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Siberut Island: Culture Wander Nature Venture


Siberut Island (4.030 km sq) is the largest island of four islands in the Mentawaian archipelago. It is located about 155 kilometers of West Sumatra coast, across the Mentawaian strait. The Mentawaian islands belong administratively to Padang Pariaman Regency in West Sumatra Province. Siberut is divided into two districts: North and South Siberut with administrative centers at Muara Sikabaluan and Muara Siberut which also service as respectively market centers of Siberut.

We can meet the indigenous Mentawai people who live close to nature and still live in comparative isolation, maintaining their age-old ways. Its virgin rainforest, is inhabited by a number of animal species that cannot found anywhere else in the world, among them some rare monkey species, pleasant surprises wait to explore.

siberutThe island also offers continuous spectacular white sand beaches with shallow shelves jutting out to the sea and fringing coral reefs, excellent for snorkeling and leisure a luxury for most of the islanders. It can only be found a few coastal communities. We will be rewarded with stunning views and beautiful jungles abounding with unique plant and wildlife. The real highlight of our journey though, is the chance to meet the Siberut people, traditionally hunter, gatherer clans who are now coming into contact with the modern world. We will stay as guests of a local Kerei (medicine -man) in the Uma (traditional family house). Here, where conditions are basic, we will gain a unique insight into the lives of these people who maintain a belief system based on living in total harmony with nature.

Siberut island recently received international attention as a priority conservation area, for the unique culture of the ethnic Mentawaian and endemic of its biodiversity that need to be preserved. Although the island has plenty to offer, the potential has not been utilized fully especially for tourism. Most visitors to the island are only interested to see the culture at the indigenous tribes, such as the communal clan life in the traditional UMA house along the riverbanks.

Siberut National Park occupies the western half of the island, ranging from the northern coasts. At present the Integrated Biodiversity Conservation Project organized by PHPA, MOF, together with local government, local NGOs and other institutions, conducts the community based conservation program.

Topography and Climate
Siberut Island is characterized by a wet equatorial climate, with minimum and maximum temperatures of 22o C (71.6F) and 31o C (87.8F). The dry season is from February to June and the raining season is from July to January. Siberut is hilly with wide variations in elevation. Almost 60% is covered by tropical rain forest with many forest types such as: primary dipterocarp forest, primary mixed forest, swamps forest, Barrington forest and mangrove forest. Also, there are many rivers on the islands with a complex system of tributaries.

Community and Culture
Although Siberut is only a small island, the internal variations in language, culture, life styles, and in resources is rather substantial. There is no clear indication of when the first man arrived on Siberut, but anthropologists suggest that the bataks of North Sumatra first settled on the island several thousand years ago. In many ways, the Siberut people are among the most archaic people in Indonesia.

The Mentawaian are traditionally organized as matrilineal groups and the social life centered around the UMA, a communal long house which held a clan of people related through a common ancestor. The UMA vary in size between 30 to 80 members divided in nuclear family units, referred to as LALEP. Because of internal friction, the clan might split up and form a new group or a single family. The Mentawaians believe that all living objects, men, plants and animals are supposed to have spirits. The only specialist in the community is the medicine man, KEREI, responsible for communication with the spirits and the souls. In case of misfortune or illness, he is called in to restore harmony within the group or in relation with the spirits in the environment. An elaborate Taboo system based on religious beliefs with respect to the environment is a dominant characteristic of traditional life on Siberut.

Visit and stay in a Mentawaian village, trek to the jungle, learn about sago processing and bark cloth processing, and do other activities that will heighten our interest in and fascination with the natural philosophy of the Mentawaians.

