One of the most
fascinating and thrilling island called Mentawai Island is the
favorite destination of the people who love the adventurous sport,
surfing. The perfect waves, warm water and the incredible
atmosphere make this place the paradise of surfers. People from
all over the world do not mind to coming to the other side of the
Located almost 150km west of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean, Mentawai
Island situated on the border of a continental shelf, which is
surrounded by the coral reefs. Deep-water flows up onto these
coral reefs that protect the continental shelf.
Siberut, Sipura, North
Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan) are the four
main islands, which make up the chain of Mentawai Island and these
islands are surrounded by many smaller islands.
Siberut Island (4030
km²) is the largest island among these four Mentawai Islands. The position of these
islands makes them an outstanding location for surfing. The
residents of the islands are called the Mentawai. The Mentawai
Island contain one of the most enthralling and best-preserved
indigenous cultures of the world, but, due to the unrestricted
tidal wave of Indonesia’s modernization this culture is
dangerously close to being extinguished.
The Mentawai Islands are part of West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat)
province and Padang is the capital of the province, which situated
on the Sumatran mainland opposite Siberut. Mentawai Islands rain
forests ecoregion, which is located on the Mentawai Islands,
accommodates numerous endemic species, including Four endemic
primates, such as Mentawai or Kloss Gibbon (Hylobates klossii),
Mentawai Macaque (Macaca pagensis), Mentawai leaf-monkey (Presbytis
potenziani), and snub-nosed
monkey (Simias concolor).
Mentawai Islands is isolated from the rest of the world. To visit
at the island you need to fly to Singapore (7 hours from Sydney),
stay overnight there, and then fly to Padang (an Indonesian Port)
(1hr 20 min flight). From Padang, the only mode to reach at
Mentawai Islands is boat, which takes an overnight 10-hour journey
to straight waves.
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