Samudra Biru” means “Blue Ocean” and is one of the nicest catamarans operating in the Mentawai Islands. With its hyperlight design and a draft of only 3 feet, this boat, powered by twin 350 hp diesel engines, is one of the fastest surf charter vessels plying these wave-rich waters. She has a top speed of 15 knots, with an average daytime cruising speed of 10-12 knots depending on conditions, and a nighttime cruising speed of 8-10 knots (for safety). Samudra Biru’s catamaran hull design provides stability at sea and eliminates rock and roll at anchor.
Samudra Biru’s speed provides its guests with a tactical advantage in being able to minimize travel time and maximize surfing time throughout the trip, enjoying surf at the lesser-known remote and isolated locations.
Samudra Biru has a range of 1000 nm and does not require refueling in the course of a trip even with significant motoring around at its fastest speeds throughout the Mentawais chain. Samudra Biru is equipped with an array of safety and navigational equipment including GPS, radar, depth sounder and VHF radio. The “Biru” has a Satellite phone onboard and remains in constant communication with the Stateside partners for regular swell and wind updates provided by Surfline.com & Lola and Buoy Weather.com. Samudra Biru offers accommodations for up to ten surfers and is fully air-conditioned and carpeted throughout her interior. Her large size and comfort assures you of getting killer surf while traveling in style.
A Mentawai Islands boat trip with a group of friends is the best surf trip in the world, period. The Samudra Biru is the most affordable western style boat with over 10 years of experience in the Mentawai Islands. This fast and stable catamaran can also cruise at 15 knots getting you to a wider range of spots quicker than anyone else. And with two tender boats groups can split up and surf different waves as well!
Most guests fly into Singapore from their respective departure cities. From there you fly from Singapore to Jakarta, Jakarta to Padang, Sumatra. It’s a long haul but well worth the payoff when you arrive. Singapore Airlines is hands down the best carrier; their prices are affordable, they don’t charge for boards, and are known as the best airline in the world.
Included / Not Included
What is Included?
• Padang airport transfers, surfboard and ground handling
• Fully air-conditioned accommodation onboard Samudra Biru, state of the art 71 foot custom power catamaran
• 3 + delicious meals per day
• Bottled water, hot drinks, sodas
• 5 Beers/day per person
• Use of all onboard equipment and facilities.
• Flatscreen T.V. with DVD and entertainment system
• Tenders to shuttle you to surf and to use to shoot photos when buying photo package
What is Not Included?
• Photo Service (always available US$150/person)
• Mentawai Surfer Tax – 80US$ per surfer
• Airline tickets
• Travel Insurance (compulsory for all guests, including medivac coverage and coverage for lost charter days)
• Alcoholic Drinks other than Bintang described above, (Passengers are welcome to stock up on beer at local prices prior to departure). If requested a wine list can be forwarded for passengers wishing to purchase specific wines and spirits before departure. A minimum of 90 days notice is required for specific orders.
• Tips for the crew. Tips typically start around US$50 and up. If you’ve had a really good time and the crew’s been outstanding, let them know! Please give all tips to the captain for dispersal to the crew.
Before Your Trip
1. HOW DO I GET TO INDONESIA?
We recommend that you travel to Padang in Sumatra (port of departure) via Jakarta. World Wave Expeditions can coordinate all flights on your behalf.
2. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I PACK FOR MY TRIP?
The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible. This fundamental rule of travel is especially true on a surf charter through the Mentawai Islands – when most of your time is spent in the water.
3. WHAT KIND AND HOW MANY BOARDS SHOULD I TAKE?
Most people bring 2-4 boards. Most people will ride their standard shortboards most of the time but a good idea to follow is to track the swell forecast before your trip and plan accordingly.
4. WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH PRE- CAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE?
A. Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world. B. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information. C. If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. D. If you are prone to seasickness please bring some- thing to counteract its effects such as dramamine or bonine. E. For more information please consult your doctor.
5. DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Travel Insurance is mandatory for your personal safety. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.
6. WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
Citizens of the United States or Australia need a passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification.
7. CAN I BE CONTACTED WHILE I’M ON THE BOAT?
The boat currently carries a satellite phone for emergencies and cell phone coverage is available in some areas.
8. WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES?
Our operation is drug free. Indonesia has some of the strictest laws against drug use, drug trafficking, drug anything! The boat does not condone drug use in any form on our boat – guests who are found to be using drugs on the boat will be asked to leave immediately. It’s just not worth the hassle and trouble! Our policy is simple – no drugs allowed… please.
9. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED OR MY BOARDS DON’T MAKE IT?
