Planning a surf trip to the Mentawais but bewildered by the choice of boats and lodges? A couple things you’re sure about, though: you want the best uncrowded waves and you don’t want any hassles getting to them.
That’s where the Jiwa surf charter boat comes in. No stress, maximum fun. From the Mentawais through the Banyaks and Telos to Simeulue Island, the Jiwa boys know the breaks like the backs of their hands all the way down to the bottom of their feet. Those pictures and videos you’ve seen? Well, the Jiwa philosophy is to stay clear of the madness of the over-exposed spots and put you in waves of equal quality. Theyhave a few tricks up their sleeves and a bunch of spots tucked away.
The Jiwa operation goes all out to make sure your trip is stress-free and surf-filled. Once you are picked up at the airport and on board, the boat guide will get you settled and then go over the charts and swell forecast to discuss the best wave options for the dawn surf the next morning.
And so it goes for the next day and all the days after that. The incredible surf break richness of the islands means plenty of surfing options are available, especially during the off-shoulder seasons that the Jiwa specializes in.
If you want to take a break from surfing, then there’s fishing and diving and paddle boarding and land excursions.
The Jiwa is newly built in the traditional twin-masted hardwood hull phinisi design that blends into the environment. The phinisi design was meant for hauling cargo volume, which for you means ample and comfortable cabin and lounge space. She sleeps ten guests in air-conditioned comfort. Enjoy the breeze and watch the action from the shaded lounge deck. Enjoy the chef’s hearty and delicious meals in the open plan saloon. After a day of surf, sip a cold one (three beers a day are included in the fare) and salute the sunset and the waves you’ve had.
The Jiwa has two tenders, one a fast transfer boat to zip you to the lineup and back, and the other a larger tender for fishing and for having a look around the corner because you never know what you might find.
No stress, maximum fun: that’s the Jiwa Surf Experience.
A long right that can produce 10 Sec tubes when the swell is solid from the SSW. When you are there keep your eye our for the mysterious lizards nest. Best in a SSW swell, North winds & a mid-high tide.Hands up who wants to surf classic 10 second barrels? This place is just south of Palau Pinang and is a beautiful right hander. Definitely worth going to. The stories we hear and the feedback we get is seriously positive.
Once you roll into the easy take off this right-hander fires off down the line throwing out up to 5 barrel sections which are linked by ripable walls that run for over 250m+. Best with a solid SSW swell, NW winds and works on all tides. Inside the bay is Minis, a fun right-hander with a short barrel and rippable face, better on bigger swells.
If you are into point breaks ( and not the movie) then this is your go to surf break. It’s considered by many as one of Indonesia’s best reef breaks. You are going to love the scenery and the vibe as this place is a protected island. If you want to shred walls of up to 250 metres then this place will blow your mind.
Due to the nature and popularity of the wave this place can get busy with other charter boats when big SW swells combine with NW winds, but there so many waves here that all you need to do is be patient, wait your turn and enjoy the next 2 minutes as you rip, tear and burn down the line.
On the right swell direction Cobras can be long left hand barrel that is also a swell magnet. Great spot to go to when everywhere is small. Best with a SW swell, East winds and works on all tides. Across the channel there is Warrenswhich is a right-hand peak.
A fun left-hand peak and a great wall that reels along the reef then onto a white sandy beach where the it is known where the turtles nest. Best with a SW swell, East winds & works on Tides.
Bay of plenty
The Bay of Plenty has 2 lefts & a right which are very consistent.This is more of a left ( typical Indo), where you are going to get wave overkill. You will find that this place is not too crowded, which is why you are there in the first place. Go for it and rip it up!
- Outside Left – Lolok : A draining left that barrels over shallow reef. The wave is on the south side of the bay and is best surfed on a high tide.
- Outside Right – Gunturs: Is a right hander that barrels on the right swell direction & works on more Northerly winds
- Inside Left – Dindos: Is a left hander deep inside the bay. It needs a solid swell and a mid to high tide to turn on, when it does it offers fun walls & barrels. Best with a SW swell, SE winds & a mid- high tide.
This perfect and world class right hander can be surfed on both low and high tides and can get up to over 12 feet and provides you with jaw-dropping barrels. Its best size is when its 4-12 feet high and can be surfed by surfers of all levels of ability depending on the size and condition of the day.
This wave is located just above Lagundri right and on high tide and with the right swell, this break can offer you some of the thickest, fast, and hallowest tubes in the world. Be wary though as it’s near a shallow reef and can be scary to even some of the most experiences surfers.
The name only came about after the 2005 earthquake as the rising of the reef makes this left hander now one of the fastest, down the line, left hand barrels in the world. This wave can provide you with a long tube and an easy paddle back out once you’re out.
8 frame DP
Located near hiliduha village, this wave can break either left or right. Its best size and condition is when its 5-9 feet high and offers you great left and right hander barrels. Be wary though as the take-off can be a little bit tricky to navigate.
