Mentawai Islands

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Small, low-lying chain of islands located 75 miles off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, just below the equator; generally considered to be the world's richest wave zone. The 200-mile-long Mentawais consist of four main islands—Siberut (a national preserve), Sipura, North Pagai, and South Pagai—and dozens of smaller islets, some of which are populated by animistic tribesmen. Th...

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