Below are all of the nearby waves with photos and descriptions. For a general surf overview including information on swell cycles and our peak season range, visit the Surf Overview Page Here.
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.
In 2003, Waves Magazine conducted a survey poll of 50 of the world’s best surfers and industry figureheads in order to rank the world’s best waves purely for their enjoyment value. Macas ranked #1 in the world in that survey. In fact, 76% of all surveyed, “goofy and natural footers agreed; Macaronis is the most fun wave they have ever ridden” (Waves magazine, December 2003 edition).
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, March – June seem to be the best time when winds are lighter and long period South swells are more common.
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.
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.
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.
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Fish Fingers is the perfect wave for learning to surf. It is located right across the channel from the resort with a soft sandy bottom. It is a perfect small peak that peels mostly right but a little left too. At Fish Fingers you can learn to surf or teach the kids with a selection of soft-top learner boards available for use free of charge (for use at Fish Fingers only). Learning surfers who have built up their confidence can also try out Silabu Left and Mini Macas.
Beginner surfers are those who will not be guaranteed to surf at Macaronis. If less than 20 surfers at the resort, beginners may be given an opportunity when waves are small and perfect, ideally from Nov – Feb.
The wave map above shows the southern Mentawai breaks near Macaronis Resort. Southern Mentawai surfing spots shown include: Bat Cave, Silabu Left, Fish Fingers, Mini Macas, Macas Right, Macaronis, Bung’oles, Greenbush, Roxies, Rags Left, Rags Right, Thunders, and Rednuht.
Macaronis Bay by Guy Hastings. This 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.