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Exploration of Mentawai Tribe

EXPLORATION of MENTAWAI TRIBE

Mentawai Island Tribe West Sumatera

Mentawai Island consist of four main Island, North Pagai, South Pagai, Sikakap and Siberut about 100 Km from west Sumatra coast in Indian Ocean. The tribe who live there called Mentawai Tribe. Among 4 islands Siberut Island is the biggest but the lowest population among four islands.

Their culture, language is totally different with people who live in Sumatra, their culture back to stone age. Most of old people decorate their body with tattoo. According to the story is the oldest tattoo in the world. They also are very professional as a hunter with using bow and poison arrow.

They still practice magic. Magic man is important man, because they lead ceremony, cure somebody ill, give advice to the ordinary people before going hunting, building the house, making canoe, etc. There is hundreds of island with beautiful beach and coral reef. Mentawai also the best place for surfing

EXPLORATION of MENTAWAI TRIBE 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

(By Mentawai Fast: Saturday to Tuesday)

DAY 01: PADANG – SIBERUT (L,D)

Boarding in Muara Harbor at 6 AM in the morning, sailing to Muara Siberut.Arrival at Muara Siberut making report to police station and after lunch we go to the local village by small boat about 2 hours. It’s depend on the depth of water in the river.Stay overnight at local house

DAY 02: THE NATIVE’S VILLAGE (B,L,D)

After having breakfast exploring the daily activities of Mentawai Tribe such as: hunting, fishing, making sago powder (as the main food of Mentawaian Tribe), when you are lucky you have chance to see the traditional dances of Mentawai during the ceremonies in the evening.

DAY 03: WALKING TO ANOTHER VILLAGE (B,L,D)

In the morning free at own pleasure together with the native’s people and walking to the other village (Sakalio) about 2,5 hours. Overnight at native’s house

DAY 04: SAKALIO VILLAGE – MUARA SIBERUT – PADANG (B,L)

After breakfast we go to Muara Siberut Harbour by small boat and sailing back to Padang at 3 PM (15.00) about 3 – 3,5 hours. Arrive in Padang transfer to your otel for your hotel for overnight stay.

Price included:

  • English speaking guide and local guide
  • Porter
  • Permit fee and entrance fee
  • Accommodations at Native’s house or Simple bungalow at the beach for 10D/ 9N.
  • All transport to complete the Journey (Ticket Ferry, Motorized Canoe)
  • Meal as specified in the Itinerary, All food brought from Padang, along the Journey in the Island the food is carried by porters and cooked by guide and help by his crew
  • Mosquito Net

Exclude :

  • Insurance
  • Others personal needs
  • Tips

TOUR CONDITION:

This is a challenging trek that will take you far from the tourist trail, into the heart of the Mentawai Islands. Deep within their jungles indigenous people live close to nature.

A people in transition, these uncomplicated rainforest dwellers are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle against the paradoxes of modernization. This trek is only recommended if you are prepared to accept very basic and often uncomfortable conditions. The Mentawai Islands are in Indian Ocean, approximately 100 km to the west of Padang. Now the island is also a paradise for surfers. Your journey begins with an overnight boat crossing to Siberut the largest island in the chain.

If there are any delay or cancellation cause of the weather or the ferry delay or cancel all of the cost belong to the clients.

What to Bring :

Good sport shoes, rain jacket or poncho, hat, sun cream, snorkel mask, medicine, flashlight or torch, and other personal needs

 

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