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JIWA

Unbeatable crew

"The Jiwa is operated by Euge and Kwab, 2 of the most experienced surf guides, skippers and all round watermen you're ever likely to meet in Indonesia, let alone Sumatra."

JIWA

Every region covered

"Where most boats will focus on 1 or 2 areas, the Jiwa is one of the few operations that consistently charter groups, week in week out to the Banyaks, Nias, Telos and of course the Mentawais."

Jiwa Surf Charter

Specials

From pp

USD 2200

Charter Boat

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Overview

About

surfing

Group Size: Max 10 guests
Number of Cabins: 1 air conditioned cabin with 10 beds
Length of Stay: 10 days surfing / 11 nights on board
Destination: Mentawai, Nias, Telo & Banyak islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced only
Budget: Low to Medium
A/C: Sleeping quarters
Photos: $150 pp
Beers: 3 beers per person per day
Tender: 1 x 4.2m speedboat & 1 x 5m speedboat 
Port: Sibolga, West Sumatra

The Jiwa (soul) is a well-built 75ft Sulawesi phinisi that can accommodate up to 10 guests. She’s been crafted from the finest ironwood with twin masts, full length beams and double keel, and it’s plain to see she has been engineered to perform at sea. Cruising speeds are typically 7.5 knots but when the winds are right, her sails can be set for some classic cruising.

The experienced and talented crew include Eugene and Kwab, who have spent the last decade or so weaving, exploring and surfing just about every nook and cranny in the Sumatran archipelago. Trips are always focused on escaping the crowds which they do extremely successfully. Most trips are focused on the waves found in Northern Sumatra including the Banyaks, Aceh, Nias and the Telos as well as a handful of trips each year to the Mentawai islands.

surf banyaks
Always in the spot, Northern Sumatra

Accommodation

cabin
Your sleeping quarters

- Air conditioned sleeping quarters with TV
- 10 single beds
- 2 bathrooms
- 2 exterior shaded decks
- Interior Saloon

The Jiwa is a good-sized boat, with plenty of room for 8-10 guests to enjoy their own space, thanks to its three separate levels.

The shaded top deck is used for board storage as well as being one of the best places on the boat to just hang out. From the comfort of a "day mattress" its ideal to relax, unwind and watch your buddies surf or simply to enjoy a sunset over a couple of cold Bintang’s.

The fore deck is another area perfect for kicking back and relaxing, thanks to a large canopy and comfortable seating. At the stern of the boat you will also find the saloon – a very large open plan dining area that backs onto the kitchen. It offers plenty of room for a large group with ample seating and table space and provides a comfortable option when escaping from a passing storm.

Below, in the vessels bow, you will find the air conditioned sleeping quarters with 10 single beds. The cabin is also spacious and comes complete with a TV for those looking to watch a movie or to enjoy some down time in between surfs. There are also 2 bathrooms available.

charter
The fore deck

jiwa charter boatFore deck by night 

Food & Drink

healthy food

Included in all packages:

3 large, healthy delicious meals are served each day

A mix of Indonesian and Western cuisine served for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Vegetarians & Vegans can be catered for given prior notice.

Includes:

Daily meals
Snacks, fruit Juices & soft drinks

Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water 
3 complimentary beers per person per day (more can be ordered prior to departure)

3 healthy meals served daily

The Crew

jiwa crew

Its no exaggeration to say that the team aboard the Jiwa are pretty special. You’re blessed with a bounty of experience in both navigation and surf exploration from the southern Mentawais all the way to the top of Aceh. This tight crew have “been there, done that” and continue doing it, while many of the other charter boat operations settle for a more simple format, of hitting up the regular named spots, for team Jiwa, its all about the search.

The front man and full-time surf guide is Eugene, a pommie pirate who has explored just about every nook and cranny that Indonesia has to offer. His passion for surfing is plainly evident and its what will drive him to find you the best and least crowded waves of your life. A fountain of knowledge with endless British banter, he’s an ex UK pro who enjoys an empty line-up more than anyone. Simply put, Euge is a surf guide you want on your surf charter.

