fbMV Addiction — Thermal
Accommodation
Private & shared berths
Duration
12+ nights
Nearest major airport
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

Live life to the fullest

"Our perfect day starts by being the first boat to arrive at the break, in light offshore winds with a great view of the lineup and see perfect long groomed lines starting at the top of the reef and peeling to the inside. Have another cup of coffee, wax up the board and get driven out to the lineup. The magic of our trip will remind you how blessed you are to be able to live this life to the fullest and enjoy the beauty of such a special place in the world!"

The surf

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Explore the Mentawai Islands, in eastern Indonesia - a true surfing mecca with many different regions to offer that host world-famous waves such as HT’s, Macaronis, Rifles, Greenbush & many more. It takes a good boat and experienced guides to discover empty lineups, hidden gems, stunning deserted beaches & awesome fishing spots.

With us, you will surf in the wild, with only you and your friends, and explore some of our favorite secret spots. This area hosts one world-class wave next to the other, perfectly suited for all levels.

The boat

The MV Addiction is a 24 meter (80 ft) catamaran. With over 15 years of experience at sea, we're delighted to share our comfortable (and fast!) boat with you.

Guest accommodation includes 4 double bed private cabins (private berths) and 4 single bunk beds (shared berth), 2 bathrooms/ toilets with hot and cold showers. MV Addiction standard trip is for 10 people only. We can take an extra 2 people (max of 12) for an additional cost.

Another important feature is speed. Speed means less time crossing, checking waves, stressing about missing sessions, and more time surfing, exploring, enjoying. MV Addiction is among the fastest and most stable boats in Mentawais. Speed makes all the difference!

Boat dimensions

L.O.A. 24 meters, beam 7.9 meters, Draft 1.7 meters.

Speed

Cruising speed 11-18kts.

Auxiliary power

2 X 28KVA YANMAR marine generator 220VAC 50 HZ

1 X 11.5KVA YANMAR marine generator 220VAC 50HZ

Extra details

Water 900 liters; water maker: 100 liters/hour.

Safety equipment

3.3m tuff tender polycraft with 15 hp Yamaha; 4.5 m drifter side console polycraft with 50 hp Yamaha.

Sustainability/responsibility

As with airlines, cruise ships, dive boats, and most other tourism that burns fossil fuels, we face challenges in this area and are doing our best to minimize impact. We use a tier 4 engine as our main propulsion, the emissions are therefore deemed acceptable even in the western world. Our boat uses a black tank and follows international standards concerning the dumping of waste offshore. We have sufficient room in our holds to keep all trash that we generate on board in the hull until we are port side and able to dispose of it in the best possible way given our area of operation.

The things we have done which the passengers might notice are small but generally appreciated. We give our surfers an MV Addiction water bottle at the start of the charter to be refilled, this helps considerably with a reduction in using one-time-use plastic water bottles. We have also banned the “one-time-use plastic straw” on board.

Living in a foreign country is challenging, the cultural norms here are quite different than the states. Operating in remote areas, where trash collection doesn’t exist and most folks do not even have a proper toilet- we do our best to maintain respect for the land & ocean.

Location

East Asia/Indonesia/Mentawai Islands
Getting there
The closest airport is in Padang (PDG). It can be booked on the first day of the trip schedule but no later than 3 pm. Ther... read more

MV Addiction

Leading trips since 2007
Dickinson Antal
Dickinson Antal
Dickinson Antal

I came to Indonesia in the late ’90s with some buddies for a surf trip. The trip turned into a life-changer. As most stories go, I met a girl...I ended up sitting at an internet cafe in Kuta where I sent an email to quit my job on Oahu (no iPhones back then!). I had been working as a cook in a 5 diamond hotel in Hawaii, I didn’t want to look for work in a hotel in Bali so I got a job as a cook on a charter boat in Mentawais. The life choice had been made.

I worked that first charter boat in 2001 and surfed empty waves, cooking my way from Aceh to Papua. I had to jump around from boat to boat. I still returned for work in Hawaii in the off-season for the first 6 years or so.

I got involved with the Addiction as a relief cook for chef Tony, who is still the cook today! Tony was having his first baby and needed a trip off. I got my license in 2007 and secured a more permanent role on the Addiction.

Now, 20 some years later, I'm still with the same girl. She's my wife now. We have 2 kids and a long history of working in the surf charter industry we are still loving it. Same crew, same boat, same magical islands...

Languages: English, Indonesian
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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Questions?

What's included?
Transfers to and from Padang airport; fishing and snorkeling equipment; 3 gourmet meals per day; snacks and fruits; non-alcoholic refreshments such as water, hot drinks soft drinks and juices; 20 case... read more
What's not included?
Photo service; Mentawai surfer tax ($100 per surfer); airline tickets; travel Insurance (compulsory for all guests, including medivac coverage and coverage for lost charter days); alcoholic drinks; ti... read more
Are individual spots available?
No, we only sell packages for a full boat exclusive booking. The package is for 10 people, 12 nights 11 days. Includes exclusive use of boat and equipment on board.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
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