The Mentawai Islands are amongst the most beautiful in the world with white beaches, dazzling coral and picture perfect palm trees.
These unique tropical islands are situated approximately 150km west of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean. They sit on the edge of a continental shelf where deep water surges up onto the beautiful coral reefs that surround and protect them.
There are four main islands making up the chain including Siberut, Sipura and North & South Pagai. These four main islands are surrounded by many smaller ones.
The position of these islands attract large swells that have travelled thousands of miles, making them surge and wrap around the islands creating some of the best waves on the globe!
Once you have arrived in Padang, a representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the boat. If you arrive early you will be taken to a transit hotel where you can meet all the other passengers. Here you can freshen up with a free shower, relax and watch TV, and buy food and drinks.
Kaimana departs Padang harbour late in the afternoon/evening or once all passengers have arrived.
The next morning you wake up at your first surf spot to surf and video the best waves of your life for the next 10 full days!
You arrive back into Padang harbour early in the morning. A Surging Waters representative will transport you to the airport for your departure.
Food and Drinks
We supply 3 gourmet meals a day, specially prepared by our top chef. There are plenty of snacks including fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and chocolate bars. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise at time of booking.
We also provide 3 icy cold beers a day, but if you need more we can buy them for you in Padang upon request. There is also purified water, soft drinks, juice, and not forgetting freshly brewed coffee and tea.
On board we have a huge flat screen TV with DVD and stereo player. We also have a wide range of DVD’s, however you are also welcome to bring along your favourite movies or surf videos.
Other things you may want to bring:
•Camera / Video camera
•Mobile (we can get some mobile coverage at certain surf spots)
You can charge all your equipment on board. Power points are in every cabin so you can keep your belongings safe. We also have a few 12 volt inverters to charge sensitive equipment like laptops.
Mosquito nets are a good idea, especially if you plan to trek or visit other parts of Sumatra. All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning but feel free to use a net if you like sleeping under the stars on deck. Generally we anchor well way from land and mosquitoes but we recommend that you play it safe. Malaria and other mosquito borne diseases are a problem in most tropical countries.
At the airport in Padang be prepared for hustling baggage handlers. If you use their service please pay Rp. 10.000. If you don’t need them to help you, please say TIDAK (NO) and do not let them carry your baggage.
It is best to bring cash or exchange to Rupiah in KL/Singapore/Jakarta/Bali before arriving as Padang rates are always lower.
How much cash to bring? We recommend you bring the equivalent of around USD$200. You will need to buy your dinner before boarding Kaimana, plus you may want to buy extra beers or souvenirs in the Mentawai Islands.
Our crew work extremely hard charter after charter, even though this is their job and they love it, it is always a nice gesture to reward them with a tip. Most passengers tip around USD$50 per person, but this is entirely up to you.
Major credit cards are accepted in Padang.
Trading on the islands requires small Rupiah denominations, once you have arrived in Padang try to get smaller notes Rp 1000, Rp. 5000 and Rp. 10.000 notes. Average Tip for baggage handlers, restaurants etc is Rp 10,000.
Imported wine and spirits are very difficult to find or are very expensive so buy duty free before arriving in Padang.
Best time for surf
The biggest and most consistent surf hits the islands from March to November. Biggest months are usually May, June, July and August. But intense storms in the Southern Indian Ocean can send big swell to the area as early as March and as late as November.
Wind and Weather
Winds are light and variable most of the year. During April to October SE to SW winds favour the left hand breaks and NW to W winds for the remainder of the year favour the rights. E to SE winds are strongest from June till September but expect lots of calm glassy days, especially early morning and afternoon.
Expect occasional small days for up to 3 or 4 days. Since the Indian Ocean is running the show there is not much we can do, however there are some special spots that break in the slightest ground swell so bring a short board for mini barrels in crystal clear water.
Also expect some thunderstorms with squalls for short periods of time, followed by calm. Take a break and have a warm rain shower.
