what are included?
Surf Charter Boat stocked to the gills, a highly experienced surf guide/professional photographer, (Bring your own USB to take home all your best surfing photos for FREE), full catering, airport/hotel transfers, gourmet cuisine, soft drinks, juices, 2 beers a day, fishing gear, tender, high quality TV & video equipment in the saloon, full air conditioning throughout the interior and in each individual cabin, a well stocked refrigerator, freezer, a well equipped galley, and room to relax and hang out in style.
These surf charter trips are all inclusive and includes the following:
- Airport transfers to/from Padang Airport with boards
- Full catering, soft drinks, snacks, juices, and sodas
- Use of onboard equipment
- Use of tender for photos, snorkeling and fishing.
- 1 case of beer per person (24 cans) – extra beer available upon request
- Access to the best waves in the world with an accomplished surf guide
- Professional Photographer photographing all of your best sessions, and sending you home all your best surfing, scenic, and lifestyle photos from the trip.
What’s not included in the package?
US$ 75 Mentawai Goverment retribution fee (The Mentawai Government may raise this retribution fee at any time with no prior notice).
Wine and spirits are available at an additional cost upon request at the time you pay for your trip.
Tipping the crew is not mandatory but appreciated – the suggested tip is 10% of the cost of each persons charter prices and is distributed evenly among the crew members.
packing for a surf trip
The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible. This fundamental rule of travel is especially true on a surf charter through the Mentawai Islands- when most of your time is spent in the water.The following list is divided into two categories: In the Water and Out of the Water. It was created to give you ideas and help you keep track of items you may or may not need to bring on your next Mentawai surf adventure.
In the Water
- big wave leash (2)
- boardshorts (3)
- fin keys (3)
- fin sets
- helmet (optional)
- leashes (4)
- leash teathers
- long sleeve rash guard (optional)
- reef booties (optional)
- short sleeve rash guard (optional)
- snorkeling gear (optional. SKM boats do not carry snorkeling gear for our guests do to sanitary reasons – please bring your own if you’d like to snorkel)
- surf hat (optional)
- tropical surf wax
- wax comb
Out of the Water
- airline tickets (and a copy)
- cash (Dollar new bills)
- Travel Insurance (Assist-Card, World Nomad, Seguronasuaviagem, Coris, any other)
- credit cards
- ding repair kit / sun cure resin
- electricity adaptor (optional)
- long sleeve t-shirt
- moisturizer (optional)
- multi-board travel bag
- pain medicine (optional)
- pants (1)
- passport (and a copy)
- prescription medicine (optional)
- shaving kit
- shorts (3)
- socks (3)
- sun hat (optional)
- towel (bath)
- t-shirts (3-4)
- travel backpack
- visa (if necessary) (and a copy)
- waterproof jacket (optional)
- Cell phone and charger
* The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid visa if your passport is issued in an obscure country like Sweden. You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your arrival or if you are from a country that requires a special visa to enter. Most people can take care of their visa upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline toickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you’re covered. If you have additional questions related to packing or traveling throughout the Mentawai Islands please visit our Travel Information section.
arriving in Padang
The following information is designed to give you a quick, visual insight into what happens between your arrival at the airport and when you get on your surf charter boat. Please refer to the images on the left to help guide you through the transfer process. We’re sure you’ll find the people of Padang and our ground staff to be as friendly and accomodating as anywhere else in the world.
- Your flight arrives. Once your flight touches down you are ushered to the baggage claim/customs area.
- Visa fees. For most countrys there are not visa fees for stay under 30 days in Indonesia (Please check your local embassy for more info)
- Customs. The fastest and easiest way to make it out of the customs area without having them go through your bags is to get a porter to handle your baggage. They seem to have the right connections because they can get you out of that room as fast as possible, all you have to do is have dollars ready to tip them. Pay careful attention to the porter that carries your bags, the general rule of thumb is to not give them the tip until your boards are loaded on the truck and your bags are stored away where they belong. The maximum tip per guest should be no more than US$ 2, although they may ask you for more.
- Meet and Greet. Once you’ve made it outside the customs area you will be met by a representative from Aileoita. The next thing you need to do is get outside and into the air conditioned cars that are waiting for you.
- The Ride. Once you’ve made it outside and witnessed the hustle and bustle of Padang International Airport you’re ready to get in one of our minivans and get taken to the boat. Before you leave the airport parking lot do a quick spot check to make sure all of your luggage has made it on to the designated transport vehicles. If your boat leaves that afternoon you will be taken straight to the harbor – if you have an overnight stay you will be taken to the Mercury Hotel where we will have a reservation made for you.
- The Harbor. Once you’ve gone straight to the harbor from the airport or from the Mercury Hotel you finally get a chance to see the majestic Indian Ocean and your surf charter boat.
- Time to leave. You’ve waited long enough! Most trips will take off for the overnight haul out to the Mentawai’s very late in the afternoon. The crossing will take about 10-12 hours for everyone because travelling at night requires the boats to go slower. As you settle into your cabins and try to fall asleep you can be content with the fact that the next morning you will be having your first session of the trip and all of the time and effort required to get there will pay off the second you catch that first wave.