Our mission is to provide guests with an unforgettable surfing experience in the Indonesian world-class destination. The team has 10 years of experience in the Mentawais and the trips are extended to Nias, Telos, Banyaks and the Hinako Islands, depending on the conditions.
The two ships are built by surfers for surfers, which means that everything has been adapted to the needs of surfers. The crew knows how important it is to get safely from A to B, eat well, find the best waves and have the cool beer within reach. So guests can sit back and focus on your next surfing session!
ITINERARY AND LIFE ON BOARD
The ship departs from Padang, West Sumatra. The staff picks up the guests at the airport and takes them to the boat (early arrivals are accommodated in a hotel, no additional costs). You leave the port at nightfall. The crossing time depends on the weather conditions and the respective boat speed, usually one arrives with the first rays of sunshine at the islands.
Before leaving, the tour guide meets with all guests to explain the rules and safety precautions on board, as well as to address the surfing behavior and the predicted swell.
Over the next few days you will drive through the archipelago and look for the best surfing conditions. The surf guides on board are dedicated and experienced surfers with great local knowledge and they will spare no effort to get the boat to the right surf spot.
The tour does not have a fixed route, as the surfing conditions can change at any time. The crew always has the Swell forecast in mind and regularly informs everyone about the surfing conditions and the plans.
The captain will make longer crossings, especially at night, so you have more time to surf during the day. If we stay in the same place for more than a day, we anchor to sleep in a nearby and quiet bay.
Although surfing is the main activity, there are many other things to do during the trip, such as snorkeling or fishing. There are many fish and also during the trip there are always exciting catches.
The archipelago is one of the most breathtaking places in the world, most islands have beautiful white sandy beaches and coconut trees, surrounded by crystal clear water, living coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life. The perfect environment to snorkel between surf sessions or just explore the beaches.
4 REASONS FOR A MENTAWAI BOAT TRIP WITH SUDDEN RUSH:
- Mentawais = surfing paradise
- You want to surf Barrels? Nowhere else is the chance of Barrels as high as here!
- The robust ship and the experienced crew guarantee a smooth and safe surf trip
- It is one of the fastest boats in these waters, so you can get from A to B quickly and don’t miss any swells
Moon Palikir is a ship built to a very high standard. It is a 100-foot-long ship specially designed for charter with powerful twin engines and fully equipped to chase the best waves around the archipelago.
It is one of the fastest boats in the Mentawai Islands, which makes it easy to move between surf spots. Also included is an 18-foot speedboat that is ready to quickly switch to another surf spot in the event of wind changes or the like, as well as a 12-foot tender to assist with the surf sessions.
With a large outdoor deck, the ship offers a spacious area for chilling and the upper deck incl. Grill is perfectly equipped for a feast at sunset. Carefully designed and tastefully crafted: The spacious interior with air conditioning, 42″ TV and professional coffee maker offers guests plenty of space to chill out and eat.
The boat has five air-conditioned sleeping cabins with comfortable berths for two and four people.
The boat can accommodate 14 passengers, but we use it for max. 12
5 cabins (4 cabins with 2 single berths + 1 cabin with 4 single berths)
2x Shower and WC
9 x Air conditioning
42″ Plasma TV / Home Cinema / Video CD Player / DVD Player
18-foot speedboat/engine 115 hp + 12-foot tender/engine 15 hp
Grill, snorkeling equipment, fishing accessories – Kayak – Standup paddle
Total Length (LOA): 35m
Bean: 6.5 m
Construction: Fiberglass fuselage
Ship engine: twin engine Nissan RF10 420HP
Top speed: 15 knots
Cruise speed: 12 knots
Generator: 2 x Colt Diesel PS100 40KW
Electrical connections: 220V current
Registration: Indonesian flag
Navigation and safety equipment:
Radar – 24 miles range
GPS-Plotter – Depth Meter/Fish Founder
Radios – HF/SSB, VHF radios
Life ring with MOB lights
Life raft for 20 people
Satellite phone available
First Aid Set
STAR KOAT 2
This ship was built in 2018 according to the same standards as his older brother Moon Palikir. It is thought out down to the smallest detail to offer our guests the highest level of comfort. The Star Koat 2 travels to the Banyaks, North Sumatra, but can occasionally travel south to Telos and Mentawais.
*More details to follow*
THE CREW & SAFETY ON BOARD
We can proudly say that we are working with an incredibly dedicated and friendly crew. Well trained and ready to take care of our guests perfectly from the very first moment.
The local captains are qualified Indonesian skippers with very great experience. The crew on the deck understands the importance of the surf equipment and handles it carefully accordingly.
