There’s no place in the surfing world like the Northern Mentawais and there’s no place in the Northern Mentawais like Kandui Resort. We are the only Kandui Resort and going into our 14th year of operation, we’ve been stoked to host thousands of guests from all corners of the earth. Kandui Resort is hands down the best surfing location on the planet and the only resort with direct beach access to the heart of the “Playgrounds” region. We’re a surf resort in every sense of the word. Under the helm of our beloved “All Day Ray” Wilcoxen, our philosophy from day 1 is put the guest first in and out of the water. Our goal is provide access to the best surf in this world, all the comforts of the western world and an atmosphere that is one of a kind.
When to Visit
Every since the world was introduced to the Mentawai Islands over 25 years ago, the surf world has never been the same. Countless islands, perfect reef passes, light winds, remote location and a conveyor belt of relentless swell from 6,000 miles away, there is literally no other place in this world that compares to the Mentawais. The Mentawai season is split into 2 distinct seasons, In-Season and Shoulder-Season.
The Kandui Resort In-Season (April – Sept) is in the center of Indian Ocean SW swell season. Once high pressure breaks in the Indian Ocean, storms start marching from Africa to Indonesia and do not stop till late season. During this time of year, the surf rarely drops below head high and during a standard trip to Kandui Resort, guests can expect 1-2 swells to really get the blood flowing. While the Northern Mentawais have some of the best barreling waves in Indonesia (Kandui Left, Rifles, Bank Vaults, Hideaways), this area is unique in that it has something for everyone. While Kandui Left is triple overhead, Karangbat Left is head high and perfect for cruising. While Rifles is pumping double overhead barrels, 4bobs is slightly overhead and perfect for turns. In-Season is a great time to push your barrel-riding limits while you can also kick back and surf your favorite fish just around the corner.
Shoulder-Season $400 OFF ALL OF OUR 2019 SHOULDER SEASON TRIPS!
Overhead waves, great weather, low crowds and great vibes. The Kandui Resort Shoulder-Season (October – March), has had the biggest misconception for years. Flat surf, bad winds, tons of rain and not the time to visit the archipelago. While most of the archipelago faces west and turns onshore, the playgrounds region has countless reef passes that remain offshore. While you will not see the large SW swells that results in massive Kandui Left or Bank Vaults, you will see countless days of overhead surf with good conditions that favor the rights. While most of our guests (us included) do not want the massive, scary surf that in-season can yield, our Shoulder-Season results in the fun overhead surf that the Mentawais are know for. Throw in light crowds and good conditions and you have the Mentawai’s best kept secret.
Why Choose Kandui Resort?
Kandui Resort has hosted thousands of guests from all corners of the earth and are very proud that 70% of our annual guests are return. We value feedback and below are some of the many reason why guest return.
1). The Best Surfing Location on Earth. Kandui Resort is the only resort with direct beach access to the heart of the Playgrounds. Rifles, 4Bobs, Aframes, Pistols and many more are located directly out front.
2). All Day Ray Wilcoxen. All Day Ray is Kandui Resort. When asked whey they return, our guests always mention the waves and the vibe and atmosphere that Ray has created.
3). Local Staff. The local staff is a major part of the Kandui Resort experience. One of our long term guests said it best “I came to Kandui Resort the first time for the surf, I come back every year for the staff”.
4). Boat Trips. The goal to a successful surfing trip is getting surfed out. In 14 years of business, we have not had one complaint of not being surfed out.
5). Restaurant and Bar. The heart of Kandui Resort and where it all happens. It’s difficult to describe in words, but the heart and soul of Kandui Resort resides in our Restaurant.
6). Stay in Touch. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more remote location than Kandui Resort and keeping in touch with your family, friends and work is the upmost importance. You will not find a higher speed internet connection in the Mentawais and our internet is 100% FREE.
7). Floating Dock. Located within a stone’s throw of 4Bobs and the perfect place to relax or heckle your friends. Free Bintangs every afternoon on the dock and there’s no better Happy Hour in the Mentawais.
8). Transfer from the Mainland. You safely and comfort are the highest priority at Kandui Resort. We are the only resort in the to charter the Mentawai Fast for direct transfers. The 80 foot Mentawai Fast makes the crossing in 3 hours flat with over 200 seats, TVs, food/drinks, A/C, bathrooms and the smoothest ride you will find in Indonesia.
9). Photo and Video. Over the last 14 years, photos and videos have become a cornerstone of the Kandui Resort experience with 2 photographers and 2 videographers available every day.
10. Culture. The local Mentawaiian experience is a major part of the Kandui Resort experience with our local staff, visits from the local Shamen and guided trips to local villages.
During your stay on Kandui, home will be one of only 8 “umas”, traditional thatched houses built in the traditional Mentawai style by local Mentawaian craftsmen. Each is clean, spacious, comfortable, and offers an unparalleled view to the waves, ocean, and islands that surround the resort. Hand-woven vaulted ceilings and the natural design features provide a sense of adventure and culture while the interior design features provide a feeling of home. Each traditional “uma” is identified by a unique Mentawai name but we commonly refer to them by number as they extend away from the restaurant.
-Located in the heart of the Playgrounds region.
-Unlimited surf trips at any time.
-Authentic Mentawai accommodations.
-Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner plus snacks.
-On site Doctor/Paramedic.
-Photo and Video services available.