Why Choose Shoulder-season?

Why choose shoulder-season?

Overhead waves, great weather, low crowds and great vibes. The Kandui Resort Shoulder-Season (October – March), has had the biggest misconception for years. Flat surf, bad winds, tons of rain and not the time to visit the archipelago. While most of the archipelago faces west and turns onshore, the playgrounds region has countless reef passes that remain offshore. While you will not see the large SW swells that results in massive Kandui Left or Bank Vaults, you will see countless days of overhead surf with good conditions that favor the rights. While most of our guests (us included) do not want the massive, scary surf that in-season can yield, our Shoulder-Season results in the fun overhead surf that the Mentawais are know for. Throw in light crowds and good conditions and you have the Mentawai’s best kept secret.

Below is a breakdown of our Shoulder-Season by month and will give you a great idea what to expect. The Northern Mentawais are located on the equator so local wind conditions can change but this is a guide to give you a general idea of what to expect. Feel free to Contact Us for more details on any month.

OCTOBER

October is a transition month where the In-Season winds are switching to Shoulder-Season winds. While Indian Ocean SW swell season is tailing off, there is still plenty of storm activity. October is a great month for some lingering large swells, lighter winds, lighter crowds and plenty of overhead days in-between. Both the lefts and rights can be very good during this month and both bigger swells and crowds tend to drop the closer you get to November.

NOVEMBER

November is the first month of our true Shoulder-Season. The winds typically have switched to North and West, larger swells are less common and crowds are non-existent. The waves and winds favor the popular right-handers (Nipussi, Burgerworld, small Bank Vaults, Pistols, etc) and weather is moving towards the heart of our rainy season. If you have visited Kandui Resort In-Season and enjoyed the fun size right-handers but didn’t enjoy the crowds, November is for you.

DECEMBER

Closed for maintenance.

JANUARY / FEBRUARY / MARCH

Kandui Resort opens for business on January 15 every year. On a typical year, our rainy season has moved on and the sun is back. You will not see massive surf this time of year but you will see plenty of overhead barrels, great weather and no crowds. If the surf does go super small, this is when Burgerworld turns on. Burgerworld is one of the best point breaks in Indonesia and only breaks when the surf goes as small as it gets. During January and February, surfing with other people is extremely rare and we have virtually never seen an unhappy guest this time of year.

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