Depending on swell and wind direction, this lefty can produce an epic 10 second barrel. This wave is suitable for surfers of all level and is best on 6-10 feet and peels down the line which offers great walls for some fun maneuvers and big carving turns as well as hunting for the inside barrels.
A thick, sizeable, punching right hander that can provide you with great fun with its different take off sections. It is in its best condition when it is 6-8 feet high with NE wind blowing. Only for experienced surfers as the wave is constantly shifting.
This wave is located next to Hilistaro Village which is just around the corner from 8-frams. This short fast right hander has a quick take off and is suitable for surfers with all levels of experience.
located in Ladungri bay, this sandy bottom beach is the perfect place to sharpen your skills as it’s the perfect wave for learning.
Icelands is a powerful left that can handle any size swell thrown at it and works on all tides. The wave starts with a nice steep takeoff then can have a barrel section on the inside then a ripple bowl to lay down some heavy hacks. Can be surfed by all skill levels as the water is deep. Best with a East/South east wind.
Scarecrows has many moods depending on the swell direction and tide. This wave is very consistent as is picks up tons of swell and can handle it when it solid. The wave is perfect for carving down the line with long ripable walls and a few barrel sections then down the end you have the “Curry Bowl” section which starts draining on low tide. The reef is fairly user friendly so can accommodate beginners to advanced. Best with a South East wind.
A very quick right which fires along a shallow reef. Best on a North east wind & a high tide.
“Teles” is one of the bests lefts around. It is not as consistent as other spots, however, with a solid South West swell and light South easterlies this wave turns into a tube machine with rippable sections along the way producing long rides up to 200 mts.
This wave is a very quick left-hander and starts working on the high tide when the swell starts hitting at 6-10 ft with a South West swell & light East-South East winds. The wave breaks for up to 300mts throwing out deep amazing barrels sections. Draw your line and hold on as you could possibly get the best barrel of your life.
Just tucked around the corner from Kandui there is baby Kandui which is shorter, however, can be just as full on and perfect as Kandui. This turns on when Kandui is 6 ft+. The wave is better on a high tide and needs a South West swell & South winds.
A Frames can have two sections depending on the swell and the tide. The one outside is most consistent & has fun take offs and long walls. The wave holds big and gets better when it gets more solid. When the inside bowl is working there is a nice barrel section. Works the best on a big south swell at low tide.
A short and very wackable fun right-hander that breaks over a shallow sharp reef. Needs a Northerly wind & mid tides & 3 -5 ft. Very shallow on low tide. A great option when the everywhere is blown out by west-southwest winds.
One of the longest & most perfect rights on the planet. Needs a big south swell and northerly winds to turn on. Best at 5-8ft with a mid-high tide.
This beautiful right just down the reef from Riffles has a fun barrel section and nice walls. It breaks on all tides on a shallow reef. Needs a small southerly swell and north winds. Great option on smaller days.
This fun left & right is perfect for beginners. It is good in all tides and breaks from 2-4 ft with Northerly winds.
A beautiful left hander that breaks over a pristine colourful coral reef. Breaks best when its 6-8ft & South winds. Breaks on all tides and gets very hollow on the lower tide.
This deep water heaving right hander marches straight in from the indian ocean and is best on a south swell and North winds. Breaks on all tides, however, is better with an incoming tide. It can handle 12ft+. Great take off with a big slab section at the end.
Is the most consistant wave in the playgrounds area. It offers a nice big take off and a long wall that you can tear up down the line with a barrel section when it is small and on a low tide. Breaks on all tides the lower being better with a North wind.
When over 6 ft this wave is powerful, perfect and hollow and when it is less than 5 ft it is a nice easy wave with 2 nice barrel sections. Works on all tides, however, more hollow at low tide. Best with a North East wind and big west swell.
Is a very consistent left when there is a small southwest swell running. It is best from 3-6 ft and is excellent for all levels of surfers. Good on all tides.
Is a very fun right hander and is best at 3-5 ft, works on all tides and it is great for all levels of surfers as the take off is easy which then leads into a nice playful wall.
Possibly the most picturesque right-hander is in the world. It can be long and very playful and sometimes barrels when the section comes closer to the rocks on a lower tide. It is great for hacks and speed turns and is suited for all levels of surfing. Sometimes when the winds are more east, you can go around the island where there is a fun left.
It is a very fun, rippable wave that can barrel on the right conditions. Suitable to surfers of any skill level and for those chasing some deeper barrels can venture up the reef. Great option when everywhere is small. Does not handle above 6ft. Good on all tides, however, gets very shallow on the low.
