6D5N EXPLORING THE MENTAWAI TRIBE

(Available only for departure every Tuesday & Saturday from Padang City – West Sumatera)

Located off the West coast of Sumatra, the Mentawai archipelago includes four municipalities, Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai. is the biggest of the Siberut islands and remains largely covered with tropical rainforest. To access all the beauties offered, guests will need to overnight in Padang.

Meet and great by our guide in Padang, and then directly transfer to your hotel in Padang City.

Rest of the day at leisure and get prepares Prepare yourself for the unlimited experiences.

Overnight in Padang

Day 01 ARRIVE PADANG (O/N)

Meet and great by our guide in Padang, and then directly transfer to your hotel in Padang City.

Rest of the day at leisure and get prepares Prepare yourself for the unlimited experiences.

Overnight in Padang

Day 02 PADANG – MUARA SIBERUT (B, D)

Meet and great by our guide in Padang, and then prepare for your speed boat transfer to Muara Siberut. Upon arrival in Muara Siberut, trip will continue to Kesagu by local boat followed with trekking to Rorogod and stay for the day at local traditional house – overnight.

Day 03 – 04 MENTAWAI TRIBE EXPLORATION (B, L, D)

Within the two days, explore the jungle in the heart into the heart of the Siberut Island in the western part off West Sumatra’s coast. Meet the indigenous people of the Mentawai, who live close to nature and still live in comparative isolation, maintaining their age-old ways. Its virgin rainforest, inhabited by a number of animal species not found anywhere else in the world, among them some rare monkey species, pleasant surprises await you to explore. You will be rewarded with stunning views and beautiful jungles abounding with unique plant and wildlife. The real highlight of your journey though, is the chance to meet the people of Siberut, traditionally hunter, gatherer clans who are now coming into contact with the modern world.

The Mentawaian are traditionally organized as patrilineal groups and the social life centralize around the UMA, a communal long house which held a clan of people related through a common ancestor. The UMA vary in size between 30 to 80 members divided in nuclear family units, referred to as LALEP. Because of internal friction, the clan might split up and form a new group or a single family. They believe that all living objects, men, plants and animals are supposed to have spirits. The only specialist in the community is the medicine man, KEREI, responsible for communication with the spirits and the souls. In case of misfortune or illness, he is called in to restore harmony within the group or in relation with the spirits in the environment. An elaborate Taboo system based on religious beliefs with respect to the environment is a dominant characteristic of traditional life on Siberut.

You will stay as guests of a local Kerei (medicine -man) in the Uma (traditional family house). Here, where conditions are basic, you will gain a unique insight into the lives of these people who maintain a belief system based on living in total harmony with nature. Visit and stay in a Mentawaian village will include trek to the jungle, learn about sago processing and bark cloth processing, and do other activities that will heighten your interest in and fascination with the natural philosophy of the Mentawaians.

Day 05 MUARA SIBERUT - PADANG – DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast, trekking back to Kesagu and continue by local boat to Muara siberut.

Noon time heading back to Padang by speed boat, arrive approximately late noon time in Padang and transfer back to your hotel.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Padang

Day 06 DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast and morning at leisure until your departure pick up time to airport for your next destination.

End of trip

The price includes:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Padang and return
  • Ticket and travel permit in Mentawai
  • Boat Padang-Siberut return and traditional boat in Siberut
  • Accommodation in Padang including breakfast
  • Accommodation staying at local people’s house
  • Meals in Siberut

 

Things needed to be prepared:

  • Daypack and backpack
  • Shoes and Sandal for tracking
  • Personal medicine
  • Camera or handycam for documentation
  • Flashlight and back up battery

Grade Trip : Medium – Hard
Duration : 4 days 3 nights
Time : Anytime

Note:
speed Boat Padang – Siberut : Tuesday and Saturday, 07.00am
speed Boat Siberut – Padang : Tuesday and Saturday, 06.00pm