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Ratu Motu Mentawai Islands Surf Charter - West Sumatra, West Papua. Indonesia


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With crystalline waves breaking on its shores year-round, Indonesia is a water wonderland.  It’s no easy feat to navigate an archipelago that contains roughly 18,000 islands. Now, travellers can journey to unexplored pristine beaches, waking to a different break each day on the Ratu Motu, a 129-foot power yacht.

Step on board this award winning, immaculately maintained, professionally operated luxury vessel.  Ratu Motu, formerly Indies Trader IV, offers an unforgettable charter experience for families, groups of friends or business associates looking for adventure, fishing, surfing or relaxation.

We can create an unforgettable cruising experience within Indonesia’s mecca of surfing, or take you on an adventure going beyond the surf to remote destinations removed from the regular tourist routes (and civilization for that matter). Ratu Motu has 10 guest cabins, a sun deck and lounge, swim platform, observation deck, and dining room. The boat is packed with water-sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling and fishing gear. Our experienced crew—including a private chef—is part of the package.

Let us tailor an experience in Indonesia for your next special holiday

We look forward to meeting you on board.



Platinum State Rooms (2)

  • Queen-size island bed under three large windows offering panoramic views
  • Ensuite with shower and two hand basins facing large windows
  • Desk
  • TV and DVD player
  • Email access
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Gold State Rooms (2)

  • Double bed under large picture window
  • Ensuite with shower
  • Desk
  • TV and DVD player
  • Email access
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Silver Cabins (4) 

  • Double bed with pull-down bunk
  • Ensuite with shower
  • TV and DVD player
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Bronze Cabin (1) (with en-suite)

  • Two bunk beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping 

Salon lounge
The Salon lounge is the main inside hang out area. There are two large wrap around couches that you can take a comfortable break from the heat reading, playing board games or watching movies on the flat screen plasma TV. With large windows on either side of the lounge you can still take in the breathtaking scenery without compromising your view. 

Fine Dining
The dining and the salon lounge is open plan, creating a large inside area that creates a sense of luxury with the amount of space.  You can sit in the dining area for your lunch and dinner meals. There is full wait-staff to tend to your every need while you sit back and relax in the comfortable executive dining chairs.  

Sun deck
The sundeck is the perfect place to sit outside whilst on the move.  With the wind in your hair and your skin lightly protected by some shade you can sit and take in the views on the way to your next destination.  This is the prime outside viewing area on the boat and somewhere you’ll never forget long after your trip has finished.

Observation deck
This area is fully undercover with lounge chairs as well as coffee tables and a standing bar. The observation area is the outside place to be if you want to take a break from the sun and play board games, read a book or watch the surf when you feel you’ve had a bit too much sun but still want to take in all that your destination has to offer.  This also can transform into a little raging party area, the crew are always eager to help set up for a themed dress up party!

Swim platform
The large swim platform at the stern of the vessel makes it extremely easy to access the water if you don’t want to jump off the roof every time you want to go for a swim. The platform is flush with the water level so you can get in and out of the tenders and kayaks easily as well as walk directly onto your stand up paddle board or just slip in for a swim.


There are a range of activities on the Ratu Motu that you can take part in, in a group or on your own, for children or adults. 


  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Tin boat tours
  • Jet skis (these are for transport, not recreation)
  • Beach days
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sunbaking
  • Village tours
  • Boat jumping competitions



The Mentawai Islands, is a chain of about 70 islands off the coast of Sumatra. We cover ground from the Mentawai’s to Micronesia all the way over to West Papua. 

On the boat the Captain and the First Mate are your guides. They have been traveling up and down this coast for 10 years and more and they know these places like the back of their hands. They are always eager to share the most pristine beaches, the world’s best waves, first class diving spots on live coral reefs and adventurous tin boat tours up river mouths you didn’t even know existed to see beautiful flora and fauna of the regions and most definitely some of the most spectacular marine life the world has to offer.

Off the coast of Indonesia’s sparsely populated West Papua province lays the Raja Ampat archipelago.  This seemingly endless maze of nearly 1,500 islands, signified by sheer–sided mushroom–shaped formations scattered across azure seas, were first explored in the mid-19th century by Alfred Russell Wallace, contemporary of Darwin and co–founder of the theory of natural selection.

The region was not explored in detail until a 2001 survey, when a team of Conservation International marine biologists catalogued 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish. Designated a marine sanctuary by the Indonesian government, efforts are underway to protect the area further through designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

West Papua bound passengers can transit through Jakarta, Bali or Singapore on a variety of domestic Indonesian carriers to Sorong (SOQ). Transfer to the Ratu Motu from the airport is a seamless 20-minute private car transfer. Hotel accommodation can be arranged if flight schedules do not align.

Getting Here



West Sumatra: from March through November and migrates East to Greater Halmahera

West Papua: for December through February.


This is dependent on the weather & conditions of the region, our schedule is subject to change.



Trip # Departure Return Nights
346 28.04 07.05 9
347 13.05 23.05 10
348 26.05 06.06 11
349 09.06 22.06 13
350 23.06 06.07 13
351 07.07 18.07 11
352 21.07 03.08 13
353 04.08 17.08 13
354 19.08 01.09 13
355 07.09 14.09 7
356 15.09 28.09 13
357 05.10 12.10 7
358 16.10 26.10 10
359 27.10 06.11 10



To give you an idea of what it may cost for you to take a charter, an example of a 9-night charter, please send us an email to to receive a custom quote.


All Available cabins ( 18 guest maximum) 90 000USD


Cabin Class Cabin Type Solo per person Twin per person
A Queen 14 850 USD 7 650
B Double 11250 USD 5 850
C Double&pull down 7 650 USD 4 050
D single bunks 7 200 USD 3 600


Please note that if at least 6 cabins do not sell, it will not be a guaranteed departure. Be quick and tell your mates – we want these to take off!



  • Halmahera and West Papua: 10% additional remote surcharge to the night rate
  • National Park Fees: (Raja Ampat season only) Rp 500,000/person (approx. USD$55) for international visitors and Rp.
  • Entrance Fees: 250,000/person for Indonesian visitors.
  • Beverages: Water, Soft Drink, Juices and Beer are at no additional charge.
  • Wine: Wine is pay on consumption from our on board menu.
  • Spirits: We make an allowance for a starter kitty of one bottle per adult passenger from our available on board menu, then it is pay on consumption
  • Internet: Although we have dedicated bandwidth, it is limited to text and browsing only. If you need more than this, we can offer a dedicated bandwidth for USD$2,400. You can also buy a prepaid sim from the local network for personal use when in range. 
  • Diving: Guests will need to have their PADI documentation and need to let us know well in advance. A dive instructor may need to be hired at a further cost and will need at least three months advance notice.
  • Massage: If you wish to have a local massage therapist join the charter (as long as guest numbers are within limits) we can arrange on your behalf at the local rate. Three months’ notice is required.
  • Photographer: World-renowned professional photographer Jason Childs – one of the most respected and prolific photographers in surfing, is available to document trips undertaken on Ratu Motu. Please just ask for his current rates.
  • Other: Feel free to ask and we will try to accommodate your needs.



* Maximum of 18 guests, including any additional staff you choose to personally bring

* Price includes the VAT 10%

* Where the schedule allows, an Exclusive Whole of Boat Charter can be arranged for you and your guests at the provided night rate. A minimum of 7 nights is required. Please just ask for a custom quotation. 

*From time to time, we will have cabin trips advertised. These advertised cabin trips are not guaranteed until adequate guest numbers are achieved. Once you express interest, we will communicate with you weekly on the status of the trip.



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