Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort is an all-inclusive ecologically minded surf resort located on Simeulue Island, in northern Sumatra. Mahi-Mahi is not only committed to providing guests access to surf, marine, and jungle adventures, but is equally committed to providing sustainable initiatives that achieve positive social, environmental, and economic impact in the Simeulue and Banyak landscapes.

Simeulue Island, located 150km from mainland Sumatra has uncrowded point breaks, beach breaks, reefs, off-shore islands.

Situated in the doldrums just above the equator, Simeulue is not affected by trade winds, meaning winds are most often light, gifting favorable conditions for surfing. This makes Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort a year-round surf trip destination.

The Peak – the most consistent wave on the island – is in front of the resort and viewable from all rooms and common spaces, but is only one of many surf options.

Simeulue offers more than just surfing. With primary forests, hills, rivers and lakes there are many activities for non surfers to see and do. Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, yoga and fishing are just some of the things you can do.

Mahi-Mahi houses its partner Healthy Islands, which seeks to provide a collaborative platform for achieving initiatives with other various partners.

How many people will I be surfing with?

Simeulue Island is perhaps the least crowded destination in Sumatra. We are fortunate enough to have waves all around the island, including The Peak out front, barreling reef breaks, fun beachies, and mellow reef breaks. There are waves to suit all levels of surfers and to keep the numbers down. Locals don’t surf (yet!) and charter boats do not visit the area.

What kind of surfboards should I bring?

You should bring whatever you are comfortable riding when the waves are good back home.  A normal shortboard plus a semi-step-up quad will treat you well. If you like to ride a fish or a longboard, that’s okay too, there are spots for all kinds of boards. Be sure to bring a ding repair kit and extra boards as it’s easy to snap one out here. Think about bringing a board with heavier glassing.

Can my board be repaired on Simeulue?

Yes, there is a good repairer.

What happens if my boards don’t make it?

We seldom have this problem, but if so they come to Simeulue the flight the next day.  We have boards for rent during this kind of scenario.

Is there a photographer available on my trip?

Subject to availability, yes.

The Mahi Mahi is a 42ft 2×300 Suzuki HP live-a-board speed boat. Capable of cruising at 20 knots, small groups of up to 6 passengers can surf, snorkel, scuba dive, fish and island-hop to a variety of tropical paradise islands near Simeulue, or can adventure to even more world- class surfing in the Banyak Islands, making any surf holiday epic and memorable.

Focusing on small groups, and short time frames targeting the best swell windows, we can quickly get you from spot to spot, maximizing your surf time in uncrowded places, depending on favorable tides and wind.

Stay at the resort and book the boat on a good swell, or simply book the boat out for the classic Indo surf trip. Check out our 7 day Resort + 3 day boat package, which gives your group priority over the boat and a 10% discount.

Our 12ft. 40HP speed boat can get small groups to various outer-island spots around Simeulue for surfing, snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, swimming, and island hoping. Enjoy lunch on a deserted island, or charter new dive spots all in the same day.

Bali Surfer Girls group dates:
10th April
22th May
3rd October
11th November

How big is the Mahi-Mahi?

It’s 42ft, fibreglassed hull.  It has 2×300 Suzuki HP engines.

Is the boat safe?

Absolutely, we have a western certified boat captain, and comply with strict safety standards, keeping life-vests and a small boat with us incase anything should happen.

How long does it take to get to the Banyaks?

It depends on the weather but normally around 4-5 hours.

When do we leave for the Banyaks?

Usually we leave at nighttime so you can sleep and arrive in the morning, maximizing your surf-time. However, the time we leave is determined by the captain and the weather report.

Will I get sea sick?

Some people do, but we keep motion sickness pills stocked and available.

How do I book the boat?

You can book the boat while at Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort if a swell looks really good, but someone else may be thinking the same thing! So if you know you want to book the boat, then it’s best to book our 7 day resort + 3 day boat package which gives you priority over the boat and a 10% discount.

How many people can be on the boat?

For surf passengers, we allow 6, but more can come along if everyone is willing to sleep in tight quarters.

How many spots are in the Banyaks?

Lots. the waves are quite good, with 6+ spots facing all different directions, no matter what the wind there is something that is working.

I’m new to surfing, will I be able to surf?

We recommend intermediates and above go to the Banyaks. There are plenty of waves for those that don’t feel very comfortable, but plan ahead with your group what kind of waves you want to surf!

