Bat Caves Surf Spot
Approximately 16 kilometres north of Macaronis Resort is a spot known as Bat Caves.
Although the northern half of North Pagai Island isn’t renowned for many surf breaks the natural surroundings are something you’d usually only see in a movie. The wave breaks right down the edge of a tiny deserted island for a few hundred metres with cliffs, caves and incredible beaches in the background on the main island of North Pagai. The idyllic surroundings of Bat Caves will entice you to visit whether there is surf or not!
What kind of wave is Bat Cave?
Batcaves: Point Break
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Batcaves: Super fun
Other names for spot:
Batcaves: Gilligan’s Island, Tanjung, Silabu
How do you get in and out of the surf?
It’s a simple paddle in and out from the boat anchorage in the channel.
What is the beach like?
Literally stunning. One to remember and tick off your bucket list.
Where should I stay?
How consistent is Bat Cave?
Bat Cave picks up a lot of swell, particularly, if the swell is quite west and is more exposed than Macaronis. All in all, it is a consistently fun spot when you compromise on a bit of quality.
Land-based or surf boat charter, what is better?
A surf boat charter gives you better access to waves, with fewer people around to enjoy them… meaning you get a little spoilt. However, if you can’t handle days on end cruising the ocean and surfing your brains out, then a surf camp or resort is going to be the better option for you as you can hone in on one break and its neighbouring waves at a time. Find out more on our Mentawai Surf Spots page.
What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?
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Where is Bat Caves?
Bat Cave is located on a tiny island 200 metres off the coast of North Pagai in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands.
How to get to Bat Caves?
Accessible only by boat it depends on where you plan on staying on land on Sipura Island (Lance’s Right, Lance’s Left) or North Pagai (Macaronis) or by charter boat. Either way, you’ll venture out to any of the Mentawai Islands regions from Padang harbour in Sumatra, including where you’ll board your charter boat from if you go that route.
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