Kandui Villas, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
They call it Playgrounds, and for surfers, the area around the Siberut and Sipora islands is a dream come true. More than 20 surf breaks comprise Playgrounds, which is located in the Mentawai Islands, a chain of more than 50 islands near the western coast of Sumatra. The islands and their surrounding reefs are a magnet for Indian Ocean swells, especially between May to September, but the Mentawai Islands pick up swell year-round.
Where You'll Stay: Kandui Villas is an all-inclusive resort with 12 private bungalows, known locally as "umas." The umas include hand-carved decoration and are built from local hardwoods. The Villas sit beachside with a left-breaking reef directly out front. Meals are sourced from fresh-caught fish and produce grown in an on-site greenhouse. A poolside bar stands ready for the all-important post-surf beer and bull session. The resort has several boats ready to access the nearby breaks. November to February is the off-season, and a good time to score clean, less-crowded surf.
Rates and Getting There: Kandui Villas book seven-day trips, and rates start at $310 per day, plus a transportation fee from Padang. [kanduivillas.com]Back to top