“More Speed equals more waves”
About MV Addiction
The seventy or so islands that make up the Mentawai chain sit approximately 150kms off the western coast of Sumatra, and despite their close proximity, the islands and the native mentawai people that inhabit them remained isolated until the 19th century. It is thought this was due to the notoriously strong winds and currents of the Sumatran Strait, and also the sharp coral reefs that surround the islands.
That isolation has long since ended however, and as the Ments emerged from beneath their veil of mystery, it became clear that those reefs were producing something very special for surfers.
Today the Mentawai Islands are known worldwide as surfing’s premier fun park. The chain packs more world class waves and variety into its relatively small area than anywhere else on the planet. A trip to this remote Indonesian archipelago is a must for every surfer.
No matter what your surf trip appetite consists of, the Mentawai can fill your order perfectly. Here you’ll find lefts, rights and peaks breaking in every conceivable fashion – from super mellow runners to high performance fun parks to adrenaline inducing, white knuckle tubes.
The region is one of the most highly trafficked surfing destinations on the planet, so a good decision on your choice of charter is crucial. One of the key ingredients for beating the crowds in the Mentawai is speed. Something the MV Addiction has in spades.
The MV Addiction is a luxurious 24 metre high-speed vessel, with an impressive top laden speed of 26 knots, for those not up to speed with their nautical terminology, rest assured this is fast … real fast. This means less time crossing, checking waves, stressing about missing sessions and more time surfing.
Another key ingredient for a successful trip is experience, and the MV Addiction has over 15 years experience in running charters in the area. It’s also owned, skippered and run by surfers, so they know exactly what you’re there for.
With these to two factors combined, the MV Addiction is sure to get you into the waves of a lifetime.
Price & Packages
|Charter nights||Max Guests||Price USD||Book|
|7 Nights||10||$2,200||Enquire now|
|12 Nights||10||$3,560 - $4,450||Enquire now|
MV Addiction inclusions
MV Addiction trips range from 12 to 16 nights, with 11 to 15 days of surfing. Most trips are booked on a full group basis only. Groups can discuss their surfing preferences with the skipper, who will plan an itinerary that matches their wishes to the suited conditions.
- Padang airport transfers, ground and surfboard handling.
- Fully air-conditioned accommodation.
- Surf guide
- Use of tender for fishing and exploratory trips ashore
- Use of fishing and snorkling equipment
- Three gourmet 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 MV Addiction onboard equipment and amenities.
- Photo Service
- Video Service
- Fuel Surcharge (if applicable – northern Sumatra trips are subject to a US$3,000 fuel surcharge.
- Satellite phone use
- Ding repair
- Alcoholic Drinks other than Bintang described above. (You are welcome to stock up on beer at local prices prior to departure).
- Tips for the crew.
- Every surfer visiting the Mentawai is required to pay the Mentawai Regional Government Surfer Tax of IDR 1,000,000 for 15 days surfing in the region. This is normally paid on arrival in cash (Indonesian Rupiah) and collected by the local operator before departing Padang. You will be issued a wristband with dates. Please ensure you have this for your entire stay in the Mentawai.
The waves that fringe the endless reefs of the Mentawai need little introduction. Put simply, they are among the best on the planet – There’s a reason the Mentawai Islands have been the location of choice for the majority of big budget surf movies and magazine features over the last 15 years.
No where else on the planet offers the quality and variety you’ll be offered on a trip to this fabled destination. Backlit tropical tubes for breakfast, a couple of walls for lunch and perhaps a bit of leisurely fun for the late. The surfing diet in the Ments is a well balanced and satisfying one.
There are waves that cater for all abilities, and a good captain knows how to deliver exactly what’s required to keep the stoke levels high for his guests. In the Mentawai the abundance of options will ensure an intermediate surfer will have just as much fun as the most hardened Indo veteran.
So what will you be riding? Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re probably familiar with some of the big ticket waves on offer. Places like the mechanical lefthand perfection of Macaronis. The might of the supremely hollow and challenging Greenbush, The ruler edge right hand tubes of HT’s, The left/right run and gun combo of Nokandui and Rifles.
Of course these waves are on the bucket list of surfer’s around the globe, but there is so much more on offer in the Mentawai. There are literally too many spots to list here, and the captain of the MV Addiction has many off the radar spots at his disposal to ensure that while you can tick off the dream spots, there’s also the chance to slip under the radar and score some crowd-free gems too. With the added speed of the MV Addiction at your disposal, the northern regions of Nias can also become part of your itinerary.