Can my group join another group?

Yes, you can! As long as the other group wants to join, you guys can combine parties to make your trip cheaper overall, but be sure to agree upon what kind of waves you’ll want to surf.’

What will I eat on the boat?

We have staff cook for you while on the boat and provide sodas and beer for purchase.

Can kids come on the boat?

Yes they can!

How many boards can I bring?

As many as you want! It’s good to bring back ups, and small ding repair kits.

Your stay with us is all-inclusive. 

Meals and water are provided to keep you relaxed and having fun. Your stay also includes airport transfers, voluntary trips with a surf guide, free motorbike use, and use of all our facilities.

Bungalows & Villas constructed from up-cycled materials, re-incorporating traditional antique structures, guests can relax in comfort and style, knowing we have taken every precaution to minimize our ecological impact.

Single Room

Single rooms come with a private semi-outdoor bathroom, ceiling fan, and mosquito nets, allowing you to relax in comfort and privacy. All rooms have a patio that face the garden, golf course, and of course – the peak – making it easy to choose the best times to surf.

Double Room

Top-floor double rooms with private semi-outdoor bathrooms, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets are good for couples and those desiring more space. Antique wood and bamboo thatched roofing provides a cozy, yet tropical feel. An outdoor veranda gives you a view of the gardens, golf course, and of course – the peak, making it easy to surf and relax.

Villas

A pair of two story villas, fully equipped with AC’s, complete kitchens, refrigerators, common rooms, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets are available for private groups, families, or companies of up to 9 people/villa looking for a space to have a retreat.

Communal Areas & Amenities

There are a number of communal areas for guests to enjoy. The Joglo, a large open area made from traditional teakwood, is where all meals are enjoyed, and is equipped with a projector for movie nights, a stereo, comfortable sofas and bean bags, table tennis, board games and books, and of course – a view of the peak.

There are two bar tops for dining, a fire-pit for bonfires, a 9 hole pitch-and-put golf course, a volleyball court, and soon to be added – a swimming pool.

Our “Yoglo”, or yoga studio, is made from coconut wood flooring and antique Javanese wood, providing a comfortable and beautiful studio overlooking the surf. Yoga is provided for free to all guests. Periodically we host yoga retreats, if you are interested in hosting your own, please get in touch.

A distinguishing amenity is our Satellite Wi-Fi.  No other resort on the island has satellite Wi-Fi.

Dining

A blend of local and western styled meals are made with ingredients grown and sourced locally, often from Mahi-Mahi’s own Organic Community Garden or our free range Organic Chicken Coop.

Scraps and left overs are separated and used for compost for the garden as a form of waste management. As such, we ask guests to join us in being mindful of our consumption and waste.

Between meals and for purchase, our cafe serves coffee, cakes, sodas, beer, and snacks to keep you fuelled for surfing.

Mahi-Mahi is a for-profit enterprise that supports sustainable community and environment initiatives in the Simeulue and Banyak landscapes.

 

By staying with us, guests are contributing towards a sustainable Indonesia. Guests are also invited to speak with our staff conservationist, volunteer in any of Mahi-Mahi’s Community programs, bring and donate school supplies, and simply donate to our efforts.

Bali Surfer Girls and Mahi Mahi Surf Resort is committed to volunteering in various community development projects. We hope you enjoy the following project photos. Please email balisurfergirls@gmail.com to join our upcoming projects.

Mahi Mahi SIMEULUE
Charter & Resort
Simeulue & Banyak

2017 Prices:
Charter USD$240 per night 1 person
Resort USD$110 per night 1 person
Resort USD$160 per night 2 persons

Inclusions & Exclusions:
Please find list below.

How to get there?

Book your flights to the international airport in Medan, Indonesia (either via Jakarta, Bali, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok).

On arrival in Medan, you can either take the 1-hour flight to Simeulue Island on the same day via SusiAir or WingsAir. It may be necessary to stay overnight in Medan depending on the time of your flight arrival. We can book your domestic airfare (Medan-Simeulue) and can recommend excellent, clean and affordable places to stay in Medan that range from 3-to-5 stars.

Please be aware that you are required to pay US$25 for a 30 day tourist visa on arrival in Indonesia.

Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival at the Simeulue airport, and after a quick 30-minute care ride, you will reach Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort.