Eugene’s noble steed is his partner in crime Kwab, who amazingly, is as experienced as Eugene. A keen surfer, Kwab has been navigating throughout the Indonesian archipelago for decades. He’s also a passionate free diver.

The rest of the team include a very experienced captain Hendri, a mechanic, a chef and deckhands. All the crew are qualified to Indonesian Maritime standards.

Eugene surf guideEugene

Inclusions

surf trip

What’s included

* Airport transfers to and from the boat in Sibolga
* 11 nights on board the Jiwa surf charter surfing in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo or Banyak Islands
* Single bed in an a/c cabin
* 3 large, healthy delicious meals served each day
* Plenty of snacks, fruit Juices & soft drinks each day
* Unlimited tea, coffee and water each day
* Speedboat shuttles to the surf from dawn til dusk, all day every day
* Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment
* Fishing & island excursions
* 3 complimentary beers per person per day
Use of stand-up paddle boards & longboards
* All necessary zone permits
* US$ 3 a day Mentawai Government Tax

What’s not included

* Mentawai Surfer Tax (IDR 1,000,000 pp) - only required in the Mentawais
* Photos $150 per person
* Flights to and from Sibolga
* Hotels if needed
* Visa Fees and Departure Tax
* Any additional cost resulting from late arrival or the need of early departure
* Use of satellite phone
* Tips for the crew

Specifications

surf charter north sumatra

Vessel Type: Traditional Indonesian Pinisi
Length: 23 metres / 75 ft
Speed Cruising: 7.5 knots
Power: 6-cylinder diesel engine
Accommodation: 1 air conditioned cabin with two bathrooms
Tender (2): A 4.2m speedboat (rigid inflatable) with 40hp engine for shuttles to the line-up & a 5m speedboat perfect for fishing trips and for scouting out potential “around the corner”.

Navigation & Safety

banyak surf charters

Safety Equipment & Navigation

Life raft for 20 People
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
Life jackets for 20 people
Flares
Satellite phone available
Radios - VHF and SSB radios
GPS
Depth Sounder
Extensive First Aid Kit (with staff on board trained to use it)

Note: Satellite phone is available for emergency use only. If guests want to use it for any other reason, you will be charged. Please note, some areas of the region have mobile signal. Furthermore, some surf resorts have internet access and occasionally it will be possible to use their facilities.

Trip Information

What to expect

When booking a trip aboard the Jiwa, guests will have the chance to surf the largest choice of surf regions offered by just about any charter boat operation in Sumatra. Not only are the crew willing to go that extra yard to score you the best possible waves, but they genuinely have first class experience surfing in each area, giving you the best possible chance of scoring the waves of your life.

Trips are typically between Nias and the Banyaks but a number of trips will cruise further south to the Telo and Mentawai islands.

If you’re booking a large group then you’ll usually get to choose which region. Smaller groups and single surfers should enquire as to which region the charter will be heading to.

banyaks

All 
regions offer a great range of waves, so it’s best to check out our destinations pages as well as the surf breaks listed there to get an idea of which region you’d prefer to visit.

Surf Breaks - Mentawai (Playgrounds)
Surf Breaks - Telo Islands
Surf breaks - Banyak Islands

 

The Surf

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Mentawai, Banyak & Telo pages.

* Surf Breaks - Mentawai (Playgrounds)
* Surf Breaks - Telo Islands
Surf breaks - Banyak Islands






Travelling to Sumatra

travelling to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Sibolga Airport (FLZ), West Sumatra  

Arrival into Sibolga by (latest) 2pm

The boat departs at 6pm.  Departure flights should be from 1pm (onwards) on the last day of the trip. 

Flights  

We recommend using www.skyscanner.com and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  

From KL, there are several flights each day to Medan, then from Medan you’ll need a further flight to Sibolga.  We recommend www.traveloka.com

From Jakarta, there are some direct flights to Sibolga but also several flights each day to Medan, then from Medan you’ll need a further flight to Sibolga. 

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for a number of countries including: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. 

