Surf and Surf and Surf
The Mentawai Islands are world renowned by surfers for the quality and consistency as a surf zone. Situated on Pitojat Island, off the northern end of Sipora Island, guests to Togat Nusa Retreat have access to a number of quality breaks, all within a short boat ride of the Island. Icelands, Scarecrows, Telescopes and loads more world class waves are within a short boat ride from the resort.
Great Food and Awesome relaxing bar
Bring an appetite:
With an emphasis on locally sourced fresh meats, fish, fruit and vegetables as well as home baked breads and pastries, Our experienced Indonesian chef combines traditional and western recipes to create the most delicious meals.
Breakfast for early birds there is fruit , yogurt and home made granola, coffee and tea.
You can order what you like, Omelettes, pancakes, French toast with home made bread, Bacon and eggs.
Lunches and Dinners are served buffet style pizza, burritos, pasta, curries, some Indonesian dishes, ren dang, lumpias, soto ayam, fresh fish,roast chicken, fresh salads,
Home made cakes ,donuts and fresh fruits for desserts
You will be given a large aqua bottle you can refill in the restaurant .
Food allergies and special dietry requirements are not a problem but should be specified before yours arrival to ensure we are prepared. Please also inform us of any birthdays or special occasions during your stay so we can help to make them extra special.
Time to have a cold one and watch the sunset:
The Monkey Bar
Built entirely out of recycled timber, and driftwood collected from the surrounding beaches, the high pitched sago palm thatched roof is supported by a centre beam made from the trunk of a massive coconut tree. Crossbeams and supports with branches and root systems still intact protrude from the walls, creating shelves for our quality sound system, lights and ornaments.
Each piece of furniture, from the barstools, to the table you sit down to enjoy your meal at has been individually built in styling?s reflected by the building itself.
From the roof hangs the skeleton of a pilot whale, whilst the walls are adorned with traditional carvings, Skulls and locally collected treasures, all adding to the vibe of the place. Old Japanese fishing bouys, antique boat lamps and the shells from various marine animals have been fitted with bulbs to supply the lighting, and have set the scene for many a party.
The Bar was the first building on the island and is essentially the hub for all island activity. Situated at the front of the Island, with a panoramic view of the waves reeling off at Scarecrows, this is where guests will gather for meals, to enjoy a drink, or simply to put their feet up, listen to some tunes and watch the surf!
Our Bar stocks a variety of beers and spirits as well makes cocktails and fresh fruit smoothies, its NW facing aspect makes it the ideal place to grab a cold beverage and watch the sun set on another perfect day in paradise.
Your Hosts John and Ainsley Ocean
Have lived in the islands since 2004 moving to the Mentawaiis via the big island of Hawaii, where they were married in 1999, on a tandom surfboard John shaped and glassed .
In Hawaii they owned and operated Ocean's organic avocados, an organic farm .
John was raised in Longbeach/Dominican republic and moved to Hawai in the 80's, lived on North shore of Hawai for many years, before moving to Big Island in search of uncrowded surf John E is a MASTER woodworker, waterman , kind hearted individual, and when you live on an island 100 miles a way from a tool store, you become a jack of all trades.
Ainsley was born in New Zealand, then moved to Canada then to Hawaii.Coming from a travelling family, Ainsley has it in her genes.. left Canada
Ainsley says "The water in Canada was too cold for surfing,so I moved to Hawaii in search of surf and this is where I met John".
The appropriately named Oceans are both avid surfers, adventurers and animal lovers.
In June of 2004, John and Ainsley Ocean sold their Hawaii farm and belongings, and moved to Karamajet Island to work on the construction of Kandui Resort. They spent the next 10 months living in a tent, learning Indonesian, teaching local workers construction skills, and reclaiming driftwood for the construction of buildings.
They surfed and worked through the off-season, facing a myriad of challenges that included storms, heat, tsunamis, earthquakes, injuries, and Indonesian politics to create the now world famous Kandui Resort with the assistance of partners.
Surf resort projects are certainly not about making millions. Instead, they're about dreams. "We just wanted to go surfing," says Ainsley Ocean. "You only have so much time? we were ready to sell everything, travel, and surf." Simply put, these are hardcore surfers, and they've abandoned their western lives to pursue dreams of tropical reef barrels. As you can see from the photos, they've already succeeded on that level.
After several years managing Kandui Resort, John and Ainsley decided to head in a new direction and worked for Surf aid and made another organic farm out in the Mentawaiis, bought a fishing boat and floated around in search of a new location, uncrowded .
In Ainsley's words " Now we have created our new place, Togat Nusa Retreat, where we are focussing on small groups , quality service , a place to relax. As the world is way too crowded and it's getting harder find quiet places on the planet. We moved to the islands in search of surf, unspoiled paradise and to get out of the rat race and to live a good lifestyle,. and we found it !! "We have created a sanctuary, peaceful , soulful and with waves!
Please come and share our little slice of heaven"