Places to visit

Madobak Ugai Matotonan Village


Madobak Ugai Matotonan VillageMadobak, 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!

To Stay

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Plan B Hotel

Jl. Hayam Wuruk No.28, 25118 Padang

Brigitte's House

jln kampung sebelah I no 14D, 25000 Padang

Hotel Bintang

Bandar Pulau karam Street No.29 25118 Padang West Sumatera

Brigitte's House

Jl. Kampung Sebelah I No 14D, Sumatera Barat 25000 Padang West Sumatera

Grand Inna Muara Hotel

Jl. Gereja No. 34, 25118 Padang

Hotel Hangtuah

Jl. Pemuda No.1, 25117 Padang

The Axana Hotel - Padang

Jl. Bundo Kandung No. 14-16, 25119 Padang

The Axana Hotel

Jl. Bundo Kandung No.14/16 25119 Padang

Djakarta Hotel

Jalan Belakang Olo No.57, 25114 Padang

Bunda Hotel Padang

Jl. Bundo Kanduang No.19, 25117 Padang

d'Dhave Hotel

Jalan Purus IV No.12A, 25146 Padang

Jesnic Hotel

Jl.Kp Nias II no.27D (Belakang Pondok), 25211 Padang

To Stay

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!


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 Siberut.

To Buy

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.

Get Around

Madobak Ugai Matotonan VillageVisiting 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 attraction.

Get There

Madobak Ugai Matotonan VillageYou 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.

To Eat

In the Mentawai community, sago is the basic food. Mentawais usually eat sago with other dishes such as fish and pork. These villages also have rice.

To Do

Madobak Ugai Matotonan VillageBesides 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.


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