Fortunately we rarely encounter problems with our guests boards. In the rare instance that your boards do not make it we still send the trip out on schedule and potentially make arrangements with another boat to rendezvous with us and drop off your boards. If your flight is delayed we react accordingly. Whatever time you arrive in Padang we’ll be there to pick you up at the airport and take you to the boat.
10. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN INDONESIA?
Most travelers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay VISA at your local Indonesian Embassy prior to departure or in Singapore.
11. WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
Citizens of the United States need a passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification. We require that you send us your passport information including the number, date of issue, and place of issue prior to your departure so we can arrange the necessary harbor permits for your travel through the Mentawais. In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, id, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn’t hurt to leave another copy at home as well.
When you are in Indonesia you will be issued an immigration form that you must keep until your departure. When you leave they will ask to see it to determine how long you were in Indonesia. Please take care of that form once they give it to you.
The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA. You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your departure or if you are from a country that requires a special VISA to enter. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authori- ties to make sure you’re covered…
12. HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO TAKE?
Once you get to the boat all you have to focus on is getting as many good waves as possible. Most of our guests bring extra money for the following reasons: A. Traveling Money: $150US B. Souvenir money: $50US C. VISA money: $25US D. Money for tipping the staff: $75 – $? Please bring crisp, new bills if you plan to use spending money inside Indonesia.
13. IS THERE A PHOTOGRAPHER AVAILABLE FOR MY TRIP?
Please contact us for details about photography on your trip and updated availability
14. WHAT IS THE VOLTAGE ON THE BOAT?
Boats voltage is 240V AC 50 Hertz so make sure any battery chargers etc you have are suitable. Electrical sockets on board are the 3 pin Australian type. We have some adapters on board but bring your own if you want to be sure.
15. DO YOU HAVE FISHING AND/ OR DIVING GEAR ON THE BOATS? We have some fishing equipment on board, but if you are a keen fisherman bring some of your own lures and maybe your own casting rod. If you’d like to snorkel please bring your own equipment for sanitary reasons. If you must bring a spear gun there is a risk of it being confiscated by customs. We suggest you break it into it’s components and separate them in your baggage.
- Ten sleeping berths including two double cabins. All berths offer full seating headroom and windows to the outside.
- Main salon providing panoramic views with seating for everyone
- Entertainment center provides a big flatscreen TV for DVD movie viewing and slideshows of the day’s surfing.
- Stereo for CD music and iPod compatible
- Complete refrigeration and freezer system for fresh food and beverage service
- Shaded aft and forward decks.
- Rear deck includes; galley, and dining area, 2 bathrooms with fresh and salt showers and two fresh water showers on stern deck
- Two tenders! Including: a 15 ft. inflatable with 30 hp Yamaha outboard and a 12 ft. inflatable with 15 hp Yamaha outboard
The Samudra Biru’s newest renovations include an upgraded galley (kitchen) and a redesigned custom surf rack that holds up to 30 boards out of the sun. All the interior has been replaced along with an upgraded ac system. They’ve also added a large canopied new deck out front to keep out the sun and installed in the wheel house is a new satellite phone along with free incoming phone calls. All generators are new and engines have been overhauled to provide all guests the trip of a lifetime. The Biru also has 2 dinghys…one is a 12 foot inflatable with a 15hp and the other is a 15 foot inflatable with 30 hp engine … the “two tenders” offer our guests greater flexibility in exploring the various breaks the Mentawais have to offer.
- Length: 70 ft
- Beam: 22 ft
- Draft: 3 ft
- Speed: 15 knots top speed, 10-12 knots cruising
- Range: 1000 nm
- Engines: 2 x 420 hp Cummins Turbo Diesel
- Electronics: SSB Radio, VHF Radio, GPS, Radar
- Generators: 2 x 220v
- Safety: Full Category (Liferaft, lifejackets, flares, lifebuoys and extensive first aid kit)
- Jet Ski
- 2 Tenders (including a new speedboat 16′ long, 4′ wide aluminum assault craft)
- Refrigerators and freezers,
- hot/cold water dispenser.
- Fishing gear – trolling and casting/whipping.
- Secure surfboard racks shaded from the sun, surfboard-travel bag storage area protected from the sun
Cabins & Accommodation
- 10 air-conditioned births.
- 15′ x 12′ air-conditioned salon(living room) w/big screen TV, DVD, Mp3-iPod compatible stereo.
- 22′ X 15′ open-air, covered, upper level deck w/cushioned seating.
- Large, comfortable open-air seating area on the bow.
What is the experience like on a boat trip? For most people it consists of three things, surfing, eating, and sleeping! This section answers a multitude of questions we hear from our guests about “Life Onboard.
1. WHAT ARE THE WAVES LIKE IN THE MENTAWAI ISLANDS?
The Mentawai Islands are blessed with some of the most consistent, user friendly surf in the world. Waves range from friendly and rippable to downright scary.
