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Mentawai Expedition | Paradise Island & Remote Tribes of Sumatra (7D/6N)

Tour Code: C2I-SUMATRA05

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Nature with the culture of remote tribes are undoubtedly the two main attraction ones of Sumatra. This will be a journey full of adventure and culture that we will start in Padang and will focus on the surroundings of the Mentawai island.

This paradise island, in addition to being considered one of the best surfing spots in the world, are also home to the primitive tribes of Mentawaian, an interesting and unique tribe with its own culture and language. The people of Mentawai live around the island of Siberut, about 160 kilometers from Padang, which we will reach by boat. From Siberut, we will travel by canoe visiting the different villages of the Mentawai tribes.

The Mentawai are animists, the only one in Sumatra. They believe that all things in nature have a spiritual essence, and live in harmony and peace with the nature that surrounds them. The Mentawai tribe still maintains the lifestyle and traditions passed down by their ancestors for thousands of years. They live in houses locally called ‘Uma’, made of wooden structures, and several families live in each house.

During this trip, you will discover the unique way of life of the Mentawai and participate in their daily activities, all organized with great respect for their culture. Some of these activities include: traditional river fishing, canoeing, jungle walking, preparing sago, feeding pigs, techniques for making clothing, and preparing poison for arrows. But, above all, this tour will make you leave the island full of memories, new experiences and unforgettable encounters.

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Pickup: Minangkabau International Airport, Padang (PDG)
Itinerary Mentawai Expedition, Paradise Island & Remote Tribes of Sumatra


Arrival at Padang Airport, our driver will pick you up and then drive around the city for sightseeing. Visit Padang Museum, Kampung Cina (old part of Padang) and stop at local market to prepare some gifts like tobacco, cigarette, etc. to be given to the Mentawai tribe. Afterwards check-in to hotel.


Accommodation: D’Oxville Hotel or similar


After early breakfast, driver will pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to harbor to catch fast boat to Muara Siberut, fast boat leaving at 07.00. This ferry will stop at Sikabaluan and continue to Siberut (Mentawai Island). Upon arrival in Siberut around 13.00, meet with our guide, prepare and report to authority for trekking, continue by local motorized-canoe in the River, stay in Bat Obay / Bat Rorogot.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Native’s House at Bat Rorogot


Wake up for a bath in the river! Have you ever done it back home? After having breakfast exploring the daily activities of Native’s Mentawai tribe such as: making loincloth, fishing and making tattoos and then continue your trip to Butui by local motorized-canoe, it will take about 3-4 hours. Arrival at Butui village, stay at traditional house of Mentawai called “Uma”.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Traditional Mentawaian house


After breakfast in the morning, prepare to explore the Native’s Mentawai activities, you will see how the Mentawai making poisoned arrow for hunting and then go for hunting in the jungle with some Mentawai hunters. After hunting you will see how they make Sago (main food of Mentawai) and search for Sago worm. See also how to make traditional medicine. In the evening, you can watch traditional dance of Mentawai tribe and also it is possible to arrange a pig fest (Traditional dance and pig fest are optional).

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Native’s House at Butui


After breakfast, you still have time to enjoy and see the activities of Mentawai. Then prepare your bags as we will leave to Muntei village by traditional motorized-canoe. On the way stop at Kulukubuk to visit waterfall in the forest, you can swim at the plunge pool. Then return to the river to continue your trip to Muntei village. Arrival at Muntei village, transfer to traditional house of Mentawai or to guest house for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: House of Mentawai or Guest House


After breakfast, have some free time at your own leisure, maybe explore the village? At noon, is time to leave Mentawai Island, transfer to Muara Siberut to catch fast ferry to Padang . Arrive in late afternoon in Padang. Our driver will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: D’Oxville Hotel or similar


After breakfast, prepare your bags to leave for Padang Airport for the flight to your next destination. END OF SERVICES

Meals: Breakfast


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Price Includes

  • Meals as specified on above itinerary
  • All food brought from Padang, along the Journey in the island the food is carried by porter and cooked by Guide and helped by his crew
  • Return transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport and to harbor by car
  • Transfer Padang – Siberut by regular fast ferry boat vice-versa
  • Transfer Siberut – Villages through river by motorized-canoe vice-versa
  • Accommodation in the jungle at the local house called Uma
  • English & Mentawai speaking guide
  • Meals during the trip prepared by guide and cook
  • Stay in Uma (Mentawai traditional house) with thin mattress and mosquito net
  • Nights accommodation in Padang based on twin share on Day-01 and Day-06

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • All personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tip and Donations
  • The expenses which might appear due to Out from the program / changed program
  • Any extra expenses caused by delay or cancel of the Fast boat
Map Mentawai Expedition, Paradise Island & Remote Tribes of Sumatra


When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic.       If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Padang?

Padang is half-way up Sumatra’s west coast and is served by a good network of land, air and sea routes. Padang’s new airport is the Bandara Internasional Minangkabau, 20 km north of the centre of town. Domestic flights go daily between Padang and Jakarta, Medan and Palembang. Airlines operating flights to Padang include Garuda, AirAsia and Lion Air. Padang’s Bengkuang bus terminal is located 12 km from town.

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.


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