Kandui Resort offers a world entirely beyond time and obligations. Open since 2006 in one of the best surf locations in the world (‘Playgrounds’ in the Mentawai Islands), there is only one Kandui Resort! With over a dozen breaks in close proximity, including Rifles (only five minutes by boat) and a maximum of only 16 surfers, Kandui Resort is fast gaining a reputation as the best surf resort in the Mentawais. Stoked past guests include Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, Tom Carroll and Brad Gerlach.
The whole idea and concept of Kandui Resort is to offer an extraordinary alternative to boat travel in the Mentawais. A place where you can stay in touch with the office via wireless internet (if necessary) and also take your non-surfing partner. But best of all, some of the most incredible surf in the islands is on your doorstep!
Immerse yourself in splendid isolation on one of the most unspoilt regions in the Indonesian archipelago. Hidden among the palms on this remote island are just seven traditional Mentawai ‘umas’ offering solitude and luxury. Resort guests are luxuriously secluded in these spacious, individual umas – the architecture and overall design are derived from local Mentawai traditions and style. Kandui Resort offers an extraordinary alternative for people who are not comfortable travelling and living on a boat; small groups who are looking for an executive / work-related retreat; and / or people travelling with their significant other or families. The ultimate goal is to provide guests with the best surfing / cultural experience of their lives – an experience that will keep everyone engaged and happy, whether they are surfing, hanging out in the resort or on a cultural trek deep into the jungle… Kandui has it all!
The Mentawai cultures, traditions and values are the fundamental force behind the way the resort is run. Fabulous food, stunning beaches, beautiful accommodation and an abundance of world class waves await.
World-class surf on your doorstep
The Mentawai Islands are considered to be every surfer’s ultimate travel destination. There isn’t another place in the world where you have the real possibility of surfing the best waves of your life on any given day. When all the conditions come together – perfect location, perfect swell, perfect tide and perfect crew – you’ve found what every surfer seeks.
Paradise at Playgrounds
The Playgrounds area is arguably the prettiest region of the Mentawais with white sandy beaches, lush vegetation and turquoise lagoons. Snorkel off the beach at Kandui and you’ll see a myriad of marine life or simply relax in a hammock under a palm tree, whilst recharging for your next surf!
Karamajet Island, part of the Mentawai Islands chain and home to Kandui Resort, is situated 75 miles off the west coast of Sumatra. Due to its remote location, it requires a one-of-a-kind boat crossing over the Mentawai Strait – a patch of ocean steeped in historical folklore and intrigue. Kandui Resort, the only western development on the island, is set amidst 30 acres of palm trees, lagoons and a spectacular mile-long white sand beach, overlooking two of the most picturesque islands in the Mentawai Islands. This area has no shopping malls, housing tracts or freeways – just unspoilt beauty, the soothing rhythm of the tides and the ever-present allure of perfect surf. Kandui Resort is undoubtedly located in one of the most sought-after locations in the world and complemented by an assortment of features that separate it from any other experience in not only the Mentawai Islands but also Indonesia in general.
Local climate / scenery
If you could pick one area in the world to build not just a resort, but a luxury surf resort, this would be it! Kandui definitely provides a unique and memorable vacation experience. The local climate is considered tropical – hot and humid with a temperature range between 21-32 degrees Celsius. The water temperature is always around 27 degrees Celsius, no matter what time of year you visit. The local landscape is dense, tropical forest with four main islands and dozens of auxiliary islands – sprinkled with a few main coastal villages throughout. The dry season in this area spans from February to September and the wet season typically occurs between October and January. However, at any time of the year, expect regular rainfall in short intervals – heavy at times. Local winds surrounding the resort are variable throughout most of the year but occasionally go through intermittent periods of storminess called ‘Badais’. Kandui lies exactly one degree below the Equator and as a result is not influenced by the steady easterly trade winds often associated with the rest of Indonesia – that’s what makes this area so unique!