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Luxury Surf Charter in Indonesia

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 13 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer included

There are many incredible surf destinations in the world, but it is a known fact that nothing comes close to what you can find in Mentawai. Lefts, Rights, Hollow, Mushy, Long, Short - there is no place on the planet with such variety and quality. Mentawai is the perfect place for surf progression and for pure fun. With the most amazing vessel, Maki Boat will deliver you the best possible trip.


  • 10 full days of surfing
  • Dinghy always available to take you to the lineup
  • Ran by a very experienced crew with 12 seasons in Mentawai
  • Kayaks, SUPs, and snorkeling gear onboard for you to use
  • Top grade meals, snacks, and drinks (including beers)
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All transport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 7-13 participants
Airport transfer included: Minangkabau International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff

You will stay for 10 nights on the Maki Boat. Maki is a 105 feet liveaboard Phinisi built in 2017 in South Sulawesi, Indonesia - a place with a very strong maritime heritage, as far back as the days of spice trading. Known as Bugis, the South Sulawesi people have earned the reputation of best boat builders and sailors in the East Indies. Their talent was recognized by the Dutch and other colonizers due to their Phinisi boats being much faster in these waters.

They have passed on their skills down generations and are still the highest regarded boat builders in Indonesia today. This beautiful art has its days counted as it is becoming increasingly harder to find Indonesian hardwoods for its construction. As fiberglass and aluminum are becoming the norm, Maki Boat felt they must take the opportunity to bring one of these beauties to North Sumatra and fill it with surfers in the search for empty line ups!

When Maki was found, it was serving as a luxury diving charter boat in the Komodo region for two years. The vessel has now been converted to a surf charter in Mentawai. Aimed to deliver maximum comfort, it has a large living room with two dining tables, open plan kitchen, and TV, an external lounge to hang out and watch the surf, a sun deck with eight day-beds and five cabins - each of them with its own complete bathroom.

On top of its magnitude and tradition, Maki has also all the fun toys: kayaks, SUPs, and, of course, auxiliary dinghies to reach the surf. Food, drinks, and barrels are all under an all you can handle policy.

Technical Specifications

  • 105 feet overall
  • 24 meters x 6 meters deck
  • Draught: 2,7 meters
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 6D22
  • Power Supply: 1 generator 40 Kva and 1 generator 30 Kva
  • Diesel solar tank: 5,000 Litres
  • Water tanks: 6,000 Litres
  • Lateral wings for improved stabilisation and reduced rocking

Maki Boat Amenities

  • A/C in every cabin and living room
  • Tender for 9 people 40 HP Yamaha
  • Secondary dinghy for 5 people
  • Huge deck lounge and tabl
  • 2 fridges and 2 freezers
  • Tasteful Tahitian style decoration
  • 2 sea kayaks, 1 stand up paddle
  • Powerful Bluetooth speakers
  • Complete medical kit
  • 8 Soo Santai Sun beds on upper deck - Best sunset spot
  • Maki offers huge space all over the boat with 3 decks
  • Big indoor living room with 2 dining tables and open plan kitchen
  • A total of 6 toilets and 6 showers (plus 2 outdoor showers) onboard so no one ever has to wait around
  • Amazing kitchen with 5 burner stainless steel gas oven, blender and all cooking equipment
  • A super deluxe cabin with 270 degrees ocean views, king sized bed, private bathroom and a comfy couch
  • All cabins are air conditioned featuring comfortable mattresses
  • A large shaded room dedicated to accommodate your boards, with direct access to the dinghy
  • Fishing gear, snorkeling gear and spearfishing gun
  • TV in dining room so everyone get to watch their waves of the day at dinner
  • Jet ski Yamaha Wave Runner 1100cc is available upon request at an extra cost


The ground staff will be waiting for you at Padang’s airport, Sumatra. The passengers will be taken to either a hotel, restaurant, or surf shop until the boat gets ready to leave, usually after sunset. The board bags and big suitcases are taken straight to the boat, as part of the preparation for the crossing to Mentawai.

