Pasongan Bay: the surfing jewel of the Mentawai Islands

Over the last 20 years, the Mentawai Islands have become the most sought after surf destination in the world and the focus of intense surf media exposure and interest from surf travelers the world over.

The island chain is blessed with a large number of world-class waves, intermediate level locations, and also a few beginner spots in some areas.

This combined with the tropical beauty, remote locality, tropical climate and fascinating culture of the indigenous communities has made these islands one of the most popular surf holiday destinations on the planet.

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How to plan a surf boat trip

Boat trips are the ideal choice for those seeking unforgettable surfing adventures. If you're planning to sail to remote and idyllic offshore locations, read our tips for enjoying the surf travel experience to the fullest.

Whether you're on a luxurious private boat or cruising in a commercial charter, you'll need to adapt to a different reality in which land is not always within swimming distance.

Surf boat trips are fun and memorable, but not everyone fits the mold. You'll live surrounded by water with a 360-degree view of open ocean for a few days or weeks.

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The best cheap surf destinations

Dream spots, with perfect peeling waves, offshore winds, fantastic food, and friendly locals. Cheap surf trips are hard to spot, but we've identified the most inexpensive vacations you can experience if you're a traveling surfer.

Traveling on a budget is not always easy, but it has many advantages. Yes, it will save you money, but you will also be able to meet new people, make friends, and explore the local cultures more in-depth.

If you really need to take a plane, know what to pack for a surf trip, and then plan it so that you save time and money. Choose a surfer-friendly, low-cost airliner, and protect your surfboards.

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The frequent exposure to salt, sun, and sand can easily stress your skin. Even if you're using a good sunscreen to prevent skin damage, it's important to hydrate your skin after each surf session to keep it supple and healthy.

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