Macaronis Resort

  • Year-Round
  • 32 Guests
  • $180+
  • 3.5 Star Rating
  • Airport: PDG

Put simply, Macaronis is the funnest wave in the world.  It is also one of the world’s most consistent high quality waves, ultra-rippable, and a bucket list destination for any surfer.

Imagine, empty white sand beaches extending into clear warm water where perfect waves peel around a myriad of reefs wrapping into multiple pristine bays… it’s the place surfing dreams are made of!

Macaronis Resort is situated on Siniai Island, just off the coast of North Pagai Island in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.  It is in a very remote area, 120 nautical miles from Padang, West Sumatra. The largest village and port on North Pagai Island is Sikakap, with passenger ferry transits to-from Padang. From Sikakap a speed boat transfers guests to Macaronis Resort.

Macaronis Resort guest suites were recently refurbished in 2016. All 16 guest suites are located on the second-floor of the resort building, elevated 8m above sea-level with spectacular ocean, lagoon, and pool views.

Day in and day out there is no better wave in the world.



• Most Consistent Wave in the Mentawais
• No Extra Cost for Boat Trips
• Surf for All Levels (seriously!)
• WiFi Internet, A/C, Hot Showers, Live Wave Cam to Room
• Huge Made-to-Order Hot Breakfast Menu
• Easy Airport – Resort Transfers
• Free Anytime Access to SUPs, Kayaks, Snorkels & Fishing Gear
• All Rooms have Beautiful Ocean/Lagoon Views
• Surf Anytime You Want, Dawn ’til Dusk!


When to Visit

Discovered in the 1980’s and kept secret for over a decade, Macaronis popularity skyrocketed when word got out.  Powerful swells arrive from March – November, while December – February produces smaller long period swells, ideal for beginners and those who prefer quality medium sized waves with less crowds. The biggest secret is the quality of uncrowded surf during shoulder and summer months, when warmer weather keeps Southern hemisphere surfers closer to home.

The Resort

Enjoy the comfort and privacy of a first class Mentawai resort just a stones throw from one of the world’s best waves! Macaronis Resort offers an unforgettable vacation experience with quality facilities and access to a variety of fun activities for the whole family.

The resort features all the modern conveniences you would expect, including A/C, hot water, a beautiful lagoon-style swimming pool and On-Location Spa offering massage and skin-treatments. The resort is situated on a clean salt-water lagoon with stunning ocean views and prime access for exploring in paradise.

In addition to incredible surfing, guests can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, snorkeling, and more right from the resort doorstep. You can expect that we have your priorities covered, including those of the ladies and the kids!

Guest Suites

Macaronis Resort guest suites were recently refurbished in year 2016. All 16 guest suites are located on the second-floor of the resort building, elevated 8m above sea-level with spectacular ocean, lagoon, and pool views. Each suite has a 4m veranda with seating and drop-down shades for privacy. Specific focus has been made to ensure maximum thermal and acoustic insulation in floors, walls, and ceilings, keeping rooms cool and completely noise proof for maximum guest comfort. The guest suites offer the highest quality Mentawai surf resort experience, being raised from ground level with wonderful sea breezes.

Features include:

• Spectacular Ocean, Lagoon & Pool Views
• En-Suite Bathroom with Hot Water
• 4m Veranda with Seating & Privacy Shades
• Split Air Conditioner
• Proper Thermal & Acoustic Insulation
• 32″ Flat Screen TV & DVD Player
• International Channels & Sports
• Macas Channel: Live Surf Cam Broadcast
• Work Desk & Clothes Storage
• In-Room Free WiFi Internet
• Bedding Options: Queen or Two Twins
• New Mattresses & Bedding
• Daily Service & Clean Towels

Local Climate

The climate in the Mentawais is hot and humid with rainfall occurring all year. Seasons vary from year to year; El Nino conditions typically deliver Southerly trade winds during the Southern hemisphere winter time, while La Nina conditions typically produce more Northerly winds.

Bar and Restaurant

The Bar and Restaurant is located on the ground floor within the communal entertainment area. There is a choice of either indoor, or outdoor seating by the pool to enjoy your meal or relax with a beer or cocktail in hand.

