The most exciting way to surf and explore the hundreds of perfect waves that the Mentawai islands has to offer, is without a doubt by boat.
More than 15 years of experience, constant yearly upgrades to the boat, and countless satisfied guest, has made the Naga Laut the best surf charter boat value for money in the Mentawai Islands.
Launched in late ’99, The Naga Laut has been continually upgraded to ensure a comfortable and unique experience. Naga Laut has been designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. The interior has been beautifully finished in polished local timbers. A spacious living area onboard provides all the amenities of home including full air conditioning, a new satellite phone, TV, DVD, VCD, WIFI, fridge, freezer, fishing and snorkeling gear. Naga Laut has 4 comfortable two-bed cabins, and 1 big four-bed cabin, all with multiple power sockets to keep your laptops, phones and cameras charged, safe, and out of the way. On special request, Naga Laut can hold up to 14 surfers but sails most comfortably with 8 to 10.
We have two tenders, a Boston Whaler fiberglass speedboat with a Yamaha 85 hp to get you quickly and comfortably to the line-up, and a smaller zodiac with a 15hp. Both are always on standby to quickly get you to the waves, do shore excursions or go fishing.
A LITTLE ABOUT OUR NAGA LAUT
SPEED: 8 knots
ENGINES: 2 X 220 HINO
AUXILIARY: 30KVA Stanford
AUXILIARY: 25KVA Isuzu
DINGY: One 5.2m Boston Whaler and one 2.8m Zodiac
OUTBOARD: 85hp Yamaha on Boston and 15hp on Zodiac
CABINS: 5 (10-12 pax)
SAFETY: Liferaft 25 pax solas
LIFE JACKETS: 20 ++
ELECTRONICS: SSB Radio, VHF Radio, Satellite phone, email, GPS Plotter, Radar, Sounder.
FUEL: 5200 Liters
WATER : 4000 Liters
The crew will be up before light preparing your first breakfast of cereals,muesli, fruit salad, coffee and tea to have you out there on the dawn patrolwith plenty of energy. Your second breakfast will be freshly cooked for you after your first surf to keep you charging until lunch is ready.
Then afterburning off your lunch getting barreled all afternoon, sit back and enjoy themagic sunsets with complimentary beers and snacks and take in theMentawai atmosphere while dinner is prepared for you. Our healthy, deliciousand nutritious meals each day are based on a mix of Western, Indonesian andChinese cuisine. And a special Lamb Roast, better than Mum’s, for your lastdinner in the Mentawai’s.
Have as many juices or sodas as you like to keepyour hydrated for the day, and 4 complimentary Beers to complete a good dayof surfing. Bottled water and snacks are always on hand too. Hot water is available for self serve tea and coffee.
Further trips to the shore are organized to give our guest a chance to experience the rich culture and local lifestyle in the Mentawais.
FISHING ON MENTAWAI SURF CHARTER BOAT
Fishing as a sport in the Mentawais is still in its infancy though indications of its potential can be seen in the types of fish caught by surf charter operators over the last few years. These fish include the common pelagic such as Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Wahoo and Barracuda. More exotic species such as Sailfish and Marlin have been caught recently trolling in the Sipora channel. Other fish commonly caught close by are Golden Travelly and Coral Trout.
The zone around ‘Setan Island’, North Sipora, is possibly the most abundant fishing ground in the Mentawais. Another spot populated of schools of tuna and the giants GT is a secret spot close to the Ht’s area. Onboard the Naga Laut trolling rigs are available for guests to use. We also have a range of spinning rods for your use. Of course you are more than welcome to bring your own gear.
Spearfishing is allowed in limited areas for free divers only. The Mentawais has been featured as a spearfishing destination on several Hawaiian dive magazine articles.
We always aim to implement a ‘catch what we eat’ policy and we are more than happy to have our chefs prepare your catch cooked in the style you like. WE CATCH WHAT WE EAT – NO LESS NO MORE
What size boards should I bring and how many?
3 boards is generally enough: your normal shorty, mid (say 6’6 – 6’8) and a gun (7’0) just in case a few thick ones come through whilst we’re out there. If you feel you need to bring more it would be wise to double up on your shortboard. A note on glass jobs: if you are getting boards made especially for the trip, it is a good idea to go for a mid weight glass job. Nothing worse than snapping your brand new featherweight shooter on the first day!
What if I hurt myself?
In the first instance, your skipper holds a St Johns Senior First Aid Certificate. Further assistance can be reached via use of the satfone +870 776 44 0873; we have the ability to consult direct with doctors in Australia or your own GP. Finally in the slim chance that you would need to be evacuated out, your travel insurance will cover you.
What communications are available on board?
We communicate with other boats and shore bases in Padang via HF and VHF marine radio. The sat phone +870 776 44 0873 is a Byru Marine model and operates via the stable ACES satellite network. It’s a good idea to note the sat phone number from our contact page and leave it with someone at home in case you need to be contacted.
How many waves do you surf in one day?
Depends on swell, winds, movements of other boats in the area and how fit you are! Some days you could easily find yourself having 3 sessions at one location. Other times it is possible to surf 3 different waves in a day.
Is it a long way between locations?
In parts of the Northern area you will find 4 surfable waves in less than a mile radius. Other times it is a few hours steaming between breaks, most of which we do at night.
What clothes should I bring?
As little as possible. You will be onboard for nearly the whole duration of your trip and generally wearing a pair of boardies and a t-shirt (if your are a guy that is!)
Few pairs of boardshorts
Zinc cream for lips and nose
Pair of jeans/long strides
Pair of shoes
Ipod, Mp3 player
Toiletries and basic first aid
A few blocks of tropical formula wax
3-4 leg ropes, waves can be powerful and easily break a leash
Ding repair kit
- Airport transfers to and from the boat.
- Berth on board Naga Laut in one of 5 twin-share cabins.
- 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
- Plenty of in between snacks, including fresh fruit, chocolate bars and more.
- Drinking water, hot tea and coffee.
- 4 beers per day, unlimited soft drink and juice.
- Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment, spear guns and shore excursions.
- All necessary zone permits.
What’s not included
- Mentawai Surfer Tax (USD$ 75/pax)
- Photography. (For only US$150 pp, get unlimited photos)
- Flights to and from Padang
- Hotel in Padang if needed
- Visa Fees and Departure Tax
- Any additional cost resulting form late arrival or the need of early departure
- Use of satellite phone (US$3 per minute)
- Spirits and any other alcoholic beverages exceeding the 4 Beers a day
- Tips for the crew
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