Kandui Villas

||Kandui Villas

Kandui Villas

Kandui-Surf-MapLocated on the beach directly in front of his favorite wave at Kandui Left, facing the incredibly stunning sunsets that will grace every day of your stay, this upscale establishment is the culmination of years of hard work and the manifestation of dreams, as it aims to provide the red carpet treatment for individuals that choose to live life to the fullest.
 Kandui Villas has taken the Mentawai experience to a whole new level as it provides its guests with the extravagance of a high quality resort despite being located in this remote surfing haven. The amenities are outstanding, including the only infinity pool in Western Sumatra, and spacious luxury Umas (traditional Mentawai buildings) for accommodations made from sustainably sourced and fine finished local hardwoods, each uniquely themed with carvings designed to highlight traditional art, culture, and the local environment. Decadent gourmet meals are prepared fresh daily by Kandui Villas Personal Chef, with made-to-order breakfasts served every morning. Surf Guides are all CPR/First Aid Certified and are ready to transport and accompany guests into any of the 20+ waves within a 30 minutespeedboat ride from the Villas. Featuring what some of the best surfers in the world claim to be some of the best waves in the world, the surf here is bound to provide memories that will last a lifetime. Photography and video services are available as well in order to document some of the best surf of your life. Every facet of a dream surf trip have been taken into account in order to provide the ultimate luxury Mentawai experience for guests of the Kandui Villas.

How do you get there?

Once you’ve made it outside the customs at Padang Airport, you will be met by a representative from Kandui Villas. The next thing you need to do is get to outside and into the air conditioned cars that are waiting for you.

You will be transported by car to your Hotel where you will spend the night, before taking a speedboat from Padang – Kandui Villas early the following morning. Before you leave the airport parking lot do a quick spot check to make sure all of your luggage has made it on to the designated transport vehicles. If you are hungry, or need any additional supplies from town, the staff are there to help guide you to where you need to go. After a restful night’s sleep in the hotel, you will be awakened at 5 am the following morning. A car will take you from the hotel (10 minute drive) to the port – here you will board the speed boat that will take you to Kandui Villa’s. The speed boat crossing can take about 3.5 – 4.5 hours.

Where do you stay?


Kandui Villas consists of nine luxury umas, and one triple uma – which is three regular-sized luxury umas connected together, for a total of 12. Each uma is quite large at 7.5 meter wide x 10.5 meters long. Each uma has two king-sized beds downstairs, and one king sized – or two single sized beds – in a spacious, second-story loft. The umas are hand carved throughout with a different Mentawai animal, or jungle theme, and all the furniture is made of local hardwoods. Each uma comes with two air-conditioning units, so guests can adjust their personal comfort level. 

Eleven of the umas already have names. 1. Biowak (monitor lizard). 2. Monyet (monkey). 3. Ikan (fish) 4. Kura (turtle). 5. Burung (bird). 6-8. The triple uma is called ‘Sikerei’ (shaman). 9. Buaya (crocodile). 10. Lumba (dolphin) 11. Utan (jungle). 12. Koat (Wave).

The back one-third of each uma is built on a massive cistern which holds close to 10,000 gallons of rain water. The bathroom and shower facilities are clean and comfortable, with stone floors laid by craftsmen from Bali.

 Each of the 12 umas are confirgured, with 3 king sized beds, or 2 king sized, and 2 double beds, making them very versatile with room for 1-4 people, making the Umas perfect for singles, couples, groups of friends, or families.

The packages are 10 days, or 11 days. Shorter stays of 7 days are possible, but may require higher transportation fees for any off schedule transportation, since they are so remotely located. It is a long journey to reach Kandui Villas, but once you are here, it is absolute paradise, and 7 days is hardly enough time to rest from your travel, explore our island paradise, surf all the perfect waves, indulge in every thing Kandui Villas has to offer, and become a part of the Kandui Villas family, so this is why are standard packages are a minimum of 10 days.

What is included?

Luxury Uma accommodation, 3 gourmet meals per day, drinks with meals. Welcome drinks, speed boat transfers to over 20 different surf breaks (depending on swell, tide and wind conditions as well as the size of the group). Traditional Mentawai Shaman Ceremony (for groups of 10 or more people).

What waves are located in this area?

Kandui Rights / Rifles
Just ask 10-time world champion Kelly Slater or anyone else who has charged it and you’ll understand it lives up to Jordan Heuer’s description: “Kandui Right (AKA Rifles) is the best right hander in the entire world. It can be up to 800+ yards long, with freight train tube after freight train tube from start to finish. Better than J-Bay, better than Sanur, or any other famous right handers in the world, and I have heard several top pros all say the same thing”. Rifles is only six minutes from Kandui Villas.

