John’s Place Mentawais

John’s Place is a secluded getaway set amidst a palm grove, overlooking its very own private beach. John’s Place is a truly extraordinary destination for anyone wanting a secluded Mentawai Islands escape. 

This amazing property was originally built to accommodate John’s family and friends, but fortunately for us, he’s opened it up for small groups of travellers venturing to this beautiful region of the Mentawai Islands. 

Staying on Awera Island

Nestled on Awera Island, with stunning views of the surf breaks G4 and Hookers, and Devil’s Island looming in the background, John’s Place is a meticulously crafted five-bedroom villa made entirely of Sumatran hardwood. Designed as a sustainable long-term residence, this luxurious home offers unparalleled comfort and breathtaking scenery.

It’s perfectly located in the middle of the Mentawai Islands, the ultimate location for surfers and their families and friends to escape the ordinary and soak up everything this beautiful region of Indonesia has to offer. 

At World Surfaris, we offer an all-inclusive group package for guests staying at John’s Place, which includes everything from your Padang transfers, to your own private chef, meals, drinks, boat trips, an expert surf guide and more. 

Perfect for small groups of friends, families and couples, John’s Place Mentawais is the ultimate location for surfers wanting to ride the best waves of their lives and non-surfers wanting to fish, snorkel and explore the natural beauty of the Mentawai Islands. 

February to November
All Levels
Fishing, Beaches, Family-Friendly, Snorkeling/Diving, Pool
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Mentawai Islands Surf Perfection

If you’re a surfer, you’ll have the time of your life at this private surfer’s retreat in the Mentawai Islands. You’re less than five minutes by boat from Tuapejat Harbour, which means more waves, close by! 

From John’s Place, you’re only a five to 20-minute boat ride from a dozen amazing local breaks where you can surf from dawn to dusk. Jump on board the 10.5 metre speedboat for half an hour, and you’ll have more than 20 other breaks at your fingertips within the Playgrounds area of the Mentawai Islands. Only another hour in the other direction, and you’re at the world-famous HT’s and Lances Left region! 


John’s Place is located in a dream location on Awera Island in the Mentawais. This unique surfer’s getaway is designed to cater to small groups and families. With five air-conditioned bedrooms set up for couples, twins or singles, this ‘Queenslander style’ home also features beautiful upper and lower verandahs where guests can take in the stunning views. 

Guests will share two large bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, both with Western-style toilets and hot and cold showers. The home’s air-conditioned dining area is upstairs, with a beautiful outlook over the grounds and the blue waters of the lagoon. 

To keep guests entertained, there is an air-conditioned games room downstairs, with all the essentials including a pool table and ping pong table for some friendly (often competitive) holiday battles. The games room opens up onto a lower deck and swimming pool where you can relax after a long day surfing or the kids can play without worrying about any neighbours – it’s just you! 

John’s Place features: 

  • 4 x rooms with 2 double beds.
  • 1 x room with 1 double bed. 
  • 2 large bathrooms. 
  • Personal chef. 
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. 
  • Modern kitchen facilities. 
  • Water, coconuts and beer provided. 
  • Huge balcony with views.
  • Swimming pool. 
  • Private beach. 
  • Games room. 
  • WiFi.
  • Experienced personal surf guide. 
  • Laundry is available.
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As a guest at John’s Place, you’ll have a private chef cooking up a delicious array of Indonesian and Western cuisine. You won’t go hungry with an amazing range of freshly prepared dishes made with love from locally sourced meat, fruits and vegetables. 

Whether you’re refuelling after a big day in the surf, or need food packed for an adventure in the Mentawai Islands, the experienced chef has you covered. All meals at John’s Place are enjoyed in the air-conditioned dining room, with spectacular views over the grounds and the private beach. 

Beautiful, fresh seasonal fruit and coconuts are also available for all guests and the chef will try to accommodate special food and beverage requests when possible. 


Surf John’s Place Mentawais

John’s Place is located in one of the world’s most wave-rich regions – the Mentawai Islands. The Mentawais is a sought-after surfing destination with a range of waves ranging from fun and playful, to challenging and adrenaline-pumping. 

