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Blue Ocean Surf Charter - Mentawai Islands, Padang. Indonesia

INTRODUCTION

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Get on board in one of the nicest catamarans operating in the Mentawai Islands for the best surf trip of your life! Blue Ocean Surf Charter has a hyperlight design and a draft of only 3 feet, is one of the fastest surf charter vessels plying these wave-rich waters powered by twin 420hp diesel engines. The best waves can be had from February to November, with the biggest swells likely to occur in April-September. During these months the winds are variable and it’s easy to find a break with offshore conditions.

 

Blue Ocean Surf Charter for up to ten surfers has a large size and comfort assures you of getting killer surf while traveling in style, fully air-conditioned, the main salon providing panoramic views with seating for everyone, entertainment center, shaded decks, two tenders, safety, and navigational equipment and much more!!

 

For Breakfast,  eat something light before a go out and chow heavier when you come in, this meal is flexible. Lunch can be sandwiches, burgers, noodles and rice dishes with fish or chicken. You won’t go hungry! Dinners consist of any freshly caught fish, spaghetti, curried beef, and chicken and stir fry veggies. Keep the fishing lines in and let’s grind the sashimi!

 

Along with your approximate 5 free beers a day Blue Ocean Surf Charter provides a variety of snacks such as chips, chocolate bars, cookies and other munchies to keep you satiated. Not enough beer? Stock up on more in port before we hit the crossing.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Blue Ocean Surf Charter

Facilities

  • Accommodations for up to ten surfers
  • Fully air-conditioned and interior carpeted
  • Large size and comfort assures you of getting killer surf while traveling in style.
  • Ten sleeping berths including two double cabins.
  • All berths offer full seating headroom and windows to the outside.
  • Main salon providing panoramic views with seating for everyone.
  • Entertainment center provides a big flatscreen TV for DVD movie viewing and slideshows of the day’s surfing.
  • Stereo for CD music and iPod compatible
  • Complete refrigeration and freezer system for fresh food and beverage service
  • Shaded aft and forward decks.
  • Rear deck includes; galley, and dining area, 2 bathrooms with fresh and salt showers and two fresh water showers on stern swim steps
  • Two tenders! Including: a 18 ft. aluminum speedboat with 65 hp Yamaha outboard and a 12 ft. inflatable with 15 hp Yamaha outboard

 

Specifications

  • Hyperlight design
  • A draft of only 3 feet
  • Powered by twin 350 hp diesel engines
  • Top speed of 15 knots
  • An average daytime cruising speed of 10-12 knots depending on conditions
  • A nighttime cruising speed of 8-10 knots (for safety)
  • Hull design provides stability at sea and eliminates rock and roll at anchor.
  • A tactical advantage in being able to minimize travel time and maximize surfing time throughout the trip
  • Enjoying surf at the lesser-known remote and isolated locations
  • A range of 1000nm
  • Does not require refueling in the course of a trip even with significant motoring around at its fastest speeds throughout the Mentawais chain.

 

Safety and navigational equipment

  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Depth sounder
  • VHF radio
  • Satellite phone onboard and remains in constant communication with the Stateside partners for regular swell and wind updates provided by Surfline.com & Lola and Buoy Weather.com.

 

Meals

  • Breakfast consists of items like fruit, toast, cereals, pancakes, french toast, eggs, coffee and juice. Eat something light before a go out and chow heavier when you come in – often cooked to order. This meal is flexible.
  • Lunch can be sandwiches, burgers, noodles and rice dishes with fish or chicken. You won’t go hungry!
  • Dinners consist of any fresh caught fish, spaghetti, curried beef and chicken and stir fry veggies. Keep the fishing lines in and let’s grind the sashimi!
  • Along with your approximate 5 free beers a day the Blue Ocean Surf Charter provides a variety of snacks such as chips, chocolate bars, cookies and other munchies to keep you satiated. Not enough beer? Stock up on more in port before we hit the crossing.

