Kuda Laut Charter
Includes: Padang airport to harbour transfers, 11 nights on-board accommodation, daily meals, drinks a 5 FREE beers each a day!
One of the original Mentawai surf charters from the early pioneering days back in the 1990s! Kuda Laut is a great option for the budget conscious surfer. This tour goes to the Mentawai Islands, location of many excellent waves, cruising aboard the 57-foot, teak-construction, motor sailor with 8 air-conditioned berths.
Upon arrival into Padang, you are met at the airport and after a quick stopover to pick up any special supplies you require, then depart that evening and arrive before dawn the following morning.
The Kuda Laut has been doing charters to the Mentawais, Telos, Nias and Banyak Islands for over 25 seasons – so they know how to find the best waves with the least crowds in Sumatra. From the Lagundry Bay in Nias, the Hinakos, to the Bay of Plenty in the Banyaks, to the Telos long rights, also the famous waves in the Mentawais, such as Rifles, No Kandui, Ebay, etc in the Playground, to Telescopes, Bintang, Lances Right, Lances Left, Maccas, Rags, Thunders, Green Bush, Mcfrights and much, much more!!!
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 100km 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 2-12ft with the average wave height being about 4-5ft. (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.
She is the perfect charter boat for smaller groups with a friendly and helpful crew that will provide you with a great atmosphere during the trip. Their chef, one of the best in the Mentawai surf charter business, will satisfy you with delicious Indonesian and Western food. You also get free beers, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee to refresh you after chasing the waves and being barrelled.
Kuda Laut is a 58-foot wooden motor-sailer built from Sumatran iron wood. she was given a very extensive refit last year and is now looking better than ever. She has a large air conditioned 8 berth cabin with clean shower and toilet facilities and a 12 KVA Onan generator supplying 240v AC and 12v DC.
For your safety we also include the following equipment: Garmin GPS, Furuno 16 mile Radar, Furuno depth sounder, Fishfinder, SSB and VHS radios, EPIRB, 2 compass, Life Jackets & Safety Rings, Fire Extinguishers, Two anchors, Complete medical and first aid kit, Satellite Phone with email capabilities.
They also include the following equipment to keep you entertained while you’re not taking shelter under the crisp barrels the Mentawai islands offer: snorkelling gear, trawling rods, popping gear and plenty of hand fishing lines, stereo, 34 inch Flat screen TV & DVD player. The boat is comfortable and there is plenty of time to relax, snorkel, and explore the islands and fish.
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.