Ever wandered what it would be like living at a surf resort on the Mentawai Islands?
We can tell you! It’s something like this:
Wake up early, surf one of the most rippable waves in the Mentawais, try squeezing in at least 3 surf sessions a day, get barrelled over and over again and celebrate the end to an epic day with some Bintangs and the most delicious meal while watching your surf video footage of the day on the big screen.
Sounds like a jol, doesn’t it?
Well, for us it was a big jol! We had such a good time at Macas. It was an unbelievable adventure with well kept memories. Lets guide you through!
Macaronis is not only rated one of the best surf spots in the world, it is also one of the most fun and luxurious family orientated surf resort in the Mentawais! Perfect for any family holidays, group or solo travelers.
Everything you need to know about Macaronis:
01 | Getting There
Getting to Macaronis Resort is quite a stretch – but so worth it when you get there!
You will depart from Bungus Harbor in Padang. Jump onto an overnight ferry in the late afternoon and spend the night in a private sleeping cabin with AC and movies (which is an absolute bonus). You will arrive at Sikakap village early the next morning where the resort will pick you up with a speed boat and take you on a roughly 2 hour journey to Macaronis Resort, on the North Pagai Island of the Mentawai Islands.
02 | Lay Days and Activities
There is so much to do at Macaronis Resort you’d never get a chance to be bored!
Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling in the lagoon right in front of the resort.
Go explore the beaches, visit the local village, take a mangrove tour, go fishing, spearfishing or simply enjoy the resort’s swimming pool or private Spa! Non-surfer’s should try surfing ‘Fishfingers’! It’s the best beginner wave! That’s actually were I caught and surfed my first wave! The resort even offers free use of beginner surf boards.
03 | The Surf
Macaronis aka Macas, or aka ‘Mean-Machine’ how we used to call it is one of the most powerful, high performance and consistent wave we’ve ever surfed. This rippable left hander holds between 2-8ft. In glassy and off-shore conditions you can expect 4-6 seconds barrels after take off while in the inside section you can go wild and shred your brains out! Macaronis is such a rippable yet ‘reliable’ wave. It’s fun and surfable in most wind and tide conditions, all day long both on and off shore! But… Macas starts to fire and is on its best with a proper south west ground swell.
The resorts offers a few speed boats and dinghy’s as a surf transfer to surf other spots in the area including:
- Bat Cave
- Bowls Right
- Macas Right
- Mini Macas
- Rags Left & Right
- Silabu Left
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04 | The Resort
Enjoy one of the most stylish, modern and comfortable surf resorts on the Menatwai Islands! Macaronis Resort offers unforgettable and first class experiences with one of the best waves, Indonesian hospitality and loads of fun activities for the entire family.
The resort was completely rebuild after the 2010 Tsunami. The tsunami destroyed nearly everything except the main building, which was build specifically to resist tidal waves. They have now rebuild the resort so that all the guest rooms are part of the ‘tidal wave’ safety zone. There are 16 stylish rooms situated on the first floor, each with ensuite bathroom, hot shower, a beautiful veranda, free wifi, AC and a flat screen TV.
Macaronis Resort has a beautiful saltwater lagoon as its front yard. Tidal movement keeps the lagoon clean at all times, which is perfect for a saltwater swim or snorkel.
Expect to eat like royals! The international chefs prepare 3 delicious meals a day including a variety of Western and Indonesian cuisine with local seafood. Our favorite treat was the weekly outdoor BBQ night!
The resort has a bar on the ground floor offering some Bintang’s (local beer) and a variety of wines and other alcoholic beverages. Order a healthy fruit juice after your Spa massage while patiently waiting for the swell to arrive or while watching the live surf cam of Macaroni’s.
Travel Tip * Macaronis Resort supports the local village ‘Silabu’ by employing locals and purchasing local products. They also offer emergency evacuation if required.
05 | The Staff
Our favorite resort staff at all times! We felt like home! They felt like family! You’ll get to meet the most friendliest, kind and warmhearted people. Always happy and always smiling! Their English is good and communication will not be a problem!
06 | The ‘Job’
So, what was our ‘job’ all about?
In between all the barrels and spearfishing, Torsten was the surf and fish guide. He took the guests out to the appropriate waves depending on the current weather conditions and swells. He also took the guys out fishing, trawling or spearfishing.
I was the surf videographer/ photographer and created weekly surf videos of each group staying at the resort and also made individual surf videos for requested guests. Besides the filming I also did some surf photography for the Macaronis guests and charter boats.
07 | The Pro’s
One of our trip highlights was getting to surf with a few local and international pro’s like Matt Wilkinson, Julian Wilson and Michel Bourez. Macaronis Resort even hosted a Rip Curl Pro Asia event during the time we were there.
08 | New Friends
The best part of meeting new people every week, is getting to know them and becoming friends. We are still overwhelmed at how many kind people from all around the world we have met during our stay in Indonesia.
09 | The Island Life
We absolutely loved the island life and cannot wait to head back!
We have left Namibia for a few months to travel Indonesia. We’ve been to Indo countless times before, but only for a 3 week holiday and not 6 months! Yes, of course we had to adapt first – mostly to the tropics – but we absolutely loved it. We have completely adapted to island life and the Indonesian people and vibes. Indo became our second home.
Let’s call it our tropical home!
10 | Fishing
When we got to the resort, the first thing that had to be explored and get checked out was the underwater life. Torsten loves fishing and needed to know what’s out there. If Torsten was not surfing, he was out there fishing and spear fishing.
READ MORE: Fishing at Macaronis Resort
11 | The Village & Mooring System
Silabu Village is a Christian community with about 400 inhabitants and the closes village to Macaronis Resort. From the resort it can only be accessed by a walking track or boat cruise through the mangroves. The resort donates a small % per guest/ per stay to the community. The Mentawai Governmnet has also introduced 2 moorings in front of the Macaronis wave generating an additional income to the village. Charter boats must pay up to Rp 300.000 per buoy / per day causing a love-and-hate relationship in the surf community.
Read more about the village community and the resort.
Have you ever been to the Mentawai Islands? Where did you stay and surf? We’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions regarding this post please comment below!