The Boat trip

bay of plenty

Arrive Sibolga by 2pm.

One of our staff will be waiting to take you to the harbor.

Depart harbour 6pm, arrive Banyaks or Nias early the next morning.

11 nights / 10 days surfing

Return back to Sibolga early morning.

One of our reps will take you to the airport or hotel of choice

Fly anytime after 10am

Note: The trip has no fixed route as the surf conditions can change day to day. Our experienced crew are always aware of the swell forecast and will update everybody each day to discuss the next move. The captain will usually change location during the night, leaving the opportunity for the guests to enjoy most of the day surfing.

What to bring

Before booking a trip aboard the Jiwa, make sure to check our "Know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.










PRICES

Prices

Dates: 30 SEP 19 to 11 OCT 19

Nights: 11

FULLY BOOKED

Dates: 14 OCT 19 to 25 OCT 19

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2400 USD 2200

Guests:

Dates: 28 OCT 19 to 08 NOV 19

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2400 USD 2200

Guests:

Dates: 11 NOV 19 to 22 NOV 19

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2400 USD 2200

Guests:

Dates: 26 NOV 19 to 07 DEC 19

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2400 USD 2200

Guests:

Dates: 26 NOV 19 to 07 DEC 19

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2400 USD 2200

Guests:
23 metre traditional phinisi vessel Your sea charriot Fore deck area Authentic phinisi charter boat Always on the spot Sharing the days stories Perfect for groups of 8-10 guests Land ahoy! Top notch food Anchored up in the Mentawais Feelin the stoke The mighty Jiwa This is what the Jiwa is all about Hanging on the fore deck Your well traveled vessel Your air conditioned accommodation Sumatran shakas healthy and delicious food served on board Only boat in the bay Expect this all day every day Built using the finest ironwood Surf pirates Phinisi silhouette Dusk in Sumatra Happy punters A standard but super fun ritual Fore deck Jiwa sunset Ultimate hang out spot In all her glory Crows nest flip Jiwa surf charter Waiting for the next set Catch of the day The Jiwa saloon offers plenty of room Free diving courses available on board the Jiwa Line-up On the spot in Northern Sumatra Drainer Setting a rail at Burgerworld Banyaks nugget Euge showing how its done

surfing

Group Size: Max 10 guests
Number of Cabins: 1 air conditioned cabin with 10 beds
Length of Stay: 10 days surfing / 11 nights on board
Destination: Mentawai, Nias, Telo & Banyak islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced only
Budget: Low to Medium
A/C: Sleeping quarters
Photos: $150 pp
Beers: 3 beers per person per day
Tender: 1 x 4.2m speedboat & 1 x 5m speedboat 
Port: Sibolga, West Sumatra

The Jiwa (soul) is a well-built 75ft Sulawesi phinisi that can accommodate up to 10 guests. She’s been crafted from the finest ironwood with twin masts, full length beams and double keel, and it’s plain to see she has been engineered to perform at sea. Cruising speeds are typically 7.5 knots but when the winds are right, her sails can be set for some classic cruising.

The experienced and talented crew include Eugene and Kwab, who have spent the last decade or so weaving, exploring and surfing just about every nook and cranny in the Sumatran archipelago. Trips are always focused on escaping the crowds which they do extremely successfully. Most trips are focused on the waves found in Northern Sumatra including the Banyaks, Aceh, Nias and the Telos as well as a handful of trips each year to the Mentawai islands.

surf banyaks
Always in the spot, Northern Sumatra

cabin
Your sleeping quarters

- Air conditioned sleeping quarters with TV
- 10 single beds
- 2 bathrooms
- 2 exterior shaded decks
- Interior Saloon

The Jiwa is a good-sized boat, with plenty of room for 8-10 guests to enjoy their own space, thanks to its three separate levels.

The shaded top deck is used for board storage as well as being one of the best places on the boat to just hang out. From the comfort of a "day mattress" its ideal to relax, unwind and watch your buddies surf or simply to enjoy a sunset over a couple of cold Bintang’s.

