The Mentawai Island Archipelago is hands down the most consistent surf region in the world! Perfect, tropical blue waves can be surfed at any time of the year, resulting in a surf destination that is unmatched anywhere else on the globe. There is no “off-season”, only a change in the size of waves you can expect to be surfing.
Below is an overview of the size and type of waves throughout the year, as surfing conditions are always in a state of constant flux, changing according to the wind, tide, swell size, and direction. We are extremely well acquainted with the changing conditions and know exactly which breaks work best at any given time.
January - February (Early Season)
One of the best-kept secrets in the Mentawais! The islands in West Sumatra are so famed for the big swells during the middle of the year that the smaller months never get the attention they so deserve, and it’s because of this reason that there are only a handful of local ex-pats that truly know what the waves are like during the early season period. Those that are in the know have for years been surfing perfect, more mellow waves with not a soul in sight!
During this season, the waves generally range between 2 to 4 feet, with the odd bigger swell filling in now and again. We surf a variety of the surrounding waves during this time of year, the sandbanks at the beach break are particularly well-shaped and reef breaks such as the Point, Lances Left, Monkeys, and Bintangs are all fun options. If you are looking for friendly waves, this is the time for you. Very light winds create endlessly glassy days that end with breathtaking sunsets. This is a beautiful time of year for families, couples, or groups wanting more than just crazy standup barrels! Empty lineups, crystal clear fun waves, and plenty of calm days for snorkeling and fishing!
March – October (Peak Season)
Considered prime months for what the Mentawai's are famous for - amongst surfers, the media, and photographers alike - this time of the year sees a great mix of both medium and big-sized ground swells for those seeking a shoulder to double overhead waves. By March, the Indian Ocean has kicked into gear and you can expect waves suitable for those looking for a bit of everything. From perfect peeling waves, fun point breaks to big standup barrels.
The biggest swells travel over thousands of kilometers from the deep Indian Ocean to eventually arrive at our shores, so perfectly groomed to unravel over the island's exotic reef system, resulting in natural wonder as you witness the most perfect waves on the planet.
Surfers favoring extreme barrels at both Lances Right and Lances Left should visit during June, July, and August. The waves throughout the entire peak season are extraordinarily consistent. With long period swells, add offshore winds and the conditions are as good as it gets!
November – December (Late Season)
You will find waves in the 3 – 5 foot range. The swells are slightly less consistent than the peak season. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of waves with fewer surfers in the lineup.
Both the late and early seasons are an excellent time for guests to enjoy all the additional activities in addition to surfing. Suitable months for both beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers as there is a mix of small and bigger swells during these months.
Kingfisher Resort is a gateway to a world of amazing waves, culture, adventure, and natural wonder. Let us and our ever helpful and smiling staff show you a truly memorable Mentawai experience in all its remarkable diversity and uniqueness.
We allow you to experience a strikingly original part of the world unlike any other destination; picture-perfect waves, a unique and fascinating environment with a backdrop of idyllic palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters. As our name suggests, the resort is situated on the edge of an expansive bay, regularly frequented by stunning, acrobatic kingfisher birds, and a vast array of other wildlife including majestic sea eagles, large flying squirrels, and pristine coral reefs teeming with sea life.
The breathtaking waves along the Mentawai islands set the stage for what has become a mecca for surfers worldwide. From our dream location in front of Lance’s Left on the southern tip of Sipora island, fantasies of surfing waves so tantalizing and seemingly out of reach can now become a reality. The island also caters to fishing, snorkeling, and a wide range of activities on land.
Our local village provides a window into the lives of a community with an unfamiliar yet fascinating lifestyle. You can get to know your friendly neighbors and hosts by joining in a woodcarving or weaving lesson under a palm tree or getting involved in the daily volleyball match in the village. If all this sounds like too much activity, feel free to relax in a shaded hammock or catch the breeze in our open-planned restaurant, where drinks and food are available. Meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats, cooked in a variety of styles, including Western, Indonesian, Chinese, and barbeques. We consider delicious and plentiful food an integral part of an enjoyable dining experience to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.
Learn to surf
Traveling with a non-surfing significant other? Bringing the kids? Why not learn to surf in one of the most beautiful places on earth! We offer surf lessons for complete beginners, available daily with our on-site surf coach. Head down to the beach break every morning with a soft-top surfboard, your sunscreen, and wax for a day of ocean fun! Feeling comfortable on the surfboard? Head over to mini Ht’s and join the long-boarders in the lineup for a sunset surf session. As a top surfers destination, the Mentawai Islands offer ideal settings for beginners.
