Welcome to YANTO'S PLACE
Head Points Combo
Head Points Accommodation
Head Points Water Sport
by two world class surf spot which is Pitstop and Bankvaults, makes
Yanto’s Place is the perfect location for all the guests that want to
spend their surf time in mentawai islands.
As we all known, Pitstop and Bankvaults located in middle of Playground area. Playground itself consists plenty of world class surf spot that can be reached in minutes.
From Yanto’s place to Nipussi only 10 minutes walking, to Pitstop only 20 minutes walking, Ebay 30 minutes walking and Beng Beng 1 hour walking. We only suggest for our guest to walk only if they want to go to Nipussi and Pitstop by walking, the rest we suggested using boat to get to the surf spot.
We have all the perfect amenities and great facilities to serve our guests with genuine hospitality of local mentawai . You’ll be exploring the true Mentawai with the taste local atmosphere.
Design with unique Mentawai characteristic, and white sandy beach for your pleasure accompanied by experienced local surf guide surely will make your surf time in Mentawai islands like a dream come true.
Born by incredible natural talent, the local surf guide at Yanto’s Place has the local knowledge to take the guest to the most exquisite surf spot available. Yanto’s Place only using local surf guide that born in the area. They know all the surf spot including the invisible one for others to know.
The word Mentawai has come to senses of
most adventurous surfer spreading around the globe. Some become myth,
some become the endless story tell passes to every persons who has the
interest in having the memorable memories, some become legend.
We have the mission to provide a full service through sustainable tourism and integration with the indigenous people of the island. We also provide trekking trip through the jungle of Siberut island and tailor made surf trip around Siberut islands, spent the night with the native speaker of Mentawai islands.
The island of Siberut is inhabited by the Mentawai people, one of the pure indigenous Indonesian societies. They have had very little contact with the outside world and so have continued to live a fairly primitive form of life compare with the life standard of the present day.
The Mentawaians live in the jungle villages and have to rely on the jungle for their food, clothing and medicine. On our trek we will join the Mentawaians on their daily trip to jungle to see how they make their life, how they gather their foods, clothes, medicines, poisons for their primitive weapons like spears and arrows, learn the differences of the trees, plants, and how they use their primitive equipments.
Trekking through the wet and muddy Mentawai jungle is truly a once in a lifetime experience, Imagine swims on the tropical river, swings on vines, soaked in mud baths and sings the traditional songs along the way. Don't worry it’s not too strenuous so you don't have to be too fit to trek the Mentawai jungles ! ...
The more you try to interact and communicate with the locals, the more you will learn and the more satisfaction you will get. One of the most important thing to remember when trekking in Siberut is : what you give is what you get…
Even though there maybe a language barrier at the first, don't be hesitate to communicate with other ways like hand signs, songs or anything understandable. Once you get in touch with them, they will take you to explore their environments, their uma (home), their jungle and you'll never know what you will find ! You will be surprised to know that the Mentawaians are very responsive and extremely friendly.
Air conditioning wood style room
Transportation (airport transfer pick up and drop out to Yanto's place at Nyang Nyang island, boat during surf session in Mentawai)
At Padang airport, depending on your arrival schedule, you will be welcome by our staff and directly transfer to Padang harbor with our own mini bus transportation for crossing the strait between Sumatera and Mentawai.
We use 2 vehicles to transport to air port. 1 mini bus for the guest and 1 car for the guests luggage, surf boards...
Mentawai New public boat schedule from 5th july 2014 (30$ / pers) :
Wednesday : Padang – Siberut 08.00
Siberut – Padang 14.00
Saturday : Padang – Siberut 08.00
Siberut – Padang 14.00
3 times meals / day ( breakfast, lunch, diner ), coffee, tea, water
included. Beer is not included.
Born by incredible natural talent, give
all the local surf guide at Yanto’s Place has the local knowledge to
memorized the entire native area and take the guest to the most
exquisite surf spot available.
Yanto’s Place only serving the guest
with local surf guide that born in the native area. They know all the
surf spot including the invisible one for others to know.
The package included :
Air conditioning wood style room
Transportation ( airport transfer pick up and drop out to Yanto's place at Nyang Nyang island, boat during surf session in Mentawai )
3 times meals / day ( breakfast, lunch, diner ), coffee, tea, water
Local surf guide accomplished with endemic knowledge of the surf spot in the surrounding south Siberut, Mentawai islands.
The Mentawai Islands offer some of the
best surf to be found anywhere on earth.
These islands attract swells all year round with the most consistent season generally being between March and November. Waves vary in size from 2 to 12 foot with the average wave height being about 6 foot.