The fore deck is another area perfect for kicking back and relaxing, thanks to a large canopy and comfortable seating. At the stern of the boat you will also find the saloon – a very large open plan dining area that backs onto the kitchen. It offers plenty of room for a large group with ample seating and table space and provides a comfortable option when escaping from a passing storm.

Below, in the vessels bow, you will find the air conditioned sleeping quarters with 10 single beds. The cabin is also spacious and comes complete with a TV for those looking to watch a movie or to enjoy some down time in between surfs. There are also 2 bathrooms available.

charter
The fore deck

jiwa charter boatFore deck by night 

healthy food

Included in all packages:

3 large, healthy delicious meals are served each day

A mix of Indonesian and Western cuisine served for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Vegetarians & Vegans can be catered for given prior notice.

Includes:

Daily meals
Snacks, fruit Juices & soft drinks

Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water 
3 complimentary beers per person per day (more can be ordered prior to departure)

3 healthy meals served daily

jiwa crew

Its no exaggeration to say that the team aboard the Jiwa are pretty special. You’re blessed with a bounty of experience in both navigation and surf exploration from the southern Mentawais all the way to the top of Aceh. This tight crew have “been there, done that” and continue doing it, while many of the other charter boat operations settle for a more simple format, of hitting up the regular named spots, for team Jiwa, its all about the search.

The front man and full-time surf guide is Eugene, a pommie pirate who has explored just about every nook and cranny that Indonesia has to offer. His passion for surfing is plainly evident and its what will drive him to find you the best and least crowded waves of your life. A fountain of knowledge with endless British banter, he’s an ex UK pro who enjoys an empty line-up more than anyone. Simply put, Euge is a surf guide you want on your surf charter.

Eugene’s noble steed is his partner in crime Kwab, who amazingly, is as experienced as Eugene. A keen surfer, Kwab has been navigating throughout the Indonesian archipelago for decades. He’s also a passionate free diver.

The rest of the team include a very experienced captain Hendri, a mechanic, a chef and deckhands. All the crew are qualified to Indonesian Maritime standards.

Eugene surf guideEugene

surf trip

What’s included

* Airport transfers to and from the boat in Sibolga
* 11 nights on board the Jiwa surf charter surfing in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo or Banyak Islands
* Single bed in an a/c cabin
* 3 large, healthy delicious meals served each day
* Plenty of snacks, fruit Juices & soft drinks each day
* Unlimited tea, coffee and water each day
* Speedboat shuttles to the surf from dawn til dusk, all day every day
* Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment
* Fishing & island excursions
* 3 complimentary beers per person per day
Use of stand-up paddle boards & longboards
* All necessary zone permits
* US$ 3 a day Mentawai Government Tax

What’s not included

* Mentawai Surfer Tax (IDR 1,000,000 pp) - only required in the Mentawais
* Photos $150 per person
* Flights to and from Sibolga
* Hotels if needed
* Visa Fees and Departure Tax
* Any additional cost resulting from late arrival or the need of early departure
* Use of satellite phone
* Tips for the crew

surf charter north sumatra

Vessel Type: Traditional Indonesian Pinisi
Length: 23 metres / 75 ft
Speed Cruising: 7.5 knots
Power: 6-cylinder diesel engine
Accommodation: 1 air conditioned cabin with two bathrooms
Tender (2): A 4.2m speedboat (rigid inflatable) with 40hp engine for shuttles to the line-up & a 5m speedboat perfect for fishing trips and for scouting out potential “around the corner”.

banyak surf charters

Safety Equipment & Navigation

Life raft for 20 People
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
Life jackets for 20 people
Flares
Satellite phone available
Radios - VHF and SSB radios
GPS
Depth Sounder
Extensive First Aid Kit (with staff on board trained to use it)

Note: Satellite phone is available for emergency use only. If guests want to use it for any other reason, you will be charged. Please note, some areas of the region have mobile signal. Furthermore, some surf resorts have internet access and occasionally it will be possible to use their facilities.

