From your bungalow you will be greeted by the impressive sight of Lances Left, arguably the most consistent world class wave in the Mentawai archipelago. Kingfisher Bay Resort is located in an extremely wave rich region with 10 different waves within a 20 minute boat ride. With such an extensive selection to choose from; fun beach breaks, long lefts and rights, barrel perfection and heavy slabs... all levels and appetites are catered for at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Experience the Mentawais, a strikingly original part of the world; freakishly perfect waves, a completely unique and fascinating culture with a backdrop of idyllic palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters. As the name suggests, Kingfisher Bay Resort is situated on the edge of an expansive bay, regularly frequented by stunning and acrobatic kingfisher birds, as well as a vast array of other wildlife including majestic sea eagles, large flying squirrels and pristine coral reefs teeming with sea life.
The natural beauty of the Mentawai islands is the stage for what has become a mecca for surfers around the world, and with Kingfisher Bay Resort's dream location in front of Lances Left on the southern tip of Sipora island, those seemingly out of reach fantasies of surfing breathtakingly perfect waves can become a reality! Fishing and snorkeling are catered for as well as a wide and varying range of land activities.
For the culturally curious, the local village provides a window into the lives of a race and people with a very different lifestyle to what most of us are familiar with. Get to know your friendly neighbours and hosts by joining in a woodcarving or weaving lesson under a palm tree or get involved in the daily volleyball match in the village. If all this sounds like too much activity, feel free to relax in a shaded hammock or catch the breeze in Kingfisher's open-plan restaurant.
This epic place includes just 3 bungalows (2 X twin/double and 1 X 5 share with 4 singles downstairs and 1 bed on mezzanine level) so most importantly this means a maximum of only 9 surfers at the resort at any one time. Bungalows are all air-conditioned and fan-cooled with Western style bathrooms and hot showers.
Kingfisher Bay Resort's open-plan restaurant serves excellent meals using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, cooked in a variety of styles including: Western, Indonesian and Chinese. Meals are served buffet style to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.
Keeping to the Mentawai theme, Kingfisher Resort restaurant is the centerpiece of the resort. From the spacious veranda you can take in the awe-inspiring, panoramic view of Lances Left and the adjacent bay. The open terrace design is perfect for catching even the slightest breeze, and perhaps a glimpse of the flying lizards and squirrels that are endemic to the Mentawai islands. A variety of beers and juices can be ordered from the bar, or you can lounge in the chill out area in mix of modern and driftwood furniture. DVD’s, internet connection and daily surf photo’s can be utilized at your leisure, or simply get to know the people who you will be sharing adventures and waves with during your trip.
Meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, cooked in a variety of styles including; Western, Indonesian, Chinese as well as barbeques. We consider great food and plenty of it an integral part of an enjoyable experience, so meals are served buffet style to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.
Kingfisher Bay Resort is located in an extremely wave rich region with 10 different waves within a 20 minute boat ride. With such an extensive selection to choose from; fun beach breaks, long lefts and rights, barrel perfection and heavy slabs... all levels and appetites are catered for at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Lances is the epitome of the classic Indo wave, a very long, superbly shaped wave that is renowned for being one of the most consistent locations in the Mentawai islands. Several take off zones mean this place rarely feels crowded, and with a relatively easy entry during take off it’s little wonder Lances is such a regular crowd pleaser. At three feet expect long, peeling, lined up walls perfect for pushing the limits on your turns, but also be on the lookout for two distinct barrel sections depending on swell direction. At six feet and above be prepared for corduroy lines stacked to the horizon. The wave transforms into a steep, deepwater takeoff with big open faces down the line.
Although not the most prolific barrel producing wave in the Mentawai, it’s length and variations through different sections mean all levels of ability can enjoy Lances. Also a great place for intermediate surfers to push themselves into bigger waves.
Best size: 3 to 6 feet
Bottom: coral reef
Length: 50 to 150m
Level: intermediate to advanced
Best tide: medium to high
From resort: on your door step
Shore access: through keyhole
Fishing: The tropical waters of Southern Sipora provide excellent fishing opportunities for the casual angler. The Kingfisher Bay Resort boats are primarily used for surfing transport, so between wave-chasing sessions why not drop a line and maybe catch yourself dinner! Fishing tackle and equipment at the resort is fairly basic and limited, therefore we encourage more serious fishermen to bring their own gear.
Snorkelling: Kingfisher Bay Resort is very fortunate to have a wide choice of fantastic snorkelling sites with warm, crystal clear water close by. Take a short bike or boat ride to discover a diverse collection of hard and soft corals which provide a home and feeding ground for schools of vibrant reef fish, shellfish, anemones, giant clams and turtles. People of all fitness levels, even those with only limited swimming ability, can enjoy snorkelling. For first timers, one of the staff members will be happy to give you a quick lesson in snorkel use and basic safety before you take the plunge. Snorkel equipment at the resort is available for free use by all guests.
Woodcarving: Under the guidance of talented local Mentawai wood carvers and weavers, you can design and create your own piece of artwork. Make a unique souvenir for friends or family whilst getting to know the people who call Sipora Island their home.
Trekking and Biking: can be arranged at own expense
Digital Corner: For those who can’t stay away from the technology, the resort has a dedicated digital area with internet, DVD player and a sound station to connect you back with the real world. Also, daily selection and edition of the photos from the surf sessions. Kingfisher offers high-speed internet satellite connection with WI-FI to connect your laptop – not included in the package.
The Resort has plenty space to do whatever you want. Be creative and the Kingfisher Bay staff will help you to do everything you can to make the most of your holiday. Games, stretching, yoga, drinking or maybe just relaxing...
Kingfisher works on a flexible schedule to work in with the Mentawais Fast ferry which is a brand new high speed service that only takes 3 hours from Padang to the Mentawai Islands. No need for long overnight ferries anymore.
The Fast ferry departs Padang at 6am on Monday/Wednesday and Friday, so you need to arrive Padang the night before and overnight there.
We recommend and can reserve you a room at the 4.5 star Mercure hotel in the heart of Padang, where you can relax in comfort and get a good night's sleep, before an early morning pickup by a representative of Kingfisher Resort and transfer to the Fast ferry.
Depart Padang at 6am / Arrive Tua Peijat at 9am
1 hour speedboat to Kingfisher Bay Resort - arrive by late morning
Stay as many nights as you like (see example itinerary options below)
Return back to Padang on Monday/Wednesday or Friday
Depart Kingfisher Bay Resort by lunchtime
Fast Ferry Depart Tua Peijat at 3pm - arrive Padang by 6pm
Overnight Padang (once again we recommend a stay at the Mercure Hotel)
Depart Padang (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday)
Arrive Padang -Sunday
Depart Padang - Tuesday
7 nights Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nights Padang -1 each direction)
Arrive Padang - Sunday
Depart Padang - Thursday
9 nights Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nights Padang -1 each direction)
Arrive Padang - Sunday
Depart Padang - Saturday
11 nights Kingfisher Bay Resort (2 nights Padang -1 each direction)