Surfing and Travel in the Mentawai Islands | Sumatera Barat

Mentawai Island

Mentawai has many beautiful islands with waves are big, which is great for the sport of surfing. Since 1990, Mentawai visited by tourists for surfing. The waves in Mentawai is the world's third excellent waves for surfing.

Besides surfing ,, this area as well as a travel destination to find out more in life Mentawai tribe, seeing the natural beauty mentawai investigate the lives of animals in the Mentawai and others. In Mentawai now has a lot of standing resorts that are quite luxurious, Home stay
Mentawai is a cluster of small islands located in the western island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Mentawai is one district in Sumatra First Barat.Penduduk is Mentawai Mentawai. The language used by the Mentawai Mentawai is language. Islands are inhabited by a large population of Mentawai island of Sipora, North Pagai Pagai south and Siberut. Capital District is Old Pejat Mentawai, Mentawai traditional house is uma, with his tribal chief Sakerei title.

Mentawai history.
Mentawai Island

follow the theory of Pleistocene glaciation, Mentawai Islands separated from the island of Sumatra the caused by rising sea water level. People Mentawai islands at an estimated to be 200 and 500 BC. Migrated from the north through the islandof Siberut then move towards safety and pagai.Austronesia Sipora Island languages, customs and living habits are very different from the province of West Sumatra as a parent. In the early 17th century the Portuguese made a map of the Mentawai with the name 'Mintaon'peta was created tahun1606. August 1792. When an employee of the British East India Company, John Crisp visit Pagai (Poggy) to learn about the Mentawai Mentawai people. His writing is crisp loaded in 1799.John was the first to introduce the Mentawai in western literature. On July 10, 1864 Became part of the Dutch East Indies.


Some foam beds stored in Mentawai uma or custom homes in Butui, District of South Siberut, Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra. The existence of manufactured goods was very striking in comparison to other uma contents, such as animal skulls and cooking equipment are all made Mentawai residents. "The bed was for the tourists. They also buy, also other items such as bags, "said Aman Jazali, sikerei who inhabit the custom house. Sikerei is a ceremonial leader.
Mentawai Island

According Jazali, almost every week there are foreign tourists-usually from America and Europe-staying 1-2 nights at uma. There are two appeal: experience the exotic life of the Mentawai tribe and enjoy a flow of clear, distant Butui River and surrounded by white sand and rocks in front of uma. Exoticism ala Butui are still added to achieve the beautiful trip, which rose pompong-wooden boats with outboard engines-for about 4 hours from Muara Siberut, South Siberut District capital city, to the village of Madobag. From Madobag, walk about 1.5 hours through the jungle to get to uma. While Muara Siberut can be reached by motor boat ride for 10-12 hours from Padang, West Sumatra.

To get to the Mentawai islands, you can use the sumber rezeki baru Ships that operate on week nights and Ship Simasin operate on Thursday night. The trip takes about a day, which means the ship will return to Padang on Tuesday and Friday nights. Ticket price Rp105.000, - to Rp125,000, -

The exoticism Mentawai
Mentawai Island

In Mentawai, surfing is usually done in Nyangnyang Island, Coral Majat, Masilok, Botik, and Mainuk. Peak tourist visits in July and August. At that time in the Mentawai waves reached a height of 7 meters. "The island is beautiful. I will come here again, "said Andrea, tourists from Italy, on Mentawai which he visited for one week.

biosphere reserves
Mentawai Island

In addition to beautiful, Mentawai also play an important role for conservation. Since 1981, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set Siberut Mentawai Island as one of the biosphere reserves so that their existence should be protected and kept away from exploitation.

Plus their exoticism Siberut Mentawai four endemic primates, namely monkeys Simakobu or pigs (Simias concolor), bilou or dwarf gibbon (Hylobates klosii), Joja or monkey Mentawai (Presbytis potenziani), and the Mentawai macaque (Macaca pagensis). To investigate this wealth Mentawai primates, Primate Center, University of Gottingen, Germany, in cooperation with Bogor Agricultural University established the Siberut Conservation Project.

However, the various advantages it is as yet able to make the state to look more seriously Mentawai. Public facilities such as health and education in the rich area generally still dormant. The flow of electricity and the road is very limited.

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