We’re learning that modern civilization is not all it’s cracked up to be and many of us can’t help the desire for a getaway to a place where religion, creative art and harmony with nature are still alive. One such faraway land blessed with these hallmarks of culture is the Mentawai Islands 100 kilometers off the coast of West Sumatra.
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The Mentawais, comprising 70 islands and islets, with a total population of around 120,000, is still a place where civilization is kept from destroying itself. The four main islands are North and South Pagai, Siberut and Sipora, the group’s administrative capital. The islands are steeped in mystery, rich in resources, possess a terrestrial diversity second only to the Galapagos and are one of the most sought-after surf destinations in the world
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