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4 days visiting the Mentawai tribes


4 days




3 meals/day



Live with the Mentawai tribes

The Mentawai tribe, residing in the remote Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, is a fascinating indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage that has endured for centuries. The Mentawai people are renowned for their unique way of life, distinct customs, and deep connection with nature.

Embarking on a journey to the Mentawai Islands, specifically Siberut, offers a rare opportunity to immerse oneself in the ancient and captivating culture of the Mentawai tribe. Spending three days with these indigenous people provides a glimpse into a way of life that has remained remarkably unchanged for centuries. Be prepared for stepping out of your comfort zone and basic standards for the next 3 days.


  • Minimum 2 persons
  • Airport transfer to hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals (excl. arrival day)
  • Fast ferry tickets return
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fee for Siberut National Park
  • Motor canoe return
  • Porter, logistics, presents
  • Flights
  • Meals on arrival day
  • Insurance

Tour Plan

1 Padang

After arrival at Minangkabau International airport in Padang you will be picked up by a driver and taken to your hotel in Padang. You have the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation example: Ibis Padang, d'Oxville Hotel

2 Transport to the Mentawai Islands

The ferry leaves at around 7am. Our driver will meet you at the hotel, transfer you to the harbour and arrange the ferry tickets for you. Depending on the day the ferry takes 4 or 7 hours. There is no food on the ferry, so bring snacks.

Upon arrival our guide will pick you up and bring you to his home. Here you can change clothes, back a small backpack and get rubber boots. our main luggage will be stored securely during your time in the jungle. You will buy some logistics, food and presents for the tribe in a local shop. You can also get moskito repellent or a plastic rain coat if needed.

Afterwards you will take a motorised wooden boat into the jungle for about 1-2h, depending which family you will visit. Followed by another 1-2h trek through the dense jungle and through the muddiest of muddy paths you may have ever seen. As a visitor, you have the chance to stay in a traditional Uma, the raised bamboo and thatch houses that are central to Mentawai community life. You will sleep on a thick blanket on the wodden floor of the Uma, protected by a moskito net. The guides will cook 3 delicious meals for you every day.

3 Living with the Mentawais

Visiting the Mentawai tribe you will be treated as part of the family. There is no special programme for tourists happening. The daily life of the Mentawai people is deeply intertwined with nature, and visitors may find themselves participating in various activities, such as traditional hunting and fishing expeditions or foraging for local herbs and plants. Engaging in these activities provides not only an authentic experience but also a chance to witness the tribe's profound respect for the environment and their sustainable practices. Over the course of three days, visitors may become part of the Mentawai community, sharing meals, stories, and laughter with the locals.

4 Transfer to Siberut

After breakfast you will trek back to the big river and then take the wooden boat back to the village of Siberut. After arrival you can change your clothes. Our guides will take you back to the harbour where you will take the ferry back to Padang. Upon arrival in Padang our driver can take you to the airport or you can also stay overnight in Padang.

Alternative: You can also take the ferry to Sipora island from here. Just let us know.

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Adults 560,00 
Children 560,00 
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Adults 560,00 
Children 560,00