What’s included

Travel

– Airport transfers to and from Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort.
– Travel around Simeulue island via motor bike and car.
– A surf guide is available to accompany you to various surf breaks on Simeulue Island.

Accommodation

– 3 buffet styled meals a day, and unlimited purified drinking water.
– Snacks, Drinks, Beer, and Smoothies available for purchase.
– Free use of fishing equipment and snorkel gear.
– Surfboard, soft-top, longboards, and stand-up paddle boards for rent.

Boat trips

– Our 42. ft. live-aboard boat is on stand-by to chase swells in the Banyak Islands, fish, dive, or simply to explore. Talk to us about setting up a 1, 2 or 3+ day excursion.

Can I withdraw money on the island?

We strongly recommend that you withdraw a sufficient amount of money from the ATMs at the Medan airport. There are ATMs on Simeulue Island but these are highly unreliable with foreign cards. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THEM TO WITHDRAW CASH. We suggest withdrawing at least 5 million Indonesian Rupiah for your stay (~USD400).

What are the evacuation plans in case of a tsunami

The bungalows are nestled in front of large, easily accessible hills, just meters behind the resort. This is perhaps the safest tsunami evacuation option in Sumatra. If there is an earthquake, tsunami sirens in the nearby mosques and warnings are automatically issued to staff cell phones. It is a short walk to safety along a path up to the hills behind.

Should I be concerned about malaria?

It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti-malarial medication. Mosquitos are annoying and can transmit deadly diseases. However, there is extremely little malaria and dengue fever on Simeulue Island. A fan turned on during the night is effective in deterring mosquitos.  Please be aware to put on mosquito repellant in the early mornings and evenings when they are most active.  We suggest applying plenty of mosquito repellent, but if you are very concerned consult your doctor and bring some anti-malarial medication.

How many people will I be surfing with?

Simeulue Island is perhaps the least crowded destination in Sumatra. We are fortunate enough to have waves all around the island, including The Peak out front, barreling reef breaks, fun beachies, and mellow reef breaks. There are waves to suit all levels of surfers and to keep the numbers down. Locals don’t surf (yet!) and charter boats do not visit the area.

Can I be contacted during my stay at the resort?

Yes. There is good mobile phone coverage. Internet is available but it is extremely slow and Wi-Fi is only available 5pm-7am. Contact your network provider prior to your departure to arrange global roaming, or buy a local sim card for your stay, which are easily purchased on the island and offer excellent calling rates.

If it is an emergency, please e-mail bookings@mahimahisurfresort.com or call +62 812 6901 2381

Dressing appropriately

As the majority of people in Simeulue are Muslim, women are asked to dress moderately outside the confines of the resort area. This means no bikini or topless sunbathing on the public beach. Men should wear t-shirts when making trips outside the confines of the bungalow area, and always wear shoes. It is also important to note that waving with the left hand is very rude in Indonesia, and is to be avoided.

What kind of surfboards should I bring?

You should bring whatever you are comfortable riding when the waves are good back home.  A normal shortboard plus a semi-step-up quad will treat you well. If you like to ride a fish or a longboard, that’s okay too, there are spots for all kinds of boards. Be sure to bring a ding repair kit and extra boards as it’s easy to snap one out here. Think about bringing a board with heavier glassing.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory. Please get travel insurance with medical evacuation incase a serious emergency should occur. It’s also a good idea as the domestic flight to and from Medan can be cancelled or delayed.

What travel documents do I need?

Citizens of the US, Australia, and Europe require a passport with a minimum six months of validity left from the day you arrive back in your home destination. If you do not have six months validity Indonesian Immigration will deny your entry. Indonesian Immigration will issue you with an immigration form that you are required to present to them on your departure at the airport. Please take good care of this form.

Visas and how long can I stay?

Most travelers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa.The standard tourist visa is applicable for up to 30 days.

If you are intending to stay longer, you will need a 60-day visa from your country of origin. You can also enter Indonesia with a 30-day tourist visa and extend for another 30 days at the immigration office.

Is there duty free at Medan airport?

No, there is not, but if you buy duty free from a different airport, and keep it in the bag, you can carry it on the plane. Mahi-Mahi also sells beer and bottles.

What happens if my boards don’t make it?

We seldom have this problem, but if so they come to Simeulue the flight the next day.  We have boards for rent during this kind of scenario.

What happens if my flight is delayed coming or going, or even cancelled?

