Botik Resort – Mentawai Islands

Travel Information

Frequently Asked Questions

You would need to take a flight to Padang in Sumatra (Minangkabau International Airport) either via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Jakarta. Below are airline options to above destinations:
  • Air Asia
  • Sriwijaya Air
  • Garuda
  • Lion Air
  • Citilink Air
Once you get to the airport our resort representative will be waiting for you holding the sign “Botik Resort” – you then will be transfered to your accommodation in Padang.

On the arrival day, we leave Padang around 1pm and get to Botik Resort around 5 to 6 pm. On the last day we leave Botikresort around 7 am and we arrive back in Padang around 11 am.

We suggest that you book flights that give you at least 4 hours from the departure of the speed boat to the island. Notice that there is around 1 hour from the airport to the harbor by private transport

We recommend staying at Mercure hotel or Budget Hotel by the harbour.  We advise to booking through

The budget hotel by the harbor is directly in front of the boat harbor where the ferry departs. You can literally just walk to the boat harbor the next morning

Travel insurance is mandatory according to the resort policy. We advise to get a travel insurance that covers travel delay, baggage delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance. You can never know what might happen to you. – During a surf session, flight delays, or personal health. We recommend:  World Nomads 

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 plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay VISA at your local Indonesian Embassy prior to departure or in Singapore.

We haven’t experience this just yet, but if this does happen – no matter at what time you arrive at the airport or if you have any kind of delay, there will be someone waiting for you at the airport. Once we have received your flight details, we give these details to our resort representative – that will be picking you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel and the boat harbor and return. We would get the boards delivered to the resort on the next ferry.

Health & Safety

  • Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world.
  • Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information.
  • If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency.
  • If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as Dramamine.
  • For more information, please consult your doctor.

Malaria has been eradicated in the area, but there is always a slight risk. At the resort we provide mosquito nets in the rooms, mosquito repellent, we usually advise guests at night time to wear long clothing to protect themselves getting bitten. It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti-malarial medication. The best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

There is an evacuation route behind the resort in to the Hills. The village has a siren tower to warn in cause of tsunami hazard.

We are located on the east coast so the risk of Tsunami is much lower.

Yes, the area is very child friendly. The resort provides its own private dip pool (approx. 1.20m deep) in front of every villa where the child can swim under supervision of their parents. We are surrounded by jungle, ocean and nature. You can swim in the ocean in the calm lagoon that is located directly in front of the resort, literally a stone throw away. We also provide a bed cottage for your children under 4 years old – if requested.

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