This region can also get big swells with up to 16 feet.
These islands are blessed with some of the most consistent, user friendly surf in the world. From a-walk-in-the-park beginner waves to the suicide waves only the real-pro could tackle. There's something for everyone here ! Even today you still have the opportunity to surf not crowded waves as this area keeps producing quality line ups which are scattered amongst a vast array of reefs, point breaks and secluded bays.
On a world scale, the Mentawai Islands has a 91% chance of scoring epic waves, compared with Hawaii (76%) and Australia around 80%. Yes, Mentawai is a surfers' paradise.
There's a LOT of surf spot all around these islands with a thousand waves everyday. Some of the waves have names given by the first surfers who ride it. And usually they name the waves by the characteristics of the waves, so here we got bankvault, lances, thunder, hollow tree and many more. Here are some of it from north to south Mentawai islands. These are the main breaks with many other spots available in between.
In the Mentawai Islands, the swell unrolls around the four main islands and there are many spots that can be reached closer by boat. Most of the spots have 2 names due to the disagreement of the boat companies.
WINDS & TIDES
Winds are rather weak, NW or SE. The spots are often glassy and the trick is to find the good wind and tide timing with a specific study of the marine weather report maps.
There is always going to be an offshore or flat spot…
The surfing experience required is quite high and the spots break on a sharp-edged coral. Bring boots, a hood during the season, a fixing kit, and spare fins. A choice of 2 surfboards is often useful for the heavy swells.
Not much tide, but it does not affect most of the spots of little deep water. During the season, there is many people in the water. You need to get there early and leave the spots before the next surfers. Australian surfers are the first customers of the area.
Nipussi - E Bay : South of the main island Siberut. In W swell, rights and lefts fairly consistent.
Bankvaults : Hollow and fast right – for trained surfers.
4 Bobs : Located on one of the small islands of the strait. In the South of Siberut, quite easy and quality wave unrolling on a lagoon. Mainly a right with a short barrel off the takeoff, but quickly dies off into the channel. There’s an even shorter left, but usualy not worth the effort.
Burgerworld : This is a mushy pointbreak-like righthander. Can offer barrels at times, but usually long rippable walls with many cutback sections.
Pit Stops : This is the right off the peak at E-Bay. Usually a playful right that can offer some cover-ups off the take-off, but mostly a high performance waves with air sections at the end. Ends in a sandy channel.
Hideaways : A very hollow left that can be shalow at times. It comes out of deep water, then unloads on a shallow section of reef before barreling towards the channel. Can get very shallow at low tides.
No Kanduis : A long barrelling left that wraps around a small island. Usually very sectiony, but can line up on the largest of swells. Many barrels on offer, but usually only makeable for one or two sections before clsing out and racing down the line.
Rifles : one of the best waves in the Mentawai. A very long righthander that wraps around the other side of the same island as No Kanduis. Rarely makeable from start to finish, but even just from section to section you can get rides up to 100 meters or longer. Nice and hollow once it’s a few feet overhead, but usually more sectiony at smaller sizes.
Weather / Temperature
Air temperature : 30°C (Summer) / 28°C (Winter)
Water temperature : 25°C (Summer) / 25°C (Winter)
The Mentawai Islands were discovered several years ago by Australian surfers who were visiting Nias Island in the neighbour archipelago and were exploring the island by boat.
Becoming the indispensable trip where the waves can be reached by the sea, the spots are made of tubular, consistent and regular waves. Today they are famous and they supply the surfing videos of your favourite surfshop…
Located North of Sumatra Island, on the West coast, they offer an amazing boat trip within comfortable conditions for a great quality surfing.
The Mentawai Islands are part of Indonesia and their history rests upon Indonesia’s.
Like a pearl necklace on a coral bottom, the Indonesian archipelago shells its 13 000 islands between Asia and the Pacific Ocean. For a long time, it conjured up prosperity and opulence: it has already been a thousand years that the ships coming from China, attracted by the great smells of sandal wood and beeswax, ventured the islands…
Unlimited reservation of natural resources, fascinating melting-pot of mysterious cultures, Indonesia soon became an elected land for Westerners in quest of adventures.
Nowadays, the islands of Bali, Lombok or Sumba attract visitors but the tourist industry has not reached the whole country.
The archipelago provides, still today, a unique world playground for adventures.
Millennial traditions of Papuan tribes, multiform craftsmen, powerful volcanoes, coral reefs, huge jungles, unusual monitor lizards, giant butterflies, unsurfed waves…
The Mentwai Islands archipelago is located NW of the large island of Sumatra.
