“An all-inclusive, ecologically minded surf resort in North Sumatra.”
About Mahi Mahi
Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort is located on the Island of Simeulue, in the Ache Province of North Sumatra. Still shrouded in mystery for most, the area is well off Indo’s well-beaten track and a trip here is to venture into surfing mythology. Here, Indo is still Indo. Mahi Mahi Surf Resort is the perfect escape for adventurous surfers seeking epic waves and a sense of what it might have been like during the early days of Indonesian surf exploration.
Another bonus is that crowds aren’t a problem. This stretch of coast is out of reach for even the most adventurous of the charter boats that patrol the Mentawai Islands to the south, but happily Simeulue is still well within reach of the same Indian Ocean swells that light the Mentawai up.
When those swells fill in, you can expect to be surfing a wide range of high quality waves including point breaks, perfect hollow beach breaks and of course, classic Indo reefs. A huge plus of a stay at Mahi Mahi is that ‘The Peak’ – the most consistent wave on the island – sits smack-bang in front of the resort and is viewable from all rooms and common spaces. All you need do is chill in the shade with a cool drink until it turns on, run down and paddle out.
The resort holds another ace up its sleeve in the form of their 42ft live-aboard speedboat – the Mahi Mahi. The vessel has an impressive cruising speed of 20 knots and can be utilised by guests for quick strike missions to nearby waves and also trips of longer duration to the nearby Banyak Islands.
Being off the beaten track, Mahi Mahi Surf Resort is mindful that they are operating in a sensitive environment and have implemented a wide range of sustainability measures to achieve positive social, environmental, and economic impact in the Simeulue and Banyak landscapes.
This includes a focus on stabilising endangered sea turtle populations, biodiversity research, coastal monitoring, and primary forest preservation on both Bangkaru and Simeulue Island.
As Mahi Mahi is located on Simeulue which is Sharia Law it is important for girls to only where bikinis inside the resort and when island hoping to remote islands including the Banyaks. Directly out front of the resort bikinis aren’t allowed.
Price & Packages
- Shoulder season: Sept, Oct, Feb & Mar – 15% Discount
- Low Season: Nov, Dec & Jan – 25% Discount
|Room Type||Suitable for||Prices from USD per night||Book|
|1 Person||$139||Enquire now|
|2 People||$227||Enquire now|
|1 Person||$167||Enquire now|
|2 People||$255||Enquire now|
|Java Villa||1-5 People||$477||Enquire now|
|Bali Villa||1-4 People||$510||Enquire now|
|Entire Villa||1-9 people||$880||Enquire now|
– Airport transfers to and from Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort.
– Travel around Simeulue island via motor bike (first-come, first-served) and car trips with the surf guide. To be clear, the surf-guide makes a call about where the best waves will be on the island, and guests can join him by signing up for the trip. Private cars can be organized and rented for guests’ own private use, but is subject to availability and takes time to prepare.
– A surf guide to show you various surf breaks on Simeulue Island.
– 3 buffet styled meals a day, and unlimited purified drinking water.
– Snacks, Drinks, Beer, and Smoothies available for purchase.
– Free use of snorkeling equipment.
– Surfboard, soft-top, longboards, and stand-up paddle boards for rent.
– 11% tax surcharge
Boat trips – Banyak Strike Mission
A 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.
Stay at the resort and book the boat on a good swell, or simply book the boat out for the classic Indo surf trip.
Mahi-Mahi Boat Charter
Rate: $1,440 USD/day/group
3 Day Minimum
(1-5 people; +$83USD/night for extra people; Max 6 people)
Resort & Mahi-Mahi Boat Package
Total 10 nights package: 8 Night Resort + 3 Days (2 nights) Banyak Boat Charter Group Package *package gives group priority over boat.
Mahi Mahi Surf Resort is located on a huge 10,000 square metres of North Sumatran garden paradise, complimented by a stunning white sand beach. Among this stunning natural beauty is Mahi Mahi’s guest accommodation, which is all constructed from up-cycled materials that re-incorporate traditional antique structures to minimise its ecological impact.
Single rooms feature a private semi-outdoor bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets, allowing you to relax in comfort and privacy while drinking in the scenery. All single rooms also include a patio that overlooks the garden, golf course, and most importantly – the peak. Sit back, relax and pick the best windows of surf.
Located on the top-floor, double rooms feature private semi-outdoor bathrooms, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets. Double rooms are the perfect option for couples or those simply desiring more space. Antique wood and bamboo thatched roofing provides a cosy, tropical vibe, and an outdoor veranda gives you a view of the gardens, golf course, and of course – the peak!
Mahi Mahi Surf Resort offers a pair of two story villas that take the quality up a notch. The villas are fully equipped with air-conditioning, complete kitchens, fridges, common rooms, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets. Villas are available for private groups, families or companies of up to nine people.
Communal Areas & Amenities
Throughout the resort there are a number of communal areas where guests can come together socialise, relive epic sessions or simply relax.
