Macaronis Resort is situated on the edge of picturesque Silabu salt water lagoon, just across the bay from legendary Macaronis wave. Tidal movement keeps the lagoon clean and cool to swim in, with magnificent sunsets that occur over the lagoon at the end of each day. It was recently refurbished in 2011-2012 with exceptional attention to detail and luxury. Located on the ground level is the resort Bar & Restaurant with professional chefs serving 3 meals daily inclusive in the holiday package, and a full bar serving a variety of beer, Australian imported Wine & mixed drinks plus snacks all day. The lower-level is also the community hang-out area with indoor & outdoor seating, ping-pong table, billiards, and other games. The large paved pool area has several seating areas, beautiful views, and sun lounges.All Guest Suites are on the second floor, elevated 8M above sea level with open veranda sea views, air-conditioning, hot water, WiFi, and much more. Proper acoustic and thermal insulation through-out the building allows guests to sleep peacefully while others enjoy a late night beer.
What is included?
Guest Suite: Queen or two single beds, air-conditioning, daily room cleaning, fresh towels, sheets changed twice a week, ensuite bathroom, hot shower, work desk, clothes storage, in-room WiFi internet, 32” flat screen TV with international channels and live surf cam Macas TV feed, DVD player and large private veranda.
Meals: Early Continental Breakfast Buffet, Hot Made-to-Order Breakfast, Plated Lunch, Three Course or Buffet Dinner.
Beverages: Purified Drinking Water, Juice, Milk, Brewed Coffee and Tea Making Facilities All Day.
Surf Boat Transfers: All boat rides to surf at Macaronis and other local surf breaks, plus occasional day trips to more distant surf breaks within a range of 25 miles, depending on surf conditions.
Recreational Boat Use: Including guide to go fishing, snorkeling, to the village, or island exploring.
Recreational Equipment: Includes snorkeling gear (10x), spear-fishing equipment (3 quality guns), trolling and popping fishing equipment, 2 sea kayaks, 2 stand up paddle boards and a range of beginner soft-top surf boards.
Internet: Free wifi internet in-room & through-out resort grounds.
Mobile Phone Signal Booster: Allows SMS and phone calls when signal is strong enough.
Hotel & Restaurant Tax: 10% Hotel & Restaurant Tax levied by Mentawai Govt.
Local Village Donation: Silabu Village Donation Rp. 20.000 / day.
What is not included?
Round Trip Transfer from Airport to Resort
Bar Menu Items
Photography / Videography Service
Firewire Surfboard Hire
Visa on Arrival to Indonesia: USD $25
Airport Departure Tax: Rp. 100.000
Travel Insurance with Medical Evacuation Coverage
Child Minding Services
What waves are located in this area?
Macaronis, more commonly referred to as Macas, is a mechanical left-hander that has been described by many as being the most high performance wave in existence. In glassy or off-shore conditions 4 – 6 second barrels are manageable from the take off, while the inside section is a bit like a skaters half-pipe where you can do countless numbers of Rio’s, tail-slides, floaters, airs, and cut-backs. Check-out one of the best maneuvers ever pulled at Macas by Jordy Smith.
Macas is such a fun wave to surf even in onshore conditions, and is one of the few reef breaks in the world that continues to break well in all tides. Macas holds from 2 – 8 feet and technically doesn’t get any bigger than this; it just becomes more hollow and round. The greatest thing about Macas is its consistency, and that it breaks slightly different at each stage of the tide with varying west – south swell directions. Generally a south west ground swell will cause Macaronis to break most mechanically, lining up all the way down the reef. Macas is surfable all day long in a variety of on-shore and off-shore conditions, in fact some actually prefer Macas to have a slightly on-shore SW breeze on it, as it makes the wave so damn fun and rippable.
One of the most amazing waves to surf in the southern Mentawai region. Macas may be the most predictable and most fun wave to surf, while Greenbush has become known as one of the most mesmerizing and hair raising. The tube is very open and on the correct swell direction all three sections link up and it is very make-able.
Regular visitors class this wave as a true gem; it works on a solid south swell, big high tides (at least 1m) and east – north west winds. If you would like to score this wave, time your trip on a morning new or full moon spring tide. This is definitely a tube ride you’ll never forget. Not too shallow on the take off, very photogenic, and an excellent wave for those willing to charge. Usually earlier season, April – June seem to be the best time when winds are lighter and big south swells are firing up the reef.
