We recommend that you travel to Padang in Sumatra (port of departure) via Jakarta. We can assist with bookings for your international flights, your Garuda air ticket to Padang, any additional domestic flights with in Indonesia, and any necessary overnight accommodations. Our crew and ground staff will meet you at the airport in Padang on arrival and make arrangements to transfer you to the speed boat.
Kandui Villas® utilizes several travel agents worldwide including Water Ways Travel in the USA, Atoll Travel in Australia, Island Holidays in New Zealand, Turquoise Surf Travel in France, Clear Water Surf Travel in Holland, Line Up Explorers in Germany, and Nivana Travel in Brazil. Whether you have frequent flier miles you’d like to use or simply book your flight to the Mentawais or beyond, one of our travel partners near you is waiting to assist you.
WaterWays Surf Adventures – USA
Contact: Sean Murphy
ph: 310 584 9900
Atoll Travel – Australia
Contact: Ian Lyon
Phone: (03) 5682 1088
Fax: (03) 5682 1202
Toll Free: 1800 622 310 (Australia)
International Phone: +61 3 5682 1088
International Fax: +61 3 5682 1202
Island Holidays – New Zealand
Contact: Pete Head
Phone: (09) 488 0231
Fax: (09) 486 1613
Toll Free: 0800 336660 ( new Zealand)
Turquoise Surf Travel – France
Contact: Jean Christophe
Tel : +33.4184.108.40.206 – Fax : +33.4220.127.116.11
Cell : +33.618.104.22.168.
N° Vert : 0 800 800 610
Skype : lebouman
Clear Water Surf Travel – Holland
Line Up Explorers – Germany
Contact: Tim Heising
This answer depends on where you have to stay for that extra night. We suggest the following options:
Singapore: In Singapore we suggest using the Changi Crown Plaza Hotel. The Changi Crown Plaza Hotel is very nice, and comfortable, has excellent food, and best of all, it is located on the airport property, and accessible via tram from all terminals in the airport.
Jakarta: In Jakarta we recommend using the Airport Sheraton, or FM 7 Hotels. Both of these Hotels are nice, reasonably priced, and within minutes from the Jakarta Airport.
Padang: In Padang we recommend using the Mecure Hotel. This is the nicest Hotel in Padang and the meeting place for surfers all over the world. They offer decent accommodations, a hearty breakfast in the morning, and are reasonably priced.
We are more than happy to help you make your reservation in advance, and you pay for the hotel when you check out.
The best advice when packing for a Kandui Villas® trip is to pack as light as possible. Please click here to view our “Essentials” page and an extremely helpful checklist you should use for your trip.
Mid length boards generally get used and only occasionally do the short boards and guns get used in extreme small, or big conditions, but it is best to pack whatever you feel most comfortable surfing on. If riding traditional fiberglass boards, then be prepared to ding up your boards and possibly break a few of them on your trip.
Most people bring 2-4 boards in one board bag, but this is entirely up to you. If you do not want to hassle with buying a quiver of boards, and hauling them half way around the world, Kandui Villas offers a wide range of high quality Resin 8, and Fire Wire rental surf boards which are very reasonably priced. Lastly, a good ding repair kit is is important, or at least bring some sort of sun cure resin for quick fixes.
Kandui Villas® has extremely nice, and comfortable luxury Uma accommodations, spa/massage facilities, a massive infinity edge swimming pool, a massive 2 story restaurant overlooking the swimming pool area, connected with a massive wrap around outdoor wooden deck around the pool, connecting to our pool side game room, and pool side bar, palapa, gym, and yoga studio. Kandui Villas® also boasts the fastest Internet connection in the Mentawai islands, with WiFi throughout the entire resort grounds. We have a PC in the office which can be used in an emergency, but we recommend bringing your own laptops, ipads, and smart phones. We also have a host of other activities including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, exercising in the gym, yoga, beach volley ball, billiards, ping pong, snorkeling, and board games.
Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor before coming. If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as Dramamine or bonine, but most people experiencing sea sickness adjust within a day. For more information please consult your doctor.
It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medications, and you should always consult a professional doctor about risks, and what medications you should or should not take prior to traveling to remote locations.
Kandui Villas® does take the up most care to prevent malaria outbreaks, by screening all of our workers with rapid diagnostic tests anytime they show any flu like symptoms. Since there is no local village on our island, and thus no endemic malaria here, the chances are very small, and to date we have never had a single malaria case in our original Kandui Resort, nor at Kandui Villas®. We live at Kandui Villas® year round, and have never contracted Malaria. So far so good, but the best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, and to follow your doctors’ advice.
Travel Insurance is mandatory for your personal safety and proof of Travel Insurance is required for any guest staying at Kandui Villas®. The easiest way for United States customers to acquire travel insurance is through our travel partner, Sean Murphy at Water Ways Travel. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.
Citizens of the United States need a passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification. Kandui Villas® requires that you send us your passport information including the number, date of issue, and place of issue prior to your departure at the same time that you pay your deposit, so we can arrange the necessary police permits for your travel to the Mentawai Islands. In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, id, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn’t hurt to leave another copy at home as well. When you are in Indonesia you will be issued an immigration form that you must keep until your departure. When you leave they will ask to see it to determine how long you were in Indonesia. Please take care of that form once they give it to you and don’t lose it!
* The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA. You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your departure or if you are from a country that requires a special VISA to enter. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you’re covered.
Most travelers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay tourist visa at your local Indonesian Embassy, prior to departure or in Singapore on the way to Indonesia. The extended stay tourist visas are easy and cheap to obtain and give you a full 60 days in Indonesia instead of only 30 days. Please note, that it may take up to 3 full working days to process a tourist visa at all Indonesian Embassy locations, so best not to wait until last minute to apply for one.