No other surf destination on the planet compares with the Mentawai Islands. Located 150 kilometers off the western coast of Sumatra, this breathtaking archipelago boasts no less than 70 islands and 50 quality surf breaks! Surfers of every skill level can find the waves of their dreams here – from perfectly formed, heavy-hitting barrels to gentle, long clean peelers. Even better, the waves break in the crystal-clear and warm waters of the Indian Ocean with beautifully blue skies overhead for most of the year.
The only downside to a surfing vacation in the Mentawai Islands is (like any other surf hotspot) you can miss out on the best experience if you don’t time your trip right. Imagine coming all the way to Indonesia only to be stuck with average surf and large crews competing for waves? This scenario can be so heart-breaking that it puts you off the sport. But with the team at Mentawai Surf Camp, you can ensure that you are never down on your luck by getting involved in their exciting booking design concept.
The V.I.P. Priority Pass gives you the opportunity to book a getaway when a big swell is on the way – guaranteeing an epic trip! For a small fee you are shortlisted into the Instagram page @EliteSwellChasers where regular forecasts are provided to track down a potential swell as far as 3 weeks before it hits. When a date has been confirmed 7-10 nights before, a page with payment details opens up for 4-7 individuals to secure their spots. This takes all the hassle and worry out of your surf adventure in the Mentawais!
Once the V.I.P. Priority Pass payment of $25 (an early bird offer for the first 20 people) has been made, your Instagram is added to the group. It’s important to note that this pass is recommended for intermediate or advanced surfers who are looking for ideal conditions at remote surf breaks. Beginners can consider other packages with Mentawai Surf Camp such as the Surfed Out 7 Nights. The V.I.P. pass gives you access to the Ace 14 Nights, which is one of the top surf packages in the archipelago!
Details About the Ace 14 Nights Surf Package
The Ace 14 Nights package with Mentawai Surf Camp includes 9 nights surfing in the Playgrounds Area of the Mentawais, and 4-6 nights taking on the big swells surrounding Silabu, Batutumonga, Hollow’s Tree, Tuapejat and Malakopa (places that only intrepid and skilled surfers venture to). On the second half of the trip, you will also be staying overnight in comfortable and secluded glamping accommodations. This helps to further immerse you in the untouched natural beauty of the Indonesian island chain.
Going from one incredible surf break to the next in a unique fiberglass boat is the icing on top. The boat utilized on the Ace 14 Nights package is a blend of a modern boat with a classic dugout canoe, designed and built by the team at Mentawai Surf Camp. It comes equipped with a 400hp motor and zooms across the water, even when it gets rough. There is plenty of space aboard the vessel to relax with your surfer bros, soak up the sun and views, and try your hand at fishing if you need a break from surfing.
Additional inclusions on the package are a photographer/videographer to document your journey, and speedboat pick-up and drop-off from Padang. This saves you two overnight stays as you would normally need to take the ferry. You arrive at the camp on the same day you land in Padang and leave Padang on the same day you finish the surfing. All in all, the Ace 14 Nights gives you the best of both worlds: camp and charter. Having the chance to book it when big swells arise, through the V.I.P. pass, is simply priceless!
Best Big Swell Surf Trip in the Mentawai Islands
There is no need to monitor the surf report when Mentawai Surf Camp does it for you, and guides you every step of the way from booking to arrival to departure. They can even help you plan your flights if you are unsure of the route to take. The Ace 14 Nights package is hands down the best big swell surf trip in the Mentawai Islands because of the pre-planning done via the V.I.P. Priority Pass and Elite Swell Chasers Instagram group. Your surfer friends will wonder how you managed to score such spectacular waves!
It’s not only surfing that creates memories – the little moments when sipping ice cold beer, sharing stories with new pals and laughing long into the night are just as special. The trips can be booked throughout the year, as long as the conditions are suited to not getting skunked! Indonesia’s dry season runs from April-October, however a big swell trip in the Mentawai Islands peaks in June/July. Getting that insider knowledge via the Instagram group will keep you updated so you can pull the trigger anytime.
What are you waiting for? At just $25 for the pass, securing your spot in a fantastic surf social media community has never been easier. Let the experts at Mentawai Surf Camp organize all of the nitty-gritty details, then you can focus solely on keeping your surf skills up to scratch until the time comes to book the trip. Paddling out to world-class surf breaks every day in the Mentawais might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Take the plunge this year, in 2023, while you can. You won’t regret it for a millisecond!