before you go



The Mentawais are relatively easy to access. It just requires a few steps.  


1. Getting to Padang
2. Getting to the Mentawais (3 and half hours by Mentawai Fast ferry)
3. Getting to Aloita Resort (15 minutes by our private speedboat)


Currently the best way to get to Padang is to fly from Jakarta (with Garuda or Lion Air) or Kuala Lumpur (with Air Asia).

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Once in Padang Airport you have two options: 


A. Organise your own transfer to Tua Pejat (capital port of the Mentawais) where you will be greeted by our staff and transferred by speedboat  to  Aloita.


B. Book the TRANSFER PACKAGE and let us take care of everything for you. This includes all transfers from Padang airport to your hotel and to the harbour the following morning, 15 kg luggage allowance, 15 kg board bag (1 piece) and porters. 

Accommodation in Padang is not included in the Transfer Package.


Aloita Resort does not take any responsibility in case of delays or cancellations incurred during transfers.


If you organize your own transfer, please double check with us the correct dates and travel times. The Mentawai Fast ferry currently departs from Padang every Monday at 6:00 am, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 am and arrives in the Mentawais approximately 3 and half hours later.


On return, the Mentawai Fast ferry departs from the Mentawais every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:00 pm and arrives in Padang approximately 6:30 pm.

Example Itinerary:

    Arrival :

  1. Arrive in Padang (anytime on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday) and meet our crew at the airport.

  2. Transfer from airport to your hotel by private car.

  3. Overnight stay.

  4. Transfer from your hotel to the harbour at 05:30 or 06:30 am by private car.

  5. The Mentawai Fast ferry departs Monday at 06:00 am, Wednesday and Friday at 07:00 am and arrives in the Mentawais at approximately 09:30/10:30 am.

  6. Meet our crew and transfer via speedboat to Aloita Resort (15 minutes).

   Departure :

  1. Depart via speedboat from Aloita Resort at 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday or Friday).

  2. The Mentawai Fast ferry departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 03:00 pm and arrives in Padang at approximately 06:30 pm.

  3. Meet our crew and transfer from the harbour to your hotel by private car.

  4. Overnight stay.

  5. Transfer from your hotel to the airport by private car.

Please note:

  • All guests must arrive in Padang the night before Mentawai Fast ferry departure due to the early morning schedule. On return, depending on flight times, most guests require an overnight stay in Padang.

  • The Mentawai Fast ferry departs from Padang every Monday at 06:00 am, Wednesday and Friday at 07:00 am.

  • The Mentawai Fast ferry departs from Mentawais, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:00 pm and arrives in Padang at approximately 6:30 pm.

  • Aloita Resort offers ALL-INCLUSIVE Padang-Mentawai TRANSFER PACKAGES: 

       80 USD per person each way.



  • INSURANCE / EVACUATION : For your personal safety, travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage is mandatory. In case of an emergency, we will assist you in contacting your insurance company.

  • TRAVEL DOCUMENTS : Entry into Indonesia requires a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.  

  • VISA : Visitors from most countries do not require a visa. A 30-day tourist visa on arrival still applies for some countries (35 USD). Another option is to apply at the Indonesian embassy in your country for a 60-day tourist visa. Please check with your embassy.

  • SURF BOARDS : Indonesia customs allow a maximum of 3 surfboards for personal use. Additional boards will be considered imports and will be charged a fee (approx. 100 USD per board).

  • MENTAWAI SURF TAX : Surfers must pay a surfing tax of 1,000,000 IDR (approx. 80 USD) per 15 day stay. This tax is to be paid to the tourism office in Tua Pejat/Mentawai on your arrival. We collect and pay it for you (included in the Surf Package).

  • PAYMENTS : The local currency in Indonesia is Rupiah (IDR). Cash withdrawals can be made at ATMs in Padang. You can also bring foreign currency to exchange in Padang. At Aloita we accept cash (only IDR), VISA and MasterCard. Unfortunately we do not accept American Express.

  • BOOKINGS : A 30% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY : In case of cancellation, deposits and final payments are non-refundable. For cancellations received up to 30 days prior to date of arrival, payments can be credited toward a future trip within one year from date of final payment made. No refund or credit will be provided for cancellations within 30 days of date of arrival or No Shows. Please read TERMS AND CONDITIONS on our website (

  • CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT : Check-in time: 1 pm. Check-out time: 10 am.

  • PORTERS : At the harbour there is no way to load/unload your bags without the help of porters. Price depends on number of bags and boards. If you choose any of our TRANSFER PACKAGES, porters are included. Bargaining with porters can be unpleasant, therefore we recommend choosing one of our packages to avoid possible misunderstandings. 

  • INTERNET : Free WiFi is provided. However, due to our remote location the signal can be temperamental. For those needing a reliable connection, we suggest buying an Indonesian Telkomsel SIM card in Padang (approx. 150,000 IDR / 10 USD with 2 GB of data). Please make sure the vendor activates the card.

  • MOSQUITOES / MALARIA : Mosquito bites can bring several diseases, so personal precautions are suggested. Risk of contracting malaria is extremely low in the Mentawai Islands. 

  • FIRST AID KIT / DOCTOR : We have a first aid kit on premises, however we strongly recommend bringing your own medications. In particular, an antiseptic to clean cuts and antibiotics in case of infection. Aloita does not have a doctor on site. There is a local hospital in Tua Pejat (half hour away).

  • WHAT TO BRING : rain coat, sun lotion, sun hat, mosquito repellent, and for surfers, surf booties (especially for beginners).

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Aloita Resort

Simakakang Island, Tua Pejat

Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Telephone / WhatsApp: +62 813 2097 1810

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