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The Mentawai Islands are a chain of about seventy islands and islets off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Siberut (4,030 km²) is the largest of the islands. The other major islands are Sipura, North Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan). The islands lie approximately 150 km off the Sumatran coast, across the Mentawai Strait. The indigenous inhabitants of the islands are known as the Mentawai people. ... in the mid-1990’s world-class waves were discovered by some Australian surfers, surfing tourism started to develop and the Mentawai Islands have become a noted destination for surfing. Following the Pleistocene glaciation, the Mentawai Islands were separated once more...