Greenbush Surf Spot

The break at Greenbush is reminiscent of perfection scribbled in the margins of your high school math homework.

An abrupt shift in ocean depth results in a solid square barrel. Framed by a lush tropical forest on the eastern edge of a large bay, Greenbush is one of the most picturesque, and rippable waves in the Mentawais. Beware, Greenbush surf spot is not an ideal break for inexperienced surfers. The unforgiving reef has claimed more than a few layers of skin from even experts who wander into the line-up. Fickle and conditions dependent, read on to discover how to score the best session at Greenbush.





What kind of wave is Greenbush?

One of the best waves in the Southern Mentawais, Greenbush is a thick-lipped, consistent, deep hollow barrel which breaks like clockwork over a shallow shelf of live coral. Be prepared for an airdrop likely to close-out or bowl out over a nearly exposed reef shelf at this surf break. Ideal conditions will coincide with a new or full moon spring tide. With near proximity to other fun breaks in the area, Greenbush surf spot is a great home base for surfers with a diverse set of abilities. Expert barrel riders (especially goofy footers) will feel right at home in the green room at Greenbush.
Wave type:
  • Greenbush: Reef Break

Wave difficulty:
  • Greenbush: Advanced

Wave direction:
  • Greenbush: Left

Wave bottom:
  • Greenbush: Reef


Greenbush: Recommended

Surfboard type:

Greenbush: Sharp pintail

Crowd factor:
  • Greenbush: Low Crowds


Greenbush: Strong currents, shallow reef and hollow barrels

Best swell direction:

Greenbush: S

Best wind direction:

Greenbush: N

What tide is best:

Greenbush: High

Best tide movement:

Greenbush: Rising

Wave consistency:

Greenbush: Inconsistent

Best time of year:

Greenbush: March – June (ideal conditions), breaks through to November

Lineup vibe:

Greenbush: Can be intense when it’s firing

Other names for spot:

Greenbush: None

How do you get in and out of the surf at Greenbush?

Greenbush surf spot is accessible only by boat.

Regardless of your experience, reef-related injuries are not a matter of if, but when. Reef cuts and infections are a big deal…They require immediate attention to avoid countless health problems.

What is the beach like?

Greenbush breaks on the edge of a very remote thick jungle lined horseshoe bay with very little beach. Although you won’t be venturing this far to check out the beach there is a nice and protected beach area on the opposite side of the bay to Greenbush.

Where should I stay?

Macaronis Resort

Enjoy the comfort and privacy of a first-class Mentawai resort just a stone’s throw from one of the world’s best waves! Macaronis Resort offers an unforgettable vacation experience with quality facilities and access to a variety of fun activities for the whole family. The resort features all the modern conveniences you would expect, including A/C, hot water, and a beautiful lagoon-style swimming pool. The resort is situated on a clean salt-water lagoon with stunning ocean views and prime access for exploring in paradise. All guest accommodation is raised up from ground level with exceptional amenities and an incredible 360° views of the lagoon and ocean. Most ground-level bungalows in the Mentawais do not have such wonderful sea breezes, and the comforts gained in a nicely insulated building. They cater to the family surf holiday, children under 6 are free and non-surfer and beginner guests visit at half Surfer rate! All-inclusive surf trip packages offer the most popular trip duration of 8 days surfing or up to 29 days surfing by choosing their Membership Package. Be sure to check them out for that once-in-a-lifetime trip.


What else do I need to know?

Macaronis Resort plans trips to Greenbush depending on conditions and on guest requests. If it’s lining up, they will be onto it and plan the night before for an early departure. Their 11.5 m Aluminum Cat ‘Surfalot’ powered by 250hp Yamaha outboard engines gets you there in 25-minutes and is stable enough to cut through NW wind chop if those winds are prevailing.

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What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

For those who don’t surf, there are heaps of fun activities accessible right from the doorstep of Macaronis Resort. Including snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddling, jungle walks and the opportunity to learn surfing at the gentle beach break, Fishfingers.

Relax and make the most of Macaronis Resort on-location spa offering massage and skin-treatments. Open daily from 9am to 6pm they have their own professionally trained massage therapists who give high-quality, caring treatments that leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. With an understanding of surfer ailments, they work with you to focus on areas of tension and address your specific needs. Set in the open air pool-side gazebo, the calming tropical sounds of the sea breeze rustling in the palms and the beautiful bamboo chimes make for a great experience.


Where is Greenbush surf spot?

Located off the Southwestern edge of Pulau Pagai-Utara. You won’t find civilisation on land or sea in any direction for miles at Greenbush.

How to get to Greenbush?

The best way to access Greenbush is via boat either in collaboration with your accommodation or better-yet surf charter boat.