The crossing takes 10 to 14 hours over the Mentawai straight. From then on, you spend 12 days chasing some of the best waves on the planet. Lefts, rights, mushy, hollow, long, short, a true playground for all levels of surfers, from beginners to professionals. You will be surfing waves like Macaronis, Hollow Trees, E-Bay, Rifles, Hideaways, No Kandui, Nipussi, Greenbush, Thunders, among many other perfect spots in the islands.

There are more than a hundred spots, a couple for almost any possible condition of swell, wind, and tide. They are spread out in four main surf zones. The surf guide will present the best options for the given conditions in that zone and the group can decide where to surf.

You usually sleep in calm, protected anchorages. Early in the morning, the boat is already in front of a spot according to the forecast. You can hop on the dinghy and be dropped close to the take-off spot only moments after getting out of bed if you wish. The water is transparent and warm, definitely bring your snorkel.

Come enjoy the Mentawai Islands and live the ultimate surf retreat aboard the newest and flashiest vessel operated by seasoned guides and crew - you’ll be taking home memories for a lifetime!


The Mentawai Islands are a chain of about 70 islands and islets off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Siberut is the largest of the islands. The other major islands include Sipora, North Pagai (Pagai Utara), and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan). Approximately 150 kilometers from the Sumatran coast across the Mentawai Strait. The journey starts from the port of Padang.

From April until October, Mentawai is hit by consistent groundswells that form off the coast of South Africa and travel over a week to arrive from either a south or southwest influence.

The Mentawai is located in the Interchangeable Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The large amount of solar radiation that arrives at the earth in this area causes intense heating of the land and ocean. This heating results in the rising of warm, moist air; low air pressure; cloudiness; high humidity; light, variable winds; and various forms of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and squalls.

The doldrums are also noted for calms, periods when the winds disappear, trapping sailing vessels for days or weeks. The dream come true for a surfer of any level.

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Best months for beginner surfers


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Best months for advanced surfers


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  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff


The breakfast buffet includes fruits, cereal, granola, milk, juice, coffee, bread, butter, cheese, jam, Nutella, and honey. At mid-morning you can also order pancakes and omelets or eggs as you want cooked. You are welcome to help yourself all day for snacks and cold drinks, including the famous Bintang - Indonesia’s favorite beer.

Meals are fit for a king and range from different types of fish, shrimp, squid, chicken, or beef to vegetarian delicious recipes.

Traditional Brazilian and Indo food pushing to healthy recipes. During and after dinner, all sit comfortably in the lounge and watch the pictures and footage from the day, this is one of the best things about being aboard Maki! Guaranteed laughs and good vibes, topped with a chance for auto-criticism and insights for improvement.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The main activity is surfing, but there is much more on offer. One of the favorite things that most people choose to do is plain chilling. The sheer act of lazying around the deck reading a book and watching the waves is certainly a worthy way of spending time. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and exploring the many small islands are also a great choice.

Jet ski

Groups (or individuals) may hire a jet ski. The pricing is: 200 USD per hour or 500 USD a day (1 tank). You may also hire it for the entirety of your trip (5 tanks) for 2,500 USD.

What's included

  • Transport Padang Airport - boat - Padang Airport
  • 10 full surfing days
  • 11 nights of boat accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, soda, juice, beer
  • Access to the waves with an auxiliary dinghy
  • Use of equipment onboard - SUPs, kayaks, safety equipment, entertainment
  • An experienced surf guide to get you to the right place at the right time

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Photo and video packages
  • Mentawai tourism tax (1,000,000 IDR)
  • Jet ski rental (optional) - 200 USD/h or 500 USD a day (1 tank) or 2500 USD for the full trip (5 tanks)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Minangkabau International Airport (PDG). Transfer from and to the airport is included. A Maki representative will pick you up from the airport, will be waiting for you with a sign that says Maki, and will look after you from then on.

All major airlines fly to Indonesia. The major hub points to reach Padang are from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Double check your flights and if your airline charges for the boards.

Note that you may have to stay overnight at one of the major cities before your flight to Padang. It is important that you send Maki Boat your flight details as soon as you have it so they can organize your transport. Do let them know if you would like assistance booking your flights, they are happy to help!​

Airport: Minangkabau International Airport Airport transfer included: Minangkabau International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

This trip is also available for larger groups up to 13 pax. Please send an inquiry to Maki Boat for more details.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 7 participants

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