Indonesia: Mentawai Islands
11 day/12 night trips on board this 80 foot timber vessel with a choice of private cabins or dorm, cruising wherever the swell hits in the Mentawais.
What is included / What not
Charter package includes
- Air conditioned accommodations in either private cabin or dorm
- 3 hearty meals/day and snacks in between
- 3 free beers/day
- Juice, sodas, hot drinks and drinking water
- Round trip airport transfers
- Use of snorkeling and fishing equipment
- Zone permits and local donations
- Mentawai government US$3/person/day tax
Charter package does not include
- Air tickets
- Insurance (strongly advised including medi-vac)
- Excess baggage
- Surfboard or other airline charges
- Costs incurred by late surfboard arrivals
- Meals before/after charter
- Extra nights in Padang city
The D'Bora is an 80 foot timber vessel running affordable quality surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. Her owners, Charlie Josal, Tom Plummer and Joey Melroy have teamed to create this unique vessel with all the modern amenities, but a decidedly local Indonesian architecture and flair. With many years combined experience in the Mentawais, they've pooled the best possible crew with Joey acting as onboard manager and surf guide traversing the length and breadth of the Mentawai Islands to get you your fill of waves, and then some.
KM D’Bora runs 11day/12 nite charters unless otherwise stated. The vessel will depart with a minimum of 6 guests. Special rates are available in the low season.
Travel to/from Padang City
Padang is most easily reached from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur. Some airline websites you can check to work out the best route from where you live:
- Air Asia
- Garuda Airlines
We will be happy to organise your stay at one of the nearby hotels in the centre of Padang which are clean, safe, reasonably priced. From there it is only a short walk to restaurants, bars and local shops.
When travelling to Indonesia, it is a strict requirement that your passport be valid for AT LEAST six months. You can apply for a two month tourist visa in your home country or pay US$25 for a 30 day visa upon arrival. Make sure to have US dollars handy on arrival at Padang airport as it will save you time and money rather than dealing with airport money changers. If you are planning to travel to stay longer than 30 days in Indonesia you can apply to your nearest Indonesia Consulate or Embassy for a 60 day visa.
Upon arrival at Padang Airport you will be met by an English speaking representative from D'Bora (look for the KM D'Bora sign) who will ensure a safe and hassle free journey to your hotel or the boat. When you arrive back in Padang at the end of the charter we organise your transfer from the boat to your hotel or to the airport.
If it is your first time to Indonesia things might seem a little crazy and chaotic. Just remember that Indonesia is still a developing country and the city of Padang more so. Padang is not Bali! Rest assured however, that we have been doing surf charters for a long time and that we will have D'Bora staff and crew guiding and assisting you from the time you step through customs and immigration until you get on the boat and the same again when you arrive back from your charter.
What to bring (or what not to!)
Clothes and gear
A well known rule of thumb when deciding what clothes and gear to pack for a journey is to pack your bag and then take half out. In the case of a Mentawai surf charter, we suggest you take out two thirds. The key is to travel light. You will be in the water for a good part of your trip and time spent onboard will be in a pair of shorts and a tee shirt.
Three boards will generally have you covered: Two shortys and a mid (say 6'6 – 6'8). As Mentawai is blessed by super clean conditions most of the year you can get away with riding smaller boards on the bigger waves.