mentawai people

Siberut Mentawai Adventure

7 Days / 6 Nights

Mentawai people, as well as much of the flora and fauna, are unique to the remote Siberut Island. With this tour you interact with the local people, stay overnight in their houses and adjoin with their daily life.
These shy, disarming people, formerly a proud, self-assured democratic community practicing hunting and gathering. You can still see a few traces today of their rich traditional culture. Most Mentawai islander has traditionally settled inland along the banks in the upper reaches rivers. In the past when head-hunting raids were an ever-present threat villages attempted to remain as inconspicuous as possible separated from the rivers by a wall of seemingly impenetrable tropical forest. Their belief in magic is still prevalent and they still practice ritual taboos.

Category: Tag:

Product Description

Tour Highlights

  • Siberut Island
  • Mentawai clan
  • Masilok Beach

Tour Price

Price for the Tour Package Siberut Mentawai Adventure

Currency:  American Dollars (USD)

Validity: 31 December 2017

Private tour min. 2 adults  : USD 1,434 per person

Single Supplement: USD 120 per person

Tour Details

DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights

FREQUENCY: Daily

JOINING CITY: Padang airport

DEPARTURE CITY: Padang airport

ACTIVITIES:  Jungle trekking and explore traditional villages

TOUR TYPE: Private tour

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Year-round

What's Included

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
All internal transport as per the itinerary
Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
English speaking tour guide
Entrance fees
Meals as specified (B: breakfast, L: lunch, PL: packed lunch, D: dinner)

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Flights
Beverages
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond Naturalis Expeditions control
Video and camera fees

Day 1: ARRIVE PADANG – FERRY TO SIBERUT ISLAND 

Arrive at Minagkabau Airport Padang, and transfer to the restaurant for lunch. Late afternoon you will be transferred to Muara Harbor to board the ferry to Siberut Island. The cruise is about 8 hours.  Overnight in a small cabin on board.

Overnight in a small cabin on board.

LUNCH

Day 2: MUARA SIBERUT –  MENTAWAI CLAN 

Arrive in Muara Siberut in the morning and then continue up the river by speedboat. During a drought, the water level is very low and you may have to get off the boat and walk up the riverbed.  About noon, arrive at the starting point of the trek where you will meet your porter. According to the time of your arrival, take a rather easy path, but usually very muddy, for a 4 to 6-hour walk.

BREAKFAST |LUNCH |DINNER

Day 3 & 4: STAY AT MENTAWAI CLAN 

Wake up early this morning and enjoy a cooling bath in the river.  After breakfast, you can witnesses the everyday activities of the local people, such as fishing, sago production (the staple food of the Mentawaians), the bark-cloth-making process, the manufacturing of bow and arrows with poison. And if you are lucky you will witness a shaman ceremony. You can self-explore the surroundings and visit other clans.

BREAKFAST

Day 5: RETURN TO MUARA SIBERUT

Hike back to the river for about 4-6 hours, then continue to Muara Siberut by speedboat for another 4-6 hours.

Overnight in a simple guesthouse in Muara Siberut.

BREAKFAST

Day 6: MUARA SIBERUT – MASILOK BEACH – FERRY TO PADANG 

After breakfast, proceed to Masilok a nice beach with white sand where you can do snorkeling, swimming or sun bathing. Stay on the beach until the ferry scheduled departure time. Return to Padang.

Overnight on board.

BREAKFAST

Day 7: DEPART PADANG 

Arrive in Padang early morning, and then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

BREAKFAST