Sikuai Island Resort ~ a tropical gem enroute to Mentawai

By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009

Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: flickr member mrlemonjelly

Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: flickr member mrlemonjelly

Off the coast of Padang, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, lies a gorgeous little tropical isle that deserves better appreciation. Popular mostly with local Padang city-dwellers for weekends or day-trips, it is on weekdays that Sikuai is best experienced. Void of people, just you and a tropical virgin isle all to yourself. Sikuai Island Resort.


Panorama view of Sikuai Island. Photo: D Nukman

Panorama view of Sikuai Island. Photo: D Nukman


Sikuai is one of the isles in the Bay of Padang, the Provincial Capital of West Sumatra. A small island (40-hectare) that is akin to Leonarod di Caprio’s tropical isle in the movie “The Beach”. Clear blue water against the white sandy beaches and swaying coconut trees in the background. Blissful!

Sikuai Island Resort cottages. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

Sikuai Island Resort cottages. Photo: Riki Kurniawan


Getting in touch with the Robinson Crusoe in all of us. Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: D Nukman

Getting in touch with the Robinson Crusoe in all of us. Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: D Nukman


With only one resort on the island, your privacy is guaranteed. Accommodation is simple yet functional, and most importantly, clean. Well-run by the resort management. A word of caution: the management often turns of power during the afternoon to save energy, but with so much outdoor activities, this should not ruin your vacation.
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Water sports aplenty await at Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: Riky Kurniawan


Facilities include jogging & biking track, and a host of water sports activities such as boating, canoeing, snorkeling, banana boat. If all you need is to catch a breather than go no further than laze poolside or take a dip in the beach. All water sports equipment and gear is available for rent, including the bikes!

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Hammocks are always inviting! Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

Enjoying Sikuai Island on two wheels. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

Enjoying Sikuai on two wheels. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

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The untouched natural beauty is her main draw. Sikuai Island. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

A hammock posted between two coconut trees awaits! Where daydreaming blooms into productive ideas. And an afternoon nap always helps.

Sunset on Sikuai. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

Sunset on Sikuai. Photo: Riky Kurniawan

And just before the day draws to an end and gorgeous sunsets take over, you can get a better vantage point by climbing the stairs and reach the highest point on the island for a perfect 360-degree view of the sunset and the outer-lying islands.

Getting There:
Reaching Sikuai is easy, take a boat from the pier, either Central Wisata Bahari Batang Arau or Dermaga Wista in Muaro, Padang. The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes.
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The nearby Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

The nearby Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

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