Silabu Left can be surfed on all tides and is ideal for those seeking a mellower option with no crowds. It is an ideal wave for those just starting out surfing reef breaks, or for those who are looking to find their feet and build their confidence level. A great wave for getting surf fit, as you need to do a bit more paddling here. Silabu is more protected from southerly wind than Macas and can remain off-shore in mornings for another hour or so if southerly winds are expected. Although not that long, it is a fun wave close by, and boat guests rarely surf here either, as it is located on the other side of the headland (we go through the tidal lagoon to get there). If Macas is breaking 3-4 feet or bigger, Silabu Left should be also breaking and empty.
Macas Right becomes a quality wave in a thick south swell with northerly winds and a medium to high tide. It is not surfed or photographed often and basically just sits in the background of Macaronis being the main focal point that people come to visit. Macas Right is often at its best when Macaronis is also firing, and therefore it often gets ignored. So if you would like to surf on your own whilst staying at Macaronis Resort or just with a couple of others, be different, and go surf the right on a North wind and south swell, you will be surprised with what you find.
Mini Macas breaks inside of Macaronis and is a perfect little left-hand peak ideal for those looking for something a little less heavy than Macaronis. The wave is best at high tide, and is generally empty. You can get dropped off at Mini Macas on the way out to Macaronis and easily flag down a boat ride in as well. You can even watch the waves up at Macaronis to get a feel for when the sets are about to arrive. Mini Macas is the most consistent when Macaronis is pumping.
Another option for those seeking a long, mellow, uncrowded right hand wave is at Bat Cave AKA Bat Caves. This wave breaks for a few hundred meters down the edge of a tiny deserted island, pictured here. This is also a great spot to swim, snorkel and explore.
Bat Cave picks up a lot of swell, especially if it has a westerly direction. The wave occasionally dishes up a little barrel and offers long racy walls, but generally it is a point break with sections; definitely need some paddling fitness when it gets bigger.
The boat trip to Bat Caves is equally appealing for non-surfers to take in the spectacular surroundings, go snorkeling, fishing (fish are plentiful in this region), or have a picnic and relax on the beautiful beach.
Across the channel, high cliffs provide a place for cliff jumping, visiting the caves, and exploring some very remote beaches. A long stretch of beautiful beach extends south from the caves excellent for beach walking and exploring.
Rag’s Left is a long barreling wave that turns on during large south-west swells. If you are lucky enough to catch Rags at 8 ft or bigger, don’t forget to shoot a photo of the lineup, it is an extraordinary sight, one that you are unlikely to see too often. Rags Left is very dependent on swell direction, tide and wind, but when all of these factors fall into place, you could find yourself and just a few of your friends pulling into massive barrels which start from an outside boil, eventually mellowing further down the line into a large open face that can be ridden for a further 150m or more. This place has been surfed at 15 foot plus.
Rags Right is a non-stop tube from start to finish. At low tide forget it, unless you choose to surf the outside section, which can occasionally offer some alternative on a northerly wind. At high tide though, and on the right swell, Rag’s Right can offer perhaps some of the thickest, hollowest tubes in south Mentawai. The wave grinds down a section of reef that is famous for two coral heads situated at the kick out point – always in the back of a surfers mind whilst locked inside the tube and looking to negotiate a safe exit.
Thunders is one of the most consistent breaks in the Mentawai’s and is surfable on all tides. Higher tides usually offer racy tube sections over a shallow inside reef shelf breaking close to the island, whilst lower tides offer a forceful shoulder further out the back. In smaller south swells the top section of the reef can turn on offering long hollow barrels. Generally Thunders is an excellent option in smaller long period swells and can handle crowds due to there being a number of take off spots.
Roxies is a fun right-hander that works best in W – SW swells. It is fairly consistent and very fun wave to surf, and when it gets bigger it also becomes a hollow barrel. Roxies is only 45 minutes to the south of Macaronis Resort, and we frequent this spot on occasions for those chasing after a right-hander. Has been called ‘Macas in reverse’, due to the wave being a fun and perfectly peeling right.
Rednuht is a solid right-hander that breaks in deep water. The wave is not that long but barrels from take off and dishes up a good bit of adrenalin. This wave requires the right tides and swell direction to work, but when it’s on, it’s on. Ask the surf guides for the run down.