The mentawai islands are located in the middle of Indian Ocean, approximately 100 miles from Padang, west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, the Mentawai archipelago is a stunning area rich in nature and beautiful beaches that has been ecologically isolated from mainland Sumatra since the mid-Pleistocene period, resulting in high levels of endemism amongst its indigenous flora and fauna.
The Mentawai Island chain consist of 4 main islands, Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai which are surrounded by many others small islands. Siberut is the largest one with an area of approximately 500 800 hectares with a population close to 22.000 citizens, most of them indigenous Mentawaians. High conservation value has attracted the attention of World Wide Fund for Nature and United Nations body UNESCO resulting in the declaration of the Siberut National Park.
The Islands are manly inhabited by local fishermen who are friendly and welcoming. A visit to their beaches and communities are highly recommended for a full Mentawai experience. There are two main seasons in the Mentawai: the dry season, which runs from around February to October, and the wet season, which takes up November to January. Average air temperatures range between 72°F (22°C) to 90°F (32°C). Water temperature runs constant 80°F (27°C).
The Mentawai Islands are administered as regency within the West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat) province since 1999. The regency city is Tua Pejat, located on the island of Sipura. Padang, the capital of the province, lies on the Sumatran mainland and the total area reaches 6011.35 km2.
All the nature spirits makes it an extraordinary escaping spot from a hectic life.