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Mentawai


PRESENTATION

The Aileoita is a beautifully crafted surf charter boat, specially designed from the ground up, by a surfer for surfers, specifically for a safety, comfort, and convenience standard, which is a step above the rest. Recently rebuilt and overhauled from the ground up, Aileoita is back, better than ever.

Aileoita, and Jordan have been featured prominently in a number of Mentawai Islands related articles and features in a variety of publications and web sites all over the world. Aileoita's crew are one of the most experienced crews available with a track record that is second to none, and consistently deliver their guests the trip of a life time. By request, the Aileoita is also available to take trips up to North Sumatra - please contact us for more details.

The standard trip duration includes 11 days of surfing - 12 nights on the boat overall, but longer, or shorter packages are available upon request, as well as Surf Charter Boat/Kandui Resort custom combo packages.

Surf : Once you're on the boat everything is taken care of - the only thing you need to worry about is what board you should ride and how you want to drag your hand in the barrel - fingertips up or out? Want to know what kind of waves to expect? It's all right here.

What are included in the Package?  

Luxury, Surf Charter Boat stocked to the gills, a highly experienced surf guide/professional photographer, 2 DVD’s full of photos of your trip, full catering, airport/hotel transfers, gourmet cuisine, soft drinks, juices, 2 beers a day, fishing gear, tender, high quality TV & video equipment in in the saloon, full air conditioning throughout the interior and in each individual cabin, a well stocked refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, a well equipped galley, and room to relax and hang out in style.

These surf charter trips are all inclusive and includes the following:
Airport transfers to/from Padang Airport with boards
Full catering, soft drinks, snacks, juices, and sodas
Use of onboard equipment
Use of tender for photograph, snorkeling and fishing.
1 case of beer per person (24 cans) – extra beer available upon request
Access to the best waves in the world with an accomplished surf guide
Professional Photographer photographing all of your sessions, and sending you home with 2 DVD’s full of all your best surfing photos, scenic, and lifestyle photos from the trip.

Our staff photographers web sites:
Sebastian Imizcoz
Iuri Borba

Whats not included in the package?  

US$ 35 VISA fee payable inside the airport.

US$ 50 Mentawai Government retribution fee (The Mentawai Government may raise this retribution fee at any time with no prior notice).

Wine and spirits are available at an additional cost upon request at the time you pay for your trip.

Tipping the crew is not mandatory but appreciated – the suggested tip is 10% of the cost of each persons charter prices and is distributed evenly among the crew members.
 

Packing for a surf 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.The following list is divided into two categories: In the Water and Out of the Water. It was created to give you ideas and help you keep track of items you may or may not need to bring on your next Mentawai surf adventure.

In the Water

    big wave leash (2)
    boardshorts (3)
    fin keys (3)
    fin sets
    helmet (optional)
    leashes (4)
    leash teathers
    long sleeve rash guard (optional)
    reef booties (optional)
    short sleeve rash guard (optional)
    snorkeling gear (optional. SKM boats do not carry snorkeling gear for our guests do to sanitary reasons – please bring your own if you’d like to snorkel)
    surfboards
    surf hat (optional)
    sunblock
    tropical surf wax
    wax comb

Out of the Water

    airline tickets (and a copy)
    cash (Dollar new bills)
    Travel Insurance (Assist-Card, World Nomad, Seguronasuaviagem, Coris, any other)
    credit cards
    deodorant
    ding repair kit / sun cure resin
    electricity adaptor (optional)
    eyeglasses
    long sleeve t-shirt
    moisturizer (optional)
    multi-board travel bag
    pain medicine (optional)
    pants (1)
    passport (and a copy)
    prescription medicine (optional)
    sandals
    shaving kit
    shorts (2)
    socks (3)
    still camera
    sun hat (optional)
    sunglasses
    towel (bath)
    t-shirts (3-4)
    toothbrush
    toothpaste
    travel backpack
    visa (if necessary) (and a copy)
    waterproof jacket (optional)
    Cell phone and charger

 

* The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid visa if your passport is issued in an obscure country like Sweden.

You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your arrival 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 authorities to make sure you’re covered. If you have additional questions related to packing or traveling throughout the Mentawai Islands please visit our "Arriving in Padang" section where you can download this list and basically all of the other information on this site as well. Of course if you have any specific questions about packing we are always available to help answer your questions via e-mail or phone at + 33 683 831 275

Arriving in Padang  

The following information is designed to give you a quick, visual insight into what happens between your arrival at the airport and when you get on your surf charter boat. Please refer to the images on the left to help guide you through the transfer process. We’re sure you’ll find the people of Padang and our ground staff to be as friendly and accomodating as anywhere else in the world.

Your flight arrives

Once your flight touches down you are ushered to the baggage claim/customs area.

Visa fees
If you’ve already entered Indonesia through Jakarta you will not need to pay the US$ 35 visa tax that they collect for your maximum 30 day stay.If this is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) the first thing you’ll have to do is pay the US$ 35 fee at a special booth set up inside the customs area. Once you’ve paid they give you a special form that you must keep until your departure, we suggest leaving it inside your passport for safe keeping.

Customs
The fastest and easiest way to make it out of the customs area without having them go through your bags is to get a porter to handle your baggage. They seem to have the right connections because they can get you out of that room as fast as possible, all you have to do is have dollars ready to tip them. Pay careful attention to the porter that carries your bags, the general rule of thumb is to not give them the tip until your boards are loaded on the truck and your bags are stored away where they belong. The maximum tip per guest should be no more than US$ 2, although they may ask you for more, please do not give it to them!

Meet and Greet
Once you’ve made it outside the customs area you will be met by a representative from Saraina Koat Mentawai. The next thing you need to do is get outside and into the air conditioned cars that are waiting for you.

The Ride
Once you’ve made it outside and witnessed the hustle and bustle of Padang International Airport you’re ready to get in one of our minivans and get taken to the boat. Before you leave the airport parking lot do a quick spot check to make sure all of your luggage has made it on to the designated transport vehicles. If your boat leaves that afternoon you will be taken straight to the harbor – if you have an overnight stay you will be taken to the Mercury Hotel where we will have a reservation made for you.

The Harbor
Once you’ve gone straight to the harbor from the airport or from the Mercury Hotel you finally get a chance to see the majestic Indian Ocean and your surf charter boat.

Time to leave
You’ve waited long enough! Most trips will take off for the overnight haul out to the Mentawai’s very late in the afternoon. The crossing will take about 10-12 hours for everyone because travelling at night requires the boats to go slower. As you settle into your cabins and try to fall asleep you can be content with the fact that the next morning you will be having your first session of the trip and all of the time and effort required to get there will pay off the second you catch that first wave.