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KING I Surf Charter - West Sumatra, Mentawai. Indonesia

INTRODUCTION

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If you want a completely unique surfing experience, you need to check out Surf Boat Charters Mentawai – King I, since 2003 through the waters and waves of Indonesia. Finest amenities on board to keep you feeling at home even when you are at sea going to the best surf spots.

 

The Mentawais are without question one of the best locations on the planet for catching a ridiculous amount of quality waves. In a stunning, tropical location that is at the heart of what we’ve always dreamed, these islands have all the necessary ingredients that create some of the most perfect waves in the world, the ideal playground for surfers.

 

The boat is anchored in Padang city and surfers will be taken in charge on arrival at Padang airport. The airport is small but has different connections with Jakarta, Malaysia, and Singapore every day.

 

It takes about one night to go to any of Mentawai’s break and the first night of the tour are spent cruising from Padang to be at the spots the next morning of your arrival. The boat will be back the last day at night so you will not waste your surf time.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Surf Boat Charters Mentawai – King I

 

Boat characteristics

  • 20m long boat
  • 6m beam
  • Average cruising speed of 10 knots
  • It was built in Indonesia
  • Designed by surfers for surfers. 
  • A Powerful surfer-designed vessel anchored in Padang. 60 ft, 360 hp motor boat.
  • A Crew of 8 (surf guides, captain, cook and crew members).
  • 3 double rooms and a 4 person room with air conditioning
  • Ample single beds and individual cupboards.
  • A wide living room with dining table
  • Comfy couches, air conditioning, TV, DVD and stereo.
  • The kitchen is fully equipped and the bathroom is ample.
  • A nice lounge deck area from which to watch the waves.
  • The boat also has a little auxiliary dinghy to ferry clients between the boat and the waves, to take pictures..
  • The bridge is equipped with a satellite phone, GPS, sonar, radar, USB and a 16 channel radio.
  • As far as safety is concerned, the boat is fitted with an ebirp or emergency signal, flares, lifejackets and a life raft for 20 people.

 

Meals

The onboard chef prepares 3 meals per day plus a variety of snacks in between meals so all our guests can get a healthy diet. The meals are based around fresh local produce such as fish, fruit, vegetables, pasta and meat. The chef cooks both European and Asian cuisine so our guests can sample some delicious Indonesian food.

 

We guarantee a comprehensive diet to meet the demands of all our guests. Our guests are entitled as many fresh fruit juices, soft drinks and bottled water as they want within a reasonable limit. The package includes 2 daily beers; all extra beers are paid at local prices.

 

Crew

Our crew has many years of experience in surf charters. We all speak English and treat the guests such that they feel at home. We have been working for years with customers from all nationalities and combined (David and Poti) we have many years of experience in the Mentawai, Telo and Nias islands. We speak several languages fluently (French, English, Spanish, Bahasa, Indonesia, Portuguese).

THE ACTIVITIES

Surf

The majority of the waves in the Mentawais are best suited for the intermediate to advanced surfers but there are several spots which are ideal for beginners, making the Mentawais a destination for anybody who loves to surf.

 

Boats do maintain respect for one another, but with a knowledgeable and experienced captain and such a diversity of breaks you will definitely stumble upon plenty of empty waves for you and your crew.

 

Please note, the captains of your boat will choose the specific spots you will stop at and surf during the trip. Weather conditions, other boats, and the surfers on the trip will all be factors on where surfing will take place.

 

Surf Spots

 

Zone: Playgrounds

  • Hideaways: A top-to-bottom lefthander that will get very hollow on a low tide.
  • Nokandui: One of the more difficult waves in the islands. This is a very fast and barreling lefthander that has plenty of critical sections and is not always makeable. Tends to shut down at the end but you’ll spend lots of time in the barrel before you get there.
  • Rifles: A very long, fast and intense righthander and one of the standout waves in the Mentawais when it’s on. When it gets a few feet overhead it turns into a barreling machine and you’ll be racing to make the sections as you fly down the line.
  • 4 Bobs: A more forgiving righthander that has a quick little barrel on the takeoff.

Zone: Nyang Nyang

  • Pitstops: A fun righthander immediately adjacent to E-Bay that ends on a sandy beach. Nipussi: Just inside of Bankvaults, this is a fun and rippable righthander that stays fairly consistent. Breaks in deep water and finishes close to the beach.
  • E-Bay: With a stunning backdrop this quick lefthander stands up on the takeoff and has a nice, fast barrel down the line. Not the longest wave but definitely a great option if the swell is on the rise.
  • Bank Vaults: A thumping, shallow righthander that provides plenty of tube time.

Zone: Sipora

  • Lance’s Left: A consistently lefthander that peels down the point and offers plenty of carvable sections and sometimes a few barrels when it gets big.
  • Lance’s Right: The famous righthander that starts barreling on the takeoff and doesn’t stop barreling until it reaches the channel. Can be fickle at times as it likes to have all the conditions in its favor before putting on a show. Larger swells can be tricky and the end bowl can be difficult to read at times so stay focused or you might pay your dues on the shallow reef.
  • Telescopes: A sweet lefthander that wraps down the reef with long walls. Not too many sections to navigate and can get really solid on a big swell.