 

Note: No WIFI available, international phone plan/Indo SIM card are okay areas of reception in about 3 areas

THE ACTIVITIES

The Surf

Very consistent surf from February to November, bigger swells from April-September with offshore conditions facing almost every direction.

 

The main breaks from North to South (Our Captains know many more – we can be sneaky when we need to be):

Burgerworld, Beng beng , E-Bay, Pit Stops, Bank Vaults, Nipussi, Hideaways, No Kanduis, Four Bobs, Karangbat Left, Rifles, Icelands, Telescopes, Scarecrows, Bintangs, Lance’s Left, Hollow Trees (HT’s, Lance’s Right), Bat Caves, Macaronis, Greenbush, Rags Lef, Rags Right, Thunders and The Hole.

 

The surf session will be from dusk til dawn, strategy depending, crossing 8-10 hours weather dependent.

 

Other Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Explore Villages

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

The Mentawai Islands lie roughly 100 km off of the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. They consist of 4 main islands with many smaller islands scattered throughout. From north to south, the main islands are Siberut, Sipora, North Pagi, and South Pagi.

 

These islands block most swells from reaching the mainland on Sumatra, but they offer some of the most perfect surf in the world. Access to the islands is by sea only with regular ferries to the main trading ports, but by far the best way to access the surf is by charter boat.

Getting Here

To fly into Padang you must route through either Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore etc. If you are doing customs in Jakarta or Bali first, your automatic 30 day non-extendable “visa on arrival” may be free but be ready to pay USD $35 regardless for it as that’s what it costs in most entry ports. Just contact us and we’ll hook you up with the right people to help you get here and upon landing in Padang everything else is completely taken care of for you.

 

ALL guests must have full comprehensive travel and medical insurance which must include the MedEvac and trip cancellation options.

 

1. Fly Garuda, Lion Air or Air Asia, into Padang, Sumatra

2. Airport transfer to a day stay at a local hotel/restaurant

3. Eat, drink, nap, see sites while boat readies for the voyage

4. Transfer to the boat, take a berth, eat, unpack boards

5. Night crossing of 100km out to the Mentawai Islands

6. 11 nights, 10 days of world-class surfing, snorkeling, fishing etc.

7. Night crossing back to Padang Harbor

8. Transfer back to the airport with possible day rest at hotel/restaurant in between

 

FAQ

Who will I be surfing with?

Our boat holds up to 10 guests. While it is inevitable we will encounter other surfers in the area, we will strive to put you in the right place at the right time and yes… we have the experience and speed to allow you to score. Also.. even though you may be surfing with just your own group, know that people tend to paddle out in “shifts” …. ensuring there are plenty of waves for all.

 

Due to medical or personal reasons, I follow a special diet. Can you accommodate this?

Yes, let us know and we will accommodate your diet and health requirements.

 

Can I make phone calls while I am on the boat?

There is a satellite phone on board. Incoming calls are not charged however you will have to pay if you wish to make an outgoing call. There is cell phone coverage in certain areas of the Mentawais but you will have to set up international calling on your phone usually before you leave or allow time to acquire a local SIM card to use while you are sailing.

 

Do you have photography equipment on board?

Yes, our crew on board can take photos with our Canon digital camera with 400 lenses then burn the shots on CD or memory stick for US $150pp. Bring extra cash if you want this service.

 

Can I recharge my video camera, laptop, Ipod etc. on the boat?

Yes – we have 220v DC connected to our generators. Most computers, iPads etc. can run and charge on this but check the specs on all your equipment beforehand. Also, most sockets are 2-prong so bring any 3-prong to 2-prong adapters you might need.

 

How many boards should I bring?

The airlines are crazy money hungry for board fees these days. Most surfers bring 2-4 boards. Usually your daily go-to board plus a step-up. Bring a replacement for your most used board if you are bringing an extra as boards can break. Don’t forget extra leashes and tropical wax!

 

Do I need a Visa for Indonesia?