Jungle Adventure
Very few visitors have explored the thickly forested island. Visiting a cave in central Siberut or waterfalls in the northern and southern parts of the island, are possible upon request with our guide. Be observant of our surroundings. We may have the chance to see and hear some endemic wild life. Siberut has four endemic primates that in local names are called Bilou (Hylobates klossi), Simakobu (Simias concolor), Bokoi (Macaca pagensis), and Joja (Presbytis potenziani). There are at least five species of squirrels and chipmunks and birds abound everywhere on the island. Padding a canoe trekking on muddy trails balancing on a shipper log, wading through a shallow river, brushing through a dense jungle – are all parts of an unforgettable jungle adventure on Siberut.

Coastal Discovery
Some good coral reefs can be found along the east, south to southeast part of Siberut and the surrounding small islands. Along the coast, continuous, white sand beaches, magnificent lagoons, enfacing mangroves and Coral Sea gardens all promise an exciting coastal adventure. Dolphins (Stenela longirostris) can be seen along the east coast. Other sea mammals such as digong (Dugong dugong) occasionally can be sighted near the sea grass by the mangrove along with three protected species of sea turtles.

A motorized boat can reach Masilok Beach on the southern part of Siberut within an hour. The island’s resort, dominated by coconut grows, a lagoon with beautiful white sand beach, promising a very relaxing environment. The west coast breaks from Siberut Island, connected only by sea garden and mangrove that lie side-by-side making it a unique experience for diving. Accommodation and fresh clean water are available. If we plan to travel to nearby islands, it can be arranged with local owners. In the southwestern part of Siberut lies Sagulubek Beach, with calm and clear waters making it ideal for wind surfing. In the northern part, Sikabaluan beach offers an excellent dip in warm water to soothe the soul.

How to get there

From Padang City as capital province of West Sumatra, after that go to the Padang Port by public transportation: bus or taxi, available taxi as well, take a ferry from the port with the range price between 110.000 – 150.000 rupiah, with destination to Siberut Island directly.

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Mentawai EcoTourism


mentawai11Mentawai archipelago is a paradise for the surfer. Nowadays Mentawai archipelago has become a most wanted tourism destination to visit, especially for surfing. The waves on Mentawai archipelago are one of the greatest on the planet, best for surf spots.

Tourism Mentawai people are known starting in mid-1990, which is accidentally a surfer of Australia to find a good wave to Mentawai surfing. when it is visited by many tourists to surfing. Are waves in the Mentawai goods third world to surfing.
Surfing activity is located in the 3 districts, which are Siberut Selatan District, District and Sub Sipora North Pagai entry in the Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Surfing activity can also be done on some beaches there are in the Mentawai Islands. The beaches are: Nyangnyang Beach, Coral Beach Bajat, Karoniki Beach, and Beach Pananggelat Mainuk all of which are located in the District of South Siberut. In addition to the District of South Siberut, Sipora in the District there are also several beaches like Katiet Bosua Beach and South Beach. While in the District of North Pagai there are West Coast.

Sports surfing is usually done in the months April to October. Given that, in the month-month wave in the Mentawai Islands and reached the peak point peselancar can manfaatkannya for surfing activities. While in the months November to March, waves in the Mentawai Islands are not very high, so it was not challenging enough for surfing activities.

Location surfing this tourism object can be reached with a boat motor and aircraft pioneer. If using a boat, perjalan applied for 14 hours with the route-Sipora-Muara Siberut with the cost of approximately Rp. 200,000-Rp. 300.000, – per person (February 2008)

Mentawai Islands to enter the tourists can use the services or the use tour operator services. For lodging, in the Mentawai Islands lodging available along the coastal fringe.

Now the Mentawai people as a tourist destination, particularly for surfing, but also to find out more in the life of Mentawai tribes, see the natural beauty of Mentawai investigate animal life in the Mentawai and others.To achieve the Mentawai, can go through the Minangkabau International Airport in Padang. Currently, the airlines are served by 3 international and 8 domestic carrier.

