MENTAWAI (Live-in)

( 7 Days 6 Nights )
Siberut Island

The Mentawai people are considered one of the earliest inhabitants of the Indonesian archipelago. Many still live in a secluded and highly traditional culture much different to modern Sumatra’s mainland. However, at present moment changes are affecting the Mentawai too. 

Currently only very deep into the interior of the Siberut island Mentawai people persistently live in an ancient hunting and gathering fashion. On other large Mentawai islands like Sipora, North Pagai, and South Pagai, it is getting hard to find those who still firmly hold onto Mentawai customs and traditions. 

Traditionally Mentawai people live in harmony with their natural surroundings. This is deeply embedded in every aspect of life, in which a balance is created through careful self-control. Sudden changes in behavior are categorically avoided because it will disturb the balance of the universe. 

Through a rite called Puliaijat, the Mentawai pay a lavish tribute to ancestral spirits. They dance so that the spirits that roam and might be disturbed by sudden changes regain their peace, and balance is restored. 

SpektakelPlesir! provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the Mentawaians. Experience their live patterns and traditions. See the impact of globalization on this traditional society. Take a chance to become long-term friends with members of this unpretencious society.

Trip Schedule

4 - 10 May 2018,

17 - 23 August 2018

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Day 1: Friday afternoon. Minangkabau international airport, Padang, West Sumatera.

Arrival: Padang, West Sumatera. Meal: dinner.

Arrive in Padang late afternoon or early evening.

Check-in to a hotel near Muaro harbor, Padang. Briefing during dinner.

Day 2: Friday. Padang – Muara Siberut – Uma in Rorogod or Rogdog

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we head for Siberut island. Using the Mentawai Fast speedboat (Padang – Sikabaluan – Muara Siberut) with 4 to 5 hours durations (depend on the weather conditions at the time). Lunch at Muara Sikabaluan.

Arrive in Muara Siberut, then we check for our permits and preparation.

By 16.30 WIB (western Indonesia time) we arrive in an Uma (traditional Mentawaian house) by using a smaller motorboat. Then we adapt with the livelihood around Uma.

Day 3: Sunday. Rorogod or Rogdog to Buttui
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
After breakfast we continue our journey deeper into Siberut island, to Buttui.
Arrive in Buttui by midday. After lunch we learn how to make a poisonous arrowhead, then our host will show how to use it properly in the jungle near the settlement. This also to shape our mentality to join them hunting the next day.
After dinner in Uma we can use the opportunity to ask and discuss the way of living for the Mentawaian nowadays. In this session, our host will announce the possibility for us to join the hunt or not. 
Note: please, take their decision wisely. 

Day 4: Monday. Uma and jungle around Buttui
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
After breakfast, the hunting team will go deep into the jungle. Likely the team will spend the evening in the jungle. As for those leave behind, we will learn how the Mentawaian people process their daily staple. Turning sago into decent food. We can also gather some other food sources around the Uma. In the evening, the locals not joining the hunting party will show us how they deliver message through dancing, to maintain the balance of life.

Day 5: Tuesday. Uma and jungle around Buttui

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Today we learn how to make a Kabid (barkcloth-based loincloth). As the hunting party arrive, we will see how the Mentawaian divide and process the hunting games. In this opportunity their original culinary traditions arise. A rare moment definitely. 

Day 6: Wednesday. Uma and jungle around Buttui. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

We go to the surrounding jungle to collect some natural herbs. Some can be consume normally and some others can be use as traditional medications. In the evening we shall say farewell to our hosts, and dance with them.

Day 7: Thursday. Buttui – Muara Siberut – Minangkabau International Airport, Padang. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Early in the morning, we leave Buttui heading for Muara Siberut with the motorboat. Arrive midday in Muara Siberut, then habing a lunch. Afterward we use the Mentawai Fast speedboat to Padang. Goes to the airport and back to our origin city.

The journey’s end.

Registration :

  • January 2018 to December 2018, limited seats available.
  • Maximum 10 person.
  • Booking fee: 30% from the quotation.
  • Repayment should be done 14 (fourteen) days before the departure date.

Starting point: Minangkabau International Airport, Padang, West Sumatera. 
End point: Minangkabau International Airport, Padang, West Sumatera. 

  • 1 (one) night hotel in Padang (shared room, 1 room 2 person)
  • Mentawai Fast speedboat tickets (Padang – Muara Siberut – Padang)
  • Meals as being mention in the itinerary
  • Giveaways for the host
  • Accomodations in Uma
  • Traditional performances
  • Local guide
  • Motorboat
  • Local permits
  • Cook
  • Group porters
  • Small generator set
  • Land transports in Padang and Muara Siberut
  • Travel insurance (Zurich Indonesia)
Not included:
  • Flight tickets to and from Padang
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal porter
  • Personal interest
  • Tipping

Things to bring:
  • Consuming anti-malaria medications beforehand
  • Adequate amount of clothes
  • Mosquito net and anti-mosquito lotions
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Flashlight
  • Sunblock and hat
  • All-terrain shoes (or rubber boots)
  • Sandal
  • Raincoat or small umbrella
  • Personal hygienic equipments
  • Personal medications
  • Favourite foods or snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash money, since there is no ATM deep in Siberut. There is 1 (one) ATM in Muara Siberut, Bank Nagari (ATM Bersama).

General Terms:
  1. Participants with chronic or congenital disease have to inform Spektakel Plesir! in writing prior to the trip.
  2. Spektakel Plesir! are not responsible for delays / changes of flight schedule or missing the flight due to the participants’ oversight. The travel plan will be modified properly in case of delay / change of flight schedule. Any additional costs incurred due to missing the flight will be charged to the participants.
  3. In case of flight cancellation on the departure day, any matters related to the participation in the trip have to be discussed first. If the final decision is to cancel/postpone the trip, refund of the trip expenses will be distributed after recalculation of the refundable fees to the participants is made.
  4. In case of flight cancellation on the return day that results in additional cost, discussion will be held to share the cost with other participants.
  5. Sailing, snorkeling, diving (including free-diving), trekking, hunting, and other activities done during the trip are high-risk activities that can produce minor or major incident.
  6. Registration and participation in this trip are done with the full consent of the participants without any coercion. Accidents that occur during the trip are the responsibility of the participants. Spektakel Plesir! are not to be sued in the event of accident. However, Spektakel Plesir! will help as far as possible if this happens.
  7. Every trip schedule has been well planned in consideration of nature and weather condition, but if extreme weather changes take place during the trip, resulting in changes and/or cancellation of the trip, Spektakel Plesir! cannot be condemned for this force majeure.
  8. Various additional activities (optional) to be done during the trip have to undergo the confirmation of Spektakel Plesir! prior to departure.
  9. This trip is protected by local travel insurance.
  10. Trip participants are considered to agree with the General Terms of this trip in case of the lack of email/confirmation to Spektakel Plesir! prior to the departure day regarding the aforementioned conditions.

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