The Trip


Fly to Padang (PDG): 

Guests need to arrive in Padang in Sumatra (PDG) the day prior to checking into Monkeys.  You can access Padang via Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or Singapore. Airlines include Garuda, AirAsia and Lion Air. 

Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the Padang Airport by a Monkeys representative and transferred in an air-conditioned van to the hotel of your choice. We recommend the Mercure Padang. It is the perfect opportunity to shake off international travel with a swim in the pool and an afternoon beer or wine. 

Fast Ferry 

The next morning, you are picked up nice and early at 6:30 am for the ten-minute drive to the fast ferry. The ferry trip takes about four and a half hours. The journey is comfortable with air conditioning, plenty of seating, movies and a bar offering tea and coffee, noodles, and snacks. 

Our team will meet you in Hibala in the Telo Islands  – the ferry’s first stop. Within 20 minutes you will be stepping on to the beach at Monkeys. You will be having a surf that afternoon. 


This is simply a case of reversing your steps. A quick surf early morning before a 9:15 am departure from Monkeys sees you arrive back in Padang at 3;30pm. If you wish to depart that same day, you must book your departing flight out of Padang no earlier than 6:30 pm. 

Depending on your departure schedule you will either be driven to the airport for your departing flight that evening or to your hotel for the night and our staff will pick you up the following morning and escort you to the airport for your flight home. 

Fast Ferry Luggage: 

Traveling to Monkey’s on the Fast Ferry all guests have a baggage allowance of one bag up to 15kgs. You can book additional luggage at the guest’s expense. Please note surfboard bags are not included in the baggage allowance and incur an additional fee based on weight and must be paid by guests when checking luggage in at the ferry terminal.


Jan 1 - Thursday

Arrive Padang Airport (PDG) then transfer to the Mercure Hotel for the evening.

Jan 2 - Friday

6:30 am pick up from the Mercure & transferred to the fast ferry terminal for your 4 ½ journey to Monkeys Resort.

Jan 2 - 14

Arrive at Monkeys Resort in time for lunch and a surf that afternoon.

Jan 14 - Wednesday

Early surf before departing Monkeys at 9:15 am arriving back in Padang at 3:30 pm. (Please note: flights must be booked from 6:30 pm onwards. It is recommended that guest book a departing flight home for the following day)


What is included in your package.

  • Meet and greet in Padang.
  • Return fast ferry transfers from Padang to Monkeys Resort. Ticket includes 15kg baggage. Surfboard bags are not included in baggage allowance: This is paid by guest upon checking in at the ferry terminal. 
  • All surf transfers are included in your package and will be carried out in the comfort of our superfast speed boats. 
  • Three meals per day prepared by our chefs; should you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance and we are more than happy to cater specifically to them. 
  • Complimentary fresh fruit, tea, coffee, fruit juice and water. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at our fully serviced bar. 
  • Use of all equipment and facilities at Monkeys South Telo, including fishing, SUP and snorkelling equipment, ping-pong, Bluetooth speakers, mag and book library and laundry service. 
  • Expert knowledge of your western guides who know this place like the back of their hand

Flights and documents

If you have any queries regarding your travel plans from home to the Telo Islands, we have a detailed ‘Getting to the Telo’s Fact sheet’ with helpful flight & hotel information. 

Passport validity / Visas Passports: must have at least 6 months validity from return date for Indonesia, if not, the airline will deny you boarding. ….it is the responsibility of each guest to ensure your travel documents are up to date. Certain countries must pay $US35 for a VOA – (visa on arrival) into Indonesia, this is done within the airport prior to Immigration clearance. Australian citizens have now been added to the VOA ‘free list’, but only for max. 30 DAY STAY. Please ensure that you bring cash (Rupiah, US or AUD currency will be quicker). For further information be sure to check out_ embassyofindonesia.org 

Padang Airport: Our English-speaking Staff will be at the airport to greet you and ensure that all of your luggage is taken care of and will take care of any unforeseen travel issues that may arise with airlines and/or ticketing. It is customary within Indonesian airports to use their porter services to help with your surfboards and baggage. Please have small money to tip your porter for his services (approximately Rp. 50,000 or $5.00 AUD). Our representative will be waiting outside the airport with a Monkeys Resort sign in clear view. 

Insurances: As outlined in our terms and conditions it is mandatory for all guests to use a suitable Travel Insurance Policy to cover Medical Evacuation Emergencies (MediVac). A copy of your Travel Insurance Policy must always be carried with you. We strongly recommend using STI Surf Travel or Nomad Insurance which is tailored for surfers. For those of you that wish to use your credit card travel insurance, please ensure that this covers medical evacuation in our region. 


Guest Information:

On full payment of your trip (60 days prior to your departure date), you will receive a link to complete a “Monkeys Resort” Guest Registration form. Please fill out all details as this will ensure all airport transfers and logistics in Padang and Telo Islands run smoothly for your group.

Fast Ferry Luggage:

As part of your package you are allocated one bag on the Fast Ferry up to 15kg. Anything above this weight will incur a fee. Surfboards: Please note that surfboard bags are not included in your baggage allowance. 

The fees are as follows for each trip and must be paid at the port terminal upon checking surfboards in. 

  • 0-15kgs Rp 230,000 (Approx AUD$25) bag 
  • 16-25kgs Rp 460,000 (Approx AUD$50) bag 
  • 26+kgs Rp 690,000 (Approx AUD$70) bag
  • Fishing equipment: Rp 180,000 (approx AUD$20)

Monkeys Resort is a tropical island in the Telo Island chain.  Casual clothing and plenty of swimwear are the standard attire.

A light rain jacket can come in handy for seasonal showers or winds.  Sun protection is important, so bring plenty of sunscreens, a hat, sunglasses and a rash guard/t-shirt.  

A basic first aid kit along with mosquito protection is also a good idea.  

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