These are our recommendations in order to have a better trip
Our standard trip is 12 nights (11 days).When the passengers arrive in Padang our land crew takes them to a hotel (hotel charges not included) in town with all comforts to rest until the boat disembarks.
The boat leaves from Padang to the islands at night depending on tides (weather conditions permitting) and arrives for the first waves at dawn the next morning.
The following days the boat goes around the islands to find the best conditions and guests can surf as much as they want in each spot.
At night, the boat either stays in quiet locations for sleeping or sails to other areas so as to maximise daylight hours for surfing.
Of course, it’s not only surfing that’s on offer: guests can fish, snorkel, visit the islands or just relax. We sail back to Padang during last night of the trip so we arrive to the port early morning.
Guests can stay onboard until the land crew takes them to the airport for their flights unless they want to go and rest at a hotel (hotel charges not included).
In case of e-ticket, a printed copy of your itinerary
Visa: Ask the Indonesian embassy in your country for visa information
Personal first aid kit
Cash for your personal expenses
BEHAVIOR IN THE WATER
It is very important to have the right attitude when on a boat trip, and that includes when surfing with other passenger from the same boat of from other boats. Sharing is part of the essence of these trips.
If we get to a spot where there’s already one boat moored with its passenger surfing, it is advisable to wait for a little while and then enter the water in twos. How much would you hate it if you were surfing and another boat arrived and before the anchor is lowered, a group of ten surfers paddled your way? Give some time to others is always a good option.
When there are several boats and a lot of surfers willing to surf, the best option is that only 4 or 5 surfers per boat are surfing at the same time. Try to avoid going all at the same time when it’s very crowded.
Do NOT drop in and respect the other surfers. There are no local surfers in the islands, so respecting each other and everyone’s turns is the way to go; we are all foreigners in the water.
You’ll be surfing reef waves with a very definite take off spot (the exact opposite to beachbreaks). So it is essential that everyone takes waves in turns. Always respect other surfer’s turn and don’t snake waves. If you paddle for a wave your turn to go is gone.
If it’s your turn to go and you don’t like the wave, raise both arms in advance so the other surfers have time to paddled for that wave.
Give away waves to fellow passengers or to surfers from other boats. It’s a much nice experience than to trying to get all the waves for yourself.
Enjoy as much as you can while respecting the place, the sea and its people. These islands are a unique place; help us keep it this way.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONSS
How many people does it take to decide the trip destination?
The first group that reaches the minimum number required to book i.e. 7 people (KMI) / 8 people (KMII) decides the destination (Mentawai, Mentawai+Telo or Telo+Nias).
Where can I see the destination of each trip? On the Calendar page the fourth column shows the destination. Remember that the calendar is updated only when the trip has been confirmed i.e. when the minimum number of people have booked. You can always check with us by email
When is the best time of the year to visit these islands? High season in terms of swell runs from April to October (inclusive. It’s where you’ll get the biggest swells, but also the most crowded. The rest of the year these islands still get perfect waves and who knows, you might get the swell of the year with hardly anyone out!
How many passengers will there be on board? It depends. The KMI takes a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10. The KMII takes a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12.
What boards and how many should I take with me? We can’t tell you which board to bring with you, but normally people bring slightly shorter and thinner boards than the ones they use at home (specially if they live somewhere with average waves). The waves in these islands are perfect, powerful and you’ll surf without a wetsuit, which will make you feel free and light. The ideal number of boards is between 3 and 4, from 5’11 to 6’10 and of any shape.
Which waves will I surf? There’s no fixed itinerary; we’ll go where we get the best conditions for the passengers on board. We try to make everyone happy.
Should I go with a group of friends, or can I go solo with people I don’t know? It doesn’t really matter. It’s a good idea though to travel with people of similar surfing skills, but even if you go by yourself you are going to have a great time. It’s an amazing experience so you’ll probably make friends for life.
What’s the plan if I injure myself surfing? If we can stitch you up on board, we will do and you can stay on the board until the end of the trip…unless you want to go to Padang before, but then you’ll have to pay your way there. If it’s really serious, we’ll contact your travelling insurance company and follow instructions.
Will I get photos and videos of me surfing? We’ve got a professional video and photo cameras on board, and we’ll record every single one of your surfs weather permitting. All the images –if bought- will be free of rights but must be credited to King Millenium if published. The photos and videos of yourself are not included in the fare. The price for all photos is 200$ and 200$ for all your video footage. It’s 300$ if you buy all your photos and videos.
Is the food included in the fare? Of course. Once you are onboard you don’t have to worry about anything; just surf and enjoy yourself.
How many swells will we get during one trip? During high season we can get up to 3 swells per trip. In March-May and October – November we are more likely to get 2, and one during the off months. But no matter how small the swells can be, the waves are still perfect as there are some very good set ups for small waves too.
How many hours will I surf per day? The sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm. You may surf as much as you want –or can- in between. And sometimes we even surf during full moons.
Will I get mobile phone reception? We get mobile/cell phone reception in certain areas close to the major ports where we’ll have to go for port clearance. We have emergency-only satellite phones aboard.
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