around the house reef at an agreed time. Dinner will be served at 8 pm.

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

If stay on Sinyaru Island

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

If stay on Cubadak Island

Breakfast is ready at 7.30 am. If the weather condition is good, we will take the boat out for snorkelling. Otherwise, we will spend time exploring the island – trekking or canoeing. Lunch and dinner will be at the resort at 1.30 pm and 8 pm, respectively.

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

After breakfast, check out from the resort and 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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