Getting There

  • Take flight from Sukarno Hatta air port, Jakarta to Tabing air port, Padang-west Sumatra (flight served every day)
  • Trip from Teluk Bayur port, Padang to Mentawai island by Ferry

Accommodation

Based on the visitor experience, the local people’s housing is the best choice to stay. Having interactions with local people and staying in unique architectures give the visitors distinctive way to blend with the culture. But, there are also common accommodations available.

Moving Around

To access all the beauties offered, you can use boat owned by local people. You can find the boat a long the beach and the rate depend on your bargaining power.

Boost your taste with exotic and fresh sea foods that you can found in the local restaurants run by local people. If you are lucky enough, you can pick and cook your own sea food, but make sure you know the secret recipe/spices from Mentawais people. For those who are not sea food lover, you can find regular meals for your dining.

Other Things to See or Do

Beach Activities

  • Sight seeing
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling

Cultural Activities

  • Learn how to perform the Traditional dances (war dance and gratitude to nature)
  • Traditional ceremonies
  • Mentawai is one of the best place to conduct an Ethnographic study since its one of the oldest tribe in Indonesia

Ecotourism Activities

As the habitat for rare primate, the natural rain forest of Mentawai will be the perfect place for research or other educational purpose. Here, you can conduct research about

  • Snub-nosed monkey/Simakobu (Simias concolor) monkey family eat leaf as primary food
  • Joja or Lutung Mentawai (Presbytis potenziani) easily identified for the long tail, white face and black hair head
  • Bokkoi atau Beruk Mentawai (Macaca pagensis)
  • Kloss Gibbon/Bilou or Siamang Kerdil (Hylobates klossii) famous for the beautiful voice, different compared to general monkey

More info about Mentawai Island, please click here.

Mentawai Adventure


mentawai51Mentawai Adventure is among the very first companies based in the Mentawai Archipelago, operating a land based Surf Resort.

Do we really need to tell you that the Mentawai Islands are one of the world’s most consistent surf destinations? If you surf, you already know that! The Mentawai are directly exposed to the Indian Ocean “roaring forties” swell. From April to October, the dry season, surfers, from intermediate to advanced, will find in the Mentawai the best surf experience of their lives. Moreover, the potential for fishing, snorkelling and eco-tourism is quite remarkable. Mentawai Adventure organizes also a wide range of easy treks and activities in these off-the-beaten-track islands, allowing you some extras or your friend to enjoy a trek while you surf.

mentawai1Organized in close cooperation with certain Mentawai tribes, Mentawai Adventure offers you the opportunity to live on Siloinak, a quiet deserted island situated right in one of the best surf spots in the world. Mentawai Adventure offers a surf experience that you will never forget, thanks to the quality of our surf guides. All born in the area, they learned to surf with the first pioneers who dared venture there, 15 years ago. They know all the best spots, according to swell, tide and winds. With them, you will surf far from the crowds (and ‘crowds’ is anyway something of an overstatement…) in a radius of 15 miles from our resort; an area that includes 21 of the most consistent waves in the world, plus the “secret” ones never visited by charter boats… Our packages include all services, starting every Monday from Padang airport or hotel, ending every Wednesday at the same place.

Packages include mainland and island transfers, surfing speedboat service, accommodation, food during your stay in our resort…and of course some of the best guides available to this day!

The waves

Some of the better known waves near the resort are: E- bay, Pitstop,

Burgerworld, Beng-Beng, Bankvaults, Nipussi, Hideways, Nokandui, 4-bobs, A Frames, Kandui,. You will surf far from the crowds (and ‘crowds’ is anyway something of an overstatement…) in a radius of 15 miles from our resort; an area that includes 21 of the most consistent waves in the world, plus the

“secret” ones seldom visited by charter boats…

mentawai2The resort

Our traditional bungalow resort is built on Siloinak, a small, palm-covered island situated 3 kilometers south of Siberut. Siloinak is the exclusive property of Mentawai Adventure. There are twelve bungalows, each sleeping two guests, and a restaurant. Everything combines to make your stay a heavenly experience: comfort, good food, coconut palm-fringed beaches, a shaded lagoon

of emerald water, magnificent aquatic wildlife and SURF, SURF!.The uma

A large uma, the traditional Mentawai long house, offers a spacious living area for eating and partying. Its 80 m2 dining room and lounge offers splendid views over the lagoon, and the ultimate luxury: beauty, space -lots of space- and comfort.