Restaurant & bar
In line with the Mentawai theme, our restaurant and bar are the centerpieces of the resort. Take in the phenomenal view of Lance’s Left from our large spacious terrace while indulging in a delicious and freshly prepared meal by our chef. Our in-house chef selects only the tastiest local and imported ingredients to prepare a variety of nutritious meals daily, leaving you feeling energized and ready for another day of adventure. Start your day off with a coffee, fresh fruits, and eggs/bacon. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are considered a “set menu” yet tailored to your taste buds. Enjoy a spread of freshly caught fish tacos or load up on a colorful Greek salad for lunch. Even if it’s the burger and fries that you cannot resist, we will remind you to save space for dinner! Our large local seafood BBQs at night is a vibe. Got space for more? Our chef delights in serving something sweet when a mouthwatering treat is in order. Vegetarians, pescatarians, and gluten-free diets are catered for. Simply let us know your preferences when booking your stay. All meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats. Kick back and sip on a coconut while you watch perfect wave, after perfect wave reel down the reef. Then, opt for an ice-cold beer at the bar to celebrate the moment and cheer your friends to being in paradise. The shaded terrace is designed to take full advantage of natural light and to catch the ocean’s breeze, while the tranquil atmosphere of our restaurant creates a space to relax while enjoying the incredible view of waves and exotic natural surroundings.
Beach bar & swimming pool
Set amongst the palms on a white sand beach overlooking Lances Left, you find our swimming pool and our bar and there is no better spot to watch your friends get barrelled while you relax with a beer! Yes, we said in the pool! Our swimming pool features sunk-in bar stools.
The pool is surrounded by a massive outdoor wooden deck that connects to the beach bar. The beach bar is open daily serving hot coffees, teas, iced coffees, healthy smoothies, and fresh juices, as well as ice-cold beers. See the bar menu for fresh snacks.
An idyllic set up to read a book and laze under an umbrella while the kids splash around in the pool. Lounge on beanbags and mingle with other guests while relaxing in the shade. Expect a stylish coffee/wifi spot with relaxing music in the mornings and a hot spot with a social atmosphere like no other in the afternoons.
At Kingfisher Resort, we offer a wide range of activities, emphasizing utilizing the natural resources and cultural aspects unique to the Mentawai Islands. Your time at Kingfisher is your own. Whether you’re surfing, snorkeling, fishing, lounging, visiting local villages, or participating in one of our unique cultural tours – there is something for everyone.
For the easy-going angler, the tropical waters of Sipora offer brilliant conditions for fishing. Most of the surf breaks around the island are accessed via boat, so in between surf sessions, our guests often drop a line and catch something for dinner. In the evenings especially, we trawl on the way home using two lures behind the boat to catch Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, different kinds of Trevally, and other exotic fish. Our team provides the boat and all fishing equipment. All fishing trips are included for free during your stay at Kingfisher. Grab the rods, load up the cooler box and go catch dinner!
Snorkeling and spearfishing
We are very fortunate to have a wide choice of fantastic snorkeling sites with warm, crystal clear water close to the resort. Directly in front of the resort is a keyhole offering amazing sites of live coral and teeming wildlife. Alternatively, you can take a short bike or boat ride to discover a diverse collection of hard and soft corals, which provide a home and feeding ground for schools of vibrant reef fish, shellfish, anemones, giant clams, and turtles.
SUPs and foiling
At Kingfisher, we have 2 SUPs and a foil board and our guests are welcome to use them. Get some exercise on the SUPs on the small days, or just go for a mellow cruise through the beautiful mangroves. If you are feeling up for it, give the foil board a go. It is easier than it looks, and our guides will give you a helping hand along the way.
Trekking and biking
Kingfisher Resort is situated on Sipora island, home to various wild jungle tracks. Go for a trek through the lush Mentawai greenery or take a bike ride and go discover your private beach. A jungle trek will take you through the local villages. The closest one is about 5km from the resort. There you can immerse yourself in a unique culture or test your skills in the volleyball court - the local kids are always keen on a game.
With over 15 years of travelling all around the world and to many remote corners of the earth, we have never come across a place quite as magical as what we have at Kingfisher Resort. After having arrived, we made it our home and are now incredibly passionate about sharing this extraordinary part of the world with our guests.
We go out of our way to provide a service and experience that, along with the world-class waves, lush tropical beauty and crystal clear waters, keep our guests coming back year after year.
We cater to both surfers and non-surfers alike. Our ideal client is the adventurer, nature enthusiast, surfer and non-surfer, yogi, freediver, those that enjoy fishing and have a love for the ocean. The health and wellness-minded traveler that wishes to walk along white sand beaches and swim in tropical waters. In other words, anybody and everybody!
A perfect day at Kingfisher
Wake up to the sound of exotic birds and lapping waves, sip a coffee from the convenience of your bungalow that boasts panoramic views of Lances Left while you watch perfect wave after perfect wave reel down the reef. Paddle out and score world-class waves with not a soul in sight. After your incredible morning session, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the resort restaurant. What a way to start your day!
How can it possibly get any better? Paddle out for another barrel session, jump on a scooter and venture off into the lush jungle, hop aboard our speedboat and explore outer islands or snorkel pristine coral reefs, grab the fishing rods with the hopes of catching dinner or crack open a beer at the swimming pool while you watch your mates surf in paradise. When the light westerly wind shows up mid-afternoon, grab your wax and extra sunscreen for a quick 10 min ride to one of the best and most consistent barreling right-handers in the world - Lances Right (aka Hollow Trees) for an afternoon you will never forget!
Once you have had some of the best barrels of your life, cheers an ice-cold beer with your mates on the boat while watching the last few sets of the day roll in, end the day off with good vibes around the dinner table! - Caylin de Reuck.