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RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« on: September 15 2013 15:09:00 »
Just for the record the wages of staff at resorts/charter boats is higher than Rp 600,000 roughly Rp 1.5 to 2.5 million depending on position, this is fair price in the scheme of hospitality/tourism industry in Indonesia, but it should be noted the higher paying jobs are mostly filled by Indonesians from Padang or Jakarta.
But for somebody like Sabit who has his own home stay he can earn Rp 1.5 million in one day from 8 guest, indonesians if have money often help there family and community and most of his money would go back into his community hence the flow on effect is quite good.
Its kind of like comparing a life of working at your local restaurant or you owning your own business.
RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« Reply #1 on: September 15 2013 15:09:00 »
Also in all fairness charter boats have very high overheads, in fuel and maintenance, the resorts running cost even wit 24hr generators is much lower.
I think sadly the expensive resorts have a future in the Mentawais, they provide Mcdonald style jobs for the younger locals and do pay taxes even if they aren't used wisely.
And there is a market for a range of accommodation budgets.
Charter boats however hopefully have no future in the Mentawais, they provide almost no jobs to locals, buy there fuel and food in Padang, don't pay local taxes and basically crowd the lineups while damaging reefs with there anchors, with there raw sewage going straight out into the ocean, not to mention fuel spills and possibly dumping of rubbish at sea.
RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« Reply #2 on: September 16 2013 14:09:00 »
Thanks AK for all the info, looks like you spent a lot of time there, in Mentawai.. and i share your views regarding the we, as surfers, should travel in a independant way that would be better for the mentawai, and indonesia in general.
I am just litlle bit scared by the crowds there in October. I speak a lttile of Bahasa, enought to bargain for a boat, ask directions, and food, etc... so maybe Banyaks can be a better option.
What do you reckon about the crowds in October? 30+ guys on each spot all the day long? If I go there, u recommand me to buy food on siberut for the length of my stay before going to NyangNyang?
RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« Reply #3 on: September 16 2013 19:09:00 »
October crowds shouldn't be to bad compared to in season, regarding crowds Mentawais are a funny place, crowds can change from hour to hour day to day, its the kind of place you can be surfing with five guys then an hour latter your surfing with 30 guys, or it can even go the other way 30 guys out then, suddenly the charter boats decide to move on and resort boats go have lunch or something, you never really know.
Winds and swell are also a factor, light to no winds with med swell open up lots of breaks and spread the crowds, tiny swells or bad winds like south winds can cause everyone to have to surf the same wave as options are limited.
RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« Reply #4 on: September 16 2013 20:09:00 »
Just buy what food and water you can, and lots of food that is non perishable.
Banyaks are a different ball game, there is no civilisation/villages close to waves, so you must either camp in the jungle which is quite hardcore in the tropics with heavy rain downpours etc or stay on an island with village far from the waves and get boat everyday which is expensive.
RE: Recommend losmen GH in Ebay Pitstop area in Mentawai?« Reply #5 on: June 12 2014 18:06:00 »
www.surfcampsiberut.blogspot.com joe I hope you understand my price IDR 300.000 including breakfast,lunch,dinner,stay.mineral water,Tea, Coffee)
Mentawai islands with surfer camp have facilities = electricily from 6 pm until 10 am, fan, shower, referigerator
price IDR 150.000 n't have good service and n't good facilities then n't good food (nasi goreng and mie goreng everyday