THE MENTAWAI ISLANDS

The Mentawai Islands are a chain of remote communities that lie 150 kilometres West of Sumatra. The region is well known for its pumping swells, beautiful, untouched rainforests and local Indonesian lifestyle.

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Crowds of people gather outside the ferry to collect their belongings — Siberut, Sumatra.
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Writing in my travel journal as we travelled by long boat, from the ferry port to the island.
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This is Rahman, his wife, Rerin and their beautiful 4-year-old daughter. They are a local Mentawai family, living in the heart of Siberut.
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A traditional Indonesian hut lodged on the side of the mangroves.
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Beautiful blue oceans surround you as far as you can see—the magic of Mentawai.
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These canoes are the most common method of transport in the Mentawais. They are made from just one carved tree, and a lot of skill.
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Exploring the natural land was a daily pleasure. This shot was taken from the boat, and features the beautiful island that’s home to Burger World — one of Mentawais’ many treasures.
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Rahman enjoying a fresh, young coconut.
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This is our friend’s boat. I was always happy when I saw it anchored up as I knew they’d be in the water.
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Fernando—Rahman’s brother-in-law—climbing the trees in search of fresh coconuts.
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The view from above. Our camp was nestled in the righthand corner of this image, bordering the sand.
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One of the local Siberut residents. I took this photograph on our way back to the ferry port.
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A local fisherman untangling his nets after a fine catch.
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A group of local men and women travelling by long boat. Note the unique outboard on the side of the craft—these homemade engines are a common sight.
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Siberut from the water. For such a beautiful region, it’s sad to see so much rubbish floating willingly into the ocean.
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Off to find the catch of the day.