When you arrive and what to expect…

IMPORTANT: whether you utilise our help to book or not, please consider the following before paying for any airfares .
When booking airfares you must arrive in Padang, Sumatra on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday and then overnight in a hotel in Padang.
This is due to the Mentawai Fast Ferry service to Siberut that departs from Padang 6.45am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

On departure from the Mentawai the Mentawai Ferry service arrives in Padang harbour around 7pm Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. This does not allow enough time to fly out of Padang the same day. Therefore returning home you will again spend a night in Padang. When booking your flight home you will need to depart Padang on either Sunday, Wednesday or Friday as well.

1.Booking Flights

Arrive in Padang, Sumatra on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Your last airport destination will be Minangkabau International Airport, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Easiest stopovers when booking your flight to Padang are through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Jakarta, Indonesia.

Airlines such as Air Asia, Garuda, Lion Air are

2. Arriving in Padang, Sumatra

You can purchase a return Padang Airport Transfer in a/c van when you make your reservation at Gingin.


A GinGin staff member will be waiting for you upon arrival in Padang airport and take you to your hotel in town.

He will also pick you up no later than 6am the next morning from your hotel and drop you at Padang Ferry Harbour, allowing enough time to purchase ferry tickets and load luggage and board bags onto the Mentawai Fast ferry.

NOTE: Same service applies for your return trip when you arrive back in Padang after your stay at Gingin.  (ie. You will also be transferred from ferry to hotel, and hotel to airport the following day by a Gingin staff member.


3.Overnight Hotel Stay In Padang

You will need to make a hotel reservation in Padang and stay overnight where you will be picked up the following morning and taken to the Mentawai Fast ferry.

A nice hotel room in Padang costs approx $50.00usd per night depending on where you stay.

You will also need make another hotel reservation and overnight in Padang after you leave Gingin before your flight home the following day.

4. Mentawai Fast Ferry transfer to Siberut

The Mentawai ferry departs from Padang at 7 00am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only and will leave from Siberut these same days around 2 30pm arriving in Padang between 6pm and 7pm depending on sea conditions.

You must arrive in Padang the day before the ferry departs (so either a Monday, Wednesday or Friday), and leave Padang the day after you return from the Gingin to Padang (Wednesday, Friday or Sunday).

Please make sure you book your flights according to this schedule 😉

Mentawai Fast ferry tickets can be purchased where the ferry departs from in Padang at the ferry harbour terminal. 

Price is Rp. 295,000 per person one way (approx $22.00usd)

Plus Rp. 230,000 per board bag one way (approx $17.00 usd)

NOTE:  After your stay at Gingin, you will be dropped back to Siberut ferry terminal by speedboat driven by a Gingin staff member.  There you will need to purchase tickets for the same price from the Siberut ferry harbour terminal for you return trip back to Padang.

5. GinGin Speedboat Transfer from Siberut to GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge

When you arrive at Siberut, one of our boat captains will be waiting for you at Siberut Ferry Harbour to take you on the last leg of your journey before arriving at GinGin you will embark on an approx 45min Speedboat ride through the mangroves and/or via ocean, depending on tide level and swell conditions.
On the day of your departure from GinGin, you will leave GinGin approx 11am (plenty of time for a last surf at the front at Beng Bengs) to embark on Mentawai Fast ferry back to Padang.


6. Mentawai Surf Tax

Since the 1st of August 2016, the Mentawai Government has implemented a surf tax of Rp. 1,000,000 per surfer that all foreign surfers visiting Mentawai are legally obliged to pay, upon arrival in Padang Harbour.

This is valid for a 15-days stay and his extendable. The Mentawai Tourism Office will ask for a copy of your passport along with your payment and will provide you with a waterproof bracelet to use while surfing, as a proof of purchase.


Once you’re in Padang Airport, you’ll be in good hands and won’t need to worry about anything else than getting on waves.

There’s a thousands things to think about to get ready for your trip of a lifetime so have a read below, we’ve probably covered everything you need to know!


GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge (MSL) is located remotely, in a pristine tropical paradise with no access to shops or stores of any kind.
Because of our remote location we recommend you pack accordingly, bringing along anything you may need while visiting.

To assist you in packing for your trip, we have included a list of items you may find useful / important.
Have fun packing!


