Awera Surf Resort
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Upscale surf resort on a private beach in the Mentawais with unlimited boat service and waves for all levels.
If you’re into staying at postcard-perfect island paradises surrounded by fun surf, Awera Surf Resort is your jam. Everyone from baby-wave beginners to barrel-chasing hellmen will love staying at this beachfront surf resort. The moment you step off the ferry, you’ll instantly feel taken care of.
There are four double private villas and four family villas on the property, which means there are never more than 24 guests at one time. And the entire resort has a beautiful design, both inside and out.
If you want a break from the surf, you can explore the mangroves by SUP, snorkel the reefs filled with fish, jump into the twice-daily yoga classes, hike island trails, or tag along with local experts for a day of fishing and boating. The amenities and activities available at Awera Resort really do make this spot the ideal destination for surf fanatics, plus their friends and families who may not want to be on a board all day.
To cap it all off, you can feel good about spending your money at Awera, which has a strong social and environmental commitment. Awera recycles 100 percent of its waste, collects rainwater, and prioritizes using biodegradable products. Plus, the resort strives to hire locals over foreigners, and sends additional funding to the local school.
VIBE: Castaway in comfort
LOCALE: Postcard-perfect wave mecca
ROOMS: 4 double villas, 4 family villas
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Yes
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) in Padang
PRICING: $175 – $225 per person, per night
The wooden thatched-roof villas exude rustic minimalism and have floor-to-ceiling windows that open to picturesque views. Each villa has an ensuite bathroom, chill-out terrace, surfboard rack, and outdoor shower. All beds offer mosquito nets, and the A/C will feel great after spending all day in the sun.
Nature is the name of the game in this island paradise. Take a stroll along your own 2,500-meter private beach or go snorkeling out front at the colorful reef. Post-surf, recount the waves of the day on a cush lounge chair at the beachfront pool with a cold beer and good company.
Eat & Drink
Fuel up for the day with delicious fresh meals prepared by an on-site chef. Three meals per day plus snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included, so you’ll never feel empty after a long day of surfing. The resort is happy to accommodate special diets, including vegan and vegetarian options.
There are three waves directly in front of the resort – a beginner wave and two rippable (and occasionally barreling) reefs known as Awera Right and Left. Nine other waves located within a short boat ride from the resort, including Telescopes and Iceland (one of the Mentawais’ biggest left-handers, which handles into the XL range). The famous and ultra-popular Playgrounds area is only a one-hour boat ride away, and HTs (the original Mentawai dream wave) is accessible in less than 90 minutes.
WATER TEMP: 77 – 86 °F (25 – 30 °C)
PEAK SURF SEASON: April – Sept
SHOULDER SURF SEASON: Nov – Mar
SURF EXPERIENCE: Beginner to advanced
Stays include private accommodation, three meals per day at the onsite restaurant, non-alcoholic drinks, two daily yoga lessons, use of snorkeling and stand up paddling equipment, wifi in the main building, and roundtrip transport by speedboat from the Mentawai Fast Ferry stop in Tua Pejat. The Surfer rate also includes unlimited boat trips to different surf spots.
Rates are per person. We recommend longer stays due to the remote location (the minimum stay is 5 nights).
- Adults: $175 per night
- Kids (5-12 years old): $103 per night
* kids under 5 stay free
– Surfer // +$50 per night // includes unlimited boat trips to surf spots
– Surf Lessons // +$50 per night // includes daily surf lesson (for beginners)
Good to Know
Check-in and check-out is only available on the Mentawai Fast Ferry sailing days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). To accommodate flight and ferry schedules, travelers have to spend a night in Padang and then take a ferry to Tua Pejat before arrival. You can pay an extra fee to have all ground transportation and Padang hotel arrangements handled.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
Awera Resort is located in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia, one of the world’s most wave-rich surf destinations. Specifically, the resort is on the south side of Pulau Potogtoga, which is a small island located on the north end of the Sipura Islands. This tropical island is very safe and traveler-friendly.
To get to the Mentawai Islands, fly into the Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) in the city of Padang, Indonesia. Awera’s staff will pick you up and take you to your hotel for the night. The next day, Awera’s staff will take you from your hotel to the city’s port, where the Fast Ferry leaves for the Mentawai Islands (Tua Pajat), a three hours’ journey away. The ferry departs at 7am on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and 6am on Mondays. Once in Tua Pejat, guests will be picked up by Awera staff and transferred via speed boat to Awera Surf Resort, which is a ten-minute journey away.