D’Bora Surf Charter
Includes: Padang airport to harbour transfers, 12 nights air-con accommodation, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, bottled water, drinks, daily meals, snacks, 3 beers per day and surf transfers.
Twelve night, 11 day charters run by an experienced local crew working alongside a Western surf guide fully versed on all corners of the islands. You can choose a trip to the wave dense Mentawai or Telo Islands. Trips to either of these locations and can be decided upon the day of departure depending upon surf conditions and guests’ abilities and preferences.
‘North Trips’ charters are becoming increasingly popular. On these trips guests will get to visit a huge variety of waves by cruising through the Telo Islands, visiting Bawa, Asu, Treasure Island and Bay of Plenty on the Banyak Islands (extra surcharge of $230pp).
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.
The charter can either head north to the Telo region or the Mentawai region on your preference and based on surf conditions that are firing. The generic route is out to the H.T’s area then further South down to Thunders then back up passing Macaronis towards the Playgrounds area. 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.
D’Bora is a spacious 80 ft long and stands out among other smaller cramped surf charters. The top deck is where you hang out, eat meals and watch the action, complete with a beer fridge and stereo system. The saloon has a large comfy sofa, TV, endless movies and breakfast bar.
There are two private cabins and a dorm providing a total of 16 berths, but charters are capped at 10 generally unless on request. All the interior areas of the boat are air conditioned and there are two bathrooms at the back of the boat.
She cruises at the standard 8+ knots and has the full array of safety gear and navigational equipment in accordance with Indonesian Survey laws is on board (including satellite phone, HF and VHF radio, radar, GPS, sounder, 25-person life raft, flares, life jackets and fire extinguishers). The crew have all received first aid and fire training.
“Singo” is their 17-ft aluminium tender running a 175-hp outboard to get you between breaks, go fishing or diving. They also have a rigid hull inflatable with 15-hp outboard for shuttling to and from the waves and time out on the beach.
On board you will find fishing gear, from trolling rods, spinning rods, and hand lines to catch those big fish for sport and fun. The tender will also run you to deserted islands to explore or to the bigger ones to experience traditional villages.
Please check with us for the latest and last minute specials.
Low Season (12 Oct – 12 Mar)
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.