7-day-jungle-meet-beach-experience

7 Day jungle meet beach experience

16 Juni 2019       829        Admin

What Is This Trip About?

It is a wonderful combination trip! we offer an interesting experience during your travel visiting Siberut island, Mentawai. An adventure trip for those who are passionate about cultural differences and wilderness, this trip will take you deep into the jungle Mentawai travels across the dense jungle of Siberut to meet the native Mentawai tribe, After the jungle we will venture to beautiful Pototoga beach in a secluded island surrounded by white sand beach, beautiful coral reefs, and lush tropical vegetation.

The idea of this trip is to give a real cultural experience of living with the Mentawai tribe and relaxing after adventurous jungle trekking on secluded adorable Sipora Island.

Type trip  > Small group & Private ( you can request ).

Adventure route  >  Siberut + Sipora, Mentawais.

Characteristic  >  Cultural Immersion, Nature, and Beach Stay.

Comfort  > 2 / 5.

Price  > $$$  please contact us!


Trip Summary

Day 1 Padang city  - Siberut Island - Mentawai tribe

  • At 06:00 a.m. We will pick you up from your hotel in Padang city, 07:00 a.m the ferry depart for Siberut Island
  •       Arrive in South Siberut, proceed to lunch at a local restaurant, and travel straight to the local village/transit village by minivan
  •       Arrive at our first transit village, continue to our trek point upriver with a motor canoe for about 1,5 hours 
  •      Once we arrive at our trek point, hike towards the jungle to the Mentawai tribe family for another 1 hour
  •       Arrive at our host family, and meet and greet with the Mentawai shaman and his family.

Day 2-3-4 Stay with the Mentawai tribe in the remote village/jungle and experience local living 

Experience living traditionnally with the Mentawai family, like hunting, fishing and food gathering and get a chance to Learn and witness how to process the Mentawai traditional poison, and possibly join with our host family to scout the jungle area where they usually hunt or even for food gathering

During our stay with the family, you can ask them about their way of living, perspective and tradition.

Explore the jungle area/remote village, also possibly to visit another family. and participate in their daily activities such as Making traditional clothes, food processing from Sagou tree, gathering Ratan from the jungle and turn to their tools / hand woven bakset

 

 Day 5 leaving remote village - transfer to Masilok Island

  • Leaving the remote jungle in the morning.
  • Transfer back to our transit Village.
  • From our transit village transfer to Masilok island by boat.
  • Arrive in Masilok Fisherman Village.
  • Transfer to our local house, near by the beach.
  • Dinner and evening


Day 6 - 7 Masilok Island - Beaches

This day it is a free day you can relax and enjoy swim, snorkeling.


Day 8 leaving remote village - Siberut port and back to Padang or next destination

After breakfast farewell with the family, and prepare to leaving the beach and ride back to the town, arrive in Muara Siberut town and transfer to Mailepet harbour and procced to lunch at local restaurant. ( Transfer to Padang by fast ferry, estimated time arrive in Padang 07:00 pm and transfer to hotel


The Public ferry schedule from Padang City - Siberut, Mentawai

The Public ferry from Padang to Siberut only operates 3 times a week in every Tuesday � Thursday and Saturday departing time from Padang at 07:00 a.m and leaving from Siberut to Padang at 14:45.


Practical Information and Terms & Conditions 

  • You have to accept living in the same conditions as the local community in the remote village, sleeping in a very rudimentary comfort style on the floor with a mat (floor mat) with mosquito net this applies nights in the Mentawai jungle.
  • Given the conditions of poverty and isolated areas, families that accept us to live and spend time with them, conditions of comfort and cleanliness are more than basic but far from being guaranteed for "western standards". In this case, it is very important and necessary to be able to tolerate this short inconvenience, to be able to enjoy your full stay and overall experience.
  • Because Mentawai traditional communities live in remote areas in the jungle forest, access to these communities is not simple and easy, so the conditions of a trek include quite a lot of muddy terrain, can be slippery and uneven ground (sometimes you have to walk on the log on the muddy ground that Mentawai make and use it as a bridge to access further route).
  • Please bear in mind there is no electricity in the Mentawai jungle, charge your camera and phone, and bring an extra battery.
  • The conditions in this trip, during which these stays are carried out sometimes felt like �pain� and to be required for each participant to have:
  • 1). Good mental preparation.
  • 2). Great adaptability.
  • 3). To be well informed before departure about the culture and ways of life in Mentawai and the jungle. ( the guide will give a little briefing and explain about this before we will start our trip.
  • Because the Sumatra area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, it has a tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year round. The driest season normally starts from May to early September, although there are sporadic rains that may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. The average temperature is 27 - 33 �C degree in Siberut Island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.

 

Good things to know during our immersion stay

  • Be mentally prepared to rough it out, as many tribes do not have the basic comforts of what Western standards used to.
  • Give yourself and themselves time to connect with each other during our stay.
  • Be your true self while visiting, show your interest in them, and learn from them.
  • Be present throughout the experience, they expect you to enjoy your time with them.
  • Please avoid wearing expensive stuff or accessories like watches, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, so as not to attract the attention of the tribe, they may be tempting and ask you to give to them, so this could be counterproductive and may even harm your relationships with the community.
  • Ask for their permission before taking pictures.

 

Consider spending a few days living with them for an authentic experience.

  • DO NOT assume the tribes understand your lifestyle.
  • DO NOT inflict your lifestyle and comforts on them.
  • DO NOT Try to make them fit into the outside society (avoid influencing them to any perspective, ideology and other daily comforts that are essential to us).
  • DO NOT be judgemental, every tribe has its own customs, so be a good observer.


Our Commitment

  • Promoting good practice to spread the idea of responsible for traveling Working with expert local guides and partners to achieve sustainable goals and practices.
  • Bringing benefit to local communities when it comes to boosting their economic and social standard, teaching them about the tourism industry, as well as helping local children with ongoing education.
  • Preserving culture and nature through eco-tourism responsible travel.


Things to carry

  • Small backpack.
  • Trekking pants, T-shirt, shorts.
  • Trekking shoes ( we would recommend rubber trekking boots ).
  • Dry bag ( to protect your electronic devices, phone, camera, or document ).
  • Rain clothes/poncho.
  • Personal Utilities.
  • Mosquito pray.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Torch, Suncream & Hat, Socks, Sandals, water shoes.
  • Water bottle.
  • First Aid and all medications that you usually take.

 

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