“The Navistar’s resident surf guides are experienced and dedicated surfers with excellent local knowledge and that means they will be dialing you into the optimum surf conditions”
The Navistar is a traditional 65-foot sloop owned and operated by Australian Brendon D’arcy – a highly skilled Master 4 captain and life-long surfer who has a simple goal in mind when it comes to his guests – getting them on the best waves available on any given day in the quickest time possible. He also possesses a knack for sniffing out the spots with the least surfers in the water, once again ensuring his guests make the most of their time in the Mentawai.
The Navistar crew understand you’ve invested a lot of hard earned money in what should be the surf trip of your dreams and have trusted in them to deliver the best possible experience. That is why they make a few solemn promises to their guests:
You will be on-board an Australian built and operated vessel. You will be met and served by a fully English speaking crew. You will be treated as a valued customer. You will get the pumping waves and uncrowded lineups you have come to the Mentawai for. You will eat like a king. You will sleep in air-conditioned comfort. Your safety is a priority and you will have the trip of a lifetime.
Launched in Australia in 1998 and undertaking its first charters in the Mentawais in 1999, The Navistar has been totally customised to become the ultimate surf charter vessel.
The deck is large and spacious. It comfortably seats 10 people and makes the perfect alfresco zone for enjoying those cool and breezy tropical nights while reliving the day’s glory. The newly added upstairs area is also perfect for relaxing between sessions, watching the beautiful scenery drift by, checking the surf, or taking in the always beautiful Mentawai sunsets with a few beers.
Your charter on board the Navistar is able to traverse the entire Mentawai chain and the more than 40 breaks available there. However, should you feel the need to travel further afield, upon booking you request can travel to other islands in West Sumatra region. This includes the Telo Islands and the always popular and mythical Nias.
2018 Charter Special - Limited Time!
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Pricing & Packages
11 Night Charter – Mentawais
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Feb - Apr
Oct - Nov
May - Sep
14 Night Charter
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|29 Jun - 13 Jul|
|24 Aug - 7 Sep|
Telo's, Nias & Banyaks
|9 Sep- 23 Sep|
Banyaks, Nias & Telos
CHARTER INCLUDES :
- Padang Airport Transfers
- 11/14 nights onboard Navistar
- 6 pack of beer per day
- Bottled water, Hot drinks, sodas
- 3 meals a day
- Mentawai tax
- Use of all Navistar onboard equipment and facilities: skin diving fishing rods & reels big flat screen TV DVD home entertainment center loud stereo system Also included is video & photo documentation by the crew with CD’s of trip available at additional cost.
NOT INCLUDED :
- $25 VISA fee on your arrival
- Departure tax
- Travel Insurance
- Guided canoe trips into the interiors of the Siberut jungle – our “jungle cruise”
- Tips for the staff (This is entirely up to you. The average tip starts at around $50US pp and goes up from there.
- Communications costs, sat-phone for guests
- Spirits but can buy before leaving port Visa fee for Indonesia (see more @ travel info)
The concentrated perfection available to surfers in the Mentawi Islands is unrivalled. Nowhere else on earth will you have so many epic waves, and such variety at your fingertips. It’s a delicious surfing buffet, the menu catered perfectly for our aquatic pursuits.
You’ll dine on backlit tropical tubes for breakfast, a couple of left-walls for lunch and perhaps a bit of leisurely fun on a right for the late. The surfing diet in the Mentawai is a well balanced and satisfying one.
Some of the big-ticket waves available on your charter with Navistar include:
Macaroni is perhaps the most well known left in the Mentawai, and with good reason. Maccas is the perfect mix of everything there is to love about the Mentawai. An almost laughably mechanical left that offers a deep tube on take-off, before offering up one of the best high-performance walls in the islands.
Here’s a left to test the mettle of even the most hard-charging surfer. Debatably the heaviest left in the Mentawai, Greenbush demands the rider take off, lock in and race through a cavernous tube from beginning to end. It only ends two ways out here, glory or destruction.
A long and mellower left that can still offer a good tube, Lance’s Left is the perfect wave to find your sea legs on at the start of your trip.
Also known as HT’s, Lances Right is arguably the best right in the Mentawai. It’s a beautifully shaped wave that offers a heart in mouth tube at size, or a super rippable wall when it’s smaller.
Here’s a place to have some fun. A playful right that can offer some shade at take-off, before winding into a picturesque beach and finishing with a nice end-section.
Take off and put your foot down here and you could well walk away with one of the longest tubes of your life. Just watch the inside section … it’s a doozy!
Speaking of long tubes, Rifles offers one of the longest and hollowest rights in the Mentawai. Set up, get tubed, fade, and repeat.
Like Rifles in the mirror. Kandui is a challenging left that offers gaping tubes and demands speed and positioning from its rider.
Telescopes is a fickle gem of the Mentawai Islands. A perfect left that offers epic tubes and walls when it’s on. It’s definitely one to keep an eye on during your stay.
Big, steep lefthand walls are the order of the day at Thunders. It’s the perfect place to bury a rail on a bigger board. You’re also able to pick up some decent tunnel time out there too.
