Playground Surf ResortResort in Mentawai Islands
Aloita Resort is well connected with the Sumatran mainland by regular ferry and air services. Only 10 minutes away are almost a dozen consistent surf spots including Telescopes, the world-class lefthander. Right at the end of Aloita Beach is a fun learning wave. There are still a few secret spots closeby! The Western surfguide will ensure you are always in the right place at the right time.
Aloita Resort offers you 7 double cottages and 1 family (or group) cottage, all fully air-conditioned with outside shower and private rear courtyard. The bungalows have a full bathroom and storage space, a safe and a mini fridge for your convenience. Enjoy the comfort of daily cleaning service and free water, coffee and tea facilities. You can relax on your front terrace with easy access to 2 kilometers of beautiful private beach.
The Aloita Spa is equipped with 2 treatment rooms backing onto an enclosed waterfall and fish pond. The sounds of water splashing over the rocks will glide you into a deep relaxation. Aloita’s Spa and Massage facility is the only of its kind in the Mentawais. Guests can feel confident they can devote their full energy to the wide array of outdoor activities after a full mind and body cleanse. The large ocean view veranda can be used for yoga and meditation. It truly is a tranquil, peaceful, and therapeutic place. The professional therapists are skilled in a wide variety of treatments.
The open air buffet restaurant is specialising in a range of seafood dishes using produce from local waters. We also offer delicious Indonesian, Chinese, and Western cuisine. The food is high quality, healthy and high energy. There is a lounge area to relax with views over the ocean and surroundings. Enjoy the bar on the beach with front deck projecting over the water at high tide. Complete with chillout lounges, cool tunes, big screen tv and a wide range of beverages and bar-snack menu. Hang out or get active with your friends at the pingpong, pool table, darts or volley square.
We offer packages with accommodation, food, 2 surf sessions and use of all facilities included plus optional extras. Contact us for a custom quote and the latest availability.
Telephone: +62 811 3883383
WhatsApp: +62 819 16247524
In a very short period of time, this wild and remote chain of islands, lying about 90k’s (55mi) off the Sumatran mainland, have become the most sought after destination for surfers looking to ride “the best waves in the world”. This bold claim is rarely disputed, as those who score a solid SW swell will testify and few return from the Mentawais disappointed with the wave quality and quantity. The key to this rapid ascension to the pinnacle of world surfing lies in the sheer concentration of truly world-class breaks and an unmatched flexibility when it comes to handling different swell and wind combinations. Being a degree or three below the equator helps massively, as the light, flukey winds provide a variety of directions unseen in other parts of Indonesia and it often transpires that proper glassy conditions bookend the day. Furthermore, the geomorphology of this seismically active region seems to cause unusual swell refraction and diffraction, creating unexpected waves round the back of islands and islets where none should normally exist. These coral encrusted lava reefs fringe a still relatively untouched rainforest and many of the tribal inhabitants of the remoter regions still cling to a traditional subsistence lifestyle, maintaining little contact with the outside world. Progress is unavoidable though and whereas 15 years ago, yacht charters were the only way to go, now a half dozen land camps have been established at the banner waves and many more are planned. This has led to Silabu Village installing 2 buoys in Pasongan harbour next to Macaronis, requiring boats to book in a week before arrival and pay a $30 mooring fee plus the $1.50 per head surfer fee, which are used for community projects. This limits the numbers to around 36 maximum, shared evenly between the resort and charters and stops anchor damage in the bay. This precedent may expand across the region if resorts can obtain the various government licenses. Threats to revoke charter licenses for boats not registered in Indonesia have been rumoured and would drastically reduce surf fleet numbers if implemented.
The hulking mass of Siberut presents a primal vista, with the hardwood forest shrouded in mist and it exudes an air of power and mystery, emanating from the mountainous interior. This largest island in the Mentawai chain has only been lightly surfed by long-range charter crews grabbing an opportunistic wave on the way to the Nias area. That means spots on the backside are more often seen from the northern tip at Tanjung Sigep, down to the impossibly sheltered Teluk Tabekat and out to the headland at Sikabaluan, but most will pass by like ships in the night. A good deal of the SW-facing coast is straight line reefs, exposed and messed up by wind and swell, but a few obvious jinks in the coast could produce a left or two at Tanjungs Sakaladat, Sataerataera and Simasuket. Many captains will have a few spots sussed for certain conditions and there are some mellow breaks in the playgrounds area that get ridden like Taileleo, a fun mal slide facing south, Pearlers peak nestled behind Masokut and a righthander round the backside near the Muara harbour. It is important to recognise that while there are 40-60 named breaks, many more are out there, being surfed by experienced captains who know the deal.
When to Go
The southwestern flank of the Indonesian Archipelago presents the perfect foil for the super-consistent Southern Ocean swells that constantly circulate the planet, unhindered by land masses. Sumatra’s angle is square on to the predominant SW swells, the latitude is just the right balance between long distance orderly swell and at the same time not suffering too much swell decay. During the March-Nov southern hemi swell season, regular 6-12ft (2-4m) groundswells arrive from the S to SW and occasionally WSW to due W, translating to a maximum triple-overhead at the most exposed, big wave spots, but more likely averaging around headhigh to double overhead wave face heights. The peak months of May to August show the highest average size around 7ft (2.3m), with July and August offering the biggest days, longest periods and a very high percentage of forecasted 5 star rated days. This is also the time when the SE winds dominate and pick up in speed. Early and late season often gets almost as good with less consistent, but equally lined-up 5-6ft (1.5-2m) swells, an average 11-12 second period and a NW wind regime that rarely exceeds 10mph (16kph). Glassy conditions prevail for a whopping 15% of the time and the dominant winds run parallel to the islands, so most consistent spots are offshore either on a NW or a SE wind, although there can be sudden squalls with strong, variable winds. Keeping an eye on the weather and being able to move with the wind shifts is key to maximising wave count and is another reason the Mentawais are so suited to charters rather than 1 break land camps. There’s also a chance of some 2-6ft (0.6-2m) cyclone swells coming from the western quadrant, plus locally generated SE wind swells may provide some waves in flat spells. Tidal ranges are only 2-3ft (0.5-1m) and the spring/neap factor is less pronounced here, but this will affect the many shallow spots where coral heads break the surface at low tide.
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