Authentic Sumatra

Authentic Sumatra

in Nagari Sungai Pinang, Indonesia

Venture beyond the well-trodden paths of conventional tourism with Authentic Sumatra, a boutique tour operator that unlocks the true essence of this Indonesian island. Steeped in a commitment to sustainable travel, Authentic Sumatra weaves journeys that intimately connect travelers to the heart of the Mentawai community, ensuring every experience is as enriching for the visitor as it is for the community.

Established by the visionary Ricky Putra Sinaro, Authentic Sumatra’s ethos is deeply rooted in creating meaningful exchanges. Ricky, having formed profound ties with the Mentawai over a decade, channeled his passion into crafting tours that promote understanding, mutual respect, and socio-economic upliftment. Unlike many operators, this isn’t about fleeting moments or ticking off attractions; it's about forging deep connections, understanding traditions, and contributing to the growth and preservation of the community.

Choosing Authentic Sumatra means stepping into the world of the Mentawai, residing in traditional 'Uma' homes, partaking in age-old practices, and contributing to the community's welfare. It's not just about travel; it's about stories, relationships, and leaving a positive footprint. Through their endeavors in education, employment, and environmental conservation, Authentic Sumatra stands as a beacon of responsible tourism, ensuring that the beauty and traditions of Sumatra are celebrated, preserved, and shared with the world.

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Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Family Friendly and Comfortable Stay


$30 /person/night
Approximate price for a night at Ricky's Beach House. Price for tours varies based on number of travelers and number of days.



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Locally Owned Community Cooperative
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Why Lokal Recommends Authentic Sumatra


Community Cooperative started in 2010| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Sumatra, an island with untapped potential and deep cultural roots, has long been overshadowed by the bustling tourist spots of Indonesia. Recognizing the need to spotlight its vibrant communities, Authentic Sumatra was conceived as a beacon to bridge the gap between intrepid travelers and the genuine spirit of Sumatran communities.

At the heart of this initiative was Ricky Putra Sinaro. Witnessing the Mentawai community's rich culture and traditions, Ricky envisioned an avenue where tourism would uplift rather than exploit these indigenous people. Authentic Sumatra was born out of this vision, grounded in principles of sustainable tourism, community upliftment, and cultural exchange.

Unlike conventional tour operators, Authentic Sumatra doesn’t see itself as just a business. It embodies a movement. A movement to change perceptions, to shatter stereotypes, and to foster a mutual appreciation between visitors and the Mentawai community. Over the years, it has evolved from a mere tour operator to a community pillar, actively participating in the socio-economic development of the region. From educational initiatives to environmental conservation, Authentic Sumatra extends its impact far beyond tourism, encapsulating a holistic approach to community integration and preservation.

Today, as travelers set foot on Siberut Island and engage with the Mentawai community, they aren't just participating in a tour. They are becoming a part of Authentic Sumatra's vision, playing a role in a larger narrative of change, understanding, and mutual respect.

Deep Community Connections

Authentic Sumatra works closely with local communities in order to create community based tours in Sumatra. They only employ and train locals as guides or staff in order to help local communities and develop the economy of the region. About 15% of the income generated from tours goes to support the education of children in local communities. Ricky's Beach house supports local villagers by providing work, using local products, and using their income to support education and create an emergency fund for the community. By working in the beach house local people learn to speak English and leanr about the hospitality business. The goal is to teach them about tourism, which will provide them with more opportunities to expand their talents elsewhere.

Active Environmental Stewardship

The Sumatran Turtle Conservation was formed in March 2016 to save the turtle population around the fishing village of Nagari Sungai Pinang, aiming to increase awareness of ecological matters among local inhabitants. They started this project because they found the sea turtles in Sumatra were in danger of becoming extinct and they were concernec by the widespreaad degradation of the Sumatran marine environment. While the program focuses mainly on rescuing turtles around the fishing village, their broader goal is to contribute to different aspects of marine conservation in Sumatra. In addition, they also have developed a project where villagers can join and learn how to make us of recycling plastic. They regularly organize "cleaning beach day" so local children can start to learn how to keep their surroundings clean.

Specific Traditions and Heritage Preserved

Authentic Sumatra will give you a look inside the way of life of the Mentawai and take part in their daily activities. Some of the activities include: traditional fishing in the river, canoe on the river, walking through the jungle, preparation of sago (a starch made from palm trees), feeding the pigs, making loin clothes, poison for arrow.


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