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Driftwood Mentawai Surf Camp

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    Please Note: This surf camp runs Saturday to Saturday

    Please Note: This course starts on the first Sunday of each month

    Please Note: This trip departs every Sunday

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    Stays From 7 Nights
    Availability : Feb to Nov Dates
    Padang Airport, Indonesia
    Max People : 12
    Mentawai Surf Camp At Driftwood Mentawai
    More waves than you can shake your driftwood stick at!

    When it comes to epic surf adventures it doesn’t get much better than a dream trip to a Mentawai surf camp.

    Warm waters, world class waves and more palm trees than you could ever imagine!

    And if you’re on the hunt for a small group, boutique Mentawai surf camp then a stay with the crew from Driftwood Mentawai is exactly what you’ve been searching for.

    Nestled amongst the palm trees of Pulau Masokut Island – with surf spot Ebays just a 150m walk from your front door, this stunning Mentawai surf resort hosts only 12 guests at a time, so you can be assured of excellent hospitality and a truly small group surf trip.

    The main part of the camp consists of 1 king size room, 2 twin rooms and plenty of space to chill and socialise (or in-house wifi if you prefer to check Instagram instead of the waves!) you can enjoy this tropical paradise in comfort.

    The final 2 Kingsize rooms (which each also have the option to add another single bed if needed) are beachfront – with epic views of the ocean, surf breaks and of course falling asleep to the sound of the waves!

    Within a short boat ride of this epic Mentwais surf camp are heaps of world renowned waves – like Rifles, Bank Vaults, Pistols and Hideaway where big, long barrels of clear blue water break over colourful coral reef – every surfers dream.

    Don’t be put off if you’re not on the hunt for pumping overhead surf – there are plenty of waves for intermediates too and spots like Burger World, Beng Bengs and Good Times offer up more forgiving waves, with long reeling walls. A good day at Burger World can see you cruising down the line for well over 150m, with the best backdrop you could ever wish for.

    A typical day at this awesome Mentawai surf camp involves breakfast around 7am whilst checking the surf conditions, then at 8am the boat heads off to the best waves of the day for the group.

    Once everyone is surfed out you’ll head back to the camp for a hefty lunch to refuel and relax in the midday sun amongst the palm trees.

    After a siesta on a bean bag or the hammocks it’s time to load up the boats and head out to the waves again where you’ll surf until sunset – when its time to crack open the cold Bintangs, rest up and get ready to repeat it all again the next day.

    The Driftwood Mentawai surf camp packages include return boat from Siberut, accommodation, daily surf boats to the surrounding breaks and 3 meals per day too.

    We can even help sort your airport transfers and return fast ferry to make things even easier.

    …so the only real question is, when are you joining!?

    Departure & Return Location

    Padang Airport (Sumatra), Indonesia

    Best arrival day is Wednesday for the early fast ferry on Thursday (11am arrival at the camp)

    Price Includes

    • Return local boat from Siberut to surf camp
    • 3 meals per day
    • Unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water
    • Morning and afternoon surf sessions to a variety of breaks

    Price Excludes

    • Pre and post trip accommodation in Padang (ask our team for recommendations)
    • Airport Transfers (can be arranged no worries though)
    • Mentawai Fast Ferry (again we can help add this in!)
    • Luggage on ferry transfer from Padang to Siberut, payable on arrival (15kg = 23,000IDR)
    • Mentawai surf tax (surfers only) = $80USD (payable in IDR or USD on arrival)
    • Surf equipment
    • Photo pack
    • Wifi Access = $35USD per stay
    • Beers, soft drinks and snacks

    Camp Facilities

    • 3 x King Room
    • 2 x Twin Rooms
    • Wifi
    • 150m walk from Ebay Surf Spot
    • 2 x Daily Surf Boats
    • 3 huge meals a day (most dietary requirements catered for)
    • Hot showers
    • Camp photographer

    Mentawai Surf Spots

    The Mentawai Islands are famed for some of the best and most consistent surf breaks in the world – here are some of the spots that you’ll be a short walk or boat ride from…

    Ebay – this is the surf camps home break, just 150m walk along the beach. A reeling left hander it can hold a variety of swell, even producing some barrel selections on the right conditions

    Beng Beng – just a short boat trip from the camp in the next bay this left is super fun with a forgiving take off and long reeling lefts. One of our teams personal favourites.

