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5 Best Tourist Attractions in Mentawai Islands

by Ivonne Puspakencana
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Indonesia is really rich of the amazing tourist attractions, from Sabang to Merauke. Almost every province in Indonesia has a lot of amazing places. Just mention West Sumatera which has Mentawai Islands. Mentawai is also listed as one of the favorable Indonesian paradise islands you should totally visit.

Not only famous for its spicy and delicious local dishes, West Sumatera also has these beautiful islands in its region. Mentawai Islands are groups of islands located close to the island of Sumatera.

There are so many recommended tourist attractions you can visit in Mentawai Islands, starting from the waterfalls, lakes, mountains and beaches. If you plan to visit Mentawai Islands, make sure you put these incredible tourist attractions on your to-do-list!

  • Bat Soumang Waterfall
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Bat Soumang, one of the best waterfalls in Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands do not only serve you the beautiful beaches, but they also have some incredible waterfalls. One of which is Bat Soumang Waterfall.

This waterfall is located in Bulasat Village, Mentawai Islands. Its beauty is no doubt, but you still need to be careful while exploring this waterfall as it is also considered dangerous due to its heavy flow.

This waterfall is recommended to visit due to its unspoiled nature and adventure opportunity tourists can take part. Some tourists even are courageous to join the locals performing rafting. If you don’t feel like you want to do it, you can do some alternatives, such as trekking, photography and relaxation as well.

In terms of its nuance, Bat Soumang Waterfall offers a peaceful and solemn atmosphere. It is surrounded by lush nature, many plants and trees grow there.

No disturbing noise heard in this place as its location is a bit secluded. You will only enjoy the sound of insects, water and birds. Isn’t that peaceful?

Get the complete list of waterfalls in West Sumatra and make sure you bookmark them!

  • Rua Oinan Lake
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Rua Oinan Lake, the big lake surrounded by big sago trees

Exploring Mentawai Islands will never be boring as it gives new experience for everyone, specifically the ones who love nature adventure. Another recommended tourist attraction you can visit in Mentawai Islands is Rua Oinan Lake.

This is a big lake that is surrounded big sago trees. This lake is located near Saumanganyak Village and it can be reached by either foot or traditional transportation.

Sumatera also has the most well-known lake, called Toba Lake, which is located in North Sumatera. Get the complete guide of tourist attractions Near Lake Toba.

The water of the lake is calm, however, it is not recommended for swimming. There’s a small hill near the lake as well, so that tourists will be able to get a better view of the lake by climbing and reaching the peak.

This is also one of the favorite spots to do photography. Besides photography, some tourists also enjoy going camping here. They like to spend the quality time with both friends and family here. However, to have camping here, you will need a permission from the nearby villagers.

  • Kulu Kubuk Waterfall
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The enchanting Kulu Kubuk Waterfall

Besides Bat Soumang Waterfall, there’s another amazing waterfall in Mentawai Islands. It is called Kulu Kubuk Waterfall. This waterfall is located in Madobak Vilage, South Siberut District, Mentawai Islands.

It is also famous for being one of the most recommended tourist spots in Mentawai. Besides, the locals are known friendly too as they often help visitors to get there and provide some good services too.

Kulu Kubuk Waterfall offers the visitors a comfortable and fresh atmosphere. The height of this waterfall is around 70 meters and it features a refreshing nature pool where tourist can get in. That’s why tourists and locals love to take a bath and swimming there.

This waterfall also gives a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere due to its location in the midst of the forest. However, don’t worry as this waterfall resides near a local settlement, so tourists still can ask for assistance once they need something.

Located at the other provinces, make sure you also read these waterfall in Lampung.

  • Nyangnyang Beach
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Mentawai’s Nyanyang Beach from top

Visiting Mentawai Islands is not complete without visiting their beaches. One of the famous beaches is Nyangnyang Beach. This beach has a peaceful ambiance which is known to be better than the other beaches in Mentawai Islands. Even just walking on the beach and enjoying the zephyr are really comfortable!

As this beach is considered as one of the best beaches in Mentawai, it is usually crowded during holidays and special events done by the locals. Tourists also enjoy the waves passionately as the waves can reach up to 4 meters.

According to the locals, the best time to enjoy these wonderful waves is during the mid-year. During that time, there won’t be any local boats operating, so the only thing tourists can enjoy is the formation of waves!

If you decide to explore beaches in Sumatera, then you should read these beaches in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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