Airport – Resort Return Transfer

Macaronis Resort offers easy and comfortable return transfers from PDG airport to the resort and back. Guests only need to arrange their flight into Padang (PDG), Minangkabau International Airport, and we take care of everything from there!

PLEASE NOTE: Our schedule is currently changing! We’re winding down use of the over-night ferry, and commencing use of Mentawai Fast. For full details view our Trip Schedule and News Release

Guests will be picked up at the airport (no matter when you arrive) and shuttled either to the overnight ferry or to a Padang a comfortable transit hotel to relax after traveling, we normally use Savali or Mercure Hotels due to their strategic locations.

Overnight Ferry: Departs Tuesday evening and guests will be provided with a twin or dormatory style (resort guests only) A/C sleeping cabin with an evening meal, clean sheets and blankets. The overnight ferry is a safe and reliable way to reach the Mentawai Islands.

Mentawai Fast Ferry: As of Friday August 10th, we have commenced using Mentawai Fast, which departs weekly. All guests using the fast ferry require a night in Padang at trip commencement, and we request your flight arrives by 2.00 pm so you can Check-in and relax after your travel, and get a good nights sleep before rising at 5.00 am to depart to the ferry terminal.

In year 2019, we are offering DIRECT transfers aboard Mentawai Fast, taking just 4.5 hours travel between Padang and Macaronis Resort (highly recommended). For further details read our News Release

Padang PDG Airport

1. Fly into Padang, Sumatra (PDG)

Macaronis Airport Shuttle

2. Pick-up & Shuttle to Ferry

Ambu Ambu Ferry to Mentawai

3. Overnight Ferry or Mentawai Fast

Macaronis Resort Speedboat

4. Speed Boat to Resort

Round Trip Transfers to Macaronis Resort Include

  • Airport Pick-up (Arrive PDG no later than 2:00pm on Tuesday, Saturday or Thursday)
  • Overnight Ferry – Early Arrivals Spend Transit Time at Nice Padang Hotel with wifi & pool
  • Shuttle (with A/C) to Bungus Harbor (1 hr) or Mentawai Fast terminal (5 minutes)
  • Overnight Ferry (14hrs, Departs at 6:00pm) / Fast Ferry (4.5hrs DIRECT or 6.5hrs Non-direct)
  • All Port Handling and Fees for Luggage & Board Bags
  • Evening Meal & Bottled Water
  • A/C Sleeping Cabin with Clean Blankets  on Overnight Ferry
  • Resort Staff Guide on the Overnight Ferry
  • Pick-up in Sikakap Port, Mentawai (7:30am the following morning)
  • Speedboat Transfer to Macaronis Resort (1:30 hr, Arriving 9:00am or 1.00pm if on Mentawai Fast)
  • Booking Arrangements and All Needed Transport from Padang Hotels

Airport – Resort – Airport: AU $225 each way + Surf Tax AU $100

Extra time in Padang between flights and ferry rides can be enjoyed at choice hotels with Wifi. Extra time in the afternoon is spent pool-side with the option to purchase beverages and shower, while extra time in the morning on the return journey is spent with access to a large breakfast buffet and a relaxing lounge with Wifi.

Over-night Ferry Return to Padang Transfer Details

Check out time on Wednesdays and Sundays is at 10:00am. The speedboat will depart the resort at 2:00pm for transfer to the ferry in Sikakap. The ferry departs Sikakap at 6:00pm for its return to Padang. The ferry arrives back to Padang, the following morning at 7:00AM.

Guests with earlier flights may be transferred directly to the airport if preferred.  Guests with transit time before their flight are taken to Mercure Hotel to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet for Rp.130.000 (approx. AU $13.00) and access to pool, wifi, shower and lounge – pool and shower can be accessed for a small additional charge. Our driver will schedule pick-up times with each guest for transfer to the airport.

Rough Seas Alternate Transport between Local Ferry Port & Resort

If the sea/weather conditions are deemed too dangerous for speedboat transfer between the local ferry port and the resort, we will organize alternative overland transport. Each guest will ride on the back of a motorbike taxi with an experienced local driver. The route travels through beautiful jungle and small villages. Each guest should bring a small bag with important personal belongings, while all other luggage will still be transported by boat. This applies to both arrivals and departures if necessary.