A powerful righthander, that is shiftier in nature than a lot of the other breaks, but offers thick, good quality tubes if you have your wits about you.
Should the desire arise, the Navistar is also able to head further afield in search of waves for its guests – This includes the Telo Islands and Nias.
This small group of Islands to the north of the Mentawai packs a whole lot of perfection into a small area. The Telos are a great option for outrunning the crowds of the Mentawai, or for those guests seeking something slightly mellower than the waves to the south.
The mythical Lagundri Bay is on the bucket list of surfers worldwide with good reason. When it’s on, Nias offers one of the best rights on the planet located inside a large picturesque bay. A trip here is one you’ll never forget. Plus there are a few other waves in the area too.
When to go
The Mentawai Islands receive swell pretty much year round, but traditionally the best time to plan your trip would be from April to September, when the dry season is in residence and strong South-Southwest swells roll into the region from the southern latitudes. During this time of year the humidity, chance of rain and strong winds are also at the lowest.
If crowds are your main concern however, a visit during the wet season – October to March can still deliver epic waves, but there is a higher chance of rain and unfavourable winds.
The Navistar is a 65-foot traditional sloop that has been serving surfers in the Mentawais for over 15 years and is outfitted for that singular purpose. The vessel is powered by a Mitsubishi 190Hp diesel engine, which can get guests anywhere anytime.
The crew on Navistar knows that after a long days surfing, a comfortable environment and good rest is paramount. The boat is air conditioned throughout and is able to be set to whatever temperature you would like. The accommodation can comfortably sleep a maximum of eight passengers, and there are plenty of spacious areas to hang out and relax.
The Navistar comes equipped with two smaller tender boats, one of which is utilised for transfers to and from the lineup and the other – an aluminum 5.4m speedboat – can be used for speedy strike missions to waves ahead of the main boat, or also to wet a line for those keen to do some fishing.
Entertainment between sessions is well catered for with two televisions and two DVD players available to guests, plus a hard drive with hundreds of movies and surf movies loaded up and ready to go.
Navistar is equipped with a Canon 7D Camera that can shoot stills as well as video of their guests. There’s also an underwater housing to get up close and personal. Generally just before or after dinner the guests will sit down to have a few beers and check out the images of the days surfing.
Photos are available for guests to take home, but will incur an extra cost that can be negotiated with the captain.
Should guests need to reach home, there is a satellite phone available for $5 a minute. There is also a lot of cellphone reception in the Mentawai now, just ask your captain when and where.
As we’re all aware, surfing all day builds an impressive appetite. That’s why Navistar’s chef prides himself on dishing up guests three large meals per day featuring a delicious array of both local and western cuisine. Remember the promises from earlier? One of them was that you’d eat like a king, and they weren’t lying.
Included in your charter fee is all food – three meals a day, soft drinks, tea/coffee etc. However, all on-board alcohol purchases are at moderate local prices.
Of course there’s the surfing, but don’t forget you’re sailing through a tropical paradise. On those rare down days there is still plenty to keep you entertained.
Navistar provides a wide array of fishing gear for guests to use including trolling rods, spinning rods, hand lines and spear guns to catch those big fish for both sport and fun.
There’s also excellent snorkeling to get involved with. Check out the thriving ecosystem and sea life below the waves.
Feel like setting foot on land? The Navistar tender will happily take guests for sightseeing runs to the beautiful islands of the Mentawai.
Geting there & helpful info
Surfers travelling to the Mentawai Islands will always fly in via Minangkabau International Airport in Padang.
Upon arrival you will be met by a Navistar representative who will assist you, before transporting you either to a hotel or the harbour to await the commencement of your charter.
Charters leave Padang Harbour between 4-8pm which means guests wake up onboard the following morning to pumping waves. The Navistar recommends guests enter Indonesia with a minimum of six months remaining on their passport. Travel insurance is compulsory and must include a Medivac option; inclusive of lost charter days due to unforeseen emergency and/or circumstance.
Guests who have never travelled on a boat and/or experienced sea sickness are asked to bring sea sickness medication and advised to take said medication before their charter departs.
Guests are advised to bring between 1-2 million Rupiah with them on the boat in case they do any onshore exploration and decide to buy any local trinkets and/or artifacts.
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|10 Feb||21 Feb||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|24 Feb||7 Mar||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|10 Mar||21 Mar||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|24 Mar||4 Apr||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|7 Apr||18 Apr||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|21 Apr||2 May||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|5 May||16 May||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|19 May||30 May||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|2 Jun||13 Jun||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|16 Jun||27 Jun||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|30 Jul||11 Jul||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|14 Jul||25 Jul||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|28 Jul||8 Aug||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|11 Aug||22 Aug||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|25 Aug||5 Sep||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|8 Sep||19 Sep||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|22 Sep||3 Oct||11||$3,000||Enquire now|
|6 Oct||17 Oct||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|20 Oct||31 Oct||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|3 Nov||14 Nov||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|17 Nov||28 Nov||11||$2,750||Enquire now|
|1 Dec||12 Dec||11||$2,750||Enquire now|