We will do our best to find you and your friends the best waves on the day to suit your level, raw beginners may find themselves watching the group from the shoulder but if you are serious about improving your surfing you will be rewarded.
The Kaimana offers 10 days/11 nights in the Mentawai, while the Kaimana Royal, the newest addition to the family offers a longer trip 12 days/13 nights and is able to reach the Telo’s. The Kaimana Royal is also a more luxurious boat with more on offer.
Both boats have 5 twin cabins with individual air-conditioning. They have a large fully air-conditioned lounge room with TV, DVD and stereo, 2 shower/toilet rooms with hot water showers and an outdoor shower. There is also a fantastic shaded top deck to watch your mates get shacked, and when the sun is going down, move onto the higher open top deck for a sunset bintang!
Both boats needs a minimum of 8 passengers to sail and the maximum is 10.
We offer group booking discounts. The prices include all your meals (cooked by the best chefs on the water!), snacks, drinks, including beer, airport transfers, Mentawai permits and luxury accommodation!
Kaimana is an 80ft motor boat, built and moored in Padang. She offers the same luxury accommodation as some of the top western boats ,without the higher price. She has 5 twin cabins with individual air-conditioning, so its much more comfortable than sleeping in the one room. She has a huge air-conditioned lounge room with TV, DVD and stereo,separate dining area , 2 shower/toilet rooms with hot water showers and an outdoor shower. There is also plenty of space up top for full viewing of the surf breaks ,and the customary beers at the end of each day whilst comparing barrel stories !
Dimensions and Spec
•Length 80 Ft
•Beam 20 Ft
•Draft 9 Ft
•Engine 2 x Mitsubishi 8 DC 9, 320 HP each
•Gearbox Type 135 A Hydraulic Ratio; 3:1
•Genset 2 x 20KW, 220 V 3 Pole
•Steering Hydraulic system
•Minimum number : 8 passengers
•Maximum number : 10 passengers
•Flat screen TV with DVD, video and stereo
•Chauffeur driven tender
•Full safety gear – life rafts, life jackets, flares, EPIRB, fire extinguishers
Things to do other than surf
Snorkel over great coral reef, trawl for fish from the boat or dinghy, lie under a palm tree and read a book, or just watch the Mentawai coastline slip by.
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Itinerary & Schedule
•10 days / 11 nights of luxury accommodation onboard Kaimana
•Airport transfers – to & from Kaimana
•Food – 3 daily gourmet meals
•Snacks – including fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and chocolate bars
•Drinks – freshly brewed Sumatran coffee, tea, purified water, soft drinks & juice
•3 icy cold beers a day
•Use of all onboard equipment including fishing and snorkelling gear
•Government and Harbour permits
•Mentawai Government Tax
Optional extra: Photography available at USD$150 p/person
2015: Kaimana Charter Dates
Charter Departs Padang Arrives Padang Vacancies
Ch19 21 November 15 02 December 15 Available
2016 Kaimana Charter Dates
Charter Departs Padang Arrives Padang Vacancies
Ch1 05 March 16 16 March 15 Available
Ch2 19 March 16 30 March 16 Available
Ch3 02 April 16 13 April 16 Available
Ch4 16 April 16 27 April 16 Booked
Ch5 30 April 16 11 May 16 Available
Ch6 14 May 16 25 May 16 Booked
Ch7 29 May 16 10 June 16 On Hold
Ch8 11 June 16 22 June 16 Available
Ch9 24 June 16 05 July 16 Available
Ch10 09 July 16 20 July 16 Available
Ch11 23 July 16 03 August 16 Available
Ch12 06 August 16 17 August 16 Booked
Ch13 20 August 16 31 August 16 Booked
Ch14 03 September 16 14 September 16 Available
Ch15 17 September 16 28 September 16 Booked
Ch16 01 October 16 12 October 16 Booked
Ch17 15 October 16 26 October 16 Available
Ch18 29 October 16 09 November 16 Available
Ch19 12 November 16 23 November 16 Available
Ch20 26 November 16 07 December 16 Available