fbSantana Laut — Thermal
Accommodation
Private berths
Duration
12+ nights
Nearest major airport
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

Sumatran island chain hopping

"We're excited to show you Indonesia's best surfing spots, away from crowds and surrounded by white sand beaches and crystalline waters. Our guides have many years of experience exploring every nook and cranny in Sumatra. Imagine waking up before the sun is up, the boat is already at a perfect spot, waves are pumping, ideally nobody else around. Do a light yoga session at the bow as the sun rises and get ready for the first surf of the day!"

The surf

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Our surf guides - veteran Aussie captain John Shawcross and Tony "Doris" Eltherington - each has many years’ experience exploring every nook and cranny in Sumatra. Guests will have the chance to surf either the Mentawai Islands (the whole region) - or further north to the Telo Islands (as well as parts of the Northern Mentawai) as well as The Banyak Islands.

A perfect day surfing

Wake up before the sun is up, the boat is already at a perfect spot, waves are pumping, ideally nobody else around. The guests are starting to wake up, is great to hear all excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. A couple of stretch light yoga sessions at the bow as the sun is coming out getting ready for the first surf of the day!

Sun is up waves are perfect. We're out in the Islands away from the businesses of the world. Just you and your mates, sharing barrels after barrels in paradise. A few surf sessions through the days: 1,2,3 4,6 more !! some great feeds, music, talks, relaxing in between. Some good laughs in the water, watching the sunset from the ocean, catching the last few waves of the day. The LAGO (late afternoon glass off ) in full effect.

We come back to the boat cracking a cold beer sailing to the near-sleep anchorage, last few lights of the day, beautiful surrounds. Seating down at the outside dining area and recap the highlights of the day, hopefully, somebody caught a fish and we had sashimi for entree!

And the best thing is that tomorrow we going to do it all over again!!!!

The boat

The Santana Laut was originally built as a single screw fishing trawler and converted to a surf charter in 2015. Seven private cabins (private berths) have air conditioning and can sleep 14 surfers total. Other amenities include a large shaded outdoor area, two external bathrooms, two interior dining areas, and a large saloon with a 64 inch TV.

The crew

On Santana Laut, we go that extra mile to make sure you have the best surf experience possible. Our priority is to provide the perfect surf venture combined with excellent service and comfortable space where all the small details were thought out. On the head of the operation is the legendary captain Tony “Doris”, with many years of experience in the Ments, one of the pioneers on the surf charter industry in Mentawais,, he's probably done more charters on the islands than anyone else he’s a charger surfer, really good skipper so you know you are super safe and knowledgable hands, Tony and the crew will ensure to get you surfing the best waves as possible!!

Comfortable boat/relaxation/fun

After a packed day of surf, you will be truly ready to rest your body, we offer 8 cozy and comfortable guest cabins with options of singles or double beds, a big living room equipped with all commodities, 2 inside dine areas, marine air-con, hot water system. Huge outside hang-out area with dining table. kayaks, sups, dive gear, fish gear, gym equipment. An 8m tender boat can take up to 12 people equipped with Gps, fishfinder, surf racks, for surf checks and fishing missions, and a small dinghy for surf pickups and drop-offs. We also offer a massage therapist and yoga classes upon request.

Other activities besides surfing are also available for children and adults, such as stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, tin boat tours, beach days, swimming, and village tours.

Surf food

Santana Laut has an excellent chef on board, we provide 3 delicious health meals p/d, snacks, fresh cold press juices, acais and pitaya bowls, smoothies, fresh fruits, fresh bread baked every day, chocs, cakes, desserts, coconut water, cold beers, and more. We cater for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarians, vegans. Want to go on a Surf charter but don't want to leave your health habits at home? On SL we offer a full Organic health food package, ask us about it! ​

Location

Getting there
Fly into Padang Airport via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Jakarta, Indonesia by 1 pm at the latest, as the boat departs at 6 pm (... read more

With an experienced crew and expert surf guides that have been traveling the Sumatran island chain for many years, we create an unforgettable experience within Indonesia’s best surfing spots, away from the madding crowd, surrounded by paradisiacal islands with the most beautiful white-sand beaches and crystalline waters.

Captain Tony bought the Santana Laut in 2015. He asked Barbara to join him as he started his new surf charter boat business from scratch with partner John Shawcross. The boat was originally a diving research boat called Naga Laut 3. They converted it to a surf charter boat and renamed it the Santana Laut. (Santana - singer Carlos Santana haha and Laut meaning "sea" in Indonesian). In late 2018 Tony and Barbara became the only owners.

While Tony captains the boat, Barbara manages bookings and daily operations. This dream team is eager to support you throughout the trip to ensure that you have an epic surf adventure!

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

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Questions?

What's included?
Airport transfers to/from the boat in Padang, 3 healthy delicious meals/day, unlimited tea/coffee/water, snacks, fruit juices, soft drinks, 7 beers pp/day, speedboat shuttles to the surf, use of fishi... read more
What's not included?
Flights to and from Padang, Mentawai Surfer Tax, Visa Fees and Departure Tax, use of satellite phone, tips for the crew.
What documents do I need to bring?
A passport with at least six months of validity remaining, including a valid visa (most passport holders can apply for a Visa on arrival at $25USD) and one other form of identification 2 x color photo... read more
Can you accommodate dietary / food allergy requirements?
Yes, with prior notification (minimum two weeks) we can accommodate most dietary requests.
Health/medication
Some prescription medication requires a note from your GP before international travel. If you are taking prescription medication, please check with your GP before departure It is a matter of personal... read more
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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