Our boats are fully equipped with high-tech navigation and safety equipment to be prepared for any situation that may occur. The crew is aware of all the risks associated with life on board. You know that all precautions are absolutely necessary to ensure the success of the trip as well as the safety and comfort of all guests. The crew is well trained for emergencies and we follow strict rules for medical care in the event of an accident with one of our guests or crew members. The safety and well-being of all persons on board is paramount. Closely followed by the will to give guests a unique surf trip!
The Mentawai Islands absorb a large amount of swell thanks to their location in the middle of the Indian Ocean, making it one of the most consistent surfing destinations in the world. The surf guides know every spot and know under what conditions which spot must be approached.
Surfwaves: Maccaronis | Telescope | Lances | Kandui | Roxy | Thunders | The Hole | Many many more….
The Surf Guide Team consists of experienced surfers with a lot of local experience who are interested in getting the extra mile to the spots with the best conditions. They are the managers on board and ready to coordinate all the logistics to guarantee the success of the trip and act as a link between the guests and the crew. In addition, the surf guides are trained in first aid and life-saving to act properly in any emergency situation.
SURFLEVEL & SURFBOARDS
A Mentawai Boat Trip is only suitable for advanced surfers who can safely master the take-off at powerful reef spots and surf “overhead waves”.
You need to bring your own surf equipment, we recommend at least 2 surfboards.
PHOTO AND VIDEO SERVICES
Moments that can be preserved forever. We work with a select team of professional surf photographers/filmmakers to capture all the special moments during the trip.
The photo/video packs contain high-resolution images of surfing, boat life and scenery so that our guests can take home the best memories of their trip.
Mentawai Boat Trip // 12 Nächte
- Transfers Airport Boat Airport in Padang
- Air-conditioned accommodation
- All meals on board, including snacks and fruits
- Filtered water, juices and soft drinks
- 15 cartons of Bintang per trip
- Experienced surf guide on board
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment
- Speedboat and Tenderboat
Not included in the package:
- Photo package (available at extra cost)
- Mentawai Surf Tax: RUPIAH 1,000,000,000 (approx. 70 USD)
- Spirits and additional beer
- Personal expenses
- Tip for the crew
- Flights, VISAs and airport fees
For a group booking (min. 10 people / max. 12 people) you get 15 discounts.
The ship departs from Padang, West Sumatra. The staff picks up the guests at the airport and takes them to the boat (early arrivals are accommodated in a hotel, no additional costs). You leave the port at nightfall.
BOOKING PROCESS – GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A deposit of CHF 800 / EUR 650 per person is required to secure the desired date. The booking is only safe after receiving the deposit – this is a first-come, first-served policy and we recommend an early reservation to receive the desired dates.
The first deposit is non-refundable, but transferable to a friend to take the reserved seat on that given date (passengers are responsible for finding a replacement themselves).
The total amount is due 60 days before the start of the trip and is 100 non-refundable; see the cancellation fees below.
We will send guests a confirmation of bookings by e-mail as soon as the deposit has been received in our bank account.
If the final payment is not made by the due date, we are entitled to cancel the booking and the deposit paid will be lost.
In the case of special rates/benefits: If the customer does not make the payment by the due date – in accordance with the conditions for the reduced price – the normal price applies and the customer loses the discount.
Travel insurance is mandatory and the Boat Trip cannot be taken without a copy of the travel insurance documents (to be carried on site).
Other costs incurred during the trip (photo service, Mentawai TAX, crew gratuities, additional beer and alcohol/wine) are only accepted in cash (USD or IDR). Payments with traveller’s cheques, other currencies, credit cards or personal cheques are not accepted.
The Mentawai tourism tax of RP1,000,000,000 per person is NOT included and will be charged on arrival. This tax, controlled by the Indonesian Government, may change at short notice and must therefore be paid at the applicable rate.
First payment non-refundable, but transferable or interchangeable with a friend to take the seat on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacement).
If the cancellation is made within 59-45 days prior to departure: 40 cancellation fee (based on the total cost of the trip) and the remaining 60 will be converted into credit, which can be used within one year from the original date. The loan is transferable.
For cancellations made within 44 days prior to departure: Non-refundable, 100 cancellation fee.
If the boat cannot continue the journey due to mechanical and/or technical problems and no alternative boat is available, the guest will receive a refund in relation to the remaining days.
During the journey, if one of the guests or crew member has an accident, the captain reserves the right to end the journey earlier. There will be no refund and Sudden Rush Travel and local partners cannot be held liable in this matter.