They constitute four main islands: Siberut, Sipura, Pagai Utara, Pagai Selatan and Sibigan and Bitojat islets, where most spots are located.
More in the South and in the East, Indonesia is composed of Java Island, with its Southern G Land foreland, Bali and the huge archipelago of Sunda Islands: Nusa Lembongan, very close to Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor, Komodo and its giant monitor lizards, Sumba and its amazing charm.
In the upper part, there is Kalimantan Island (Borneo) whose Northern part belongs to Malaysia.Next to it, Sulawesi Island (Celebes) with its large bays looking like a butterfly from the sky.
More in the East, more and more islands, like the famous Maluku Islands and its rare spices…and finally Western New Guinea (Irian Jaya) with its border not really natural : a straight line that splits the island in two with Papua New Guinea.
You will get at your entry port in the country a pass for a 60 days stay, not renewable (delivered to you at Padang’s airport if you do not come from Jakarta).
Your passport must be valid at least six months after your arrival day in the country.In the Mentawai Islands, a 3 US$ tax is enforced per day.
If you wish to cruise to go to Borneo, Timor and Irian Jaya, you will need a visa. It will be delivered to you there at sight of a passport whose validity limit is above six months and at sight of a round trip plane ticket. It is forbidden to go on your own in those areas.
In the Mentawai Islands, the official language is Indonesian or Bahasa Indonsesia,It sounds like Malay.
Most Indonesians speak this language. There are also more than 400 local languages and dialects in the islands.
your trip will take place by boat and so protected from the health problems that can occur in the inside of the country.
Bring your own emergency kit, besides the one aboard.
Beware of the common gastric and intestinal troubles and if you are seasick, take Dramamine or Bonine.
When you travel ashore, know that the country is under dengue, disease brought by mosquitoes, like malaria in Indonesia as well.
Time differences :
Indonesia is divided into three time zones :
GMT + 7 (Western Indonesian time): Sumatra, Java, western and central Kalimantan
GMT + 8 (Central Indonesian Time): Bali, Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara), Eastern and Southern Kalimantan and Sulawesi
GMT+ 9 (Eastern Indonesian Time): Irian Jaya and Maluku Islands
Indonesia over thrusts the equator between the Indian Ocean in the West and the Pacific Ocean in the East. Its climate is then humid and warm.
In the most part of the country, the humid season goes from October to April, the dry season from May to September. Nights are often warm.
Usually, the average temperature for the year goes between 22° and 35°C, and the humidity rate can reach 75%. In January-February, the rains are the most abundant.
The best season to visit and surf in Indonesia is from May to October.
Driving conditions :
Your transportation will be boats…no red lights but elementary rules of the life aboard.
You might handle the boat as well. Being polite and respecting the others and the environment will not be constraints but fundamental things in order to enjoy a wonderful trip in those heavenly islands.At land, renting a motorcycle is fun but watch out for traps…
The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Bring travellers’ checks if possible, delivered by a well-known bank company and some hundreds of USD bills.
You will be able to withdraw money or exchange in Padang before embarking. Avoid 1996 denominations and 1999 dollars. Aboard, there is no need for money or very little. Take some for souvenirs and tips for the local crew.
You will be able to easily exchange your currencies (the US dollar is the most common currency) in Padang or other major cities.
Indonesian banks usually do not charge and the best rates are in Jakarta.
Credit cards will be useful for your important purchases. Giving a tip is not a common thing to do but is advised for the crew on board. In whole Indonesia, chaffering is common.
“Bemo” drivers are known for their ability to raise the prices for Westerners. However, do not try to reach constantly the local rate…you would miss the boat return or a great surf session !
Extra tips :
Only bring light and useful clothing, 2 or 3 pairs of sun-glasses, hats, caps, grass-skirt, binoculars, MP3 player, favourite CDs and DVDs.For smart people and maniacs: a little blow-up pillow (for napping fans everywhere) and an old pair of surfing boots (to walk and fish on the reef).
1090€ for 10 nigths
Package surf: 165 € / person / day
- Air conditioning wooden style room ·
- Transport (Air Port pick up and transfer of abandonment instead of yanto on the island of Nyang Nyang, ship in the surf session in Mentawai) ·
- 3 meals / day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), coffee, tea, drinking water / mineral water ·
- Local surf guide accomplished with the endemic knowledge of the surf spot in southern Siberut, Mawawai Islands. ·
- Police license · cable TV · Soft drinks · Snacks ·
- First Aid Not included:
Selected and approved partners, pro and local councils
No intermediaries, no extra cost
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