Includes: Padang transfers, 12 nights air conditioned accommodation onboard, all meals, soft drinks/snacks/juices, use of on board equipment (snorkelling/fishing), surf transfers, 1 case of beer each AND Professional Photographer photographing all of your sessions, and sending you home with 2 DVD’s full of all your best surfing photos from the trip!
The standard trip duration includes 11 days of surfing – 12 nights on the boat overall, but longer, or shorter packages are available upon request. Her crew will get to the best waves in the Mentawai chain! including the infamous Playgrounds area (over 20 breaks within 20mins of each other), Macaronis, Rag’s Lefts & Rights, Thunders and less crowded breaks at the southern end of the island chain including Mutt’s, Satans, The Hole and others.
You have seen the flawless waves in mags and vid’s… The Mentawai Islands attracts swell all year round with more perfect peeling left and right-handers in one region than anywhere on earth.
Situated roughly 100 km off the west coast of Sumatra on the equator, these pristine islands are amongst the most beautiful in the world with four large islands making up the Mentawai archipelago, surrounded by many smaller ones.
Crystal clear water, golden beaches and palm trees line the shores with classic reefs, point breaks and beach breaks, which offer waves for ALL standards of surfing ability.
Depending on the season, waves vary in size from 2 to 12 foot with the average wave height being about 4-5 ft. (head ½ high or 8ft faces) they can range anywhere from fun sized walls to awesome stand-up barrels.
The wet season starts in mid-October and lasts until late March-April, with the swells dropping to a more comfortable fun size coupled with some of the most uncrowded line-ups. Winds during this time are variable and glassy. Check for the low season specials during this period.
April is the beginning of dry season, which coincides with the start of the swell season. The Southern hemisphere swells start pulsing up the Indian Ocean with peak swell season being June through to September. This period also sees the winds turn to a favourable easterly direction.
Air and water temperatures range between 27-30 degrees C all year round.
Aileoita is a 70ft custom-built hard wood boat. She’s outfitted with all the amenities of home including full air conditioning, stereo system, comprehensive first aid kit, a generous living room with sofas and indoor dining room table. Accommodation on board is in five private twin share cabins. Six of the Ten large beds are wide enough to comfortably accommodate a couple, and the other four beds are large enough to accommodate large surfers. The maximum surfers allowed on board is 10 people and she departs with a min of 8. With a cruising speed of 9 – 11 knots she’s powered by two 180 HP Mitsubishi engines perfectly suited to attain its optimal hull speed. 2 engines = much greater safety at sea, as well as increased speed.
She has a tender speedboat to get you quickly and safely into the line-up too so you can make the most of your water time in the tube! The runabout is a 14 foot fiberglass tender with a 25 HP outboard engine, and back up 15 hp engine.
The Aileoita has 3 shaded spacious out door hang out areas including an immense back deck with wrap-around benches and a big out door dining table, which is great for dinner with your friends, hanging out, and waiting for a bite on the trolling gear.
Her crew are one of the most experienced crews available with 46 years of combined experience, a track record that is second to none, and consistently deliver their guests the trip of a life time. The highly experienced crew on the Aileoita, with over 35 years of experience operating in Mentawai between them, includes the captain (Hendra), a mechanic, an incredible chef (Hengki), two deck hands, a highly experienced surf guide/professional photographer who knows the surf spots, wind directions, swell directions, and secret spots like the back of his hand.
There’s plenty of fishing gear on board from trolling rods, spinning rods to hand lines to catch those big fish for sport and fun, so you can sample the local or western cuisine cooked by the chef with 3 meals served daily after hard days of surfing.
There’s a limited selection of snorkelling gear on board to explore the underwater world below and island hopping and visiting local Mentawai villages is also an epic experience!
Non Surfer Rate
All prices are a guide only, departures ex Auckland and are per person, based on twin share and subject to change, availability and currency fluctuations. Surcharges may apply. Contact us for the latest specials and a quote for the dates you wish to travel.