Kandui Lefts
AKA Kandui Left or Nokanduis = a startlingly fast, hollow perfect wave, known as the best left in the world, by any person and any top pro surfers who have surfed it on a good day. One of those rare things in the surfing world that lives up to the hype, and then some. Unless you grew up with Pipeline, Teahupoo, Grajagan, Cloudbreak or a NASCAR track in your front yard, few waves in the world are preparation for the length, depth and intensity of Kandui Left. Surfers from around the world come back to Kandui Villas® to figure it out and get it wired, and once they have caught one good wave there, they are hooked for life, and keep coming back to add minutes and hours of tube time to their life inventory.

Baby Kandui
When Kandui Left is giant and only mad dogs and Englishmen are game to charge it at 12-foot plus, other mortals take the five-minute paddle down the beach to Baby Kandui, or paddle off the beach directly in front of the beach jetty in front of Kandui Villas®. When the swell is giant, Baby Kandui is a 300 yard long, tubing left hander, with 3-4 tube sections on each wave. When Baby Kandui is small, it is an easy, long, rippable, left that is ideal for hot dogging, or long boarding.

Malibu Rights
Only five minutes from Kandui Villas®, this is a short but sometimes fun, easy, rippable, right breaking on a small, one-palm tree sand island.

Playgrounds Left and Right
AKA Karambat Left, Bikinis or G-strings. On the East of the island, only five minutes by dinghy from Kandui Villas®. This wave is predominantly a long easy left, but also has a right hander off of it when it gets a bit bigger, and is perfectly suited for surfers of all levels, including begginers. A good tune-up for surfers who don’t want to immediately fling themselves into the maw of Kandui, and an ideal place to bring the kids. The view of all the surrounding islands from Karambat will knock the jet lag out of you and leave no doubt you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Located on the east side of the island, 4 Bobs is a fun, hot-dog right-hander that is many steps down in intensity from Kandui/Kanduis/Nokandui, but is still better than 99% of the waves wherever you came from. Surfers who haven’t managed a turn while racing the barrels elsewhere come to 4 Bobs to throw spray and get airs. 4 Bob’s is a 5 minute boat ride from Kandui Villas.

A Frames
A popular, consistent left breaking off a small island on the east side of the main island, and is only 5 minutes from Kandui Villas. A Frames can be high performance heaven for mid-experienced level goofyfoots, but will also throw up a barrel to remind surfers why they came all that way.

Twenty minutes from Kandui Villas®, E-Bay is a fickle left reef that fires when the swell is out of the west. E-Bay starts to grind when it’s overhead and goes to double overhead plus and is a fairly typical, perfect, hollow grinding Mentawai left barrel.

Bank Vaults
About 15 minutes by boat from Kandui Villas®, Bank Vaults is the 2nd best right hander in the Mentawai after Rifles, often compared to a cross between Backdoor Pipeline and Sunset Beach, but better, and with much easier drops. At any size, Bank Vaults offers amazing tube rides, but when it’s big, this spot has the biggest right hand tubes in the Mentawai Islands.

A right reef about 15 minutes by fast longboat from Kandui Villas®. If you’re tired of going Mach One through barrels frontside or backside, Nipussi is the place to go for hitting the lip, launching your bag of tricks and big carves. In other words: A performance wave that actually lets you out of the barrel from time to time. Nipussi is one of the more consistent, reliable waves in the Playgrounds inventory.

Pit Stops
Twenty minutes from Kandui Villas®, Pit Stops is kind of like sushi, or other acquired tastes: Some people swear by it, others swear at it. Pit Stops is a right reef and a favorite wave for surfers who want to work on their aerials, tailslides and other tricks. In other words: A hotdog wave that will still barrel, although a lot of surfers prefer to float over the barrel than ride in them on this wave.

Beng Beng
If you want to come to the Mentawai and enjoy the view and surf without worrying about getting caught inside or trapped inside the barrel, Beng Beng is one of the spots. Anywhere else in the world, Beng Beng would cause riots but this left reef – which is better on lower tides – is one of the easier nearby waves when the easy waves in the Kandui area are not working – and Beng Beng is a good tune-up for the more Black Diamond waves available. Beng Beng is 25 minutes from Kandui Villas

Hideaways got it’s name, because it is on the west side of a small island somewhat shadowed by Nyang Nyang and Karangmajat. Hideaways is a left reef that everyone knows about and keeps a weather eye on, for that proper combination of swell angle and wind. When it is small it can be fun, and playful, but when it gets big, it approaches the Teahupoo and Pipeline class for challenge and perfect gnarliness. Hideaways is 10 minutes from Kandui Villas

Even farther to the northwest, the island of Karangniki is close to Siberut and is home to Burgerworld: As the name implies, Burger World is not the fastest or most powerful wave in the Playgrounds inventory, but it’s one of the more consistent waves in the area, and a place surfers flock to on those rare occasions when there is no swell. When it is in the shoulder-high-to-a-couple-feet-over-head range, Burgerworld is a long rippable right hand point break with some tube sections, and has been compared to a section of small J-Bay by some of the top touring pros. Burger World is 35 minutes from Kandui Villas.