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Kandui Villas

Kandui Villas goes beyond the typical resort experience, offering visitors a beautiful cultural immersion. It’s the perfect place to embrace island life and reconnect with nature and it is gaining a reputation as one of the best surf resorts in the Mentawais. 

Kandui Villas is located in the heart of the Mentawai Islands and is a beautiful destination for surfers and eco-conscious travellers alike. Perfectly positioned in the Playgrounds area, surfers of all abilities will have the time of their lives with over a dozen waves only five minutes away from the resort. 

This stunning island paradise is perfect for families, couples, small groups looking for an executive retreat or colleagues on a work trip. Whether you’re out surfing the local surf breaks, or on a trek deep in the jungle, Kandui Villas has something to keep everyone engaged and entertained. 

Traditional Mentawai Islands Accommodation

Hidden among the palm trees, the traditional Mentawai umas offer a secluded place to get away and experience local culture. These wooden houses are built on stilts and are adorned with intricate carvings, depicting different Mentawai animals and jungle themes. They are all constructed from sustainably sourced, local hardwood. 

The team at this eco-friendly Mentawai Islands resort is committed to creating a positive impact on the local community. By creating hundreds of jobs and supporting local initiatives, they work to preserve the Mentawai culture and environment. Visitors to Kandui villas can feel good knowing they are supporting sustainable tourism while experiencing a Mentawai surf trip of a lifetime.

February to November
All Levels
Snorkeling/Diving, Romantic, Pool, Wellness, Fishing, Beaches, Family-Friendly
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Kandui Villas consists of nine unique eco-friendly premium villas and one triple uma. Each uma is 7.5 metres wide and 10.5 metres long, configured with two king-sized beds downstairs and a spacious second-storey loft with a king-sized bed or two single beds. The flexible sleeping options of the umas make them ideal for solo travellers, couples, groups and families. 

Escape the Mentawai heat inside the air-conditioned umas, and enjoy hot and cold showers, hi-speed WiFi, mosquito nets and a mini refrigerator to keep your drinks cool. 


Next to the swimming pool, you’ll find the two-storey Kandui Villas restaurant. Indulge in farm-to-table cuisine, with a menu featuring seafood caught by local villagers and guests, barbeque, organically grown vegetables and a range of Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, American and traditional Indonesian fare. 

Surf Kandui Villas

Kandui Villas is a dream destination for surfers of all abilities. Nowhere else in the world offers the same diversity of waves as this region of the Mentawai Islands. Surfing the Mentawai Islands is on the bucket list for most surfers, thanks to its consistency and variety of surf breaks. 

The Playgrounds area is one of the most beautiful regions to surf, offering pumping waves with a backdrop of palm tree-lined white sandy beaches. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate surfer, you’ll find somewhere to surf in all wind and swell conditions.  

Kandui Left and Baby Kandui are directly out the front of Kandui Villas, with two dozen other waves within a five to 30-minute fast boat trip away. Thanks to a nice fleet of boats, including two five-metre plastic dinghies, a 4.5 metre fibreglass dinghy, one 5.2 metre Kahajaya centre-console speed boat and three, 45-50 ft longboats, it’s easy to access surf breaks outside of Playgrounds such as Hideaways, Nipussi, Burgerworld, Rifles and E-Bay.  The boats are always stocked with drinking water, snacks and drinks to ensure you have a comfortable trip. 

Surf Guide and Surf Photographer

The team at Kandui Villas will ensure your Mentawai Islands surf trip is one to remember. The resident surf guide will help you track down the best waves in the region, while the resident photographer will capture all your best moments in the surf. 


Kandui Left

Kandui Left isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s one of the heaviest waves in Indonesia, fast, hollow and shallow. This is an Incredible freight-train wave 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.


This novelty right hander, perfect for longboarders, runs down the side of a tiny sand island. A super scenic spot suitable for all levels, just a 5-minute speedboat ride from Kandui Villas.

Playgrounds Area

With more than 20 waves in close proximity, this extraordinary and scenic area of the Mentawai Islands is considered a surfer’s haven.

All waves are accessible within a 30-minute speedboat ride from each other and Kandui Villas, and work on different wind, tide and swell conditions. This means you’ll always find somewhere to surf in the Playgrounds area, no matter the conditions.

Surf breaks in this area include Rifles, Hideaways, Beng-Beng, E-Bay, Burgerworld, Bikinis, Bankvaults, 4 Bobs, Nipussi, Pitstops and more.

Non-Surf Activities

There are plenty of non-surf activities available at Kandui Villas, allowing you to immerse yourself in Mentawai culture and experience everything this beautiful region of Indonesia has to offer. 


Fishing in the Mentawai Islands is a popular pastime and the beautiful water surrounding Kandui Villas provides the ultimate location to kick back and throw in a line. The villas offer fishing and trolling equipment, but bringing your own fishing gear is recommended. 


There are a variety of stunning snorkelling areas around Kandui Resort, the perfect place to explore the vast underwater environment and immerse yourself in nature. Bring your own snorkelling gear, or it can be purchased directly from the resort when available. 

Jungle Cruise

Take off on an adventure in one of the Kandui Villas’ canoes. Delve into the reaches of Siberut Island and travel back in time to one of the most remote and ancient regions of Earth on a half-day trip, including a visit to a local village.


Bring your mat and find a secluded spot on the beach to stay on top of your yoga practice while staying at Kandui Villas. 


A trip to the Mentawai Islands isn’t complete without a traditional Indonesian massage. Available for an extra charge. 

Sports & Games

When you’re not surfing, guests at Kandui Villas can play table tennis, jungle or beach volleyball, backgammon, chess, board games and cards. The team at Kandui Villas can also organise a picnic for guests on the island. 


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