The Mentawai Islands are situated 150km off the West Coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Predominantly Christian (Prostestant) but with ancient animistic beliefs still practised, these islands have remained in relative isolation until the last decade.
The inhabitants of the Mentawais Islands are one of the poorest and most disadvantaged groups in Indonesia. Health and education provision and standards are low and opportunities to break out of this cycle are few.
Since the early 1990’s, the once remote islands have been affected by the arrival of surf tourism due to the discovery of world-class waves.
The Maluku Islands are located in Eastern Indonesia next to Sulawesi and have played a significant role in world history. Formerly known as The Spice Islands to the rest of the world due to the native nutmeg and clove trees that are found there, the Dutch, Portuguese and British have all laid claim to these islands and left a lasting influence.
A Liquid Future is based in Morotai, the northern most island of this group and famous for the role it played during World War Two when it was liberated from the Japanese by Australian forces under General MacArthur’s command. In more recent history (1990’s and early 2000’s) Morotai fell victim to the tragic civil unrest that spread throughout the Malukus when Muslims and Christians clashed.
Today Morotai and its inhabitants live in peace, going about their daily lives. Indonesian President Jokowi selected Morotai as one of ten destinations throughout Indonesia to be developed for tourist purposes. It has world class waves, diving, beaches and eco-systems. As with the Mentawais, Morotai is now self-governed with its young parliament only five years old.