MENTAWAI EXPEDITION

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Investment

from $2650 AUD

Two exclusive set departure dates:

  • 22 Oct - 1 Nov 2019

  • 5 - 15 Nov 2019

The Mentawai islands of Indonesia appears, when looking at them from the seat of a traditional dugout canoe, like an enchanted land. A heavily forested archipelago of dense jungles, unique fauna and flora inhabited by an ancient traditional animist culture that is often gifted with some of the most perfect waves in the world.

A major issue in this paradise is the lack of waste management systems and education. Both communities and the ocean are becoming littered.

During this expedition, you will join a team of skilled, adventurous and passionate humans ready to undertake an epic project to directly enhance tribal communities, reduce plastic waste from entering the oceans and experience a trip only dreams are made of. Most importantly, you will work directly with local NGOs and stay with Mentawai owned and run eco-retreats to promote sustainable income and a thriving wild environment.

Join us for a 10 day Expedition, where you will be intimately connected to Mentawai ancient wisdom and culture. Guided through a curated experience that deep dives into ecology, economics and politics. Spoilt with perfect barrels, ocean pools for free-diving sessions and jungle treks that will keep you occupied when you're not immersed in the facets of the sustainable project.

 
 
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Through our travels, we let a lot of extraordinary landscapes vanish into a blur outside the windows. One moment present, the other, gone. On this journey, you will enter a realm vastly different from your typical holiday, in some of the most pristine, undeveloped places.

 
 

WHAT DO VOPO GUESTS SAY?

This expedition, at moments, will be challenging. But, what you find will stay with you forever. Some of the experiences you will come home with include:

  • Live with ancient tribes and understand their way of living guided by an organisation trying to preserve it.

  • Surf the glorious surf breaks of the Mentawai, freedive pristine waters, choose to join the locals on spearfishing trips to catch your dinner and explore the beautiful islands.

  • Conduct beach clean-ups and gain valuable data.

  • Eat amazing traditional Indonesian food.

  • Learn island survival skills, including: opening coconuts, making coconut milk, jungle native medicines, and more.

  • Enjoy beautiful sunset chats with a crew of legends!

** these activities are optional. 

Whats included?

  • Pre-Expedition Intellectual Immersion

  • Expert guidance and hosting by diversely qualified Expedition Leader

  • All meals day 1 - 10 (delicious, sustainable, local, plant-centric)

  • Accomodation during the expedition

  • Domestic flights and internal transfers

  • Human centred design and systems thinking workshops

  • Surf guiding and exploration

  • Island survival skills

  • Political events and industry excursions

  • Marine and ecology-based experiences

  • Village connection and genuine relationships

  • First Aid and CPR trained team

  • Carbon offsets included

  • Dedicated trip photographer

  • Post expedition Impact Report

  • 24/7 Customer Support

Whats not included?

  • Any International Airfare / Airport taxes

  • Items of personal nature

  • Alcoholic & aerated drinks

  • Airport & departure taxes

  • Visas

  • Personal travel insurance

 

Itinerary

Apply now at the top to get a detailed itinerary.

 
 

The Expeditions

VOPO Expeditions were conceptualised to address social and environmental challenges, by bringing skilled humans, adventurers & innovative minds together from across the world for an experience like no other. The itinerary is designed to connect, intellectually stimulate and inspire new ways of tackling some of the worlds biggest feats. All in a pristine setting with the wisdom of locals and curious company who are eager to dive deep, get exploring and bask in the glory of nature. 

The Process

  Seed  Behind the scenes, we partner and work directly with communities on projects to provide solutions to key sustainability challenges.

Seed
Behind the scenes, we partner and work directly with communities on projects to provide solutions to key sustainability challenges.

  Design  Our team of experts spend extensive time scouting, engaging, researching and testing all elements of your adventure to create an unforgettable experience.

Design
Our team of experts spend extensive time scouting, engaging, researching and testing all elements of your adventure to create an unforgettable experience.

  Action  We unite local leaders with a team of global pioneers to embark on a VOPO Project, embedded into an insanely inspiring adventure itinerary.

Action
We unite local leaders with a team of global pioneers to embark on a VOPO Project, embedded into an insanely inspiring adventure itinerary.

  Propel  Leveraging our global network, we drive longterm change through consulting, reporting and repeat experience to accomplish our targets.

Propel
Leveraging our global network, we drive longterm change through consulting, reporting and repeat experience to accomplish our targets.

WHAT WILL YOU GO HOME WITH?

A once in a life time and memorable adventure, a global network of fearless, innovative and creative minds &
the tools to solve social and environmental challenges using our Brainmelt™ and Wildesign™ method.


Sustainability

As air travel is a huge contributor to environmental degradation, our team are currently focused on calculating our carbon footprint. For which, we are developing a method to account for the impact of all miles (revealed soon). We also respect our role as guests in each host country, knowing that long-term strong partnerships are imperative to sustainable outcomes and allow us to be responsive to the genuine goals of the region. VOPO also devote a portion of Expedition places to local scholarship participants, a measure that maximises accessibility. This is also key to our mission, exploring unintended consequences and addressing systems rather than symptoms. Additionally, we stay at locations that are off the grid, investing in local employment, with a commitment towards conservation and in harmony with nature.

See our Sustainability Policy.
 

 

open your mind to what you can offer and see what magic the planet gives back to you.

 

Field Notes