Sadalmelik: Topographic map of Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, 3 September 2007
Sipora is the smallest yet most developed of the four Mentawai Islands. It has an area of 845 km². The regency capital of the Mentawai Islands, Tua Pejat, is found on Sipora and consists an estimated 10-15% of the original rainforest.
The islands North Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan) are situated to the south of Sipora.
Colm Walsh: Magneto Surf Lances Left Mentawai Islands. September 2006
Sipora is a popular surfing area.
World-class surf spots Hollow Trees and Lance's Left
break off the southern end of the island.
Numerous excellent surf spots break in the northwestern region of this island including Telescopes, Iceland, and Scarecrows.
The ocean swells are most consistent from April to October, but Sipora is a viable year-round surfing destination. Wind conditions can vary by the hour, and are often calm and glassy.
where to stay
Neeta Lind: Luxury Resort, 15 December 2007
Most surfers would stay on yachts that can be chartered in Padang
and motor between surf breaks as conditions change.
Some visiting surfers choose to stay on the island itself at resorts or with local families in Tua Pajet. There are quite a few resorts on the island, but remember, this island is small so accommodation is limited! Book early if you are going, especially in the busy months, such as Christmas holidays.