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The people behind Togat Nusa Retreat include John and Ainsley Ocean and Pak Bangun.

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We find our selves on a 12-hectare island 100 miles from most places, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. How we got here?

Ocean's Architecture

By Ainsley Ocean

Are we ever prepared? We all can make the best laid plans, but what we have learned is they never ever work out how you plan, we make plans, but not the outcome. We have learned to be thankful and appreciate what we have, we are all blessed because it could all change tomorrow.

We find our selves on a 12-hectare island 100 miles from most places, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. How we got here? Planes, cars, boats, smiles, tears and many a hard learned lesson, but we do have wireless! As a child John doodles an island with a grass hut and a coconut tree with perfect waves peeling off, a sailboat, maybe a dolphin jumping. I think a lot of surfers doodle this. He kept doodling until it became his reality…and mine.

John has a few nicknames: Yoda, Silent Assassin, Uncle John, Om Johnny. He is a one of a kind person, very patient compassionate and graceful, whether getting barreled or making the locals laugh, or building, it has taken him a lot of patience to share his skills with the locals, from using power tools, surfing and gardening, but he inspires them. He speaks quietly and not very much, but when he does it’s always worth listening to.

I think you need to actually walk in something he has built, it is alive, and the restaurant on Togat Nusa is an example of that. The recent addition is a pilot whale skeleton that washed up. It was a tasty feast for the locals. We raised it up onto the roof, a chandelier as such with two glass Japanese balls for eyes, yes it is “Night at the museum” out here.

Read up on John and Ainsley Ocean in the “Oceans of Pitojat” in the Issue 20.2 of TSJ, and “Go Deeper” with them when you’re done with that.
Read "Oceans of Pitojat"

Togat Nusa Videos

Aerial footage, interview, surfing, and some footage of the island …

Aerial Footage 2:03

Watch some drone footage of the island and around Togat Nusa Retreat.

Local Style 3:01

Local Style : Surf Pioneer John Ocean in Indonesia, Episode 8

Local Style 3:26

Local Style – Mentawai Paradise at Togat Nusa, Indonesia, Episode 10

Guest Reviews

Read what some of our guests had to say about their experience at Togat Nusa Surf Retreat.

I ventured to TNR last year not really knowing what to expect, and what I found is my idea of paradise. A remote tropical island, fringed with the most perfectly clear water I’ve ever seen – which happens to pop up all around the island as the most perfect surf. With way more staff than guests, the hospitality, the service, the food – it was all outstanding and made us feel like we were at home – albeit, the home you would dream about!! Where the hardest decision you need to make is surf, sleep, play or eat…. We scored perfect waves, met new friends, and most of all found paradise… See you guys next season…


Beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear tropical ocean, great food, friendly staff, and a comfortable artistic accommodations make Togat Nusa Retreat Heaven on earth! A truly relaxing and inspiring sanctuary with amazing surroundings!

Shala Kelaka

I had my 31st birthday at Togat Nusa Retreat.
“Crazy hat party”
Every body created own hat from things only found on the beach.
Daaaaamn, it was sooo fun.
Memories were made that will stay with me the rest of my life.
I only wish i could still be in “Toga Nusa Retreat”
Thank you and Love you guys…

Yuko Suzuki

Over the past year I was lucky enough to clock up some serious hours on the spectacular island of john and ainsley’s. Waking up in the serene jungle setting, birds singing up the sun. Breakfast overlooking a perfect left, and rushing out to find myself out there alone wave after wave for hours on end! ahhhh, barrels and surfing till u cant surf no more!!! Then when your arms turn to jelly snorkeling over the most breath-taking underwater garden of corals and tropical fish….. watching the sunset during a relaxing walk/ shell collecting around the island…. the perfect life and perfect holiday! John and Ainz and all the wonderful mentawai people, thank you for sharing your amazing world!

Belinda Baggs

The snorkeling around Togat Nusa is beautiful, on one trip I saw a school of 6 spotted eagle rays! Afterwards I got to lounge on my own white sand beach and watch the sunset. Then it was time for a dinner of gormet island cuisine at the beachside restaurant. Thank you Togat Nusa for an amazing time!

Jennifer Cogswell