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Travel Information

How do I get to the Mentawai islands and Villa Onu

All journeys to Mentawai and Villa Onu begin with getting to Padang, West Sumatra. There are several flight options to Padang from Indonesian airports. Primarily, Jakarta and Denpasar Bali, as well as International routes from Kuala Lumpur.

Jakarta has the most daily flights to Padang and is also one of Indonesia’s biggest international airports, with flights to and from global destinations. 

From Padang you will need to take a ferry to Tuapajet, where you will be met by our team, and transferred to our speedboat for the last leg to Villa Onu.

We have gone into much more detail on getting to the Mentawai Islands and specifically Villa Onu on our page – How to get to Mentawai

Do you offer transfer services?

Yes, we have several transfer options to help make your trip easy. 

Please see our page – Mentawai transfer services – for more information and prices 

Why do I need to stay over night in Padang?

In most cases yes. This is because the fast ferry from Padang to Mentawai leaves 7am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the first flights arrive at around 7.30am. 

Unless you have arranged a private speedboat transfer, this means you will need to wait in Padang for the ferry the following morning. Remember to check out our transfer services which can help you with transfers, hotels and more. 

Where should I stay in Padang?

We recommend staying at Santika Hotel, Mercure hotel, Mercure Hotel or Budget Hotel by the Harbour. We advise you to make your  booking through booking.com.

The budget hotel by the harbor is directly in front of the boat harbor where the ferry departs. You can literally just walk to the boat harbor the next morning. 

Our VIP Transfer Service includes the 2 nights of required accommodation (arrival and departure dates) in Padang at a 4-star hotel as well as your transfers from the airport to the hotel and the harbor the following morning. 

Do I need travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory according to the villa policy. We advise to get travel insurance that covers travel delay, baggage delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance. You can never know what might happen to you. – During a surf session, flight delays, or personal health. We recommend: Safety Wings, World Nomads, G1G Travel insurance, Surf Travel insurance, Cover More, Indo Surf.

How long can I stay in Indonesia

Most travelers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay VISA at your local Indonesian Embassy prior to departure or in Singapore.

What happens if my flight or boards do not arrive on time?

We haven’t experience this just yet, but if this does happen – no matter at what time you arrive at the airport or if you have any kind of delay, there will be someone waiting for you at the airport. Once we have received your flight details, we give these details to our villa representative – that will be picking you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel and the boat harbor and return. We would get the boards delivered to the villa on the next ferry.

Health & Safety

What type of health precautions should I take?

  • Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world.
  • Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information.
  • If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency.
  • If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as Dramamine.
  • For more information, please consult your doctor.

Should I be concerned about malaria?

Malaria has been eradicated in the area, but there is always a slight risk. At the villa we provide mosquito nets in the rooms, mosquito repellent, we usually advise guests at night time to wear long clothing to protect themselves getting bitten. It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti-malarial medication. The best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

Do you have any tsunami warning or an evacuation plan?

There is an evacuation route behind the villa in to the Hills. The island has a siren tower to warn in cause of tsunami hazard.

Should I be concerned about tsunami?

We are located on the east coast so the risk of Tsunami is much lower.

Is the location child friendly?

Yes, the area is very child friendly. We are surrounded by jungle, ocean and nature. You can swim in the ocean in the calm lagoon that is located directly in front of the villa, literally a stone throw away. We can also provide a cot for your infant under 1 year old – if requested.

Surf Related & Other Services

What kind and how many boards should I bring?

On average you should bring at least 2-4 boards on a surf trip. In case you break or damage one or two. Most people bring 2 standard short boards and 1 bigger board for when the swell gets big, it’s always a good idea to check the swell forecast before you plan a surf trip.

Can you give me an idea of the crowd in the water?

Crowd varies on the season and on the amount of boats. Mostly crowds are friendly and rarely over 20.

Do you offer speed boat shuttles to the ht’s wave or nearby destinations?

Full Service Villa Package will get unlimited speedboat trips is included in the rate to bring your desired destination. Nearby known waves that are surrounding us : Lance’s Left, Beach Break, Monkeys or Bintang. And for Private Room with Shared Villa Facilities will get an extra charge USD100/trip. It can be shared with the other guests whom stay in the villa. Or you can reach this local waves with a motorbike (Free of Charge)

Do you offer speed boat service to other destinations?

Yes, we do offer a speedboat service to nearby spots such as lances left or bintang with an extra cost of 100 USD per roundtrip (can be shared with other current guests). For further destination it will 150/pax per roundtrip. This includes; snacks, drinks and food. We can only organize this service with a group of minimum group of 4. To waves such as:

  • Macaroni
  • Greenbush
  • Gilligans aka Batcaves (recommended for snorkelling & beach picnics)

Full Service Villa Package gets unlimited speedboat service to nearby spot.

How far away is ht’s from the villa?

HTS or also known as Lances right is literally located directly in front of your door step. It is a 3-minute paddle to the wave.

About Villa Onu & What We Offer

Can I celebrate a special occasion at the villa?

Yes, of course you can. We would love to organize and celebrate with you, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or anything. Please do let us know in advance, so we can organize for you accordingly.

Do you have fishing and/or diving gear at Villa Onu?

We do not have diving gear, but we do certainly have fishing gear and snorkeling equipment. All guests may use all the villa facilities and activities for free. ( There is an additional fee for use of our fishing equipment)

Is there a photographer or videographer available at the villa?

Let us know if you wish to have your photos/videos taken of your surf session. Prices depends the amount of footage & the photographer available on site!

We require guests to bring their own hard drive or flash drive.

How is the internet situation at the villa? - can I check my emails?

At the villa we have an unlimited WiFi – that works very well, we have the best internet in the village. But please bear in mind that we are located in a very remote area, so if the weather is bad (rainy or cloudy), the internet might slow down and we provide a satellite wifi as back up with an extra charge. Yes, you are indeed able to check your email, post on social media, watch YouTube videos, or wathing Netflix etc.

How much money should I bring?

For the villa – please bring IDR cash only. Mostly guests bring extra money for the following reasons:

  • Souvenir money = $30 USD
  • Surf shop = $10 – $80 USD
  • Drinks & alcohol = $1 – $15 USD per drink
  • Massage = $35 USD
  • Laundry = $1 USD per piece of clothing
  • Yoga = $50 – $150 USD (depending on how many days)
  • Photography service = depending on the photographer (please bring USB, hard drive or Laptop)
  • Tips at least = $50 – $200 depending length of your stay

What kind of food do you offer at the villa?

Our kitchen concept is a Home Cooking. Villa Onu will provide food base of your package. We are totally different service from any resort in Mentawai, as we are a private 5 bedroom Villa with a fully equipped kitchen.

We provide a la carte breakfast at the villa but we usually give the in-house guests the option to cook their own food for lunch and dinner or we provide the meals at an extra cost.

This island does not have other food options close by, there are a handful of other accommodations but no other restaurants. We do however provide a grocery service so we can order any food you would like with a 25% service transport charge on top of the total bill.