Madobak, Ugai and Matotonan villages are
not specifically designed into a tourist destination, but their
traditional culture and life are well-preserved, making them interesting
places for tourists. They are Situated in the upper stream of Siberut
Selatan. From Muara Siberut, you should take the
Purou-Muntei-Rokdok-Madobak-Ugai-Butui-Matotonan route. Each village has
its own unique culture.
Madobak, for instance, is famous for its cool Kulu Kubuk waterfall.
It has two levels with a total of 70 meters. Each village is also famous
for its traditional home, locally known as an Uma, and its traditional
ceremony performed by a Sikerei, or shaman.
This traditional ceremony is usually performed during weddings,
occupation of a new home, to facilitate healing or to drive away evil
spirits. Shaman in these three villages still preserve the use of
underwear and headbands (Luat) made of colorful beads. Some locals also
have Mentawai traditional tattoos made of sugarcane and coconut charcoal
dye. These tattoos are made using nails or pins, and two pieces of wood
as a pad and hammer. According to the local community, the tattooing
process is very painful.
You should not miss the unique traditional culture in Mentawai!
You can visit these villages by sailing through the Rereget River. It
is a way to go to the upper stream from the beaches in Muara Siberut.
It will take about three hours to get to Madobak, four hours to Ugai and
5 to 6 hours to Matotonan by motorboat. During high tide, the traveling
time will be shorter. You are recommended to take a small motor boat
locally known as a pompong.
The Distance between Muara Siberut and Matotonan, the most remote
village, is 40 km. Unfortunately, the Rereget River has curves and rises
in elevation. You could see sago trees on both sides of the river.
To visit Muara Siberut from the arrival gate of the Minangkabau
international airport, visitors should go to the Muara Padang port by
bus. From there, visitors should take a motor boat across the Indian
Ocean to Siberut Island.
The boat schedule from Padang to Siberut is only twice a week; Monday
night (Sumber Rezeki Baru ship) and Thursday night (Simasin ship). This
trip will take one night which means the boat returns to Padang on
Tuesday and Friday nights. Tickets for these ships are sold for Rp
105.000 to Rp. 125.000 each. In addition, there is an additional ship
operating at the first and second weeks of each month. This Ambu-Ambu
ship leaves on Saturday night from Muara Padang and returns from Siberut
to Padang on Sunday night.
If you take the Tuapejat way, which is the capital city of Mentawai
district; from the Minangkabau international airport you take a small
plane such as Tiger Air or SMAC to Tuapejat in Sipora Island. After
that, you rent a boat for a 3 to 4 hours trip to Muara Siberut.
Visiting these three villages is an amazing experience. Their natural
condition is shown from their wooden Uma, sago trees processed into
local basic foods, motor boats park by river sides and their different
local cultures than those of urban areas.
In these villages, locals use wood to cook. They also preserve their
community meal tradition. Each type of dish is served in one bowl and
family members usually eat from the same bowl at the same time. Watching
the local community find sago with their baskets is another interesting
Besides visiting Kulu Kubuk waterfall in Madobak village or the
border area of Siberut National Park in Matotonan village, visitors can
interact directly with the local community about their daily life and
participate in their traditional ceremonies.
Since there is no other choice, visitors stay in local homes, but
don’t worry; local inhabitants in Madobak, Ugai and Matotonan villages
are friendly and cheerful!
In the Mentawai community, sago is the basic food. Mentawais’ usually
eat sago with other dishes such as fish and pork. These villages also
In these villages, visitors can order bead necklaces, containers or
briefcase-type souvenirs which are made of sago trunks or other
handicrafts. Visitors can also order sago for souvenirs.
To visit these villages, visitors should be accompanied with a tour
guide who understands the local community and culture in Mentawai to
assure your safety and convenience during this trip. You can hire a tour
guide from your travel agency in Bukit Tinggi or in the port of Muara
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