Airport – Resort Return Transfer

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

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

Guests utilizing the overnight ferry will have a private A/C sleeping cabin as well as an evening meal, clean sheets and blankets. The ferry is a safe and reliable way to reach the Mentawai Islands and Macaronis Resort, you won’t need to worry about a thing, it is all taken care of for you. See further details below…

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 to Mentawais

Macaronis Resort Speedboat

4. Speed Boat to Resort

Round Trip Overnight Ferry Transfer to Macaronis Resort Includes

  • Airport Pick-up (Arrive PDG no later than 2:00pm on Tuesday or Saturday)
  • Early Arrivals Spend Transit Time at Nice Padang Hotel with wifi & pool
  • Shuttle (with A/C) to over-night Ferry, Bungus Harbor (1 hr)
  • Overnight Ferry (14hrs, Departs at 5:00pm)
  • All Port Handling and Fees for Luggage & Board Bags
  • Evening Meal & Bottled Water
  • A/C Sleeping Cabin with Clean Blankets
  • 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)
  • Booking Arrangements and All Needed Transport from Padang Hotels

Airport – Resort – Airport: AU $250 each way

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 5:00pm 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 5:00pm from both ports for a 14 hour over-night passage arriving at 7:00am the following morning.

  • Ferry Departs Padang at 5:00pm on Tuesdays & Saturdays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Wednesday or Sunday in Sikakap, Mentawai

  • Ferry Departs Sikakap (Mentawai) at 5:00pm 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 5:00pm 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 5:00pm 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 Transfer from Padang – Available from Oct 4th, 2018

Mentawai Fast transfers commence weekly on Fridays from 4th October 2018, and Sundays from 20th January 2019.  Friday transfers are via Sikakap and Sunday transfers are DIRECT every 4 weeks starting from January 20th, 2019 (or other Sundays subject to group request / charter – Min. AUD 6,000 one way). Each other Sunday transfer is via Sioban Port, also having the Sat/Sun overnight ferry as back-up in case of bad weather.

Access to Sikakap and Sioban Ports is aboard ‘Divealot’, our 11.5 m x 3.5 m aluminum power catamaran powered by twin 300hp outboards, capable of carrying 20 passengers, and purpose built to provide stability and reliability in heavy seas.

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 Friday from October 4th, 2018 – 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 one-way transfer to or from Padang will pay half the transfer fee: AU $250 one way.

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

Due to our remote location and busy operation, Macaronis Resort does not 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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