The other big drawcard is the abundance of waves packed into this relatively small area.
Monkeys Resort South Telo is a brand spanking new, full service land based surfing resort operating out of the wave rich Batu Islands, or ‘Telo Islands’ as they are more commonly referred to by surfers, in the South Nias Regency of North Sumatra.
Monkeys resort opened August 2018, and a big bonus for many prospective guests is their focus on catering for family groups and young children – something that can be hard to find in remote Indonesian surfing destinations that were previously only the domain of hardcore boat trips or camps.
The resort itself is located on the southern part of Palau Tanahbala, one of the larger two Islands that make up the Telo archipelago. It’s basically as far south as you can go before you cross into the Mentawai.
The other big drawcard is the abundance of waves packed into this relatively small area. To get wet you won’t have to leave the immediate area of the resort. Monkey’s – the wave which gives the resort its name – sits directly out the front, and it’s about as fun a set up as you’ll find anywhere. A righthand point style reef, Monkeys offers a relatively easy takeoff before serving up a super fun tapering wall that will have experienced surfers flaring, but is also mellow enough for intermediate surfers to feel right at home. The other drawcard is that Monkey’s is a swell magnet, and will offer rideable waves on even the most meagre of swells.
There are also three other waves in the same bay that houses Monkeys and many more a short speedboat ride away, which from heavy heart-in-mouth tubes over shallow reef, to perfect beach breaks and everything in between. All of which are set in stunning tropical surrounds.
Speaking of stunning tropical surrounds. That’s exactly what you’ll find yourself surrounded by during your stay at Monkeys Resort Indonesia. The bay that houses both the waves and the resort is nothing short of breathtaking, and the deluxe single and double story villa’s that make up the accommodation all feature incredible views that make the most of the sublime surrounds, not to mention a front row seat of the waves.
The resort is aware of the privileged position they have in calling the area home and have undertaken a range of sustainability initiatives in order to minimise their impact on the region. This includes being the only resort in the area to be solar powered, and banning the use of plastic bottles at the resort.
Special - Free Ocean & Earth Surfboard Cover
Book a 9 or 12-night surf package to Monkeys Resort South Telo and you will score an Ocean & Earth triple coffin board cover worth $330 for your trip. *
What’s not included:
- Alcohol and soft drinks
Rate: $5,200 or $5,450 (9/12 night stay respectively)
* Offer valid for full paying adults booking a surf package before the 30 April 2019 and valid for Australian residents only. The Ocean & Earth Triple surfboard cover will be shipped to countries outside of Australia at the expense of booking customer.
Rates & Packages
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|One Person (Surfer) Private Villa||$7,400||Enquire now|
|Surfer (Twin share)||$5,450||Enquire now|
|Non Surfer (Twin share)||$2,500||Enquire now|
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|Child Surfer 12-17 yrs||$2,800||Enquire now|
You’ll find Monkey’s Resort Indonesia in the southern region of the Telo’s. It’a wave rich area of the archipelago, and possibly the most consistent – you’ll never be short of options during your stay. This includes loping right hand points, hollow beach breaks and foot to the floor Into reef tubes.
The bay in which the resort sits is home to four waves which are immediately accessible for guests:
The wave that gives the resort its name, is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers to cut their Indo teeth on, or for advanced surfers to let fly on an unthreatening high performance canvas’. It stands up as a peak before a tapering right rolls off down the line into a channel. Endless fun if you’re not chasing anything too serious.
Experienced surfers will find a bit more juice on offer at Coffins. Another right, it’s a long and hollow wave that can handle whatever the Indian Ocean throws at it. Coffins will often offer up multiple tube sections on a wave, but the end section is a doozy, so keep your eye out for that and you’ll have a ball.
Part rip bowl, part reef, New School offers a high performance right wall that begs to be taken apart before closing out on the inside – a tasty section to hit or launch off if you’re game. You’ll just want to stick the landing.
The true wave magnet of the area. Outer Monkey’s is exposed to every inch of available swell. When it’s on it offers a proper tube ride from the takeoff, before racing along the inside reef. Best ridden when overhead.
In addition to these four waves, there are many more set ups a short speedboat ride away. Many of which are spoken about in hushed tones, but rest assured there are more than enough options to keep the saltiest surfer satisfied throughout their stay.
