Unlimited Access to Legendary Left ‘Macaronis’
Macaronis wave is the Mentawais most consistent wave, breaking perfectly in all tides and rideable in almost any wind conditions. It’s no wonder it has previously been officially voted the ‘funnest wave to surf in the world’. In fact, in this survey an amazing 76% of all pro surfers and industry figure heads choose Macas as the ‘funnest wave they had ever surfed’. A super comfortable resort option with access to several awesome surf breaks within 30 minutes…what are you waiting for?
Controlled Surfer Numbers
Perhaps the biggest draw card now, is that Macas is the only wave in the Mentawais where crowd capacity is properly managed under legislation released by the regional Government. Silabu Village only allows access for 2 boats daily. Boats must book in advance, use the moorings provided and share surfing at Macaronis with a maximum of 18 resort guests.
Great for Partners
One of the greatest benefits of staying at Macaronis Resort is the guilt-free factor. Macaronis not only provides exceptional surf but is also a well-established resort that caters perfectly for couples. Meaning that if you’re tossing up between an ultimate Mentawais surf trip or a romantic getaway, you can combine the two and keep everyone happy.
Aussie owned and Operated
Mark Loughran, joint founder of Macaronis Resort, is originally from the NW coast of Tasmania, where he trained as a chef whilst also completing a diploma in Aquaculture. Mark moved to the Mentawai Islands in March 2001 and worked as chef, surf guide and coxswain captain aboard charter boats ‘Neptune 1’, ‘Huey 1’ and ‘Serene Dream’. After working 3 full seasons doing approximately 36 x 11 night surf charters, Mark then decided to set up a surf resort on land at Macaronis. Mark speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesian and is employed as Managing Director for the company. He also plays a role as surf guide, hosting surfers and their companions at Macaronis Resort. Mark is assisted by other Aussie and local staf to ensure very high standards.
Resort v Charter
The main benefit of staying at Macaronis Resort, in comparison to a charter boat, is you get more comfort and privacy. The resort is also more suitable for your non-surfing partner, or your family, who will have access to more facilities and activities than on a boat.
For the surfer, the major advantage is that you have every day access to the most consistent and talked about left hander in the Mentawais. Unlike being on a charter boat, where you can only expect at best 2-3 days surfing at Macaronis, before moving on to a new surf destination. This is why Macaronis Resort really is for those die-hard surfers who aim to score Macaronis at its best at some point during their stay.
Of course, the downside of staying at a resort is that the breaks you can surf are more limited than if you were on a boat trip. But the good news is that Macaronis Resort offers surf excursions on its speedboats. From five to forty five minutes’ speedboat ride away, you’ll find Macas Right, Bowls Right, Bat Cave Right, Green Bush Left and Silabu Left (plus a few others). A bit further afield, you’ll find Rags Left, Rags Right, Thunders, Rednut and Roxies. If you’ve seen any Indo surf DVDs, you’re likely to have seen a few of these waves. While there is no official surf instructor or surf board hire at Macaronis Resort, beginners can surf Fish Fingers (a right hand beach break), while Silabu Left and Bat Cave can be tame introductory reef breaks to surf when small. However, this isn’t really a learn-to-surf destination.
Like a charter boat, everything you need is included in the package, once you arrive in Padang (just choose between 8 days and 9 nights or 15 days and 16 nights). Transfers to and from the resort are included – this sounds a lot simpler than it is, but it is all part of the adventure. From the airport, you take a one-hour minibus ride to the Bungus Harbor. There you board the Ambu Ambu Ferry for an overnight ferry ride (in an air-conditioned private cabin) to Sikakap Port, located in the channel between North and South Pagai Islands. You will then be transferred by speedboat to Macaronis Resort (approximately 1 hour away), arriving at around 9am local time. Any travel weariness will disappear completely when you drop your bags, wax up your board and get out in the surf.
Also included in the package price are all boat transfers to and from the various waves. You get three meals daily served either at the resort or on the boat and complimentary use of the resort recreational equipment (snorkelling gear, spear guns, sea kayaks, stand up paddle board and fishing equipment). The only things not included in the package price are drinks purchased from the bar, deep tissue massages (US$12 and heaven after a surf), laundry service (but you won’t be wearing much in the tropical climate and boardies are semi-clean after a surf, aren’t they?) and satellite telephone use – although internet and skype use is more common.
The Aussie operator Mark Loughran is accompanied by the likes of Tim ‘Bootsy’ Geyer, Christian Jon Barton, Damien Kennedy and other Aussie surf guides. They are truly living the dream – and yes, it’s hard not to get jealous – but they are doing it with care for the village, so that the locals are benefiting from the presence of the resort. One of the major issues facing the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia is poverty. The existence of remote island resorts like Macaronis is important in the fight against poverty. Macaronis Resort donates a fixed amount per guest per night to the local village, employs villagers to work at the resort, purchases fresh produce from the area and contributes toward local community projects.
FROM ZAR 28 215.00 PER PERSON SHARING FOR 9 NIGHT SURFER PACKAGE
Surf Skill: Intermediate
Max Surfers: 20
Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec