Mentawai Tribe Siberut Islands

Take a trip into the wild & immerse yourself in ancestral practices and traditions. Discover heavy spiritual semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer people who have chose to continue living their traditional tribal lifestyle.
Culture
The Mentawai lifestyle should be of interest to almost every society for it contains elements of hunter-gatherer, animal husbandry and subsistence level settled farming traditions; all of these forms of existence are at the roots of every contemporary scociety. However traditional Mentawai communities can not be reduced only to a lens on the yesterday of our modern technological societies, they are also an example a sophisticated socialization that balances subsistence with a unique pattern of family well being, in essence a window on a potential tomorrow. Dr Philip Cook, University of Victoria, BC. Canada
If you can move beyond the perception of the Mentawai as only «primitive», then you may be able to appreciate a culture whose veneration of the child, centrality of healing, and the emphasis placed on a rich web of connectivity linking the individual to his or her clan and community, ancestors of the past and future, as well as the spirit of creation manifest in the natural cycle of daily life in the rainforest, makes our own lives seem narrow & disconnected. Dr Philip Cook, University of Victoria, BC. Canada
The Mentawai People have lived for centuries on their unique Archipelago of Islands, now reduced to a few settlements on the southern tip of Siberut Island, they still have a strong traditional lifestyle though their future is threatened by external forces such as logging, introduced diseases, and large scale settlement of Non Mentawai due to economic and population pressures in other parts of Indonesia.
Is giving money a mere means of easing our western conscience? Money is an inevitable part of modern life, even for these tribes. We give them money for experiencing their life, but our aim is to help them use this money to preserve their culture. Have some chats with your guide along that week, as you will be staying in his family & friends’ houses, he will help you to understand the situation more deeply. He is the son of tribes’ people.
Mentawai, one of Indonesian islands, with its millions of beauty, inhabited by one ethnic people, Mentawai, having tattoes all over their bodies. Its exotism and the existence of endangered primate, called pigtail monkey, dwarf siamang and beruk that live wildly and freely side to side with the people in a traditional house inhabited by group of people. Prepare yourself for for the unlimited experiences. You will definitely enjoy

( Option 1 )

Mentawai jungle trekking 6 day / 5 night ( trekking 3 night + 2 night in padang ) Monday until  Sunday   ( stay in padang airport on Monday + stay in padang,padang to airport Sunday )

The price includes:
– Picking up in airport and return
– transfort from airport to guest house then guest house to harbour then guest house to airport
– Ticket ferry boat return and travel permit in Mentawai
– Accomodation staying at local people’s house
– Meals in staying at local people’s house
-guide + porter trekking
– transfort from harbour mentawai to montai
– transfort from local people’s house to harbour mentawai
-stay guest house in padang return
The price not includes:
– flight to Padang
– Tipp
– insurance
– Visa
Things needed to be prepared:
– Daypack and backpack
– Shoes and Sandal for tracking
– Personal medicine
– Camera or handycam for documentation
– Flashlight and back up battery
Important Notes: 
Note:
The schedule for speed boat can sometimes be changed without prior notice depending on the weather.

Day 1  

we meet airport to homestay from homestay to harbour Padang
Day 2
Meetings at the Mentawai Siberut port.
– Transfer to guest house with a motorcycle
-Lunch
-Transfer to the destination (by the river port with local transportation). Trip is approximately 1.5 hours
-Continue trekk around 30 minute
-Introduction to the Tradition community
-Introduction of the Mentawai “UMA” tradition house
-Dinner
Day 3
-Breakfast
-Taking Mentawai local clothing material from bark
-See the process of making sago (Mentawai traditional food)
-Looking for sago caterpillars as food
-Lunch
-Hunt for fish in the riverside
– coffee break
-Looking for local Mentawai handicrafts
-Make poisons for hunting
-Making traditional Mentawai food
-Preparation of the Ceremony (to buy pig or chicken a traditional ritual)
-Dinner
-Ritual traditions (shaman singing)
Day 4
-Breakfast
– Say goodbye to Family clan(photo together)
– Transfer downtown to local boat boats
-cek in Gues house
-Lunch
-Transfer to the port of the ship
-Say goodbye

Day 5 : Siberut – Padang

After breakfast, we will hike back to river, and boat will ride back to Muntei village. After we arrived at Muntei village,  we take rest and after lunch going back to Padang.

Day 6 guest house to airport 

from harbour padang to guest house then guest house to airport

 

 (Option 2)

Mentawai jungle trekking 8 day / 7 night ( trekking 5 night + 2 night in padang ) Wednesday until Wednesday ( stay in padang,padang airport on Wednesday  + stay in padang,padang to airport Wednesday )
The price includes:
– Picking up in airport and return
– transfort from airport to guest house then guest house to harbour then guest house to airport
– Ticket ferry boat return and travel permit in Mentawai
– Accomodation staying at local people’s house
– Meals in staying at local people’s house
-guide + porter trekking
– transfort from harbour mentawai to local people’s house
– transfort from local people’s house to harbour mentawai
-stay guest house in padang return
The price not includes:
– flight to Padang
– Tipp
– insurance
– Visa
Things needed to be prepared:
– Daypack and backpack
– Shoes and Sandal for tracking
– Personal medicine
– Camera or handycam for documentation
– Flashlight and back up battery

Note:
The schedule for speed boat can sometimes be changed without prior notice depending on the weather.

Day 1 airport to padang  

we meet airport to homestay from homestay to harbour Padang
Day 2
Meetings at the Mentawai Siberut port.
– Transfer to guest house by motorbike
-Lunch
-Transfer to the destination (by the river port with local transportation). Trip is approximately 1.5 hours
-Continue trekk around 30 minute
-Introduction to the Tradition community
-Dinner
Day 3
-Breakfast
-Introduction of the Mentawai “UMA” tradition house
-Taking Mentawai local clothing material from bark
-See the process of making sago (Mentawai traditional food)
-Looking for sago caterpillars as food
-Lunch
-Hunt for fish in the riverside
-Looking for local Mentawai handicrafts
-Make poisons for hunting
-Making traditional Mentawai food
-Dinner
Day 4
-Breakfast
– Hunting to the Jungle
-Taking material for making mentawai        basket
-lunch
-Making mentawai basket for carrying
-Taking mentawai tobaco from the taro leaf
-Taking Mentawai foods(Taro plantation)
-Dinner
Day 5
-Breakfast
-Trekking Jungle
-Lunch
-Looking for mentawai climb
-Taking for mentawai medicine
-Ritual Ceremony (to buy pig or chicken )
-Dinner
-Mentawai dancing
Day 6
-Breakfast
-Say goodbye to Family clan(photo together)
– Transfer downtown to local boat boats
-cek in Gues house
-Lunch
-Transfer to the port of the ship
-Say goodbye

Day 7 guest house to airport
After breakfast, we will hike back to river, and boat will ride back to Muntei village. After we arrived at Muntei village,  we take rest and after lunch going back to Padang.

Day 8

from harbour padang to guest house then guest house to airport

 

How To Get mentawai?
The first step of your journey will be to arrive in Padang which is the capital city of West Sumatra Province (Sumaterra Barat) and the gate to the Mentawai’s archipelago. From Padang you will take a passenger’s ferry to the island of Siberut, the biggest island in the Mentawais. Specifically you have to arrive to Muara Siberut, which is the port located at the South-West corner of the island. There are few companies doing this journey. You can take a fast ferry that will take you there in 3 to 6 hrs depending on the day (check schedule below) or you can take the government cargo and passenger’s ferry that will take you there in 12 hrs or more depending on the load and the amount of people traveling.
Padang airport only receives international flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you are outside Indonesia you can check the connecting flights offered by Airasia, a Malaysian carrier which has the best prices in South East Asia. If you are in another area of Indonesia you must likely have to flight through Jakarta to reach Padang as direct flights from other cities in Indonesia are very limited or scarce.  For airfares on national flights in Indonesia check: Garuda Air and Lion Air. Padang airport code is: PDG.
A 30-day Indonesian visa is available on arrival to practically everyone for a fee of around $35.00 USD.

Ferries Schedule:
Fast Ferry Schedule (Mentawai Fast):
Padang to Mentawai Islands:

Tuesdays and Saturdays: (1 stop in north Siberut) the fast ferry departures at 7: 00 a.m. from  Padang and arrives at Maura Siberut harbor at 1:00 p.m. The journey takes about 6 hours as the boat made a stop in North Siberut before getting to Muara Siberut in the South of the island.

Thursdays: (no stop) the ferry departures at 7: 00 a.m. from  Padang and arrives at Maura Siberut harbor at 10:00 a.m. The journey takes about 3 hours as it comes directly from Padang.

Mentawai Islands to Padang:

Tuesdays and Saturdays: the ferry departures at 3:00 p.m. from Maura Siberut in the Mentawai Islands and arrives at Padang’s harbor at 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays: the ferry departures from Maura Siberut- Mentawai Islands at 1:00 p.m. and arrives at Padang’s harbor around 4:00 p.m

 

Note:  Ferry departures can be cancel within a short notice period of time.

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