The best time to visit the Telo Islands is generally considered to be the same as the Rest of Indonesia, being March through to October. However, the true peak season of the Telo Islands is July, August and September when the winter storms in the Southern Ocean fire the biggest swell into the region.
Wind wise, the Telo Islands sit smack bang on the equator, and as such don’t follow the typical wet/dry season trade wind patterns you would find at higher or lower latitudes. Here the wind is affected more by localised systems.
Getting you to the waves each day will be the resorts 11 metre speedboat. Powered by two 250 horsepower engines, it tears through to ocean at 25 knots, ensuring you spend more time in the lineup and less time travelling. It also features large shaded areas, meaning its a great place to take a breather and hydrate before getting back out there.
Accommodation at Monkeys Resort Indonesia is pretty straightforward. To make things easier, all guests stay in one style of deluxe beachside bungalow. Don’t get it wrong though, simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of luxury.
On the contrary, the villas have everything you need to ensure your time out of the water is as comfortable and relaxing as you’d want.
All feature two spacious balconies, one overlooking Monkeys surf break at the front, and the beautiful Sumatran rainforest at the rear. They also feature large ceiling fans to keep the tropical breeze flowing, as well as air conditioning for when you need that extra comfort or a break from the sun, comfortable lounge and dining areas, and outdoor seating for watching the waves.
The ensuite bathroom has all the comforts of home and is the perfect place to refresh after a long day surfing.
For convenience the villas are able to be reconfigured to suit families with a king size bed and two singles.
There is also one luxury double story villa available for one large or perhaps two families traveling together. Everything in here is a little bigger and better. The decks are huge and have the best views in the entire resort. For groups of two families, there is also the convenience of two bathrooms, one on each floor.
Monkeys Resort Indonesia has also gone to great lengths to ensure they have the best connection solution possible available to guests, implementing the same internet used on off-shore oil rigs. This allows access to messages, Whatsapp and the ability to download photos and film.
Monkeys has been lucky enough to land one of the most experienced chefs in the Telo Islands to dish up incredible food to guests between sessions. He has been in the area for over eight years and knows how to satisfy a hungry surfer, while ensuring he provides the right food to refuel guests so they are ready to go again the next day.
This includes a succulent mix of western and traditional Indonesian cuisine featuring a variety of chicken, fish, beef and the all important vegetables.
Each morning you’ll be treated to barista made coffee and a buffet of cereals, eggs, toast and fruits. Not to mention the freshly squeezed juices! The perfect way to fuel up for a big day of surfing.
Alcohol is available for purchase at any time.
Of course the main reason you’re visiting Monkeys Resort Indonesia is to take advantage of the waves, but there is also plenty to keep you entertained on the rare occasion you’re not in the lineup.
Remember, you are in a pristine tropical paradise. Sea-life abounds and the snorkelling is top notch on clear days. There are also the paddle-boards, which guests are free to use to explore the local area.
The local white sand beaches are perfect for sunbaking and a cool dip.
If you’re keen on wetting a line, why not head out on a fishing experience and catch your own dinner for the night
The resort can also organise to take guests to the nearby village, where guests can get a true sense of the local culture.
Within the resort itself there’s also the main chill out room, which features a TV, lounge area, bar and a massage room if you feel like being pampered or need to relax your surfed out muscles.
Although only new on the scene, Monkeys Resort Indonesia’s overarching vision is to become the most comfortable eco-friendly surf resort in the Telo Islands. They are serious about protecting the pristine environment that surrounds the resort and the Telo Islands as a whole.
They are already making great strides in achieving this by being the only resort in the area to rely on solar for their power.
Plastic bottles are also prohibited unless they contain medication. In which case they ensure that any empty plastic medicine containers brought to the island are taken home for disposal by guests. They have seen the damage being done to other beautiful parts of the world by plastic and don’t want to repeat the trend.
All beer at the resort is in cans and is crushed and sent to a local town for recycling.
To get to the Telo Islands, you need to fly into Padang in Sumatra. Flights are available from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
Upon arrival in Padang you will be met at the airport and taken your hotel where you will stay overnight before traveling on the Mentawai Fast Ferry to the Telo’s, which is a 4-hour journey. You will be greeted at Hibala Port by Monkeys staff where you will catch the resort speed boat to Monkeys South Telo ready for lunch and an afternoon surf.
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