Indonesia – Mentawai Islands



Includes: Return Padang airport to harbour transfers, 11 nights air conditioned accommodation, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, 6 beers per day, bottled water, hot drinks, soft drinks and 3 meals a day. Also included is video & photo documentation by the crew with CDs of trip available at additional cost

The Navistar charter is a great option for those who are after a charter with a lesser number of people onboard- taking 8 people. This 65ft air conditioned yacht explores the Mentawai Islands region taking you to some mind blowing surf breaks giving you a life lasting memorable surf trip!

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 heads to the breaks which are firing and 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.

Navistar is an ocean-going 65-foot sloop, which is owned, and operated by Chris Love with over 10 years’ experience surfing and sailing through the Mentawai Islands. Chris is a keen and experienced dive master/skipper/surfer and can find you the best waves possible to surf throughout your trip and providing a safe memorable trip with top class service.

Navistar has been operating surf trips in the Mentawai’s since 1999 and has been customized to be a specialised surf charter vessel. Navistar was built and launched in 1990 in Australia and started charters in the Mentawai’s in 1999. She has equipped with all the modern required safety gear and powered by a V8 300hp turbo charged Detroit diesel engine, which will go anywhere any time.

The accommodation sleeps for eight passengers quite comfortably and there are plenty of nice roomy areas to hang out at all over the vessel weather its inside or out. She is also fully air conditioned right throughout the vessel to whatever temperature you would like.

Navistar has two tenders. One for transfers to and from the surf and the other an aluminium 5.4m speedboat, with a four stroke 80hp for those who like to fish or search for other waves. On board you will find fishing gear, from trolling rods, spinning rods, and hand lines to spear guns to catch those big fish for sport and fun. You will sample the local or western cuisine cooked by the chef with 3 meals and snacks included daily – much needed after a hard day of surfing

High Season (May-Sep)
11 Nights from

  • Per Person
    Exclusive charter Group rates also available

Low Season (Feb-Apr/Oct-Nov)
11 Nights from

  • Per Person
    Exclusive charter Group rates also available


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.

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