Tropical Climate Clothing

  • Long & Short sleeves T-shirts
  • Long loose pants (and/or long skirts for women)
  • Swimwear (2 or 3 pairs of boardshorts / bikinis)
  • Sarongs
  • Sun Hat, Sunglasses (a backup pair is recommended)
  • Underwear
  • Socks for your flight
  • Sandals, Flipflops, light sneakers to walk in the bush
  • Beach Towel / Chamois Sports Towel

Medical Supplies

  • Malaria Medication (seek medical advice before your trip)
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Anti-inflammatory Pills
  • Pain Killers
  • Antibiotics in case of infection (check with your GP)
  • Band Aids, Medical Tape, Gauze
  • Antiseptic Treatment
  • Antibiotic Cream or Powder
  • Aqua Ear or other treatment
  • Clear Eyes or other Eye Drops
  • Aloe / After Sun Moisturizing Lotion
  • PawPaw cream for rashes
  • Women’s hygiene products & Medications
  • Nail clippers / scissors


  • General Toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving kit, face moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb, brush, cotton buds…)
  • Electrolites, Berrocca
  • Mosquito Repellant (spray or cream is prefered, please avoid bringing aerosols
  • Zinc / Sunscreen / Sunblock

Technical Gear

  • Indonesian Power Adapter (2 round pins)
  • Laptop, Ipad, Ipod, Phone with cables and chargers (to access Wifi)
  • Cameras, cables, chargers
  • Waterproof camera (GoPro…), memory card, cables, chargers
  • Zip Drive, USB stick (for photos)
  • Pen, Pencil, Journal, etc.
  • Sports or stainless water bottle (we appreciate your help to minimize plastics)
  • Small backpack or waterproof carrybag
  • Yoga mat
  • Flashlight / Headlamp

SurfBoard Gear

  • Boards (2 to 3 are recommended to suit various conditions)
  • Fin sets (4) / Fin Keys
  • Leg Ropes (5) / Leash Ties
  • Tropical Surf Wax / Wax Comb
  • Ding Repair Kit / Solar Resin
  • Multi-board travel bag
  • Soft board cover (day cover) to protect your board from impact, sun & wax damage whilst on boat transfers to breaks

Surfing Gear

  • Long and / or Short Sleeve Rash Shirts
  • Surf Shirt / Wetty Top
  • Surf Leggins
  • Booties (Reef / Surfing) Highly recommended !
  • Helmet
  • Surf Hat
  • Sunscreen / Zinc / Lipbalm
  • Ear Plugs & Aqua Ear
  • Vaseline / PawPaw for rashes


Your health is a very important part of your trip and we try to provide all our guests as much information as possible so that they can prepare accordingly and stay healthy while they are with us.

First Aid, Medical Warnings

GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge will always try to have a complete medical kit, including suturing equipment, braces, bandages, malaria test kits, malaria medicines and a full spectrum of First Aid Kit.

If a first emergency care has to be provided (such as cleaning a wound, applying a dressing, giving antibiotics…) it will be done whenever possible by one of the paramedics staying at The Lodge, and we will always ask our guests to sign a liability waivers and a consent form.

For any medical emergency, The Lodge’s manager will organise assistance and evacuation (along with your travel insurance provider) to the medical clinic in Siberut (1hour via speedboat) or to a Padang or Singapore hospital via flight.

We are not responsible for any accidents that you may have while doing any activities on your own.

Recommended First Aid Kit

This list is only given as a guideline, YOU MUST SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE prior to composing your First Aid Kit.
GinGin MSL will not be held responsible for guest’s automedication.

Washes / Cleansing / Antiseptics Agents

  • Betadine (Povidone Iodine)
  • Small bottle of 3% Peroxide
  • Small bottle aqueous chlorexidine
  • Normal Saline (0,9%)

Cleaning Materials

  • a packet of Q-tips
  • cotton Gauze squares
  • Dressings these are only products suggestions, all equivalents are suitable. Best suggested sizes 10 cm (4 inches) patches – suggested numbers 5 to 10 of each.
  • LEUKOSTRIPS Skin Closure Strips : 100% polyamide material coated with a hypoallergenic adhesive which allows almost pain free closure of the wound.
  • DUODERM Waterproof Hydrocolloid : moisture-retentive wound dressing. Versatile, easy to use, suitable for managing different stages of wound healing and multiple wound types such as thickness abrasions and ulcers which are not infected. Accelerate healing and reduce scarring in.
  • PRIMAPORE Conformable Adhesive Non-woven Dressing : combine an absorbent pad with a soft and conformable fixative layer for the simple and effective management of wounds
  • BACTIGRAS Paraffin Gauze Dressing : antiseptic, soft paraffin dressing which soothes and protects the wound whilst helping to reduce wound infection and inflammation. It has low adherence and allows the wound to drain freely into an absorbent secondary dressing. Suitable for covering wounds such as minor burns, lacerations, abrasions, graft sites and leg ulcers.
  • MELOLIN Low Adherent Dressing : highly absorbent cotton and acrylic fibre pad which is heat bonded on one side to a very thin perforated polyester film
  • OPSITE Plastic Skin Dressing (or skin spray) : moisture vapour permeable, conformable and extensible. It is widely used to provide a moist wound environment for superficial wounds; also ideal for use as a secondary dressing.
  • HYPAFIX Conformable, Adhesive Retention Tape : self-adhesive, non-woven fabric sheet for secure and rapid fixation. Provides complete coverage of the entire dressing, thus reducing the risk of contamination. Conformability that simplifies shaping around joints and awkward body contours to allow greater freedom of movement. Permeable to both air and moisture, helping to reduce the risk of maceration.