    Burger World – this long, reeling right hander is perhaps one of the most picturesque waves in the area – peeling off a beach filled with palm trees! Working in all conditions and suitable for all levels of surfer, if the wind and swell isn’t working at other spots Burger World will no doubt have a wave.

    Good Times – one of the longest lefts in the area and often described as the mirror image of Burger World. When this spots working there’s plenty of space for big turns and even some cheeky cover ups.

    Pit Stops – this wedgey right hander is just a 10 minute jungle or beach walk from the camp. Expect some barrel filled take off and long fun walls.

    Bank Vaults – certainly one of the heavier and more advanced surf spots in the area expect big hollow barrels. It needs a bigger swell to start working, but when it does it can give you the ride of your life.

    Nipussi – this fast and shallow right hander works in a variety of swell and wind making it a good alternative to Burger World. But given the right conditions this is also a super fun wave.

    Ferry Schedule

    The Mentawai Fast Boat is a ferry which takes around 3-6 hours (depending on the day) and departs for Siberut 

    • Cost = $22USD
    • Boards = $22USD (up to 16kg), but you can pay for extra


    • Tuesday and Saturday departs Padang @ 7am, with a 6 hour journey
    • Thursday is departs Padang at 7am but only takes 3 hours as it goes direct


    • Departs Siberut at 3pm on Tuesday and Saturday, arriving into Padang at 6:30pm
    • Thursday the 12pm departure arrives into Padang at 6:30pm too as it’s not direct.

    With that in mind it’s always best to arrive and depart Padang a day before your booked trip.

    Rooms & Pricing

    Stay From £915 per person*

    Chat to our team for the best rates and availability

    *based on a 7 night stay in The Lodge

    Beach Bungalow

    With incredible ocean rooms you won’t get any closer to the ocean than these stunning beach bungalows! Blending Western comfort with traditional Mentawai craftsmanship, both come with a King Size bed and XL single bed – so you can sleep up to 3 adults per room.

    Driftwood Lodge

    With 3 rooms – each containing a double bed and XL single bed the Lodge is the main part of the camp. With ocean views and the main dinning room area it has all the comforts you need – with our signature Mentawais style build


    Day 1Arrive In Padang

    Welcome to Indonesia! If you’ve added it on you’ll be collected from the airport by our driver and dropped off at your accommodation of choice in Padang (not included) where they’ll also show you where the ATMs are and the pickup time for the morning

    Day 2Head out to Paradise!

    After a restful night in Padang it’s time to head out to the Mentawai Islands! Again if you’ve added it on your driver will collect you from the hotel and make sure you board the ferry to Siberut. From there you’ll load up on the boat to head out to the surf camp and your base for the next few days of waves.
    After checking in it’s time to get your boards ready and enjoy some epic waves!

    Surf DaysScore the waves of your life

    During your stay at Driftwood Mentawai it’s eat, sleep, surf, repeat!
    With 2 surf boats and 2 surf sessions per day you’ll hit up the best waves for your ability and the conditions.
    In between sessions enjoy some epic home cooked meals and maybe a cheeky Bintang or two!

    Departure DayBack to the mainland :'(

    After an awesome stay in the Mentawai Islands you’ll head back to the mainland where if needed our driver will collect you and drop you off at your hotel in Padang (not included).
    Due to the ferry times you’ll need to fly the day after.


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    Solo Traveller

    The surfcamp has a great family atmosphere at western standards in regards of the facility and communication.

    The Facility is very well decorated and has all equipment you need to have a pleasant stay.

    The food was rich, delicious and plenty.

    You have sufficient private space on this remote island to really calm down and appreciate the modern Robinson lifestyle.

    Unfortunately I could not stay the entire time, as I had a problem with my teeth.

    The team and Management was very helpful and supportive, which led me to the conclusion that this surfcamp offers an exceptional experience!

    I can only recommend this Surfcamp!

    November 15, 2019

    Steph and Rene

    Couple Traveller

    Great little camp and we made some awesome new surf buddies some all over the world!
    So many good sessions at Beng Bengs – will definitely be back.

    September 6, 2019

    Niel Butaye

    Solo Traveller

    Just got back from a trip to Driftwood. Had an amazing time checking out the surfspots, going for a walk in the local villages and relaxing at the bay. Nothing you ask is to much for the host and his crew. Every day fresh and delicious food! Will certainly come back 10/10!!

    July 23, 2019

    Stijn De Rademaeker

    Solo Traveller

    Supreme location, amazing host and relatively cheap. What could you want more?! 10/10 would go again

    July 4, 2019

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