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 their 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.
As previously mentioned MV Addiction is one of the fastest boats on the water in the Mentawai Islands. Due to the fact that it a catamaran, It’s also one of the most stable boats available to charter, and as those who have visited the Mentawai before will attest, a smooth ride is almost as important as the waves themselves … almost.
As the Mentawai is a remote area, safety is a big priority for the crew of the MV Addiction. The The hulls are watertight bulkhead compartments that offer maximum protection in the unlikely event of hull breach. The engine rooms are fitted with air cut off switches and a CO2 fire suppression system.
The MV Addiction is also built to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and the crew pride themselves on this fact. The boat is spacious and decked out with an outdoor lounge to watch the waves or perhaps enjoy a cheeky sunset beer from. It also features an outdoor dining area, lower covered deck, bar and galley and spacious air conditioned lounge area with Plasma TV, perfect for kicking back with a movie or checking out the highlights from the days surfing.
MV Addiction usually caters for 10 surfers per charter, but can be stretched to 12 upon request.
Accommodation consists of three seperate cabins with double bed and single bed, and one cabin with four single beds.
Should you want to capture the moment, MV Addiction also offers guests the added option of a photographer to document your sessions. There’s nothing better than backing up the story of the wave of your life with professionally shot proof!
MV ADDICTION GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
- Type of vessel: Catamaran 24m (80ft)
- Beam: 7.9m (26ft)
- Draft: 1.7m (5.6ft)
- Top Speed: 26 Kts laden
- Service Speed: 24 Kts
- Built: 1997 by Sabre Catamarans, Australia
- Complete refit: 2006
- Designer: Sabre Catamarans
- Main engine/s: 2 x MTU 8V M92 (Brand new for 2008)
- Power: 2 x 965 Hp (720 Kw)
- Auxiliary: 2 x Perkins
- Generator: 2 x 30 Kva
- Fuel Capacity: 4 x 2500 L
- Water Capacity: 900 L
- Water Maker: 100 litre/hr
- Tender 1: 4.2 m (14ft) RIB with 60hp mariner engine and center console steering w/ power trim and oil injection
MV Addiction Meals
The crew of the MV Addiction know that nothing builds an appetite quite like surfing perfection for hours on end, so they ensure that no stomach is left unfilled during your time aboard. Guests are treated to three large meals per day, as well as snacks in between. The food is a fusion of western favourites, and traditional Asian influences, all cooked up by the boats talented chef.
To quench your thirst, guests are also given unlimited non-alcoholic beverages including water, soft drinks and juices.
There is also a complimentary 24 Bintang beer quota for each guest. More is available at extra cost.
A wine list can be forwarded for passengers wishing to purchase specific wines and spirits before departure. A minimum of 90 days notice is required for these orders.
Of course there’s the surfing, but don’t forget you’re also in a thriving tropical paradise. On those rare down days there is still plenty to keep you entertained. MV Addiction provides top of the line fishing equipment for guests to wet a line with, who knows you might even catch dinner, or a fresh plate of sashimi to go with an afternoon beer.
There’s also excellent snorkelling to get involved with. Check out the thriving ecosystem below the waves.
Feel like setting foot on land? The MV Addictions tender will happily take guests for sightseeing runs to check out the beautiful islands of the Mentawai.
Soul Surf Travel suggests guests fly into Padang the day before your charter begins and stay overnight in town. This ensures all parties are present for departure the next afternoon.
The main airports which service Padang are Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
MV Addiction leaves port in Padang at 5pm and steams through the Sumatran Strait overnight, ensuring guests arrive bright and early the next morning to kick off their first session.
At the conclusion of your trip, MV Addiction will return to Padang overnight and arrive early in the morning. We recommend booking the early flight out of Padang on the day of your arrival back in port.
Ground transportation will be provided to and from Padang airport to the boat.
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|24 Mar||5 Apr||12||$3560||Held|
|7 Apr||19 Apr||12||$3,785||Held|
|21 Apr||3 May||12||$4100||Enquire now|
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|19 May||31 May||12||$4100||Held|
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|7 Day Charters
(12 night options available)
|3 Nov||9 Nov||7||$2,200||Enquire now|
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