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Driftwood Mentawai

Budget-friendly quality lodge in the world-famous Playground!

Driftwood Mentawai is a slice of paradise on Nyang Nyang Island in the Northern Mentawai region. Located right in front of the world-class Ebay, the lodge has unbeatable views over the surf spot!

There are plenty of waves for all surfing levels just a short walk or boat ride away! And the expert surf guides will make sure you score the best surf each day!

The Resort

Claiming possibly the best view over Ebay, world-class surfing is right at your doorstep while staying at Driftwood Mentawai! Live the island life with only 11 guests and a wonderful staff willing to provide you with an incredible experience!

Sitting on a stunning island, fringed with quality waves, you will stay in one of the five cosy rooms of the lodge, made with locally sourced materials and decored with traditional Mentawai style. Driftwood offers a Satellite Wifi connection, strong enough for downloading, videochats, and streaming, meaning you can keep in touch whilst you’re away. Rare in this part of the world.

Waves at Driftwood Mentawai

Driftwood Mentawai sits in the ‘Playgrounds’ region in Northern Mentawai. This area has a high concentration of waves for all levels at all times of the year! Steep & hollow barrels, rippable walls, fun-sized waves, there is something for everyone to get stoked on. The Peak season of May -October brings the largest swells, favouring the advanced to expert surfers, with the rest of the year serving up consistent head-high to overhead surf!

Driftwood Mentawai is located in one of the best spots in the region, with the world-class left-hander of Ebay right at its doorstep and the super fun right-hander of Pitstops just around the corner. The island of Nyang-Nyang provides 5 spots within walking distance from the lodge and about 20 more waves within less than a 30-minute boat ride away.

Why We Love Driftwood Mentawai

You get a perfect 190+° view over the surf and can check out E-bay & Pitstops from the deck!

Quality accommodations and delicious food at an affordable price!

The quality and consistency of the surf is unmatched. The area has some of the highest quality waves of anywhere in the world!

Ready to surf in the Mentawai?

Accommodation

Driftwood Mentawai offers beachfront accommodation which combines western comfort with traditional local craftsmanship.
The lodge has a total of 5 bedrooms, all on the beachfront with a direct sea view,  with a maximum capacity of 12 guests. You’ll wake up and go to bed to the sound of the ocean.

The main lodge has two downstair rooms equipped with king-size beds and an extra XL bed that can be converted to a couch. There is also an extra spacious upstairs bedroom with king-size bed. The two brand-new bungalows rise at the water’s edge. Here you can spot 3 different waves from the bedroom window!

All rooms come with luxury cotton mosquito nets, high-end comfort mattresses, personal fans and power sockets. The bathrooms are shared and are fitted with toilets & showers. An extra outdoor shower is available.

The Cuisine

Driftwood’s cooks will provide you with breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks and will make sure to keep your belly full so you’ll have plenty of energy to surf! The lodge serves a combination of Western and Indonesian cuisine, using all the fresh locally grown ingredients available.

Coffee, tea, drinking water & an unlimited supply of coconuts are available for free at any time. Daily snacks & fresh fruit are available in the lodge and on boat trips.

The bar stocks plenty of ice-cold Bintangs and a variety of sodas available at extra charge.

Activities

The Mentawai Islands have a lot more to offer than mind-blowing barrels! Explore the tropical reefs along the islands, go fishing and spearfishing (equipment available on-site), jump on one of the boats and explore one of the many uninhabited Mentawai islands and more!

Yoga

The raised platform of Driftwood, overlooking the home break, is the perfect yoga spot. Yoga equipment is available free to use available at the lodge.
During the peak season, there is a yoga teacher on-site offering free yoga classes.

Getting there

After arriving in Padang, you would have to spend your first night in a hotel and catch Mentawai Fast Ferry the next morning. The ferry departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and takes around 4-hours to get to Siberut, where Driftwood staff will pick you up to bring you to the resort. Alternatively, for larger groups, private speed boat transfers are available to the resort!

Interested in Surfing the Mentawai?

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Driftwood Mentawai

Budget-friendly quality lodge in the world-famous Playground!