A live surf cam feed of Macaronis wave is usually up on the 50″ wall-mounted flat screen TV in the Bar & Restaurant area until dark. There is also the option to watch surf DVDs, the latest Macas videos, or the day’s footage from this big screen.

Macaronis Restaurant
They serve a variety of hearty, delicious, western and Indonesia meals. Their professional chefs prepare fish, a selection of premium imported meats, and a variety of vegetarian dishes, soups, curries, salads, pizzas, desserts, and more. Theyoffer a set menu, but cater to any diet and food preference at no additional cost.

Meals are on a schedule, but there are options for those who do not want to miss out on the surf. From a continental breakfast available at first light, to options for pre-ordering a hot breakfast to have when you return from the surf. if you surf through lunch, they will have your midday meal available for you, when you are ready to eat. We make sure you are well fed and happy with your meals!

Desserts are served after lunch and dinner and include chocolate cashew cookies, cheesecake, tropical fruit crumble with fresh cream, coconut chocolate slice, banana chocolate chip muffins and many more!

Every evening usually begin with a few shared stories, laughs and a preview of the day’s video and photo footage whilst sharing appetizers.
A twice weekly outdoor BBQ under the stars (weather permitting) is a highlight of every trip, with a delicious buffet of BBQ’d fish, chicken, chops, satays plus delicious sides, salads, sauces, and desserts.

Daily Meals Include:
Coffee, Tea, Guava & Mango Juice, Fruit, and Baked Treats are available all day.

  • Continental Breakfast Bar
  • Mid-Morning Hot Breakfast of Your Choice
  • Mid-Day Hearty Plated Lunch
  • 3 Course Dinner or Self-Serve Buffet

Chefs can accommodate any food allergies or eating preferences. Like the guests, supplies come out to the resort only twice per week, but they are always well stocked and plan ahead. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian guests are carefully accommodated to as well.

The bar serves a variety of cocktails, imported Australian red and white wine, spirits, beer, espresso, and snacks. Just ask for your special drink request and the bar staff can prepare it for you (subject to ingredient availability).

Bar Menu items are not included in your package inclusions, and can be paid for at the end of your trip with Visa, Mastercard, or in cash with Indonesian Rupiah.

Sinalai Spa

Welcome to Macaronis Resorts own Siniai Spa. Indulge in a healing spa treatment by one of Macaronis own massage therapists. Professionally trained, our lovely massage therapists give high-quality, caring treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. With an understanding of surfer ailments, they work with you to focus on areas of tension and address your specific needs.

Set in the open air pool-side gazebo, the calming tropical sounds of the sea breeze rustling in the palms and the beautiful bamboo chimes make for an unforgettable experience. Choose from a variety of massage options and healing body scrubs to make your vacation experience that much more rewarding!


The tropical paradise that surrounds Macaronis Resort offers so much more than amazing surfing. The resort is stocked up with recreational equipment to make exploring and enjoying the local environment easy for all guests. Kayaks, paddle boards, fishing equipment, snorkeling gear, and more are available for use free of charge so the whole family can get out and enjoy the surroundings.

Included in trip packages are speed boat rides with guides for any activity the guests would like to arrange including village visits, snorkeling trips, fishing trips, and exploring. The resort hosts and guides offer their expertise in equipment and local knowledge of the best spots for fishing and snorkeling.

There are two nearby beaches for exploring as well. One you can walk directly to from the resort out to the point where beautiful large shells can be found among the coral. A longer stretch of white sand beach extends around the bay across the small channel which you can get to by paddle board, kayak, swimming, or a quick boat ride.

• Surfing for All Levels
• Snorkeling & Spear Fishing
• Stand Up Paddling the Lagoon
• Ping Pong & Billiards
• Guided Visits to Local Villages
• Swimming in the Pool
• Trolling and Bottom Fishing
• Kayaking
• Boat Trips to Remote Beaches
• Cliff Jumping
• Boat Trips
• Mangrove Tours
• Beach Combing & Exploring

Included / Not Included

What is Included?

