Introduction

If Nias was the original surfers’ paradise and the Mentawai Islands are currently in vogue, then tomorrow’s slice of surfing paradise could be the Telo Islands. This group of islands sits to the north of the main Mentawain island of Siberut and until recently it was almost completely unknown to the outside world.

Today, liveaboard surf-charter boats have started adding the islands to their more ambitious itineraries, though the islands’ relative remoteness still means uncrowded waves. Non-surfing travellers are very rare visitors to the Telo Islands, but if you have patience and a sense of adventure, they offer enormous potential for beach lounging, village living and snorkelling.