Latest News – Updated January 23rd, 2021
Since the Indo borders closed again on January 1st, and many of our guests checked out in the middle of January, we’ve ended up having our quietest January in years! But now, we have back-to-back swells on the way, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more surfers soon!
A tropical low off Western Australia has been influencing the winds, but this is forecasted to dissipate during next week, and by Saturday 30th January, light and variable winds are forecasted, with prime swells lining up for February!
An earlier swell from Monday 25th is also expected to produce fun waves through the week, and there is also the potential to depart to Macaronis from Padang on the overnight Ferry Tuesday 26th, for anybody who would like to arrive a bit earlier!
Tide Charts show a minimum of 1 meter of tide every day throughout February, March and April, meaning Greenbush sessions could be abundant, when-ever there is a South swell and variable or N-NW winds. So keep an eye on the forecast, and make the most of potential Greenbush sessions coming up!
From Saturday, January 30th, we have morning high tides and Swell from the South, so we’re aiming for some Greenbush action to kick-start this run of back-to-back epic swells in February!
Check the Swell and Wind at these pages, or check Windy at the bottom of our surf forecast page (also with links to other forecasts), which shows the tropical low moving away, with swell lined up all the way to South Africa, so don’t miss this run of Swell!
Indonesia’s international border closure is extended until at least February 8th, so now is the time to make the most of surfing epic waves just with a few friends, before international surfers begin arriving once again.
Indonesia is likely to re-open its borders in time for the peak tourist season after its vaccination program has been underway at least 6-8 weeks, so February is going to be a prime time to hit Macaronis for surfers already in Indonesia, while there are few surfers to share it with.
We’re currently offering 50% Off all packages, for stays up until March 31st, and if you can get a group of 5 surfers together, then you can come for FREE! Or if visiting in smaller mixed groups, even Non-surfers and Children are 50% OFF, making our trips as cheap as they ever will be for couples and families.
– Group of 5 Surfers – the trip organizer or 6th Surfer comes for FREE! * Strictly limited spots!
– Solo Surfers (Private Room) Normally USD 285/Night, now just USD 142.50/Night – Save USD 997.50/Week
– Surfer & Non-Surfer Sharing Normally USD 380/Night, now just USD 190/Night (USD 95.00/each) – Save USD 1330/Week
– Non-Surfers or Kids Sharing Normally USD 280/Night, now USD 140/Night (USD 70.00/each) – Save USD 980/Week
– Solo Non-Surfer (Private Room) Normally USD 185/Night, now just USD 92.50/Night – Save USD 647.50/Week
Just think, if you were planning on coming alone, right now it only costs an extra USD 47.50 per night to bring a Non-surfer with you!
Each Package Includes:
- Guaranteed Private Room with Queen or Twin Beds, Private Ensuite bathroom & Private balcony
- All meals, use of recreational facilities, boat transfers for surfers, free use of WiFi, and much more…
- Does not include airport – resort transfers, surf tax, or flights
- Available for a limited time only, with Limited Spots, for Stays up until March 31st, 2021
This is the perfect opportunity to book a group of friends or your family on a once in a lifetime trip at a fraction of the price you would normally pay! Or why not book to take part in our annual surf coaching clinics starting in February, staying at half the regular price!!
Don’t miss out, Contact Us today.
Surf Coaching Clinics
Due to the recent Indonesian border closure, in place until at least February 08, our Surf Coaching Clinics have been rescheduled to run over 4 weeks, from Friday, February 12 – Friday, March 12. We have just 4-6 surfers booked on each trip, so if anybody is interested to join us, then do get in touch by emailing [email protected]
Advice If Traveling from Overseas or within Indonesia
A negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required to enter Indonesia once the borders re-open and to stay at Macaronis Resort. Refer to Circular Letter No. 5561/22/Disparpora (Mentawai Govt. Tourism Dept.): Indo1 / Indo2 / English
If travelling from Bali, we recommend booking an appointment with Dr Retno Safitri (Siloam Hospital) on +62 81916247778 (available on WA). PCR Testing is between 7.00 am – 9.00 am with the results ready in 3 days. The cost is Rp.900.000 (about USD 60.00).
Half the regular price for our packages and empty line-ups more than makes up for the requirement to be tested while remaining a responsible and healthy traveller and staying safe!
Also, check Garuda Indonesia Update
New E-Visas Now Available (unavailable until February 8th, until further notice)
Indonesia’s immigration department has released a new E-Visa system to replace the old telex visa process.
This means you no longer need to visit a consulate or embassy outside of Indonesia before entry. Instead, you can have your E-visa processed online in only 2-3 days, and travel directly to Indonesia to have your passport processed on entry.
Our current discounted rates were designed to subsidize the USD 495 visa fee for foreigners to enter Indonesia. For those living in Indonesia, it’s an absolute no brainer to visit now, while the borders remain closed, to take advantage of both the 50% Off rates, a free spot for the 6th surfer (limited spots!), and the least crowded surfing conditions we’ve seen in 30 years!
For Australians, the travel ban is still in place by the Australian government, yet subject to the borders re-opening, we are able to assist those intending to spend more than 3 months away to secure a travel permit to depart Australia, as well as having a visa to visit Indonesia.
Send us an email and we can let you know what is the best method for you to obtain a business or social visa to visit Indonesia and the pre-requisites for a travel permit to depart Australia, depending on your circumstances. For further info email [email protected]
We are taking every precaution to make sure our staff, guests, and the local community remains safe. Please read and follow these Tips for Health and Safety for when travelling to or from Macaronis Resort.
Certification Under New Normal Regulations:
Legislation and Supporting documentation with English translations:
- REGIONAL DECREE NO. 30 2020 / (ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW – VIEW USING DESKTOP)
- CIRCULAR LETTER NO.09 PCR OR RAPID SWAB TEST VALID 14 DAYS / ENGLISH TRANSLATION
- REGULATION OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH / ENGLISH TRANSLATION
- CIRCULAR LETTER MINISTRY OF TRADE / ENGLISH TRANSLATION
- CIRCULAR LETTER No. 5561/22/Disparpora DEPT. TOURISM MENTAWAI PAGE 1 PAGE 2 / ENGLISH
- HANDBOOK OF GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
- ENGLISH TRANSLATION REGIONAL DECREE NO. 30 2020