Mentawai Surf Overview
Macaronis is visited annually by pro surfers, shapers, photographers, and frothers alike. There is no doubt Macaronis is one of the best waves on the planet. Although perfect and consistent Macaronis is what most people come to surf, there are many other waves to choose from including some perfect alternatives for new to intermediate surfers. At Macaronis Resort, surfers of all levels can find exactly what they are looking for in Mentawai surf.
Seasons & Swell
During your stay at Macaronis Resort, you will most likely witness 1-5 predominant swells come and go, depending on your trip duration. As the swell rises, Macaronis grows from medium size (fun for everybody), and gradually becomes more intense suiting those surfers with a little more experience.
On large swells, people are more likely to spread out surfing different breaks, while the more experienced surfers get their share of barrels at Macaronis or Greenbush. The peak of the swell may last 1-3 days, and then gradually begin to subside, making Macas more user friendly for everybody.
This cycle continually repeats its self throughout the main surfing season (March 01 – November 30), which makes Macaronis Resort an ideal travel destination for any standard of surfer. Even for the absolute beginners who have never surfed before, Fish Fingers is the perfect wave for learning to surf on our soft top surf boards, breaking just 150m away from the resort entrance.
December to February also has great waves with no crowds. During the low season one can still expect to surf almost every day; the waves are usually in the head high range, and Macas is known to break perfectly at this average size of approximately 2-3 feet. In the low season we also visit Thunders, which is a swell magnet for small long period swells.
There are a number waves within close proximity to the resort. Macaronis is a perfect, consistent left hand wave that works on all tides, big and small swells, and most wind conditions. There is a fun right hand beach break ideal for beginners out front and several intermediate reef breaks in the area, as well as a few serious reef breaks that serve up the deepest, longest, hair raising barrels you could imagine.
Macaronis is a unique wave. From 2-3 feet, it is a perfect very fun wave peeling over flat coral reef; good for anybody that is able to get to their feet and go across the face. For the average surfer, Macaronis provides the opportunity to improve your surfing dramatically and lift your confidence in the water. At 3-4 feet, Macas becomes more challenging and starts to barrel from the take off, offering more power and lip for doing maneuvers and getting barreled. Over 6 feet, it becomes a dredging tube from take off. When Macas gets to this size, fortunately some of the other waves turn on, offering an alternative for those who prefer to surf something a bit more mellow.
Macas Right is a great option in north winds and with a south swell. Silabu Left is ideal for those who want clean waves on their own. For the beginners; in the bay there is always Fish Fingers, which is a really fun mellow right hander breaking over a shallow sand bottom. Mini Macas is another super fun left hander breaking over coral down the reef from Macas main break.
There is also a bommy peak in the middle of the bay that can be surfed on a stand up paddle board or longboard, which can be fun for those after something a little different on a big swell. View Waves
Normal Peak Season Range
During peak season, while there can be a lot of charter boats around and while the twin mooring system is in place at Macaronis, we normally limit our operational range from Greenbush to Bat Cave, to avoid over-crowding the southern breaks.
The “Bat Cave” wave is a nice right hander that breaks around a beautiful isolated island. The area has great fishing and snorkeling opportunities too, so its often great to make a morning or afternoon of it.
Lances Right and Lances Left to the north on South Sipora are approximately 33 miles (1 hour, 30 min) by speedboat from Macaronis in good weather. To access these waves, you need to cross the Sipora Straight which can get rough, especially in westerly weather conditions. The reality is, when Lances Left is working, so is Macaronis, Greenbush and a host of other quality waves in the South. Likewise, although Lances Right (aka ‘HT’s’) is a popular wave, it needs a west wind to be offshore, which can cause heavy seas making it difficult to access. We do not visit Lances Left or Lances Right for these reasons.
Macas TV – Live Surf Feed to Your Room
The resort has a live camera feed of the surf at Macaronis at all hours. All you have to do is flip on your in-room flat screen to get a closer look at the conditions and the crowd. The Bar & Restaurant TV usually has Macas TV on during the day as well, so you can have a look while eating and know exactly what the conditions are like at the wave. You might even catch your mate getting barreled as you roll over in bed from an afternoon nap!
Keep a watchful eye on the line up, you may find only a couple of people surfing it to themselves around midday. Also keep a look out for storms passing by, the waves may become choppy and wind affected for 15 – 45 minutes as they hit, but once everybody gets out of the water there will probably only be a couple of surfers left sharing the off-shore conditions that follow.
Photo & Video Service
Freelance surf photographers offer guests a video and photo service year-round. They shoot from the boat, from the viewing platform and some of them from the water. The photographers will do their very best to get you on the best wave of your life! You may purchase photos or get a video of your trip to take home with you. See pricing below.
Photo and video pricing may vary, this is an example for 8 days / 9 nights surf package:
Rp 2,000,000 all photos
Rp 3,000,000 all photos and videos
Rp 3,500,000 edited video, uncut video and all photos
Photos & Videos can be paid for with Visa / Mastercard or Indonesian Rupiah.
I can’t fault your establishment in any way. The resort facilities, the staff both on and behind the scenes, and accommodation was all top notch. Can’t wait to get back in March!! Thanks to everyone at Macaronis Resort for I’m saying my best Indo trip yet!Chris Murnoch, 2013
The wave map above of all the Southern Mentawai Breaks. Surf spots shown include: Bat Cave, Silabu Left, Fish Fingers, Mini Macas, Macas Right, Macaronis, Bung’oles, Greenbush, Roxies, Rag Left, Rags Right, Thunders, and Rednuht.
Macaronis Bay by Guy Hastings. Map shows Silabu Left on the right of the picture, Macaronis and Mini Macas on the left of the picture and Macas Right in the middle, on the other side of the bay.