Praya Mentawai Surf Charter - Mentawai Islands, Sumatra. Indonesia
Accommodation is 100% movable according to wind direction, swell direction and level of surfers aboard.
Very well trained staff…Yendra – Captain of Praya – Indonesian, super polite and quiet guy, holds ultimate command and responsibility of the vessel. Ari – Chef – Indonesian, best fisherman aboard, loves to play guitar. Experienced cooker, he is responsible for all the dishes and meals served aboard praya. Ilham Suryadi (a.k.a William) – Deckhand – Indonesian, charismatic, surfer (only at Macas) and former fisherman, due to his responsibility, he is always with the eyes at the line-up. He is the one in charge of the two dinghies and taking the surfers from the boat to the waves. Bas – Boat Engineer – Indonesian, he operates, repairs and maintains the various systems aboard the vessel, such as engines, pumps and generators. You will often find him eating pasta with cereal for breakfast. Ahmat – Deckhand – Indonesian, sous chef, performs general housekeeping duties as assigned (i. e. cleaning the rooms and internal areas of the vessel). Assists Ari in the kitchen and competes with William for the most sociable crew member award. He is going to try to teach you Indonesian. Eddy – Deckhand – Indonesian, assists the engineer with mechanical duties (i.e., engine, electrical equipments). Routinely makes inspections of the vessel. Helps with cleaning and general maintenance. Does not speak a word of english and is all smiles all the time. Our targeted age is anyone who can surf! From 18 to 80+!
Activities aboard, apart from surfing, include videogame (playstation 4), movies (biggest collection you´ve ever seen), trolling, jigging, walking on virgin islands, beach barbecues, snorkeling.
Price per person is USD 2.7500 for 12 nights, 11 days, no discounts.
Open all year long under pre-scheduled departures. If you decide to take your pet to a boat trip, yes we are pet friendly. That never happened tho.
Boat has 6 double cabins, 3 bathrooms. All rooms have private lockers and A/C. Big living room that sits everyone full with movies and video games.
Food includes 3 beautiful meals per day + free snacks all day long. Free juice, soda, bottled water, tea, coffee and 24 cans of beer (extra beer can be arranged). Free chocolate, fruit, etc. Serve yourself breakfast is available (toaster, cereal, fruit) from 4am to 11 am. Cooked breakfast (eggs, pancakes, etc) available from 7am – 11am. Lunch served from 12 – 15 pm and dinner always 30 minutes after sunset. We have 2 cooks aboard.
Room 1: 2 windows with ocean view. 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
Room 2: 2 windows with ocean view. 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
Room 3: 2 windows with ocean view. 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
Room 4: 2 windows with ocean view. 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
Room 5: 2 windows with ocean view. 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
Room 6: 2 beds. 2 lockers. reading lights. a/c.
From young to old, from beginner to expert, the waves of Mentawai are for everyone. And we really mean it. Mentawai has more than 30 world-class waves spread between 3 main islands: Siberut (North), Sipura (Central) and Pagai-Utara & Pagai-Selatan (South). The months of March and November are less consistent in terms of amounts of swell but still produce world class surf, usually generated from longer period South swells which are perfect for some of the most iconic waves of Mentawai. In March and November winds are likely to be lighter and crowds are at a minimum. From December to February is the summer season in Mentawai, which normally means less intense storm activity and swells traveling from further away. Glassy perfect surf in the 2-4 ft range is still enjoyed daily with the occasional larger swell. This is a great time of year for beginners surfers and those who are looking to get plenty of wave time at these world class breaks. From April to October is regarded as the most consistent time to score a larger swell in the Mentawai Islands. This is when the Indian Ocean is producing intense storms, therefore increasing wave action and intensity.
A normal day at the camp starts with a cup off coffee before the sunrise, followed by a morning surf session. After that, big breakfast, little rest time in the external areas and another surf followed by a big beatifull lunch plate. For the first ours of the afternoon some people take a nap, some go explore the surroundings (islands), some play videogames, some surf more. At the end of the day, after dinner, we usually get together and see the surf footage of the day. The surf guides always present helpful tips on those “meetings”. Surf guide also surf together every session, explains the surf-break of the day and encourages you to push your limits.
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
Our location is where we want to be.
The Mentawai Islands are approximately 150km off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia, and to get there you have to cross the Mentawai Strait from the city of Padang (starting point of our trip/crossing). So first you need to get to Padang (PDG Airport).
Your international flight should arrive at one of these airports in order to get to Padang:
- Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
- Jakarta (CGK or JKT)
- Singapore (SIN)
- Bali (DPS)
Daily flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) or Jakarta (JKT) serve as your best option of arrival. All domestic airlines accept surfboards and we recommend Garuda Indonesia based upon surfboard bag tolerance and punctuality. Other Airline options are Air Asia (from KUL and SIN) and Lion Air (from JKT or BALI). Surfboard bags are subject to a sports equipment fee, which can be either pre-booked at a discounted rate online or at a standard rate (much more expensive) at the airport check-in counters.
From Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Direct 1h10min flight with Air Asia.
From Jakarta (CGK or JKT) Direct 1h45min Flight with Garuda, Citilink or Lion Air (is often delayed).
From Singapore (SIN) – Option 1. Fly via Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia, Garuda or Lion Air – Around 6h total time with layover; Option 2. By 45 min ferry ride to Batam (BTH), then a 45 min flight to PDG with Garuda, Citilink or Lion Air (is often delayed) – Around 5h total time with ride from ferry to airport.
From Bali (DPS) – Flight via Jakarta with, Garuda, Citilink or Lion Air – Around 6h total time with layover.
Our crew will welcome you at the airport (PDG) and from that point on you won´t need to worry with anything else.
PRICES & PACKAGES
USD 2.750,00 per person. No group discounts, no off season discounts.
Photo package is paid apart. USD 300 directly to the photographer. Photo package includes 6h/day shooting sessions.
Mentawai government fee is also paid apart: USD 80,00 for the entire trip.