Though not a great distance from the mainland, the Mentawai Islands have an unique flora and fauna that sees Mentawai ranked alongside Madagascar in terms of endemic primate population. Of particular interest is siamang kerdil, a rare species of black-and-yellow monkey, named simpai Mentawai by the locals.
The largest island, Siberut, is still 60% covered with tropical rainforest, the western half of the island is protected as the Siberut National Park. Pulau Sipora is a surfer drop-off point. Further south are the Pulau Pagai islands – Utara (North) and Selatan (South) – which rarely see independent travellers.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the islands in October 2010, with a resulting tsunami killing more than 500 people and making more than 8000 homeless in the archipelago’s southern islands.
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In June of 2014, we spent 11 days surfing the Mentawai Islands. The conditions were perfect the entire trip with light offshore winds and plenty of swell to go around. I was able to capture some pretty interesting angles using Phyllis (name of my drone). Enjoy the highlights of our trip and experience the beauty of the Islands from above. Music by Mashti, Mapusa from the Album Danish Delights.