  • Reef cuts or any other foreign body introduced in your skin (wood splinter…) can potentially evolve towards an infected wound. In order to avoid this inconvenience, it is highly advised to treat a wound presenting signs of infection in the best delais. Please check with your Doctor the most recommended antibiotic treatment suitable for you while in the Mentawais.


  • Please be sure that any medical information that you will share with us will stay confidential. If you feel like it’s important for us to know any particular medical condition, such as asthma, chronic illness, diabese, etc… feel free to inform our Manager. It would also be good to know your blood type and any allergies you have to medicines, food, bugs…
  • For short stays of 2 to 4 weeks, we recommend a tetanus booster, plus hepatitis A and B and typhoid
What type of health precautions should I take?

Please consult with your GP and check all of your immunizations are up to date for travels to remote parts of Indonesia. Bring a supply of any prescription drugs you are taking at the time of travel and make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. If you are prone to sea sickness please bring some preventable medications.
For more information please consult your doctor


Malaria is a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection spread through the bite of mosquitoes in many tropical and sub-tropical countries.
Malaria can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites and taking certain medications.
People planning to visit malaria-affected countries should get advice from their GP or a travel clinic 4-6 weeks before they leave.

The Mentawais are among the world’s most isolated tropical islands, located just South of the Equator. They are sparsely populated but Malaria exists in the islands, as it does in the rest of Indonesia.
Any remote area has the potential for an outbreak of Malaria, depending on controlling factors such as weather, potential mosquito breeding areas and awareness of the local community.

However, thanks to several factors, and the preventive measures in use at GinGin’s, we can consider being relatively safe…

  • Nyang Nyang island is very small, and so there’s usually very few people on the island except resorts’ guests and staff members.
  • In order for the Malaria parasite to be transferred, a mosquito must bite somebody that is infected and then be alive for a week while the parasite undergoes a life cycle change. Then it must bite another person for them to get infected. If there is no carrier (an infected person to bite), there is no malaria.
  • The surfing season being in the dry moonsoon season, the mosquitos are fewest than in the wet season.
  • We put all the efforts and energy into landclearing and minimizing any stagnant water in the area to cut down on mosquitos reproduction habitats.
  • Our location provides a good exposure to breezes around, which combined with air conditionners and ceiling fans, helps reduce the presence of mosquitos (they prefer wet and damp environments)
  • We light mosquito coils every night, insect repellent is available at all times, and all the beds are fitted with mosquitos nets that are impregnated with permethrin (insecticide that repells mosquitos safe for humans)
  • It is also highly recommended that guests bring loose-fitting light cotton pants, long sleeves shirts and socks (mozzies can bite trought skinfit clothes). Covering up at dusk with these clothes and spraying yourself after shower is the best protection against being bitten.

We advise our guests to seek medical advice prior to your trip regarding the use of preventive Malaria medication while on the island.
Anti –malarial drugs are known for several side effects such as nausea, sun sentivity, rash, headaches, etc…

Should I be concerned about malaria?

Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information.

Emergency Evacuation Details

Emergency evacuation is not included with guests reservations and must be organized by a 3rd party insurance provider.
All guests of GinGin’s MSL must have medical evacuation insurance coverage in order to visit the Lodge and be evacuated in the case of an emergency.

Due to the remote location of The Lodge, air-lifting or speedboat evacuation to a Padang or Singapore hospital may be required in the case of an emergency.

Depending on the nature of the emergency, The Lodge’s manager will assist in coordinating with your travel insurance company to organise assistance.
The emergency evacuation to Padang can be done by speedboat (if weather conditions permits too), but in case of more severe injuries, it will have to be done by Police Helicopter (if available), and this must be arranged by travel insurance company.

GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge can not be held responsible for emergency evacuation availability or costs.
This is agreed upon by Terms and Conditions, which all guests must agree to before visiting the resort.

If you have questions or concerns please email