The Mentawai Islands are home to a number of wonders. Though for me the primary draw of the Mentawais is surfing, the 70 or so Indonesian islands are also home to twenty endemic species including the Kloss’s Gibbon, pictured below.
On all sides, the exotic species of the Mentawais are surrounded by beautiful reef and beach breaks. The waves are remarkably consistent throughout the year and wave quality is unsurpassed. There are a small number of competing surf camps and resorts where surfers from around the world come to stay. Some of the ‘resorts’ on the islands are huts on the beach. However simple the living is though, the average surfer will spend $125/day to stay in the Mentawais. There are dozens of well-known breaks around the islands, but it’s the lesser-known spots where real beauty lies.