How to get here

Figuring out how to travel to the Mentawai Islands can be a challenge. But don't worry, we'll guide you through the process!

Watch a full guide on our youtube

For those of you who prefer visual content, we created a full breakdown of how to get yourself out to the Mentawai, as a video.

Click the button to watch the 4 minute clip, containing everything you need to know!


Travel worry free and let us do the hard work for you! When booking your trip, just select the "transportation package" as an upgrade and we will take care of everything!

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Padang Transportation Package

Don't want to worry about all the travel logistics? We offer a worry-free transport package where we take care of everything from arrival in Padang until our doorstep at Driftwood. You can add this service to your package when booking your trip.

step 1

Padang in Sumatra (Minangkabau International Airport) is your gateway to the Mentawais. Make sure you arrive here at least 1 day before you are supposed to depart to the Mentawai Islands.

Step 2

To get to the Mentawais, you will have to take a ferry or boat early in the morning. Therefore, you will have to stay at least 1 night in Padang. We can arrange everything for you upon request, but if you are in charge of your own trip, make sure you pick a hotel/hostel close to the ferry harbor.


Riverside Hostel: $7 - $25

Kokos Hostel: $13 - $25

Bonsai Surf House: $18 - $32

Brigitte’s House: $7 - $25

d’Ox Ville Hotel: $35 - $60

Prices can vary and are listed per night, per person.

Step 3
Pick your style

There are 3 different ways to get to the Mentawais. Depending on your time and budget, we will lay out the different options to choose from below.

1. Fast Ferry

Taking the Mentawai Fast out of Padang is the most budget-friendly route that is fast, comfortable and safe. Therefore it is also the most popular and recommended choice for travelers.

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2. Private Speedboat

We don’t recommend private speedboats for small groups. If the weather isn’t ideal, small private boats are unsafe, and can be cancelled without notice. They are also super expensive, like $2000 one-way expensive. However, they are an option if needed!

3. Alternative Routes

The truth is, there are many ways to get to the Mentawais, but only a couple of them are consistent enough to list on our website. However, if you still need an alternative travel route, they exist!

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