From 19th to 21st April 2016, the spotlight will turn on the Mentawai Islands - an ideal Surfers' Paradise in the West Sumatra Province. This is when the Pesona Mentawai Festival or “The Charm of Mentawai Festival 2016” will be held for the very first time, centered at the Mapaddegat Beach, North Sipora District, in the Mentawai Islands Regency.
Fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism, the festival will feature a range of cultural attractions, tourist activities, and traditional art performances from representatives of 10 districts that make up the Mentawai Islands Regency as well as from a number of local tourism stakeholders. The event will also involve other regencies and tourism businesses who will showcase spellbinding tourist attractions of the West Sumatra Province. The festival is also projected to be a regular event that will be held annually and be included in the national tourism Calendar of Events.
Mappadegat Beach was chosen as the center for this year’s festival since it offers magnificent natural scenery and is regarded as one of the best beaches on Sipora Island andthe Mentawai Islands on the whole. For the festival, the managements of accommodations, transportation and all necessary facilities are already busy making all the needed preparations.
Mentawai Islands are a chain of non-volcanic islands facing the Indian Ocean located off the west coast of Sumatra, comprising 4 Islands, namely: Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai, and South Pagai. A long way from the world of shopping malls and theme parks, this is a true surfers' paradise where travelers also come to experience an off the beaten track adventure.
With some of the biggest breaks in the world, this is the place to come for some world class surfing. There is no ‘off’ season here, the surf is great all year round. Warm water, perfect barrels and limited crowds – surfing in Mentawai surely offers a sensational encounter with the ocean. The waters surrounding the islands are also ideal for snorkeling and diving. Moreover, Mentawai is also renowned for the unique culture of its people.
To get to Mentawai take a flight to Padang, capital city of West Sumatra. From here there are small planes to Mentawai. Or board a passenger ship from the port of Padang.