• Guest Suite: Queen or two single beds, air-conditioning, daily room cleaning, fresh towels, sheets changed twice a week, ensuite bathroom, hot shower, work desk, clothes storage, in-room WiFi internet, 32″ flat screen TV with movie channels and live surf cam of wave, DVD player and large veranda.
• Meals: Early Continental Breakfast Buffet, Hot Made-to-Order Breakfast, Plated Lunch, Three Course or Buffet Dinner.
• Beverages: Purified Drinking Water, Juice, Milk, Brewed Coffee and Tea Making Facilities All Day.
• Surf Boat Transfers: All boat rides to surf at Macaronis and other local surf breaks, plus occasional day trips to more distant surf breaks within a range of 25 miles, depending on surf conditions.
• Recreational Boat Use: Including guide to go fishing, snorkeling, to the village, or island exploring.
• Recreational Equipment: Includes snorkeling gear (10x), spear-fishing equipment (3 quality guns), trolling and popping fishing equipment, kayaks, 2 stand up paddle boards and a range of beginner soft-top surf boards.
• Internet: Free wifi internet in-room & through-out resort grounds.
• Mobile Phone Signal Booster: Allows SMS and phone calls when signal is strong enough.
• Stainless Drinking Flask: Plastic throw away water bottles are banned from the island.
• Hotel & Restaurant Tax: 10% Hotel & Restaurant Tax levied by Mentawai Govt.
• Local Village Donation: Silabu Village Donation Rp. 20.000 / day.

What is Not Included?

• Round Trip Transfer from Airport to Resort
• Bar Menu Items
• Spa Treatments
• Surf Photo and Video Service
• Firewire Surfboard Hire
• VISA on arrival in Indonesia
• Mentawai Surf Tax – 1,000,000 rupiah ($80 USD)
• Travel Insurance
• Laundry Service


Transfer Information

Macaronis Resort arranges easy and comfortable return transfers from PDG airport to the resort and back. Guests will need to arrange only their flight into Padang, Sumatra Airport (PDG). Guests will be picked up at the airport (no matter when they arrive) and shuttled to the ferry headed for the Mentawai Islands or to a hotel in Padang.

Guests will have a private A/C sleeping cabin on the overnight ferry as well as meal, and clean sheets and blankets. The ferry is the safest, most reliable way to get to the resort. We guarantee it! You won’t have to worry about a thing, it is all taken care of for you.

• Fly into Padang Sumatra (PDG)
• Pick-Up and Shittle to Ferry
• Overnight Ferry to Mentawais
• Speedboat to Resort

Round Trip Transfer to Macaronis Resort Includes
• Airport Pick-up (Arrive PDG no later than 2:00pm on Tuesday or Saturday)
• Early Arrivals Spend Transit Time at Nice Padang Hotel with wifi & pool
• Shuttle (with A/C) to Ambu Ambu Ferry, Bungus Harbor (1 hr)
• Ambu Ambu Overnight Ferry (14hrs, Departs at 5:00pm)
• All Port Handling and Fees for Luggage & Board Bags
• Evening Meal & Bottled Water
• A/C Sleeping Cabin with Clean Blankets (share with other resort guests or private, 2-4 max guests/cabin)
• Resort Staff Accompaniment on the Overnight Ferry
• Pick-up in Sikakap Port, Mentawai (7:30am the following morning)
• Speedboat Transfer to Macaronis Resort (1:30 hr, Arriving 9:00am)
• Booking Arrangements and All Needed Transport from Padang Hotels

Return to Padang Transfer Details
Check out time on Wednesdays and Sundays is at 10:00am. The speedboat will depart the resort at 2:00pm for transfer to the ferry in Sikakap. The ferry departs Sikakap at 5:00pm for its return to Padang. The ferry arrives back to Padang, the following morning at 7:00AM.

Guests with earlier flights may be transferred directly to the airport if preferred.  Guests with transit time before their flight are taken to Mercure Hotel to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet for Rp.105.000 (approx. AU $10.00) and access to pool, wifi, shower and lounge. Our driver will schedule pick-up times with each guest for transfer to the airport.