The Bungalows

The bungalows are spaced out in a large flower garden, so as to preserve guests’ privacy, and look out to the sea, 50 feet away. They accommodate 2 guests each. Single occupancy is possible, at an extra cost. Pillows, sheets and mosquito nets are of course provided, along with bathroom towels.

The architecture of the facilities is in keeping with the same aesthetic

spirit that prevails on the entire island.

Food

Mentawai Adventure takes great care in the quality of food served, and pays special attention to aesthetics, from details like the dishes and cutlery to the harmony of the settings in the dining room. We share the soul of the Mentawai people; we too honour beauty and harmony with nature. A professional cook prepares the meals, based on fresh fruit, vegetables and meat shipped weekly from the mainland. Rice, together with good Italian pasta “al dente” are the main staple, with fresh fish direct from the sea, daily delivered and fried, baked, curried or barbequed on the beach. Three hot meals a day, with breakfasts consisting of omelettes, pancakes, French Toast, cereals, fruits, cheese, butter and jam. Lunch is very often taken onboard our speedboats or on a remote

beach: classic sandwiches and salads, fruits and desserts, along withtea and coffee, and surf snacks.. Dinner is quite a serious affair with an “entrée”, main course, salads, cheese and dessert. Cold beer is available.

Safety

Due to its geographical situation Siloinak Island is totally protected from any possible tsunami coming from the Indian Ocean. The waves would break on the islands of Nyang-Nyang and Siberut and would not reach Siloinak, which is known as the safest harbour in the area. Fishermen’s boats shelter there during storms. There are no objective dangers on Siloinak. No snakes and no mosquitoes or flies. In case a medical emergency should occur, our speedboats could reach Padang hospital in 6 hours, weather permitting.

Getting There

  • Take flight from Sukarno Hatta air port, Jakarta to Tabing air port, Padang-west Sumatra (flight served every day)
  • Trip from Teluk Bayur port, Padang to Mentawai island by Ferry

Accommodation

Based on the visitor experience, the local people’s housing is the best choice to stay. Having interactions with local people and staying in unique architectures give the visitors distinctive way to blend with the culture. But, there are also common accommodations available.

Moving Around

To access all the beauties offered, you can use boat owned by local people. You can find the boat a long the beach and the rate depend on your bargaining power.

Boost your taste with exotic and fresh sea foods that you can found in the local restaurants run by local people. If you are lucky enough, you can pick and cook your own sea food, but make sure you know the secret recipe/spices from Mentawais people. For those who are not sea food lover, you can find regular meals for your dining.

Other Things to See or Do

Beach Activities

  • Sight seeing
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling

Cultural Activities

  • Learn how to perform the Traditional dances (war dance and gratitude to nature)
  • Traditional ceremonies
  • Mentawai is one of the best place to conduct an Ethnographic study since its one of the oldest tribe in Indonesia

Ecotourism Activities

As the habitat for rare primate, the natural rain forest of Mentawai will be the perfect place for research or other educational purpose. Here, you can conduct research about

  • Snub-nosed monkey/Simakobu (Simias concolor) monkey family eat leaf as primary food
  • Joja or Lutung Mentawai (Presbytis potenziani) easily identified for the long tail, white face and black hair head
  • Bokkoi atau Beruk Mentawai (Macaca pagensis)
  • Kloss Gibbon/Bilou or Siamang Kerdil (Hylobates klossii) famous for the beautiful voice, different compared to general monkey

More info about Mentawai Island, please click here.

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