Mentawai Islands is a district in West Sumatra Province, same district with Sikuai Island. Mentawai located at a distance of 150 km off the coast of Sumatra Island. District is an area of 601 sq km inhabited by 64.235 people, mostly indigenous people. Mentawa Islands consists of 213 islands with four main islands of Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai. Capital in the Tua Pejat, Mentawai District is divided into four districts and 40 villages.
Until now, most of the land area remains forested Mentawai Islands. having been through a long geological history, Mentawai has several endemic species that are protected. Noted there are twenty endemic species that live in these islands. Four of them are primates, namely Simakobu or pig tail monkeys (simias Concolor), Bilou or dwarf gibbon (Hylobates Klossii), Joja or Mentawai langur (Presbytis Potenziani), Bokkoi or monkey Mentawai (Macaca Siberut).
To protect the existence of many endemic species, half of the area has been designated as the Mentawai Siberut Natinal Park. The existence of National Parks and beautiful rain forest in the islands directly support a variety of life on the beach and sea, including the tourism sector. During this time, many tourists who come to enjoy the many attractions in coastal areas, are also very impressed by the originality and beauty of forests Mentawai.
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Mentawa Islands have a coastline of 758 km. The main potential of the Mentawai Islands is the rolling waves and is very suitable to be used where surfing. Mentawai Islands potential, began to unfold when in the mid 1990's, some surfers from Australia to visit and see the waves that they had never thought was in the Mentawai. The surfer was eventually disseminate findings and some of them even founded several beach resorts to serve foreign tourists who want to surf in Mentawai.
Geographical postion of the Mentawai Islands off the coast of West Sumatra provide benefits for tourism development of extreme sports. Location that is directly facing the Indian Ocean, surf the Mentawai Islands granted consistent throughout the year. The time between April to August which coincide with summer holidays in Europe is the best time for surfing. In that season, Mentawai waves can reach six feet tall and this is the most sought after by surfers. Mentawai Islands has recorded 400 pints which is often used as the location of surfing by surfers. Of the 400 point surfing, 23 points which have an international scale. The area is spread out among others in the area of Nyang-Nyang, Karang Bajat, Karoniki, pananggelat and Mainuk ^Siberut Island), Katie Basua (Sipora Island) and North Pagai (Sikakap Island).
The recognition given by the international world on the waves can be seen from the Mentawai surfing event held in the islands. each year, designated as the organizers Mentawai Surfing Champions World Series or The World Surfing Championship Series Water Scheduled every August. With the existence of this championship, Mentawai can gather 3000 foreign tourists in 2007. As many as 60% of tourists come from Australia, 39% of the United States, and the rest of Europe and Asia. Each tourist spends on average US $2,500 for aa surf in the Mentawai.
To ensure the comfort and safety of the surfers, managers and local goverments have adopted several supporting facilities. The most supporting facilities is the stiupulation of 60 exclusive surf spots scattered in various corners of the island. Exclusive surr spot is where surfing is limited to a maximum of 10 people wearer. This is to avoid accidents that may accur when the crash when surfers in action.
In addition, to establish an axclusive surf spot, the managers also established beach resort and various other support facilities for the convenience of tourist. Among the existing resort in the Mentawai islands, there are names such as Macaroni Silabu Island, kandui Nyang-Nyang island, Mentawai Sarina City, and Alloyta Simakakang Island, and Surfing Ground in Katiet. In addition to nuance resort inn, restaurant, bar, designed typical Mentawai.
Today, the Mentawai can be accessed through two channels namely both sea and air. Mentawai can be reached by speed boat for 4 hours or inter-islands ferry for 10 hours. Also available 46 mini cruise that can be rented during your stay in the Mentawai. After closed in March 1999, the flight route of the Padang-Mentawai pad re-opened in 2007. Minangkabau International Airport-Rokot Airport who took 35 minutes time is served every Tuesday and Thursday by the Sabang merauke Air Charter.
Easy to come there, rite?!