Driftwood Mentawai is a slice of paradise on Nyang Nyang Island in the Northern Mentawai region. Located right in front of the world-class Ebay, the lodge has unbeatable views over the surf spot!

There are plenty of waves for all surfing levels just a short walk or boat ride away! And the expert surf guides will make sure you score the best surf each day!

The Resort

Claiming possibly the best view over Ebay, world-class surfing is right at your doorstep while staying at Driftwood Mentawai! Live the island life with only 11 guests and a wonderful staff willing to provide you with an incredible experience!

Sitting on a stunning island, fringed with quality waves, you will stay in one of the five cosy rooms of the lodge, made with locally sourced materials and decored with traditional Mentawai style. Driftwood offers a Satellite Wifi connection, strong enough for downloading, videochats, and streaming, meaning you can keep in touch whilst you’re away. Rare in this part of the world.

Waves at Driftwood Mentawai

Driftwood Mentawai sits in the ‘Playgrounds’ region in Northern Mentawai. This area has a high concentration of waves for all levels at all times of the year! Steep & hollow barrels, rippable walls, fun-sized waves, there is something for everyone to get stoked on. The Peak season of May -October brings the largest swells, favouring the advanced to expert surfers, with the rest of the year serving up consistent head-high to overhead surf!

Driftwood Mentawai is located in one of the best spots in the region, with the world-class left-hander of Ebay right at its doorstep and the super fun right-hander of Pitstops just around the corner. The island of Nyang-Nyang provides 5 spots within walking distance from the lodge and about 20 more waves within less than a 30-minute boat ride away.

Why We Love Driftwood Mentawai

You get a perfect 190+° view over the surf and can check out E-bay & Pitstops from the deck!

Quality accommodations and delicious food at an affordable price!

The quality and consistency of the surf is unmatched. The area has some of the highest quality waves of anywhere in the world!

Ready to surf in the Mentawai?

Accommodation

Driftwood Mentawai offers beachfront accommodation which combines western comfort with traditional local craftsmanship.
The lodge has a total of 5 bedrooms, all on the beachfront with a direct sea view,  with a maximum capacity of 12 guests. You’ll wake up and go to bed to the sound of the ocean.

The main lodge has two downstair rooms equipped with king-size beds and an extra XL bed that can be converted to a couch. There is also an extra spacious upstairs bedroom with king-size bed. The two brand-new bungalows rise at the water’s edge. Here you can spot 3 different waves from the bedroom window!

All rooms come with luxury cotton mosquito nets, high-end comfort mattresses, personal fans and power sockets. The bathrooms are shared and are fitted with toilets & showers. An extra outdoor shower is available.

The Cuisine

Driftwood’s cooks will provide you with breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks and will make sure to keep your belly full so you’ll have plenty of energy to surf! The lodge serves a combination of Western and Indonesian cuisine, using all the fresh locally grown ingredients available.

Coffee, tea, drinking water & an unlimited supply of coconuts are available for free at any time. Daily snacks & fresh fruit are available in the lodge and on boat trips.

The bar stocks plenty of ice-cold Bintangs and a variety of sodas available at extra charge.

Activities

The Mentawai Islands have a lot more to offer than mind-blowing barrels! Explore the tropical reefs along the islands, go fishing and spearfishing (equipment available on-site), jump on one of the boats and explore one of the many uninhabited Mentawai islands and more!

Yoga

The raised platform of Driftwood, overlooking the home break, is the perfect yoga spot. Yoga equipment is available free to use available at the lodge.
During the peak season, there is a yoga teacher on-site offering free yoga classes.

Getting there

After arriving in Padang, you would have to spend your first night in a hotel and catch Mentawai Fast Ferry the next morning. The ferry departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and takes around 4-hours to get to Siberut, where Driftwood staff will pick you up to bring you to the resort. Alternatively, for larger groups, private speed boat transfers are available to the resort!

Interested in Surfing the Mentawai?

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Justin West 19/04/2022

TrustPilot
I run surf coaching trips to perfect, uncrowded waves and I relied on the AWAVE team to deliver for my clients a month long boat trip to the Maldives. We had great waves on an absolutley 5* boat called North Seven which I REALLY recommend you enquire about.