As of March 2004, nationals of United States, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Norway, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Taiwan must pay $25USD for entry visa on arrival in Indonesia. When you first land in Indonesia and BEFORE you reach the customs desk you will need to stop at the foreign arrivals visa kiosk to purchase your $25USD 30 day instant visa. If you are staying longer than 30 days you will need to arrange a longer visa before arriving or leave the country and re-enter again. Also, you should have at least 6 months before expiration remaining on your passport and your visa needs to adhere to at least one whole open page in your passport.

 

How do I make a payment?

Once you have submitted your intended travel dates we will reply to you with our banking details so you can make payments. Once any monies have been paid please confirm to us via email and we will acknowledge once payment has been received.

What do you suggest I pack?

Excess baggage fees are an issue these days but the below items should be a go

  • 2 or 3 pairs of board shorts
  • A few t-shirts
  • Reef walker booties
  • Solarez – the type with cloth in it.
  • Extra leashes
  • Rash guards
  • Tropical surf wax
  • Spare fins & keys
  • WATERPROOF SUNSCREEN SPF 30 or higher
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellent

PRICES & PACKAGES

Special of just USD $26,500 for a full boat and USD $2650 per individual, availability dependent (Can’t start a new charter with just 1-4 guests).

 

Prices

Full Boat $2,850 USD per person

Individual $2,925 USD per person

Inclusions

  • Padang airport transfers, surfboard and ground handling
  • Fully air-conditioned accommodation onboard Blue Ocean Surf Charter, state of the art 71 foot custom power catamaran
  • Flexible breakfast before and after morning surf sessions
  • Lunch can be sandwiches, burgers, noodles and rice dishes with fish or chicken. You won’t go hungry!
  • Dinners consist of any fresh caught fish, spaghetti, curried beef and chicken and stir fry veggies. Keep the fishing lines in and let’s grind the sashimi!
  • Along with your approximate 5 free beers a day the Blue Ocean Surf Charter provides a variety of snacks such as chips, chocolate bars, cookies and other munchies to keep you satiated. Not enough beer? Stock up on more in port before we hit the crossing.
  • Bottled water, hot drinks, sodas
  • Use of all onboard equipment and facilities
  • Flatscreen T.V. with DVD and entertainment system
  • Services of owner/operator skippers Adam Kranz (USA), Dan Foss (USA), Cindy Yang (Santa Cruz), Mike Corica (USA), David Klein (USA) and/or Western Guide
  • Tenders to shuttle you to surf and to use to shoot photos when buying a photo package.
  • The surf session will be from dusk til dawn, strategy depending, crossing 8-10 hours weather dependent.

Extras

  • Photo package USD $150 (paid to the photographer on the boat).
  • Mentawais Tax USD $80 (Paid while in port before sailing)

Dates

Trip 1  Feb 2 – 13, 2019
Trip 2  Feb 16 – 27, 2019
Trip 3  Mar 2 – 13, 2019
Trip 4 Mar 16- 27, 2019
Trip 5  Mar 30 – Apr 10, 2019
Trip 6 Apr 13 – 24, 2019
Trip 7 Apr 27 – May 8, 2019
Trip 8 May 11 – 22, 2019
Trip 9 May 25 – Jun 5, 2019
Trip 10 June 8 – 19, 2019
Trip 11 June 22 – Jul 3, 2019
Trip 12 Jul 5 – 18, 2019
Trip 13 July 20 – Aug 2, 2019
Trip 14 Aug 4 – 15, 2019
Trip 15 Aug 17 – 28, 2019
Trip 16 Aug 31 – Sep 11, 2019
Trip 17  Sept 14 – 25, 2019
Trip 18  Sept 28 – Oct 9, 2019
Trip 19  Oct 12 – 23, 2019
Trip 20  Oct 26 – Nov 6, 2019
Trip 21  Nov 9 – 20, 2019
Trip 22  Nov 23 – Dec 4, 2019
Trip 23         Dec 7 -18, 2019

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