Beng Bengs, Pulau Masokut aka Nyang Nyang Island
North Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia
MENTAWAI SURF RESORT
1°49’0″ S and 99°16’0″ E in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds)
-1.81667 and 99.2667 (in Decimal Degrees)
The Standard Time Zone for Pulau Masokut is UTC/GMT+7
here are not many places in the world where you could find all packed into one small island some excellent world class surfing spots, exotic tropical forests, local tribal experiences, and rare exotic plant and animal species.
Located off the West coast of Sumatra, the Mentawai archipelago includes four municipalities : Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai.
Even if the physical distance between the mainland and Mentawai is not great (150 km) this remains one of the most isolated places in Indonesia.
A long way from the world of shopping malls and theme parks, this is where travelers come from all around the world to get an authentic off-the-beaten-track adventure trip.
From the moment you arrive you are greeted by white sandy beaches line with palm trees and hillsides of ancient rainforests.
Siberut Island recently received international attention as a priority conservation area, and has earned its designation as a UNESCO biosphere reserve for the unique culture of the ethnic Mentawaian and endemic of its biodiversity.
The archipelago is thought to have broken off from the rest of Sumara about 500,000 years ago and it is only since the 20th century that outside influences began to have an impact on the local people.
Today, the Mentawai still abide by traditional practices and live largely off the land. Local people have a strong spiritual relationship with the forest with a belief system that emphasizes harmony with creation. It is believed people first came to inhabit these islands at least several thousand years ago. Most anthropologists classify the Mentawai people as Protomalay.
Tatoos are an important symbol in Mentawai culture and reflect maturity, manhood and status. The art of this body painting has been inherited from ancient ancestors and the ink is made from natural fibres.
The biggest town on Siberut is Muara Siberut on the southeast coast. This is the major point of entry for many of our travelers, other surfers and trekkers in search of an adventure.
The Mentawai Islands are a true surfing Mecca, offering some of the best surfing conditions in the world.
GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge is located in the Northern Mentawai region known as the “Playgrounds area” and the names says it all.
The Playgrounds area offers access to a large variety of waves, for all surfing levels. From mellow, peeling reef breaks to some of the heaviest barrels on the planet, you will always have a choice.
The lodge is located on a beach on Pulau Masokut Island, a 40 min boat drive South off the bigger island, Siberut. It has a great surf break right at the front, a few others within walking distance and over a dozen world class breaks a short boat ride away.
CLIMATE AND TOPOGRAPHYS
iberut Island and Northern Mentawai are characterized by a wet equatorial climate, warm and humid, perfect synomous of a great surf trip !
Temperatures generally range from 35°C (70-90°F), and humidity averages 81-85%.
The dry season (influenced by the Australian continental air masses) is from February to September and the rainy season (caused by Asia and Pacific Ocean air masses) is from October to January, but all months have an average precipitation value of at least 60 mm.
In other terms, dry season does not mean that there are no rains. In fact tropical showers in a dry season’s afternoon is a regular affair, and wet season can also be dry and sunny for weeks at a time.
It is typically hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is frequent. One day in an equatorial climate can be very similar to the next.
Local winds are moderate and generally predictable, variable throughout most of the year but occasionally go through intermittent periods of storminess, called “Badai’s”.
Thanks to its position 2° below the Equator, GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge is is not influenced by the steady easterly trade winds often associated with the rest of Indonesia.
The water temperature is a consistent warm 27°C all year round so boardshorts are all you’ll need, you will never wear a wet suit but it might be worth bringing rash-vests, surf t-shirts and hats to protect your skin from the strong sun.
Pulau Masokut, more commonly named Nyang Nyang Island is an undeveloped island, only populated with a few small local villages and accommodation catering to surfers. It is hilly with small variations in elevation, and stretches about 5km from end to end. Almost 60% is covered by dense, lush tropical rain forest with many forest types and many rivers with a complex system of tributaries running down to the shoreline.
A maze of walking trails wind through the interior and around the island, used by the locals for moving between villages and between copra farming areas.
Copra is the dried meat, or dried kernel, of the coconut used to extract coconut oil.This is a product harvested from the abundant coconut palms of the island, collected via local cargo boat and sent to processing facilities in Padang where it is converted into products such as soap and cooking oil.
The coastline is low, punctuated by clusters of palm trees, with white sandy beaches, rocky headlands and mangrove swamps in some places.