The Joglo is a large open area hewn from traditional teakwood. This is where all meals are enjoyed, and it is also equipped with a stereo, comfy sofas, beanbags, table tennis table, board games, books and a projector for movie nights. Of course the Jolgo also commands an impressive view of the peak.
I addition to this there are there are also two bar tops for dining, a fire-pit for bonfires, a nine hole pitch-and-put golf course, a volleyball court, and a soon to be added swimming pool.
Mahi Mahi’s “Yoglo” is the resorts yoga studio. Constructed from coconut wood and antique Javanese wood, it offers a comfortable and beautiful space to stretch between sessions. Yoga is provided for free to all guests, and the resort also periodically hosts yoga retreats.
If keeping in touch with the real world is important to you, a distinguishing amenity is the resorts Satellite Wi-Fi. No other resort on the island has this.
Your stay with Mahi Mahi also includes airport transfers, voluntary trips with a surf guide, free motorbike use, and use of all facilities.
While this area of Indonesia may be a less frequented by surfers, this is due in no part to a lack of waves. On the contrary, it pumps!
The Island of Simeulue sits just north of the equator, positioning it in an area known as the doldrums. This means winds in this part of the world are most often light, and unlike a lot of Indo the surf isn’t affected by trade winds. These cleaner conditions mean more surfing time and also makes Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort a year-round surf trip destination.
Ok, so we know the winds are good, what about the waves? Fortunately there are a bevy of high-quality options available to guests, with more than 10 waves located within 30 minutes of the resort. Set-ups of all types litter the Island, many of them still to be named, and offer everything from epic sand-bottom beachbreaks, long points and classic Indo reef passes. This includes one of the Islands best waves known simply as The Peak, which sits directly in front of the resort. It offers a long left which dishes up beautiful walls on high tide and tubes on the low, plus a shorter but high-performance focused right.
The favourable winds combined with the high quality and large variety of waves in the area make it a favourite for pros looking to nail clips on strike missions. This recently included Steph Gilmore, who utilised the waves in the area for her amazing edit – The Tempest.
While it may be popular with pros, there are most definitely waves to suit all abilities in the area.
Mahi Mahi guests also have the option of utilizing the resorts prized speedboat with a 7-day resort, 3-day boat package – Enjoy the waves of Simeulue for a week before jumping aboard the Mahi Mahi for a three-day strike mission to the Banyak Islands. It allows guests more world-class surf without the hassle of transit, lost time and multiple bookings.
Dining at Mahi Mahi is to feast on a fusion of local and western style meals. All food is made with locally grown and sourced ingredients, often coming from Mahi-Mahi’s own organic community garden and 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, the resort asks guests to be mindful of consumption and waste.
Between meals and for purchase, Mahi Mahi’s cafe serves coffee, cakes, sodas, beer, and snacks to keep you fuelled for the next session.
Mahi-Mahi prides itself on being more than just a surf resort, aiming to deliver a memorable experience for surfers and non-surfers alike.
They encourage guests to make use of the beautiful natural environment surrounding the resort. Take a hike to one of the local waterfalls and swim in stunning water holes. Grab a SUP and take a scenic paddle up the river. Mountain biking, market visits, bird watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, motorbike riding, island hopping or simply relaxing on the beach are also all available.
Another focus of the resort is offering its guests yoga free of charge – a good way to wind down and slip into sync with the relaxed pace of the island.
Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort also periodically offers special yoga, health, and lifestyle retreats curated by professionals from around the world.
Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort supports a host of sustainable community and environment initiatives in the Simeulue and Banyak landscapes including:
VAST or Volunteers for Aceh Sea Turtles program is a hands-on program that focuses on protecting the endangered sea turtle species and their habitats. One of the ways in which it achieves this is by providing alternative sustainable income for local communities that currently rely on turtle egg poaching and fishing practices.
Mahi-Mahi’s organic garden also serves as an outdoor classroom for the community, VAST volunteers, and resort guests to learn about the importance of sustainable produce production. Mahi-Mahi’s farming model is shared with the intention that it will be replicated elsewhere, promoting a sustainable approach to farming throughout the region.
The Green Business Program is led by Ecosystem Impact and housed at Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort. The goal of the program is to originate, incubate, and develop green business in the Aceh region in an effort to positively transform the way environmentally destructive business has previously been done in Indonesia.
Mahi Mahi Surf Resort also has an important commitment to initiate a positive social impact on Simeulue, through improving health and education locally. The resort is currently assessing the health needs and opportunities on Simeulue and seeks collaborations to serve the local communities’ needs by providing medical treatment and health programs.
To reach Mahi Mahi Surf Resort, guests must fly into to the international airport in Medan, Indonesia via Jakarta, Bali, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok.
On arrival you take a further one-hour flight to Simeulue Island. This can be on the same or next day, depending on your arrival time.
Mahi Mahi Surf Resort can book your domestic airfare (Medan-Simeulue) and can also recommend places to stay in Medan should the need arise.
Resort staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival at Simeulue, for a quick 30-minute car ride to Mahi-Mahi Surf Resort.