2. IS THERE A GENERAL CODE OF CONDUCT I SHOULD FOL- LOW DURING MY STAY?
They work hard to give you the best experience possible. The following list offers a quick glance at the do’s and don’ts of boat living in the Mentawais
• Feel free to ask our staff any questions at anytime or for anything you need.
• If you’re hungry tell someone.
• Please smoke in designated areas only – outside only.
• Do your best to keep wet clothes outside.
• Point out problems or potential problems to the staff.
• No drugs allowed.
• Keep your belongings in designated areas. Always use proper surf etiquette.
• Conserve as much water as possible – please take short showers.
• Always look out for other people. Put trash where it belongs.
• Housecleaning is everyday unless you request otherwise.
• If your towels are dirty, please leave them on the floor and we will give you fresh ones.
• When you arrive we will give you one big bottle of water, please refill it as much as you’d like.
• Please use sunscreen, nothing can ruin your vacation more than a sunburn.
• Please share waves with the guests from the charter boats.
3. CAN I MAKE A PHONE CALLS AT THE ON THE BOATS?
The boat currently use a variety of ways to stay in touch with the outside world. They offer a satellite phones for emergencies and cell phone coverage is available at some anchorages. They do not have an internet connection.
4. WHAT SHOULD WE DO IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE OR TSUNAMI?
The boat only anchors in areas they deem to be safe in case of a significant earthquake. If you feel an earth- quake please alert the members of our staff onboard.
5. WHAT IS THE DINING EXPERIENCE LIKE ONBOARD?
They offer full meals ranging from local Indonesian dishes to pasta plates, pizza, chicken and of course fresh fish. We consider every meal extremely important to give you the energy you need to surf all day.
6. WHAT TIME ARE MEALS SERVED?
For early-birds, there is cereal, fruit salad, and toasts available in the main galley.
BREAKFAST – 6:00am – 8:00am
LUNCH – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
DINNER – 7:30pm – 8:30 pm
7. WHAT TYPES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE AVAILABLE?
Beer is available for all guests.
8. WHAT OTHER TYPES OF ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE ONBOARD?
They have dvd’s, boardgames, books, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, a ton of great extras to keep you occupied. The primary emphasis is on surfing, eating, and sleeping.
9. HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THE STAFF WHEN MY TRIP FINISHES?
This is entirely up to you. The average tip starts at around $50US and goes up from there; if you’ve had a great time, the staff did a wonderful job and were accommodating, let them know how you feel
10. CAN I CELEBRATE A SPECIAL OCCASION ON THE BOAT?
Hopefully with enough advanced notice we can accommodate any and all requests.
Breakfast consists of items like fruit, toast, cereals, pancakes, french toast, eggs, coffee and juice. Eat something light before a go out and chow heavier when you come in – often cooked to order. This meal is flexible.
Lunch can be sandwiches, burgers, noodles and rice dishes with fish or chicken. You won’t go hungry!
Dinners consist of any fresh caught fish, spaghetti, curried beef and chicken and stir fry veggies. Keep the fishing lines in and let’s grind the sashimi!
Along with your approximate 5 free beers a day the boat provides a variety of snacks such as chips, chocolate bars, cookies and other munchies to keep you satiated. Not enough beer? Stock up on more in port before you hit the crossing.
The local climate is considered tropical, hot, and humid with a temperature range between 70 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 – 32 degrees Celsius.
THE WATER temperature is always around 85 degrees (29 degrees Celsius) no matter what time of year you visit.
THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE is dense, tropical forest with four main islands and dozens of auxil- iary islands – sprinkled with a few main coastal villages throughout.
THE DRY SEASON in this area spans from February to September and the wet season typically occurs between October – January. At any time of the year however expect regular rainfall in short intervals – heavy at times.
LOCAL WINDS surrounding this region are variable throughout most of the year but occasion- ally go through intermittent periods of storminess, called “Badai’s”. Mentawais lies exactly 1 degree below the Equator and as a result is not influenced by the steady easterly trade winds often associ- ated with the rest of Indonesia – that’s what makes this area so unique!
Full Boat: $27,500USD for up to 10- guests
Individuals: $2,750 USD per person
Terms and Conditions
• Deposit required to confirm your whole boat booking is $5000 USD or $500 USD per person.
• The standard trip price is for 10 people only.
• Final balance is due 60 days before sailing.
• No refunds of deposits or payments unless boat does not sail. In the case of cancellation payments may be refunded at the discretion of the Samudra Biru.
• Travel insurance with inclusion for Medivac is mandatory.
• A current passport with 6 months validity from date of entry to Indonesia required.
• Absolutely no drugs of any kind tolerated. Foreigners caught with drugs may face capital punishment or life imprisonment.