Under the helm of our beloved “All Day Ray” Wilcoxen, our philosophy from day 1 is put the guest first in and out of the water. Our goal is to provide access to the best surf in this world, all the comforts of the western world and an atmosphere that is one of a kind.
With so many options available, it's a difficult process to find the location that best fits each person's needs and gives you the experience of your life. After almost 2 decades of operation, our proudest feature is our 70% return guest rate. We strongly feel Kandui Resort offers more than any other Mentawai Surf Resort and have asked our guests what keeps them coming back year after year. Below is a summary of our guest's reasons for returning that distinctly separate us from the other Mentawaian Resorts.
Ever since the world was introduced to the Mentawai Islands over 25 years ago, the surf world has never been the same. Countless islands, perfect reef passes, light winds, remote location and a conveyor belt of relentless swell from 6,000 miles away, there is literally no other place in this world that compares to the Mentawais. The Playgrounds region is the most wave rich surf location on earth and Kandui Resort is the only resort with beach access.
The Kandui Resort In-Season (April – Sept) is in the center of Indian Ocean SW swell season. Once high pressure breaks in the Indian Ocean, storms start marching from Africa to Indonesia and do not stop till late season. During this time of year, the surf rarely drops below head high and during a standard trip to Kandui Resort, guests can expect 1-2 swells to really get the blood flowing. While the Northern Mentawais have some of the best barreling waves in Indonesia (Kandui Left, Rifles, Bank Vaults, Hideaways), this area is unique in that it has something for everyone. When Kandui Left is triple overhead, Karangbat Left is head high and perfect for cruising. When Rifles is pumping double overhead barrels, 4bobs is slightly overhead and perfect for turns. In-Season is a great time to push your barrel-riding limits while also kicking back and surfing your favorite fish just around the corner. We’ve been stoked to host thousands of guests from all corners of the earth and even more stoked to put thousands on the waves of their lives.