Remotely located on the beautiful island of North Pagai in the South Mentawai Islands, the refurbished Macaronis Resort offers a first-class experience for surfers and their entire families.
About Macaronis Resort
There’s a reason why Macaronis sits upon most surfers’ bucket lists. The famed rippable left-hander is about as fun as waves get. Located in the idyllic Mentawai Islands, Macaronis, named in honour of the tight Macaroni-like tube, is truly a paradise for goofy-footers and natural footers alike.
As one of the most consistent breaks in the Mentawai region, ‘Macas’ alluring to pro-level and amateurs alike with easy access directly from Macaronis Resort, which is just a stone’s throw away on Sinai Island, which is surrounded by a pristine tropical lagoon and a plethora of world class breaks located within a short boat ride fro this incredible resort.
Macaronis Resort is purpose built with both surfers and their families in mind. From amazing waves to an extensive array of activities, spa, bar and tropical climate, this is truly a resort to ensure you finish your trip surfed out, relaxed and ready to book again the next year!
Having recently been refurbished, Macaronis Resort now features luxurious and comfortable suites with live surf cam feed, high-speed internet access, TV, air-conditioning and sweeping views of the lagoon and surrounds.
While staying at Macaronis, you’ll not only have unlimited access to one of, if not the world’s most rippable left-handers, you’ll also have access to the resort’s boats for journies to Mentawai gems like Greenbush, Thunders, Macas Right and Roxies just to name a few and at no extra charge.
Macaronis Resort is operated with sustainability and the local economy in mind. Along with employing local staff and minimising the impact of the resort on the natural environment, a percentage of each booking is donated to local villages to ensure there are positive local outcomes.
Prices & Packages
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- Funnest-left-hander in the world
- 3 Meals per day: Continental Breakfast Buffet, Hot Made-to-Order Breakfast, Plated Lunch, Three Course or Buffet Dinner.
- Beverages: Drinking Water, Juice, Milk, Brewed Coffee and Tea
- 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, snorkelling, to the village, or island exploring.
- Recreational Equipment: Includes snorkelling gear, spear-fishing equipment, fishing equipment, kayaks, SUP’ss and a range of beginner soft-top surfboards.
- Internet: Free wifi internet in-room & through-out resort grounds.
- Mobile Phone Signal Booster: Allows SMS and phone calls when signal is strong enough.
- Hotel & Restaurant Tax: 10% Hotel & Restaurant Tax levied by Mentawai Govt.
- Local Village Donation: Silabu Village Donation Rp. 20.000 / day.
- Round Trip Transfer from Airport to Resort
- Bar Menu Items
- Spa Treatments
- Surf Photo & Video Service
- Firewire Surfboard Hire
- Visa on Arrival to Indonesia: US $35
- Airport Departure Tax: Rp. 150.000 – 250.000
- Travel Insurance with Medical Evacuation Coverage
- Laundry Service
From two foot to six foot, Macaronis offers one of the most perfect rides of any surfer’s life. Hunt the barrel while the wind is offshore and take to the air when the wind in onshore with fun, crumbly lips to launch from. With boats available for free throughout your stay, you’ll have unlimited access to Macaronis, but if you chat with the Resort staff, they will happily arrange a day trip to one of the many world-class waves in the area.
The peak season for Macaronis is generally through the Australian winter, however, you’ll find rippable waves all throughout the year. So if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, a summer sojourn to Macas is a great idea!
As the only resort situated right at Macaronis, you’ll have unlimited access to the wave, with local legislation stating that only two surf charters can enter the lineup. This ensures that crowds are regulated and you get plenty of waves!
Macaronis, more commonly referred to as Macas, is a mechanical left-hander that has been described by many as being the most high-performance wave in existence. In glassy or off-shore conditions 4 – 6 second barrels are manageable from the takeoff, while the inside section is a bit like a skaters half-pipe where you can do countless numbers of Rio’s, tail-slides, floaters, airs, cut-backs and anything you can dream of.
Macas is such a fun wave to surf even in onshore conditions and is one of the few reef breaks in the world that continues to break well in all tides. Macas holds from 2 – 8 feet and technically doesn’t get any bigger than this; it just becomes hollower and rounder, and when it gets big it is sometimes referred to as ‘Mini Chopes’.
The greatest thing about Macas is its consistency, and that it breaks slightly different at each stage of the tide with varying West – South swell directions. But ideally SW ground swell is best for the wave to line up like a machine all the way down the reef. Macas is surfable all day long in a variety of on-shore and off-shore conditions, in fact some actually prefer Macas to have a slightly on-shore SW breeze on it, as it makes the wave so damn fun and rippable.
One of the most amazing waves to surf in the Southern Mentawai region. Macas may be the most predictable and ‘funnest’ wave to surf in the Mentawais, while Greenbush has become known as one of the most mesmerising; the tube is very open and on the correct swell direction it is very makeable.
