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Star Koat 2

  • March - November
  • 12 Guests
  • $3250 USD
  • 4 Star Rating
  • Airport: GNS

The Star Koat 2 operates in the Banyak Islands of North Sumatra, but will occasionally sail south to  the Telo and Mentawai Islands on request.

This brand new, spacious boat built in 2018 offers guests the ultimate level in comfort and style on board a surf charter specifically designed to accommodate surfers. The cabin arrangement is designed to fit two guests in individual single beds side by side instead of the typical bunk arrangement . You will also find enough plugs to charge all your devices at the side of your bed and your own cabinet to store your personal items.

The expansive living room can easily host all guests  in great comfort and style and is equipped with a 42″ LCD TV and other gadgets, with a huge lounge sofa to chill out and recover from the sun and perfect surf.

This brand new surf charter option is ideal for groups looking to explore a new region of North Sumatra on the most affordable option available!

Why

A North Sumatra boat trip is the new frontier in the Indonesian surf charter experience . The Star Koat 2 is a brand new surf charter boat, built in 2018 , offering a luxurious, high quality, and safe option to explore new areas and surf new waves. It is ideal for ground of friends and families. Trips include:

• Transfers airport-boat-airport
• Air-con accommodation
• All meals on board, including snacks and fruits
• Filtered water, juices and soft drinks
• 15 cartons of bintang per trip (more available at extra cost)
• Surf-guide service
• Use of equipment for fishing
• 18′ Speed-boat available for fishing
• Use of equipment for snorkeling
• 12 passengers max.
• Special prices for non-exclusive groups

How

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?

• Transfers to and from Padang airport
• Use of 18′ speedboat and 12′ tender for all types of activities
• Use of fishing and snorkling equipment
• Three chef prepared meals per day
• Snacks and fruit
• Non-alcoholic refreshments such as bottled water, hot drinks soft drinks and juices
• 24 cans of Bintang per passenger
• Use of onboard entertainment systems including DVD video and stereo
• Use of all onboard equipment and amenities.

What is Not Included?

• Photo Service (available by request)
• Mentawai Surfer Tax – 80US$ per surfer
• Indonesian VISA (if necessary)
• 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).
• 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 North Sumatra – 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! Star Koat 2 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.

The Boat

• 6 Cabins (1 cabin with 4 single bunks + 4 with 2 single bunks each + 1 cabin with twin bed)
• 9 x Air Conditioning
• 42” Plasma TV / Home Theatre
• Video CD player / DVD player
• 2 Fridge / 2 Freezer
• Drinking cold water dispenser
• 2x Shower and Toilet
• Barbecue
• 18-foot speedboat/engine 115 HP
• 12-foot tender/engine 15HP
• Snorkeling Gear
• Fishing Gear
• Standup Paddle

Life Onboard

What is the experience like on a Moon Palikir 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 NORTH SUMATRA?
North Sumatra is field with an abundance of great surf. On any given trip you can expect to surf traditional reef passes, reef slabs, and even a few beach breaks!

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 North Sumatra.

• 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 BOAT?
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.

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’ve got dvd’s, boardgames, books, diving gear, 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.

Local Climate

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 83 degrees (28 degrees Celsius) no matter what time of year you visit.

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 occasionally go through intermittent periods of storminess, called “Badai’s”. This region lies just above the Equator and as a result is not influenced by the steady easterly trade winds often associated with the rest of Indonesia – that’s what makes this area so unique!

General Specifications

• Length Overall (LOA): 35m
• Bean: 6.5 m
• Construction: Fiberglass Hull
• Marine Engine: Twin Engine Nissan RF10 420HP
• Top speed: 15 Knots
• Cruise speed: 12 knots
• Generator: 2 x colt diesel PS100 40KW
• Electrical points: 220v power
• Registration: Indonesian Flag
• Radar – 24 Mile Range
• GPS plotter – Depth Sounder/Fish Founder
• Radios – HF/SSB, VHF Radios
• Life Jackets
• Life Ring with MOB Lights
• Life raft for 20 People
• Satellite Phone Available
• First Aid Kit

Terms and Conditions

• Deposit of USD$ 800.00 per person is required to secure boat dates. Booking not secure until the deposit received – this is a first-come, first-served policy and we suggest early reservation to get your preferred dates.

• Initial deposit non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

• Balance of payments is due 60 days prior to departure and non-refundable 100%

• Failure to make the final payment by the due date and we will be entitled to cancel your booking and the deposit paid shall be lost.

•  In case of promotional deals, if the client fails to make the payments by the due date and conditions agreed for the discounted price the normal rate will apply and the client will lose the discount.

The Surf

The Banyak Islands are one of the most remote surf destinations in Indonesia. Their exposure towards the southern Indian Ocean provides these  islands with durable consistency and incredible quality. There are great waves in this area year-round. However, the most ideal time to surf in North Sumatra is during the dry season, late March to early November, the southern hemisphere’s winter, when the Indian Ocean is an ultra-active, groundswell producing machine.  The Banyak Islands prefer a more southwest swell direction but still offer a variety of waves that pull in any swell in the water and other waves that require a solid swell to show their true potential. One of the best rights in the world is located here and is commonly known as Treasure Island.  An average trip will traverse and surf about a dozen waves but since this area is off the beaten path we will forego detailed descriptions and let you find out about them on your own!

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