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Siberut Island, West Sumatra, Sumatra

SiberutSiberut Island is the largest island in the Mentawai Islands off the coast and is separated by the West Sumatra Mentawai Strait. Siberut island is approximately 155 km from the city of Padang. The trip to Siberut take a dozen hours by boat, traveling far enough to reach the island. However adventures and experiences as well as its natural beauty, inviting them to visit the adventure-hungry and explore all the riches it has, including its rich culture, customs, and the charming tropical nature.

Siberut is home to approximately 30,000 Mentawai tribes that live isolated from modernity. Perhaps the Mentawai tribe migrated from the islands of Nias in the Mentawai Islands and lived isolated for centuries until it was discovered by the Dutch in 1621. A closer look at the interior life of the Mentawai is one of the main attractions to visit the island of Siberut. They still maintain their ancestral traditions and lifestyles that are passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. They live in houses on stilts made of wood called uma occupied several families.
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They have a language, culture, customs and most still practice their own animistic beliefs. Their clothing was very simple; Mentawai man wearing only a loincloth made of bark breadfruit, while the women only wear such a skirt made of coconut leaves / banana. Besides clothing, they also know the “timeless clothes” that is typical Mentawai tattoo is tattooed all over his body fulfill the traditional way and includes various rituals. Their main food is their consolation and pig breeding and hunting monkeys for food everyday.

Besides watching his own life isolated Mentawai tribe, trekking in the rainforest that is still awake and enjoy the natural scenery around the island is another interesting adventure do. Approximately 2/3 of the island is covered with rainforest offers a trekking adventure is not easy but challenging at the same time.

Most of the island is protected by copyright and designated a national park since 1993, known as the Siberut National Park. Siberut National Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the statutes of the Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB).

Siberut National Park is home to four species of primates found only in Siberut only (endemic), which bokkoi (Macaca pagensis), monkey Mentawai / Joja (Presbytis potenziani cyberbullying), bilou (Hylobates klossii), and Simakobu (Nasalis cyber concolor) , In addition to primates endemic, were also found four endemic species of squirrel, 17 species of mammals and 130 species of birds (4 of which are endemic).

Visiting Siberut National Park is an adventure package that is a combination of a variety of activities, such as boating, kayaking, walking in muddy paths, enjoying the beauty of tropical forests, as well as observation of plants / animals. To explore the charm of Siberut, there are a number of travel agencies and tour guides can be found in the field or in Bukit Tinggi.

To enter the National Park Siberut, you should first go to the park office.

Siberut National Park Office
Jl. Sulaiman Khatib No 46
Building ex. Lt Forestry Office. 3
Padang-Sumatra Barat
Website: http://tamannasionalsiberut.org/Potensi-Pariwisata/
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For places to stay, you can stay in accommodation in close Siberut National Park. When looking more closely acquainted with the life of the Mentawai tribe and community life in ways they feel, you can just stay in people’s homes. For those of you who like to surf, there is a short stay in the beach surfing location, such as on the island of Nyang-Nyang. Moreover, those of you with extra budget may also stay at the resort on the island of Nyang-Nyang, which Pitstop Hill Mentawai (http://pitstophill.com), email: info@pitstophill.com.
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Siberut island on the map

Tips

Bring enough cash while visiting Siberut Island or other islands in the Mentawai Islands because obviously there is no atm in such an isolated area.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for both tropical forests and remote island of Siberut.

Also take stock of medicines particularly malaria drugs.

Mentawai tribe society happy when brought gifts such as cigarettes and food when you visit them. Ask permission if you want to take a picture of them because some of them asked for in exchange for the captured images.

You should first visit the visitor center at Maileppet Siberut National Park (3 km from Muara Siberut) before heading inland. Siberut National Park staff will be happy to help and share information about the national park and the island of Siberut or even be your tour guide.
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How To Get There:

Is approximately 155 km from Padang, West Sumatra, travel to the island of Siberut spent approximately 12 hours away by ferry. A ferry will take you directly to Muara Siberut, the port of Siberut Island, the only island in the Mentawai Islands, which has regular sailings to Padang, West Sumatra.

From Minangkabau International Airport, you need to Muara Padang harbor by bus. From there, visitors use a ferry or a boat to cross the Indian Ocean to Siberut Island.

Schedule ship from Padang to Siberut is only twice a week; Sunday night (ship New Source of Income) and Thursday night (ship Simasin). This trip about a day and ship it back to Padang on Tuesday and Friday nights. Price Temptation Rp105.000, – to Rp125,000, -. In addition, there is an additional ship operating at the first and second Sunday of each month. Ambu Ambu-boat departs on Saturday night from Muara Siberut Padang and back on to the field on Sunday night.

When you depart from Minangkabau International Airport, we can rent a small plane such as Tiger Air or SMAC to Tuapejat Sipora Island. After that, you can rent a boat for a trip of about 3 to 4 hours to Muara Siberut.

 

 

 

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