I was dubious at first as a few boats were changed, in for repair but James assured me correctly this was a usual thing and they would endevour to find us the very best replacement (which they did). North Seven was so new we were the third guests but the crew were super experienced and could not have given us a better service. Captain Usmaan, the Chef great food, Hasan and Azim our surf boat operators could not have worked any harder and always had a smile even after the 50th request to speed us to the line up or spend four hours cruising looking or waves.

AWAVE team were always on hand to answer any fears and smooth out any worries. The payment system using Revolut was super easy.

We did have a few hiccups with the local airlines which was resolved and partly our fault (as for a month trip we took alot of surfboards and in some cases were over weight).

Take the fear out of booking and especially group bookings by using the AWAVE team. Justin West Coaching recommended.

Alex J. Zalewski II 12/11/20

Trustpilot
These guys are the BEST! Massively knowledgeable, fun and absolute shredders. I approached them asking for a UK winter getaway somewhere in the Indian Ocean and they suggested the perfect place, awesome setup with the beach a short stroll from my accommodation with 3 sick waves breaking over reefs to chose from. Real life doesn’t get much better than this. I also popped my barrel cherry in a big way on this trip so it was a truely memorable one. James also somehow wangled a boat charter to some super remote islands where we scored epic surf and landed some massive fish. James’ broken Indonesian language skills will get you places. Thanks again guys you rock.

Christine Losser 04/27/21

Trustpilot
James was very helpful and always there to answer all the questions. I will definitely book again with him!

Mark Carless 05/11/21

Trustpilot
James is a super knowledgeable surfer with a great ability to match any trip requirements to the right locations. He has arranged several trips for me and my friends in France, Morocco and more recently Indonesia. Awave have a great knowledge of all the surf spots and will go the extra mile to make sure your trip is all set up. With limited time to do this myself their service was invaluable.

Andrea Gomez 05/19/21

Trustpilot
Giuliana has been amazing to work with!! She was always available and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your help! We can't wait for our trip!

Adam 05/23/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service from start to finish from James and his team. After having several ‘self organised’ trips to Asia end with only a handful of good surf days I decided this time to use Awave in hope of maximising my valuable holiday time. James custom built a trip for me and my friends tailored for our abilities and requirements. There were no days wasted waiting for transfers as he organised it all from the airport to the beach. We scored pretty much every day whilst also having a surf trip that had that ‘off the beaten track’ feel we wanted. To round it off there was also a secret boat trip in the end where we surfed an awesome spot just us...Unforgettable. Will be using again.

Micio Pardo 07/13/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service and support from Giulia during our trip. During a self organised trip to Maldives, we ended up in a sketchy situation: the hotel was far from the described plus the owner 'forgot' to mention that the whole island was in lockdown for a covid emergency. I quickly realized that I would need support and the best in class. That's when I decided to use Awave! Giulia answered reactively and custom built several solutions for me and my girlfriend, based on what feasible, our budget and surfing preferences!! No other words needed. Thanks Giulia, we'll be in touch again!

Caroline 07/18/21

Trustpilot
A wave travel were great! They helped me organize my trip to Sumatra. I would definitely book with them again!

Harry Vargas 07/19/21

Trustpilot
My friends and I recently went on a trip to the Maldives. We booked a week on the Hudhuranfushi resort which was amazing! The staff was very welcoming, flawless facilities and tasty food. One day our surf guide Ryan caught a fish and made some sashimi on the spot! I think that was pretty thoughtful! Awave agency really made sure all our needs where met as we where a big group of friends. A very personal approach and clear communication. Epic surf, great service, memories of a lifetime! I highly recommend traveling with Awave!

A. Laprell 09/03/21

Trustpilot
I had just arrived in Bali when the whole of Indonesia went into lockdown again. Despite travel restrictions such as mandatory vaccination and PCR tests, flight cancellations and even the fast ferries to the Mentawis being cancelled, Giulia tried everything to get me there. It was a hell of a trip to get there but totally worth it.

I scored pristine and empty Mentawis. The resort was affordable yet very luxurious given the remoteness. And with their great surf guide and their boat, I scored amazing empty waves!
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