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Ferry Schedule

Overnight Ferry Schedule: Padang, Sumatra – Sikakap, South Mentawai

The overnight ferry runs a round-trip route between Padang and Sikakap (South Mentawai) twice per week. The ferry departs at 6:00pm from both ports for a 14 hour over-night passage arriving at 7:00am the following morning.

  • Ferry Departs Padang at 6:00pm on Tuesdays & Saturdays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Wednesday or Sunday in Sikakap, Mentawai

  • Ferry Departs Sikakap (Mentawai) at 6:00pm on Wednesdays & Sundays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Thursday or Monday in Padang

Resort Check-in and Check-out days using the overnight ferry are on Sundays and Wednesdays, when the ferry arrives and leaves Sikakap, Mentawai.

Arriving Guests must arrive to Padang before 2:00pm on chosen Tuesday or Saturday departure day, which is a day before resort check-in/check-out to make the 6:00pm Padang ferry for the over-night passage. Guests will arrive in Mentawai at 7:00am the following morning and check-in to the resort that morning on either a Wednesday or Sunday.

Departing Guests will check-out of the resort on Wednesday or Sunday at 10:00am and after lunch at 2:00pm will be transferred by Speedboat to Sikakap to take the 6:00pm overnight ferry back to Padang arriving on Thursday or Monday morning by 7:00am. Departing flights should depart no earlier than 12:00pm.

Transport to the Mentawais on the Overnight ferry is comfortable and its a fun cultural experience!

The large, well-maintained over night Ferry has private A/C sleeping cabins that are clean and comfortable allowing most guests to get a full nights rest. Most are pleasantly surprised, finding the trip to be an enjoyable social and cultural experience.

Overnight Ferry Information

The Overnight Passenger Ferry is operated by ASDP Ferry Indonesia

Macaronis Resort has been using this ferry service since 2007 and we’ve found it to be most reliable. ASDP must achieve at least 95% reliability, otherwise it would not be subsidized by the Indonesian Government according to its operational contract. It is required to operate minimum 90 return trips to Sikakap annually (port closest to Macaronis) over 48 weeks of the year.

Macaronis Resort has first-priority booking cabins on the Padang–Sikakap route. The overnight ferry also has a canteen serving cold drinks, cold beer, snacks, tea, and coffee.

Ferry Specs

Total Certified Crew: 21
Main Engines: 2
Back up Engines: 2
Twin Share air-conditioned cabins: 4
Dorm (8 bed) air-conditioned cabins: 2 (resort guests only)
Air-conditioned Private Lounge: 60+ Reclining Seats
Safety Equipment: International Standard Life Rafts, Life Jackets, Fire Fighting Equipment, Interior Sprinklers, and Marine Communications Safety Devices.

Mentawai Fast Transfers from Padang – Available from Aug 10th, 2018

Mentawai Fast transfers commence weekly on Fridays from 10th August 2018, and DIRECT once every 4 weeks from Sunday 20th January, 2019 (additional Sundays available subject to large group request / charter – Min. AUD 6,000 one way).

DIRECT transfers are the best way to get to Macas offering more comfort and surf time, costing just AU $75.00 extra per person! These transfers are secured under contract to also deliver resort supplies every 4 weeks during year 2019. We highly recommend booking at least one leg of your trip traveling DIRECT, taking just 4.5 hours to or from Padang, providing an extra 4 hours surf time, and completely hassle free.

Guest transfers are supported by our newly purchased 11.5 m x 3.5 m aluminum catamaran powered by twin 300hp outboards, capable of carrying 18 passengers with surfboards and luggage, purpose built to provide stability and reliability in heavy seas. See Resort Boats

Charter Boat Combination Trips

A stay at Macaronis Resort can be in combination with a charter boat trip where you can be picked up or dropped off via charter boat. Guests must check-in and check-out to/from the resort on Sunday, Wednesday or Fridays – See Trip Schedule. Trips in combination with charter boats are at discretion of the charter provider, and are highly dependent on their planned route and itinerary. Please inquire with your charter provider for more information.

Guests who need only a one-way transfer to or from Padang will pay half the transfer fee: AU $225 for surfers or AU $200 for non-surfers.

Speed Boat Hire Between Macaronis & Other Mentawai Surf Camp, Ports or Resorts

Due to our remote location and busy operation, Macaronis Resort does not currently offer speedboat transfers to or from other locations outside of our regular schedule. For Speedboat hire between Macaronis Resort and other Mentawai surf camp, ports or resorts, please contact Rudi Khelces: klc_agass@yahoo.com / PH: +628126640941

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