Rough Seas Alternate Transport from Local Ferry Port to Resort
If the sea/weather conditions are deemed too dangerous for the speedboat transfer between the local ferry port and the resort, we will organize alternative overland transport. Each guest will ride on the back of a motorbike taxi with an experienced local driver. The route travels through beautiful jungle and small villages. Each guest should bring a small bag with important personal belongings, while all other luggage will still be transported by boat. This applies to both arrivals and departures if necessary.

Ferry Departs Padang at 5:00pm on Tuesdays & Saturdays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Wednesday or Sunday in Sikakap, Mentawai

Ferry Departs Sikakap (Mentawai) at 5:00pm on Wednesdays & Sundays arriving at 7:00am the following morning on Thursday or Monday in Padang

Resort Check-in and Check-out days are on Sundays and Wednesdays, when the ferry arrives and leaves Sikakap, Mentawai.

Arriving Guests must arrive to Padang before 2:00pm on chosen Tuesday or Saturday departure day, which is a day before resort check-in/check-out to make the 5:00pm Padang ferry for the over-night passage. Guests will arrive at in Mentawai at 7:00am the following morning and check-in to the resort that morning on either a Wednesday or Sunday.

Departing Guests will check-out of the resort on Wednesday or Sunday at 10:00am and after lunch at 2:00pm will be transferred by Speedboat to Sikakap to take the 5:00pm overnight ferry back to Padang arriving on Thursday or Monday morning by 7:00am. Departing flights should depart no earlier than 11:30am.

Transportation to the Mentawais is comfortable and fun on the Ambu Ambu Ferry!

The large, well-maintained Ambu Ambu Ferry has private A/C sleeping cabins that are clean and comfortable allowing most guests to get a full nights rest. Taking the over-night Ambu Ambu ferry allows an extra day of surfing and most are pleasantly surprised, finding the trip over to be an enjoyable social and cultural experience.

Special Deals

Summer Season Early Bird Special: up to 30% Off in December, January & February!
Visiting in summer months means low crowds, perfect medium sized surf and up to 30% Off regular Surfer rates! The first 10 Surfers who book in get 30% Off, the following 10 get 20% off. Bring along your family and enjoy the perfect surfing holiday in paradise.

Beginner Surfer Package is 50% Off the Regular Surfer Rate!
Beginner surfers visit Macaronis Resort at 50% off the regular private Surfer rate! Free use of learning surf boards and a 1 hour surf lesson is included. Ready to take the plunge? Coming with your partner who already surfs and you want to learn? This is the perfect opportunity


Catering to the family surf holiday, children under 6 are free and non-surfing & beginner guests visit at half price! Choose from any all-inclusive surf trip package on a year-round schedule with 4, 5, 8,11, 12 & 15 surf day options!  Children 5 & under are FREE & children 6-12 pay non-surfer rates. Roll-away/fold-out beds are available for children. One extra children’s bed per Queen Room only; extra bed cannot be added to Twin Rooms.All prices in AUD

Private Rooms or Shared with a Non-Surfer
4 days / 5 nights: Saturday – Thursday = $1170
5 days / 6 nights: Tuesday to Monday = $1560
8 days / 9 nights” Tuesday to Thursday or Saturday to Monday= $2730
11 days / 12 nights: Saturday to Thursday = $3900
12 days / 13 nights: Tuesday to Monday = $4290
15 days / 16 nights: Tuesday to Thursday or Saturday to Monday = $5460

Surfer Shared Room with Surfer
4 days / 5 nights: Saturday – Thursday = $1080
5 days / 6 nights: Tuesday to Monday = $1440
8 days / 9 nights” Tuesday to Thursday or Saturday to Monday= $2520
11 days / 12 nights: Saturday to Thursday = $3600
12 days / 13 nights: Tuesday to Monday = $3960
15 days / 16 nights: Tuesday to Thursday or Saturday to Monday = $5040

*Non-Surfer/Beginner rates available as well – Please Inquire
*Prices do not include transfer costs

Round Trip Transfer Rates
Guest with Surfboards: AU $400
Guest without Surfboards: AU $300

Trips start: Any Tuesday or Saturday Trips End: Any Monday or Thursday

Guests will spend a total of 2 trip nights on the comfortable overnight ferry in a private A/C sleeping cabin from Padang, Sumatra to Sikakap, Mentawai and back.