Regular visitors class this wave as a true gem; it works on a solid South swell, big high tides and East – North winds. If you would like to score this wave, time your trip on a new or full moon. This is definitely a tube ride you’ll never forget. Not too shallow, very photogenic, and an excellent wave for those willing to charge.
Silabu Left –
Silabu is surfable on all tides and is ideal for guests that are seeking a mellower left-hander with no crowds. It is an excellent wave for those just starting out surfing reef breaks, or for those who would like to surf with just a few people in order to find their feet and boost their confidence level before heading out at Macas.
Generally with just a few guys in the water the atmosphere is mellow and you can take as many waves as you like, expending more energy than at Macas too because you need to do a bit more paddling here. Silabu is more protected from the southerly wind than Macas, and as Macas can begin to turn on-shore mid-morning in SE trades, Silabu Left can remain off-shore for another hour or so. It also handles a Southerly side shore breeze quite well and still can be super fun in these conditions.
Although not that long, it is a fun wave to have close by located on the other side of the headland, meaning boat guests never surf here, as it is too remotely located from Macaronis (we go through the tidal lagoon to get there). So long as Macas is breaking 3-4 feet or bigger, Silabu should be also breaking and empty.
Macas Right –
Macas Right becomes a quality wave in a thick South swell with Northerly winds and a medium to high tide. It is not surfed or photographed often and basically just sits in the background of Macaronis, being the main focal point that people come to visit.
Macas Right is often at its best when Macaronis and Greenbush are also firing, and therefore it often is ignored. So if you would like to surf on your own whilst staying at Macaronis Resort or just with a couple of others, be different, and go surf the right on a North wind and South swell, you will be surprised with what you find.
Bat Cave –
Another option for those seeking a long mellow, uncrowded right hand wave is the Bat Cave. This wave breaks for a few hundred meters down the edge of a tiny deserted island that is also a great spot to have a swim, partake in cliff jumping or do some snorkelling. Bat Cave picks up a lot of swell and can be bigger than Macas being more exposed to the open ocean, especially if there is a bit of westerly direction in it.
The wave occasionally dishes up a little cover up and offers long racy walls, but generally it is a point break with sections; definitely need some paddling fitness when it gets bigger. Bat Cave is a great location that has fun long waves and is equally as appealing for non-surfers to take in the spectacular surroundings and have a picnic on the deserted beach
Macaronis Resort was completely renovated in 2011 to provide extra comfort, privacy, and quality. There are 16 guest suites, each with their own amazing view of the lagoon, a 4m veranda with seating and drop-down shades for privacy. Specific focus has been made to ensure maximum thermal an and acoustic insulation in floors, walls, and ceilings, keeping rooms cool and completely noise proof for maximum guest comfort. Your room is fitted with air conditioning, a live TV surf feed from Macaronis and high-speed internet access.
The resort itself features an onsite spa, bar and restaurant. Got the kids with you? Macaronis Resort also has onsite child care available.
- 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.
You’ll have the option of both western and Indonesian-inspired meals throughout your stay at Macaronis Resort. Highly experienced and professional chefs prepare fish, a selection of premium imported meats, and a variety of vegetarian dishes, soups, curries, salads, pizzas, desserts, and more. Got specific requirements? Let the team know and they’ll cater for you.
Daily Meals Included:
- 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.
Bar & Restaurant:
The Bar & Restaurant is located on the ground floor within the community entertainment area. There is indoor seating and outdoor seating by the pool. A live surf cam feed of Macaronis wave is usually up on the big screen until dark when guests can watch surf DVDs, the latest Macas videos, or the days footage. The building has excellent sound proofing so guests can rest while others enjoy a late night beer
If you’re not in the lineup surfing, then Macaronis Resort has plenty to do. Whether you prefer swinging between palm trees in a hammock with a good book or exploring the lagoon on a SUP the resort offers free snorkelling, fishing, kayaking equipment to all their guests. Or if you’re looking to truly relax, visit the Siniai Spa located in the resort.
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
- 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
- Boat Trips to Remote Beaches
- Cliff Jumping
- Boat Trips
- Mangrove Tours
- Beach Combing & Exploring
All of the below equipment is available at no extra charge to guests.
- Snorkeling Masks & Fins (15+ New Sets)
- 5 Adult Kayaks
- 3 Childrens Kayaks
- Body Boards
- Stand up Paddle Boards + Paddles
- 6 Soft-top Learner Surf Boards
- Fishing Equipment (Rods & Tackle)
- 4 Quality Spear Guns
- The resort also has a range of high-performance Firewire surf boards for hire.
Once you’ve made your way to Padang airport in Indonesia, the resort shuttle will pick you up and take you to the overnight ferry to the Mentawais. You’ll then be met by speedboat and taken directly to the resort.