Within a two to 20-minute journey from John’s Place, there are at least 11 named waves that work in various swell, wind and tide conditions, and the 10.5 metre Kahajay Marine cuddy cabin will get you there in comfort and style. The 5.5 metre Kahajaya Marine centre console is also a great option for accessing the local breaks of Western Sipura. Waves in close promiximity to John’s Place include Telescopes, Scarecrowds, Suicides, Icelands, Tikkus, Omak Tidur among others.

Further exploring, and 30 minutes to an hour in the boat will bring you to a buffet of waves in the Playgrounds area, as well as the world-class HTs, Bintangs and Lances Left. Included in your stay at Macaronis Surf Resort is one trip to the Playgrounds area. To access Lances Right and additional trips to the Playgrounds area, guests will need to cover fuel charges.


Secret Spots

Secret spots still exist in the Mentawai Islands! Some fickle, some forbidden to operators, these surf breaks are only known to a handful of local surf guides. If you’re lucky, you might get to surf one of these hidden gems. 

Supira Island


An enjoyable, playful left near Villa Mentawai. On a big swell, this is a good, mellow option for intermediate level surfers or longboarders.

Omak Tidur

A long, slabbing right out the front of Awera Surf Resort with intense barrel sections on good days. This wave can be super challenging, and often seems surfable when it’s not. Always wait for the green light from your surf guide before attempting this one!


Ridiculously perfect left, easily accessible from Awera Surf Resort, Togat Nusa Retreat, John’s Place and Villa Mentawai. A user-friendly wave with multiple good sections for barrels or turns. Telescopes likes a SW swell with SE winds.


Another swell magnet, this time a peak, that picks up any available swell. When Telescopes is big and pumping, Iceland can be 2-3 times bigger. A true big wave spot, this wave has been surfed at 20ft and is a great place for an adrenaline rush on your step up.


A heavy and unpredictable left with gnarly barrels over a very shallow, live coral reef. When it links up, it’s a remarkable wave, suitable for advanced surfers only and definitely at high tide.


This is a challenging right hander suitable for advanced surfers chasing a novelty experience.


A good, sometimes hollow, usually uncrowded left hander, working best on a SW swell. Mostly suited for experienced surfers, as the wave can get shallow on the inside.


A fickle wrap-around left that can be challenging. This wave needs a big swell to come to life.


A relatively under-the-radar right hander that’s fast and zippy breaking over shallow reef. Arikis can offer good barrel sections and is best at higher tide.


A bowling left in front of Togat Nusa Resort. Scarecrows picks up a lot of swell, and on bigger, heavier days requires a bit of paddling and a bigger board. This wave can offer a good barrel on the inside section after some big carves on the outside.


Shifty lefts off random peaks. This spot, rarely crowded, picks up plenty of swell but can be hard to surf.


Siberut Island (Playgrounds Area)


An easy, mellow right hander with a beautiful tropical backdrop. A good option if nearby Bankvaults is a bit too intimidating. Nipussi is best on a mid-size swell with light NNW winds.


A powerful, challenging right hander. Expect an open ocean style take-off,  then an incredible, wide open barrel section. This wave suits experienced surfers only, as it ends up bending back over shallow reef. Bankvaults is best on a SSW swell and a N wind.

Pit Stops

A playful and rippable right hander with a sand and reef bottom. The wave breaks close to the shore, within paddle distance of Mentawai Surf Retreat. Pit Stops needs a WSW swell to get into the sheltered bay, and any wind except for N/NE. The wave is perfect for busting out some turns.


A beautiful, barrelling, and world-class left, with intense emerald green water, just a short paddle down from Pit Stops. E-Bay needs a big W/SW swell with SE winds to work. The bigger it gets, the better it gets. This is a truly magical wave!

Bang Bangs

A playful, user-friendly left that breaks further down in the bay from E-Bay and Pit Stops. Suitable for longboarders, funboards, and has a good section for some big turns.