Therefore, trips begin a day before and end a day after resort check-in/check-out days, which are on Wednesdays and Sundays.

October – December Guests: The ferry only runs once/week during October – December, allowing for trip start of Tuesday and trip end of Thursday only.

If transferring to/from a charter boat or resort plan your check-in/out for Wednesday or Sunday. Charter boat captains must agree to schedule.

Please Note: In order to travel to Macaronis resort you must accept their specific Terms and Conditions.

The Surf

During your stay at Macaronis Resort, you will most likely witness several predominant swells come and go, depending on your trip duration. As the swell rises, Macaronis grows from medium size (fun for everybody), and gradually becomes more intense suiting those surfers with a little more experience.

On large swells, people are more likely to spread out surfing different local breaks, while the more experienced surfers get their share of barrels at Macaronis or Greenbush. Greenbush works best in South swells 180 – 190 degrees, which are generated by low pressure systems hitting the West coast of Australia, with swell refracting in a North direction, more common in early season. Macaronis works in any S-SW swell direction; the wave is more of a barrel on South swells, and with swells @ 200 – 210 degrees it gains its reputation of being akin to a skate park, rippable long workable walls with various barrel sections.

During Southern hemisphere winter months Macaronis has waves almost every day, and during summer months Macaronis remains similarly consistent with less intensity on the peak of the swell. Pasongan Bay has options for all levels of surfers, even for absolute beginners who have never surfed before! Fish Fingers is the perfect wave for learning to surf on our soft top surf boards, breaking just 150m away from the resort entrance.

In summer months when there are not many charters operating theycan visit a larger variety of waves including Thunders, which is a swell magnet and works best in small long period swells (ie. 1.2m @ 15 sec and above).

Waves Summary
There are a number waves within close proximity to the resort. Macaronis is a perfect, consistent left hand wave that works on all tides, big and small swells, and most wind conditions. There is a fun right hand beach break ideal for beginners out front and several intermediate reef breaks in the area, as well as a few serious reef breaks that serve up the deepest, longest, hair raising barrels you could imagine.

Macaronis is unique; From 2-3 feet, it is a perfect very fun wave peeling over flat coral reef; good for anybody that is able to get to their feet and go across the face. For the average surfer, Macaronis provides the opportunity to improve your surfing quickly and lift your confidence in the water. At 3-4 feet, Macas becomes more challenging and starts to barrel from the take off, offering more power and lip for doing maneuvers and getting barreled. Over 6 feet, it becomes a dredging tube from take off. When Macas gets to this size, fortunately some of the other waves turn on, offering an alternative for those who prefer to surf something a bit more mellow.

Maccas Right is a great option in North winds and with a South swell. Silabu Left is ideal for those who want clean waves on their own. For the beginners; in the bay there is always Fish Fingers, which is a really fun mellow right hander breaking over a shallow sand bottom. Mini Maccas is another super fun left hander breaking over coral down the reef from Macas main break.

There is also a bommy peak in the middle of the bay that can be surfed on a stand up paddle board or longboard, which can be fun for those after something a little different on a big swell.

Macaronis is visited annually by pro surfers, shapers, photographers, and frothers alike. There is no doubt Macaronis is one of the best waves on the planet. Although perfect Macaronis is what most people come to surf, there are many other waves to choose from including some perfect alternatives for new to intermediate surfers. At Macaronis Resort, surfers of all levels can find exactly what they are looking for in Mentawai surf.

  • Waves Rating by Month

    • Ideal Size: 2′ – 6′
    • Tides: MID – HIGH
    • Swell Angles: SW / S
    • Wind Direction: SE


  • Average Wave Size (feet) and Period (seconds)

  • Average Water and Air Temperatures by Month (°F)

Waves Overview

  • Macaronis


  • Greenbush


  • Silabu Left


  • Macaronis Right


  • Mini Maccas


  • Bat Caves


  • Rags Left


  • Rags Right


  • Thunders


  • Roxy's


  • Rednuht


  • Fish Fingers


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