|Yep… something like this is what I envision when I go to my happy place….Togat Nusa Retreat|
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The Mentawai Islands are not terribly far from the mainland of Sumatra but the island and the people have been kept isolated up until the 19th century because of strong winds, unpredictable currents, and razor sharp coral reefs. It is thought that the archipelago separated from Sumatra about 500,000 years ago, resulting in the very unique flora and fauna that ranks the Mentawai Islands alongside Madagascar in terms of endemic primate population. For example: the siamang kerdil, a rare species of black and yellow monkey, named simpai Mentawai by the locals.
|How freaking cute!|
The largest island, Siberut, is where the majority of Mentawai people call home and is also the most research and protected of all the islands. About 60% of Siberut is still covered with tropical rainforest which has earned its biological protection from the Unesco biosphere reserve. The whole western half of the island is protected as the Siberut National Park. The park is open to visitors, check out their website to learn more.
If you are a surfer and are in search of the holy grail of waves, Palau Sipora is the spot for the continuous big wave barrels. While it is the primary drop off point for surfers it is also the seat of regional government. Surfers comprise the majority of tourism, many of whom rank the Mentawais as the ride of their life.
Further south are the Pulau Pagai Islands – Utara (North) and Selatan (South) which is far less traveled than the other islands.
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There are many different surf breaks among the islands – check out this map and if you already know which break you are interested in this will help you decide which island to go to.
While the Mentawais are primarily a surfing destination do not let that deter you from visiting this fantastic archipelago if you are not a surfer.
With majority of the waters being a part of the Unesco Heritage Park there are more than enough activities to keep you entertained.
* Scuba Diving
*Learn to surf
* Hike through the rainforest
*Relax on the beach and drink fresh coconut water
*Photograph some of the best wildlife in the entire world
*Mingle with fellow travelers
*Visit a spa
*Eat, eat and eat some more
*Walk the endless miles of beach
Check out these websites to help plan your trip!
Best Travel Guide
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Places to stay:
Mentawai Surf Camp