Zone: Pagai

  • Macaronis: The reigning wave in the Mentawais. This stellar lefthander has a powerful barrel on the take off and then a carvable wall for plenty of maneuvers. It is one of the more lined up waves in the islands and can get shallow while offering tube time along the way.
  • Rags Right: A challenging and hollow righthander that will turn into a smoking wave if the conditions are right.
  • Thunders: A consistent lefthander that likes a lot of size in the swell. The outside has a fast hollow tube before it eases up on the inside section.

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

The Mentawais are without question one of the best locations on the planet for catching a ridiculous amount of quality waves. In a stunning, tropical location that is at the heart of what we’ve always dreamed, these islands have all the necessary ingredients that create some of the most perfect waves in the world, the ideal playground for surfers.

 

The main swell season normally begins in late April/May and continues through September/October, with the wave height jumping up a notch from June to September. During this time the waves will stay in the overhead to double overhead range with some occasionally bigger days.

 

That being said, the Mentawais could easily be considered a year-round destination, as even during what is considered the slower season months of November thru March/February there is still plenty of surf in the head high range thanks to a very active Indian Ocean that churns out low-pressure systems on a regular basis.

Getting Here

Take an international flight to Padang, in Sumatra. Arrive at Minangkabau International Airport. (AirAsia provides flights to the airport. http://www.airasia.com)

 

Guests will spend a night at a hotel selected by boat charter co. (hotel fees not included). The next night, guests will depart on the boat for the islands. Whenever possible, traveling is done at night so to maximize surfing during the day.

 

Padang Airport (PDG) Daily flights to Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (Garuda Airlines) 30-Day visitor visa is not longer required (EU, US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens). You only should purchase Visa on Arrival if you are planning on extending it in the Immigration office for another 30 days. 

 

To bring with you for the trip

• Travel insurance

• Passport with 6-month validity

• Passport photocopy • 8GB USB Flash Drive for the photos and videos

• In case of e-ticket, a printed copy of your itinerary

• Visa: you can get a VISA on Arrival at the airport for 30 days (25USD). You can apply for a 60 days one if you know you are going to be staying longer

• Personal first aid kit

• Cash (Euros or USD)

• Cash Rupias for porters (recommended in case of big luggage, e.g. 20000 IDR)

PRICES & PACKAGES

Schedule 2019

Dates & Rates

Arrival Departure Nights Price per Person
07/06/2019 19/06/2019 12  2500 USD
20/06/2019 04/07/2019 12  2500 USD
05/07/2019 17/07/2019 12   2500 USD
18/07/2019 30/07/2019 12   2500 USD
01/08/2019 13/08/2019 12   2500 USD
15/08/2019 27/08/2019 12   2500 USD
29/08/2019 10/09/2019 12   2500 USD
12/09/2019 24/09/2019 12   2500 USD
26/09/2019 08/10/2019 12   2500 USD
10/10/2019 22/10/2019 12   2500 USD
24/10/2019 05/11/2019 12   2500 USD
07/11/2019 21/11/2019 12 2500 USD 
21/11/2019 03/12/2019 12   2500 USD

Schedule 2020

Dates & Rates

Arrival Departure Nights Price per Person
14/01/2020 26/01/2020 12 2950 USD
28/01/2020 09/02/2020 12 2950 USD 
10/02/2020 22/02/2020 12 2950 USD
24/02/2020 07/03/2020 12 2950 USD 
08/03/2020 20/03/2020 12 2950 USD 
22/03/2020 03/04/2020 12 2950 USD 
04/04/2020 16/04/2020 12 2950 USD
18/04/2020 30/04/2020 12 2950 USD 
01/05/2020 13/05/2020 12 2950 USD 
15/05/2020 27/05/2020 12 2950 USD
28/05/2020 09/06/2020 12 2950 USD 
11/06/2020 23/06/2020 12 2950 USD
24/06/2020 06/07/2020 12  2500 USD
08/07/2020 20/07/2020 12   2500 USD
21/07/2020 02/08/2020 12   2500 USD
04/08/2020 16/08/2020 12   2500 USD
17/08/2020 29/08/2020 12   2500 USD
31/08/2020 12/09/2020 12   2500 USD
13/09/2020 25/09/2020 12   2500 USD
27/09/2020 09/10/2020 12   2500 USD
10/10/2020 22/10/2020 12   2500 USD
24/10/2020 05/11/2020 12   2500 USD
06/11/2020 18/11/2020 12 2500 USD 
20/11/2020 02/12/2020 12   2500 USD

 

EXTRA DAY 200USD per person

MIN 7 PEOPLE

MAX 10 PEOPLE

 

Inclusions

  • The boat trip, 11 surfing days, 12 nights.
  • 3 meals a day, snacks, water, hot drinks, juice, soft drinks. Beer (two per day per passenger).
  • Snorkeling gear, visits to the islands and fishing gear.
  • Transport from/to the airport, hotel, and boat.
  • All the permits needed to go to Mentawai, Telo, and Nias.
  • Single bed in an air-conditioned cabin.
  • First aid kit.
  • Use of the dinghy to ferry the passengers to the waves, to the beaches and islands or to go fishing.

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