A world-class hollow left hander that breaks directly in front of Wave Park Mentawai Resort. Hideaways picks up plenty of swell and offers incredible barrels for experienced surfers. This wave works best with a SW swell and SE wind on a higher tide.


This novelty right hander, perfect for longboarders, runs down the side of a tiny sand island. A super scenic spot suitable for all levels.

The Secret Slab

A short, intense right-hand barrel. This wave is a good option on small swell.


A very mellow peak, perfect for longboarders or beginners.

Burger World

This long right-hand wave with a beautiful backdrop is considered the swell magnet of the Mentawai Islands and works best on a small 2-4ft SW swell with NNW winds. On bigger swells, the paddling required to hold position tends to prove not worthwhile. Burger World is a great wave for a relaxing surf together with some turns. Some surfers pack a fish or funboard specifically to surf at this spot.


A playful peak that’s mostly a left, a good wave for a couple turns.


World-class right hander with multiple barrel sections over a reef so perfect it must have been designed for surfers. Rifles likes a big SSW swell and light WNW winds. This is considered one of the longest, most perfect waves in the Mentawai Islands.

4 Bobs

A playful, one-section right with an easy take-off. If you’re lucky, you’ll score a quick almond shaped barrel or a 2-turn combo.

Kandui Left

Incredible freight-train left out the front of Kandui Villas, with big, heavy barrels and long sections on good days. Here, there’s potential to get the best barrel of your life. Kandui Left likes a SW swell and E/SE winds on a mid to high tide.

Baby Kandui

A very mellow, playful left hander. Baby Kandui is great for beginners and long boarders, or a relaxed session for more advanced surfers looking to refine their skills or trial a new board or fin set up.


A super fun right with short but good barrels, and nice sections for turns.


Lances Right (HTs)

This famed wave is positioned directly in front of Katiet Beach Resort. On it’s good days Lances Right is one of the best waves in Indonesia with flawless barrelling rights. To work best, the wave likes a confusing combination of W swell and W winds. When it turns on, it’s a mesmerising 8-second barrel from the office all the way to the channel.

Lances Left

A fun, super consistent left, straight out the front of Kingfisher Surf Resort where guests can watch perfection from the comfort of the pool bar or private bungalow. Lances Left has a good barrel section and enough space to link together some turns before kicking out.


This wave is a short, powerful right-hand barrel that perks up quickly over a shallow section of reef. Amazing barrel on it’s day but a very short ride. Bintangs is visible from Kingfisher Surf Resort.

Surf Guides

Meet Cahn Mitchell, the resident surf guide at John’s Place, and one of the most passionate surfers you’ll ever meet. Originally from Margaret River in Western Australia, Cahn has been travelling to the Mentawai Islands since the 1990s, and living there full-time for the last decade, mostly in his wife’s local village.

Cahn’s skills as a surf guide have been sought after by many surf charter boats and surf resorts in the Mentawai Islands, but since 2016 Cahn has been the go-to man at John’s Place, looking after the property and finding the best waves in the Mentawais for his lucky guests.

Non-Surf Activities

John’s Place is the perfect location for the whole family, with plenty to do in and out of the water. When you’re not surfing, John’s Place has various activities including stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and fishing, just to name a few.

Stand Up Paddling

Guests can grab one of the two 2018 model, 10 ‘2 NSP stand-up paddleboards to explore the foreshore. Put the kids up front and go on a little adventure through the pristine estuary on high tide. The surf boat is also available to find a stand-up paddleboarding paradise further afield. 


You can’t go to the Mentawai Islands without snorkelling! With almost perfect visibility the majority of the time, there’s a small reef out from John’s Place where you’ll entertain the kids for hours as you explore the coral and abundant sea life. 

Devil’s Island is a favourite snorkelling spot and is only five minutes from John’s Place. We recommend that you bring your own snorkelling gear for the best fit. 


Fishing is a popular activity in the Mentawai Islands. If you’re lucky you might just snag yourself a nice pelagic fish, like a Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Rainbow Runner or Trevally. Dusk to dawn is the ideal time for fishing. You’re welcome to bring your own gear too! 



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