Lances left is located at the bottom of Sipora island just around the corner from Lances Right and is very consistent. When the wind is from the East & the swell is from the South up to 3 sections can reel into the bay delivering anything from big walls to draining barrels. Works best on the Mid tide & handles as 12ft+. Getting caught inside when it is big is easy to do and surfing the wave all the way to the end to greedy’s then falling off will put you high and dry, if this happens use the keyhole out the front of the resort.
Lance’s Right is one of the most perfect powerful waves on the planet. When the swell is 6-8ft from the SW, light W or no wind, at least 2hrs of tide this wave turns into an insane barrel machine. You can get barreled all the way from the office until the surgeons table. It is fairly consistent considering the swell has to wrap around the bottom of the island of Sipora. Trying to get back out when caught inside on a solid swell can be risky as you can end up high and dry on the surgeons table. Best bet is to play it safe and head towards shore over the reef and go around into the deep channel and paddle back out and have another crack.
Is a long right hander that breaks along a fringing reef with a beautiful little island as the backdrop, very picturesque. It holds 10ft+, works on all tides and needs a NE wind. Very rarely gets crowded and a great beginner wave.
Macas has been voted by many as the funnest wave in the world as it breaks perfectly along the reef delivering multiple tube & whackable sections that you can really open up on. Your surfing level will be taken to the next level when you spend time here as the wave gives you a blank canvas to fine tune your surfing. When it is 2-5ft is is very fun and playful, however, when it gets above 6ft is starts doubling up and throws out heavy barrels. Best on a SSW swell & SE wind. Breaks on all tides.
Maccas right also know as KFC’s is a great escape for those who want to surf with just a few mates and is located only 5 mins across the bay from Maccas. It is best N-NE wind & a decent S swell with a fair amount of tide to cover the sharp reef fingers that protrude on low tide.
Is a long left with multiple barrel sections. This was an amazing wave before the earthquake, however on a big SW swell, SE winds & a mid tide you can score some freight train rides. When the swell is massive you can backdoor some sections that open up as wide as a truck. Don’t fall on the inside section as there is a high chance you will end up high and dry and the very sharp reef.
Probably the shallowest and one of the gnarliest waves in the ments. This wave is best on a South swell, North winds and a mid tide. The wave reels down the reef serving you some very long quick barrels. Rags right is suited for advanced surfers and is a great spectator wave as the charter boats anchor right in the channel looking straight into the barrel.
Picks up the most swell in the entire Mentawai archipelago. It is best when it is 3-4ft with a South swell as it hugs the reef and barrels on the inside. Breaks on all tides and is best in a SE wind. Thunders maxes out at 8-10 ft. Be wary sitting on the inside when it is big as you there is a high chance that you will get caught inside.
Lightouse is a right hander and needs a solid S-SW swell as it wraps around the island and marches down the reef. This wave delivers big walls and can barrel on the inside and can also handle 10ft +. Best in a west wind and works on all tides. There is also a 45ft lighthouse that you can climb and take some amazing photos of the 360’ view. One the western side of the isldand there is a left that is fickle, however, can also be very good in a massive swell.
This wave is fickle and should only be approached by surfers that are willing to commit. For those who choose to have a crack at “The Bush” they could come away with the best tube of their life. The peak stands up like a cobra then unleashes all is fury across the shallow reef. Once you are locked into the barrel there is no escape forcing you to commit 100% all the way to the end. You may get spit out at the end section or you may get shut down on. Works best on a South swell and North wind on a mid – high tide.
Le-Ba is a beautiful right hander that peaks and runs along an island before crashing onto the reef. The wave is short, however, on a larger swell the wave will stand up and barrel. The wave accommodates all surfers from intermediate to advanced.
A right-hander that is fun and super hollow. The wave breaks over a soft coral reef producing grinding barrels. Over six foot, GT’s turns into a roaring beast. The take-off dredge’s, so make sure you dig deep to get into it early then draw your line. At 3ft it is a fun barrel.
Is a Barreling left hander that breaks over a shallow reef suited for experienced surfers.
Is perfect for the intermediate to advanced surfer as it is a long rippabale long left hander that has some nice barrel sections.
Max’s right can provide everything from fun rippable bowls to long barrels dependent on the swell direction.
Can be a little confusing if the swell is to big, however, when it is smaller the wave has open walls with the odd hollow one.
Schoolyard’s has a combination of 3 separate waves from a Hawaiian style sunset peak to punchy rights depending on the swell direction. The wave is a swell magnet as it open wide to any South to West swell.
The E.R is a swell magnet which consists of 2 lefts & 3 rights. This wave offers suitability from beginner to advanced.
Wegs is a great left for more skilled surfers The wave drains off a the reef throwing out some very quick barrels.
Zippers breaks over a shallow reef and has a sneaky barrel section.
Not very long, however, a powerful left hander that is punchy.
A powerful left hander that unloads over a shallow ledge.
Is a right hander that can handle any size swell. With the right conditions this wave can deliver some barrels and nice walls to rip up.