Java – Panaitan Island Boat Charter
Fr $2538 9 Nights
Just Dreaming was the first surf charter boat operating in the West Java and Panaitan Island Region.
Todd Bradley is the proud new owner of Just Dreaming for 2014. Previous owner John Spicer has now moved on to a new adventure, and Todd is the lucky man at the helm for the foreseeable future. Todd has been travelling searching for uncrowded perfect waves in Indonesia for 24 years. Todd will be organizing all aspects of your holiday to ensure it runs as smooth as possible and you get the waves and service you desire. Although not present on each Just Dreaming charter, Todd remains a part time skipper and a very good surfer himself, relishing his chances to travel to the uncrowded waves of Panaitan and West Java.
Australian skipper and guide John Olsen helps to hunt down the best waves possible for the guests. A talented goofy-foot, excelling in solid, barrelling left-handers, John thrives on finding and scoring perfect waves for his guests and has been hunting down waves in Indonesia for the last ten years. A very experienced fisherman and spear fisherman, John has a great rapport with the crew, having spent much time in the area over the last few years. He is always stoked to have the opportunity to search for some of the best waves and best times possible for the guests who jump on board.
Indonesian skipper Ismanto, has unsurpassed knowledge of the West Java region. First sailing Just Dreaming from Bali to West Java, Manto has worked on the boat for over 21 years.Manto has seen more waves out at panaitan island than possibly anyone in the world A highly experienced lifeguard, fisherman, spear fishermen, free diver,and most importantly mechanic and surfer, he knows the area like the back of his hand so you will be in the best hands possible Guests often step foot back on dry-land with Manto their new hero. He is the man!
Dana is a highly valuable crew member, perhaps the most valuable to some guests! Dishing up excellent food, non-stop for ravenous surfers. Feeding charter after charter of starving surfers for this time, Dana is definitely doing something right! His specialty? Catch yourself a Yellowfin and shortly after he’ll present you with wasabi seasoned sashimi and a cold Bintang… he’ll be your new best friend!
Deck-hand, mechanic, tender driver, cleaner, cook’s assistant, and all-round nice guy, Sibby, rounds out the crew as the 2nd in charge. Having been with Just Dreaming for over 14 years, Sibby also knows Just Dreaming and West Java incredibly well and will do all in his power to help you have an incredible trip. Always busy and always working, he makes his way around the boat without you even noticing and is pivotal in making your stay as enjoyable as possible. just dreaming would not survive without sibby all round nice guy
JUST DREAMING’S FEATURES
- Air conditioned dormitory style accommodation sleeping up to 8 guests
- TV with VCR, DVD and Blu-Ray player
- Stereo with radio, cassette and CD player as well as connections for mp3, iPod and iPhones
- Western style internal shower & on-deck shower
- Western style toilet
- Wide variety of recreational equipment, including fishing, spearfishing and snorkelling gear.
- Modern refrigerator, freezer and commercial ice-making facilities
- Back-up 240V generator for all power needs
JUST DREAMING’S SPECIFICATIONS
- 50ft cutter rig ketch, powered by a 98Hp Ford Diesel.
- Tender with high-powered outboard for surf/fishing/land transfers
- Modern navigation equipment fitted throughout, inclusive of, but not limited to: marine radar, GPS and plotter, depth sounder, VHF/HF/27MG radios and satellite phone.
- Modern safety equipment available if needed, inclusive of, but not limited to: inflatable life jackets for all on-board, MOB equipment, EPIRB, life raft and an extensive first aid kit.
As with most areas of Indonesia, West Java gets the best surf conditions during the months March through to October. Depending on where you decide to travel, you will have access to breaks suiting both your skill levels and desires. Mostly this area is uncrowded and you will definitely get to experience the isolated Indo perfection you’ve always dreamt of! The waves in West Java are really under-rated. They are some of the best in Indo, even the world, it’s just a matter of timing.
There are four known breaks around Panaitan Island that Just Dreaming charters often frequent, you may already be familiar with them. But what you may not be familiar with, is the plethora of other waves in the local area, suitable for all abilities, from beginners right through to professionals. Listed below are these bigger name locations, as well as some of our more regularly frequented spots. It’s definitely worth noting however, that there are a bunch more waves not listed here that we like to keep to ourselves, both surrounding Panaitan Island, and on the West Java mainland.
Jump on-board Just Dreaming… you might be lucky enough to sample all of the below, and of course the ones we haven’t mentioned!
A SHALLOW, OPEN RELENTLESS BARRELING LEFT.
For the experienced surfer. This point reef break is one of Indonesia’s left-hand wonders. Waves here peel perfectly from outside to inside, barrelling the whole way over a shallow bottom that inspires paranoia but creates record-time tube rides. Indeed this is not a place for timid or inexperienced wave riders, but it is a place to score the best, longest barrels of your life, period.
A RIGHT PIT THAT’S BEEN COMPARED TO BACKDOOR PIPE.
For the intermediate to experienced surfer. Apocalypse doesn’t look like much as you approach it from behind, but paddle into its lineup from Just Dreaming and you will discover a feisty wave that peaks, walls, plumes, and fires. The water is quite deep at the take-off point, but a combination of funneled wave speeds, strong offshore winds and a receptive, stationary reef causes incoming swells to rise fast, hover, before hollowing out and breaking defiantly.
A SMOKING LEFT.
For the intermediate to experienced surfer. This is a fun, barrelling, left-hander located further inside the bay at Panaitan. If you know anything about barrel riding, you can’t fail at Napalms. A perfectly shaped reef allows this left-hander to bend and refract at just the right angle for you to set your line, pull in and get spat out. Different swell angles and sizes make this more or less ripable, but it always remains fun!
A GRINDING RIGHT THAT FULLY BARRELS.
Beginner, intermediate and experienced surfers. Just seaward and up-shore from Apocalypse is yet another right, Illusions. A right hand point break, however not as reckless as the left at One Palm Point, Illusions is just as perfect providing barrels and ripable sections aplenty. A natural footers dream.
LONG, LONG LEFT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS.
An incredibly fun, and incredibly long, left-hander. Sometimes this wave seems like it can go forever, judging from the burning in your legs. Picking up almost any swell, it can be a go-to wave when conditions are small or, conversely, it might be a good option when the heart has had enough racing from it’s more intense neighbours. All comers are welcome at Pussys.
A FUN PEAK WHICH CAN TURN IT RIGHT ON
Directly in front of the only building on Panaitan Island, the Ranger’s Station, lies an A-frame peak that throws out a playful, sometimes hollow left and a fast pockety right with an occasional killer air end section. With a great mooring right next to the left in an idyllic bay, it’s a great place to get fun waves, watch your mates surf or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
GREAT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS.
A super fun left-hander that breaks in a deserted, isolated bay. Starting off fast, and sometimes hollow, this gem races along and ends in deep water, catering to all skill levels. Another go-to spot when the heart needs a rest and the crew just wants to have some fun and smash out a few turns.