This is where travel insurance comes in handy. Be sure your outgoing flight from Medan to elsewhere budgets enough time as Lion air is notorious for being late.

What happens when I arrive at the Simeulue airport?

Our staff will pick you up and take you to the resort.

What should I pack for my trip?

Pack light, but bring plenty of t-shirts and board shorts, along with sunscreen. Bring a few leashes as they can snap, and a few boards as they can break. Bring some duty free if you like, but either put in your check-in luggage, or keep in your duty-free purchase bag and carry it on.  There is no duty free store in the Medan airport.

Can I purchase alcohol on Simeulue?

No, alcohol is forbidden on Simeulue, but Mahi-Mahi has beverages for sale, along with bottles.

Is there a photographer available on my trip?

Subject to availability, yes.

Can I pay for my bill at Mahi-Mahi with a credit card?

Unfortunately, no. Please bring enough cash to settle all bills before leaving the island.

How much money should I bring?

It’s up to you but:

Visa money: $35USD
Travel Money: $400USD
Board Bag Fee: $150USD (200,000IDR/board for Lion)
Money for Tipping: $75USD is average

Can I celebrate a special occasion at the resort?

Hopefully with enough advanced notice we can accommodate any and all requests.

Medical Kit

This list is only given as a guideline, YOU MUST SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE prior to composing your First Aid Kit.

Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort will not be held responsible for guest’s auto-medication.

Washes / Cleansing / Antiseptics Agents

Betadine (Povidone Iodine)
Small bottle of 3% Peroxide
Small bottle aqueous chlorexidine
Normal Saline (0,9%)
Cleaning Materials
A packet of Q-tips
Cotton Gauze squares

These are only products suggestions, all equivalents are suitable. Best suggested sizes 10 cm (4 inches) patches – suggested numbers 5 to 10 of each.
LEUKOSTRIPS Skin Closure Strips : 100% polyamide material coated with a hypoallergenic adhesive which allows almost pain free closure of the wound.
DUODERM Waterproof Hydrocolloid : moisture-retentive wound dressing. Versatile, easy to use, suitable for managing different stages of wound healing and multiple wound types such as thickness abrasions and ulcers which are not infected. Accelerate healing and reduce scarring in.
PRIMAPORE Conformable Adhesive Non-woven Dressing : combine an absorbent pad with a soft and conformable fixative layer for the simple and effective management of wounds
BACTIGRAS Paraffin Gauze Dressing : antiseptic, soft paraffin dressing which soothes and protects the wound whilst helping to reduce wound infection and inflammation. It has low adherence and allows the wound to drain freely into an absorbent secondary dressing. Suitable for covering wounds such as minor burns, lacerations, abrasions, graft sites and leg ulcers.
MELOLIN Low Adherent Dressing : highly absorbent cotton and acrylic fibre pad which is heat bonded on one side to a very thin perforated polyester film
OPSITE Plastic Skin Dressing (or skin spray) : moisture vapour permeable, conformable and extensible. It is widely used to provide a moist wound environment for superficial wounds; also ideal for use as a secondary dressing.
HYPAFIX Conformable, Adhesive Retention Tape : self-adhesive, non-woven fabric sheet for secure and rapid fixation. Provides complete coverage of the entire dressing, thus reducing the risk of contamination. Conformability that simplifies shaping around joints and awkward body contours to allow greater freedom of movement. Permeable to both air and moisture, helping to reduce the risk of maceration.
Antibiotics

Reef cuts or any other foreign body introduced in your skin (wood splinter…) can potentially evolve towards an infected wound. In order to avoid this inconvenience, it is highly advised to treat a wound presenting signs of infection in the best delais. Please check with your Doctor the most recommended antibiotic treatment suitable for you while in Indonesia.

OTHER

Please be sure that any medical information that you will share with us will stay confidential. If you feel like it’s important for us to know any particular medical condition, such as asthma, chronic illness, diabese, etc… feel free to inform our Manager. It would also be good to know your blood type and any allergies you have to medicines, food, bugs… For short stays of 2 to 4 weeks, we recommend a tetanus booster, plus hepatitis A and B and typhoid.

What type of Health Precautions should I take?

Please consult with your GP and check all of your immunizations are up to date for travels to remote parts of Indonesia. Bring a supply of any prescription drugs you are taking at the time of travel and make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. If you are prone to sea sickness please bring some preventable medications.

For more information please consult your doctor