MENTAWAIS TRIBE AND SUMATRA EXPLORATION
Mentawais is a tropical Island chain situated along the western coast of Sumatra. Discover its unique culture and tribe rituals, relax in paradise resorts and explore the jungle of Sumatra.
Learn the true meaning of the “perfect beach”
Get to know one of the most fascinating and isolated tribes in Asia
Explore the jungle
Witness unique culture and mysterious rituals
Try to catch some waves with your surf board
Stand eye to eye with wild orangutans!
MENTAWAIS TRIBE AND SUMATRA EXPLORATION: ITINERARY AND DETAILS
MEALS DURING THE TRIP
JAKARTA – PADANG!
Selamat datang; welcome to Indonesia! Our representative will welcome you upon your arrival to the international airport of Jakarta. Together you will check in for the next flight to Padang in Sumatra. Here you will be accommodated in a 5 star hotel in the city centre. Later we will take you for a dinner to the local restaurant where you will have a chance to try traditional Sumatrian cuisine. Spicy food lovers should be satisfied.
Early in the morning we’ll transfer you to the harbour where you’ll board a private speedboat and start your 4-5 hours long journey to the island of Siberut. Once there you’ll visit the local market to buy necessary all supplies for the expedition as well as gifts for the tribal families who are going to be your hosts. Later you will get on a small motorized canoe travel up the river going through dense, tropical jungle. Eventually you will have to get on feet and start trekking together with local guide and porters. Simple lunch will be served on the way. In the afternoon you will reach the first village of Mentawais where you will be accommodated in the traditional “uma” – the long house. Evening will pass on talking with locals and getting to know their unique culture and life in the jungle.
Today you will awake with Mentawai Tribe and enjoy the Indonesian breakfast. Then, you can join in with the locals in their daily activities; fishing, sago processing, making the sago (the staple food of the Mentawaians), and baking it; manufacturing a bow and arrows, and making the poison for the arrows, bark cloth processing. If you are lucky there may be a chance to witness a shamanic ceremony. Mentawais have developed truly unique culture with important role of tattoo making and teeth sharpening. Next day you will leisurely hike around the area and get to know a number of the local tribes and get to learn about their cultures. It is recommended to bring gifts and provide them to the village heads as we enter into each village, small trinkets are fine and are mostly just a sign of your intention to come as a peaceful visitor.
THE PERFECT BEACH
In the morning you’ll start going back to Muara Siberut where your private speedboat will be awaiting. Then you will set course to beautiful island of Sinai where you’ll be accommodated in Macaronis Resort ****. This is an ideal place to enjoy the true, tropical paradise!
LEISURE IN PARADISE
Two days of leisure on a paradise island! Snorkelling, surfing, swimming in a crystal clear waters or maybe just lying on the beach with your favourite book in hand? Take your time and enjoy your holidays. You deserve it.
In the morning you embark your speedboat and return to Padang. We will drive you to the airport where you catch your flight to Medan. Here you will be accommodated in the five stars hotel in the city.
The day will start with a quick sightseeing city tour. You will visit the Great Mosque, the Sultan’s palace and beautiful Chinese temples. After lunch you will drive to Tangahan (approximately 4 hours); on the way stopping by in traditional villages of Binjai and Batang people. Tangahan can only offer accommodation in a simple lodge but it’s beautifully located on the edge of the jungle and by the river. Dinner and overnight.
Time for another adventure. After breakfast you will learn how to ride an elephant! “It can’t be too hard” – you recon? Well, try it first. Once saddled up you will start exciting elephant safari through Sumatran jungle. Keep your eye out for various kinds of monkeys, parrots and other wildlife! Maybe you will get lucky enough to spot the Rafflesia – the world’s biggest flower? After safari you can bring your rides to the rives and bath with them. Volunteers can also try tire white water rafting – very popular amusement here. Don’t worry – someone will catch you up before the river will bring you to the ocean! Afternoon will be free to enjoy with a cold beer at hand. Overnight in the lodge.
Get ready for exciting off road drive to Bukit Lawang. You can pick 4×4 jeeps or a motocross as your ride. The trip will take around 3 hours and you will enjoy beautiful, tropical landscapes on the way. Upon arrival you will be accommodated in the best hotel in town ***. After lunch we will take you to the nearby Gunung Leuser National Park where the orang-utan rehabilitation and research centre is located. You will get on a special platform to see orang-utans during feeding time and later you will have a chance to encounter wild orang-utans during few hours long trekking in the jungle. In the evening you will be back in your hotel.
END OF ADVENTURE
In the morning you will be transferred to Medan’s airport where you’ll catch your flight to Jakarta and then to your next destination.
MENTAWAIS TRIBE AND SUMATRA EXPLORATION: PRICE
RESORT MACARONIS PRICE:
- Group 2 pax:4638 USD/pax
- Group 4 pax: 3596 USD/pax
- Group 6-8 pax: 2945 USD/pax
- Group 10 pax: 2910 USD/pax
BUDGET RESORT PRICE:
- Group 2 pax: 3962 USD/pax
- Group 4 pax: 2820 USD/pax
- Group 6-8 pax: 2345 USD/pax
- Group 10 pax: 2310 USD/pax
- Accommodation during the trip: budget or Macaronis Resort
- Internal flights: Jakarta – Padang, Padang – Medan, Medan – Jakarta
- Private speedboat charter in days 2-8
- Meals marked in the itinerary
- Local guides services or polish guide services, depending on chosen option
- All transfers
- Entrance tickets and attractions marked in the itinerary
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Taxes and airport bills
- Visa to Indonesia
- Flight ticket to and back from Indonesia
- Drinks to the meals
Do You need any assistance?
We carefully check and prepare all our itineraries and all of them can be modified depending on your needs, budget and interests.
Price depends on the season, group size and hotel availability. Contact us for free itinerary adjust.