An authentic Immersive travel experience
Adventure to encounter the hunter - gather Mentawai tribe.


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What is this trip about ?

Meet the Mentawai tribe

Allow us to be your guide to one of the most culturally diverse tribes of Indonesia: the Mentawai people. We offer the most authentic and immersive travel experience in Sumatra. It's not just about seeing new places, or enjoying the sea - it's about stepping into the Mentawait tribe community, to learn about their unique way of life.

Your perfect holiday getaway in Sumatra immersion the Mentawai tribe in their native forest will gain life-altering experience by immersing yourselves in new cultures, understanding different people, better connected to the lives they live and we learn valuable skills that we can take back home. 

These great cultural immersion trips will provide you with plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with locals and learn culture and tradition directly from those that practice it. 

Highlights of the experience

  • Trip type :  Guided tour ( private & small group )

  • Group size :   1 up to 6 max

  • Adventure route :  Siberut, Mentawai island

  • Level :  Adventurous 

  • Itinerary focus :  Local living, culture and jungle life

  • Duration :  10 Days

  • Comfort :  2 / 5

  • Price : $$$$ Please contact us !

NOTE* The price depends on the number of people in the group, duration of the day, and the access to the jungle area we will visit, way further or remote means more adventurous and logistically challenging. 

Strong point of this experience

  • Immersion and living in the deep jungle with native Mentawai tribe

  • Explore off beaten the track Siberut jungle/wilderness

  • Having a unforgettable cultural experiences

  • Real jungle life experiences

Trip Summary

Note : Please bear in mind this adventure is physically demanding and will stretch your comfort zone. It does not always feature as the itinerary or highlights, but deep dive deeper into local life and culture, sometimes if we are lucky we can attend / see some Shamanic rituals ( we will keep update the information about rituals)

Day 1 Padang – Siberut – Mentawai tribe

  • 06:00 a.m Hotel pick up in Padang city

  • Departing to Siberut island with the Fast Ferry 

  • Arrive in North Siberut ( Pokkai ) and transit for 1 h ( loading on/off goods and passager, during this transit we will have lunch at the local restaurant

  • Arrival in South Siberut ( our destination ) 

  • Travel straight to our transit village by Mini van or pick up 

  • Overnight in our transit village ( visiting waterfall )

  • Evening and dinner

  • Preparation, our stuff, equipment 

Day 2  Trekking to remote jungle area

  • Breakfast 

  • Start trekking to Atabai jungle area to encounter the Mentawai tribe/shaman ( 5 hours trekking )

  • Provide lunch on the way in the jungle

  • Arrive in the Mentawai clan family, meet and greet The Shaman

Day 3 – 5 Jungle life experience ( camping, hunting and surviving )

  • During these days we will explore the jungle area, and experience a jungle life of the Mentawai people.

  • Join or participate with the family for food preparation, and any other activities on our presence

  • During our stay we will experience living traditionally like the Mentawai community/span>

  • During our stay with the family, you can ask them anything you would like to know about their way of living, culture and traditions that they open want to talk it and answer your question

  • During our stay with the Mentawai family you will learn jungle life skills/survival as the Mentawai do such as :

    • Learning making hut in the jungle in Mentawai style

    • Learn how to weave basket, tray, bag from Ratan or leaves that the Mentawai people usually use to support their daily life in the jungle.

    • Making poison for bow and arrow

    • Making traditional Mentawai bow and arrow

    • Hunting ( usually the will start in the early morning, after scouting the area during the day and night )

Day 6  - 8 Move to the different jungle area

  • Move to different jungle area / remote village and meet other Mentawai family

  • During these days we will explore the jungle area, and experience a jungle life of the Mentawai people

  • Join or participate with the family for food preparation, and any other activities on our presence

Day 9 Leaving jungle remote area transfer to Siberut town ( government settlement )

  • Farewell with the Mentawai family

  • Leaving jungle area

  • Straight down the river by traditional motor canoe

  • Transfer to Siberut port by pick up car

  • Overnight at local house in the village near by port

Day 10 Leaving the remote village – harbor – back to Padang

  • Breakfast

  • Transfrer to Siberut port

  • Lunch at the local restaurant

  • back to Padang ( Tour end )

The trip schedule based on regular ferry from Padang city

  • The trip outwards from Padang city starts every Tuesday and Thusday from Muara Padang port and departs at 07:00 a.m by fast boat ( MV. Mentawai fast )

  • The trip returns to Padang on Thusday and Saturday departing from Siberut 03:00 p.m and estimate arrival time in Padang at 18:30 p.m ( MV. Mentawai fast )

Practical Information

  • Things to carry

  • Trekking Backpack

  • Long trousers, long sleeves, a t-shirt, fresh underwear (there will be sweating going on)

  • Rain clothes or ponco

  • We recommend bringing a dry bag/pocket (waterproof) to protect your camera and any other important documents and equipment you need to take care of.

  • Trekking shoes, sleeping bag, a mosquito repellent, high protection sunscreen, a headlamp, toilet paper, a sun hat/cap, sunglasses, water bottle.

  • First aid such as paracetamol, pain killers, anti-diarrhoea, disinfectant, and all other medication you would usually take.

  • Do not overpack! Keep it simple

 

  • What is included and not included in the price


  • What is included :

  • Ferry ticket Padang – Siberut 2 x

  • Transport in Siberut port to our transite village

  • Permit to government and ( Siberut National Park )

  • Logistics ( all meals and drinks during our trip )

  • Motor canoe ( to reach our trek point )

  • Porter ( whenever you need it )

  • Accommodation in Mentawai family

  • Mosquito net, mattress

  • Present to the Mentawai clan

  • Local guide/team


  • What is not included :

  • Accommodation in Padang city

  • Personal expenses: souvenirs, alcoholic drinks, etc

  • Insurance

  • Medication