When booking a trip aboard the Jiwa, guests will have the chance to surf the largest choice of surf regions offered by just about any charter boat operation in Sumatra. Not only are the crew willing to go that extra yard to score you the best possible waves, but they genuinely have first class experience surfing in each area, giving you the best possible chance of scoring the waves of your life.

Trips are typically between Nias and the Banyaks but a number of trips will cruise further south to the Telo and Mentawai islands.

If you’re booking a large group then you’ll usually get to choose which region. Smaller groups and single surfers should enquire as to which region the charter will be heading to.

banyaks

All 
regions offer a great range of waves, so it’s best to check out our destinations pages as well as the surf breaks listed there to get an idea of which region you’d prefer to visit.

Surf Breaks - Mentawai (Playgrounds)
Surf Breaks - Telo Islands
Surf breaks - Banyak Islands

 

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Mentawai, Banyak & Telo pages.

* Surf Breaks - Mentawai (Playgrounds)
* Surf Breaks - Telo Islands
Surf breaks - Banyak Islands






travelling to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Sibolga Airport (FLZ), West Sumatra  

Arrival into Sibolga by (latest) 2pm

The boat departs at 6pm.  Departure flights should be from 1pm (onwards) on the last day of the trip. 

Flights  

We recommend using www.skyscanner.com and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  

From KL, there are several flights each day to Medan, then from Medan you’ll need a further flight to Sibolga.  We recommend www.traveloka.com

From Jakarta, there are some direct flights to Sibolga but also several flights each day to Medan, then from Medan you’ll need a further flight to Sibolga. 

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for a number of countries including: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. 

bay of plenty

Arrive Sibolga by 2pm.

One of our staff will be waiting to take you to the harbor.

Depart harbour 6pm, arrive Banyaks or Nias early the next morning.

11 nights / 10 days surfing

Return back to Sibolga early morning.

One of our reps will take you to the airport or hotel of choice

Fly anytime after 10am

Note: The trip has no fixed route as the surf conditions can change day to day. Our experienced crew are always aware of the swell forecast and will update everybody each day to discuss the next move. The captain will usually change location during the night, leaving the opportunity for the guests to enjoy most of the day surfing.

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

Before booking a trip aboard the Jiwa, make sure to check our "Know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.










Dates

Nights

Price Per Person

Special Offer

Availability

Select

30 SEP 19 to 11 OCT 19

11

USD 2400

0

14 OCT 19 to 25 OCT 19

11

USD 2400

USD 2200

10

28 OCT 19 to 08 NOV 19

11

USD 2400

USD 2200

10

11 NOV 19 to 22 NOV 19

11

USD 2400

USD 2200

10

26 NOV 19 to 07 DEC 19

11

USD 2400

USD 2200

10

26 NOV 19 to 07 DEC 19

11

USD 2400

USD 2200

10

Booking Notes

Special Offer: Book 9 guests, the 10th guest can stay for free!

Occupancy: Max 10 / Min 8 guests

All special rates are based 8 guest occupancy
8 guests needed for private use of boat

Trip starts/ends: Sibolga* Sumatra
Arrival into Sibolga* by (latest) 1pm on day 1. The boat departs at 6pm.
Departure flights should be from 10am (onwards) on the last day of the trip.

*Note that embarkation and dembarkation can vary depending on the trip. Please contact us for trip start/end confirmation.

A deposit of 30% is required to secure your booking.

Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payments is due 60 days prior to departure and non-refundable 100%.

Confirmation of your bookings and deposits will be sent via email once the deposit has been received.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on the boat trips unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment, all guests agree to abide by the terms & conditions.

One payment per group for initial deposit & a second payment per group for the final balance (60 days prior to arrival).

Guests have 3 ways to make a payment:

1) Bank Transfer

Bank transfer is the most common form of payment. Payments can be made to our Australian, US, Euro, New Zealand or Pound Sterling accounts. On confirmation of booking we will send you the details.

2) Credit Card

Credit Card payments are accepted with a 2.9% fee.

3) PayPal

PayPal payments are available and are subject to a % surcharge from PayPal. These fees are typically around 4% (TBC).

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Jiwa Surf Charter & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Jiwa Surf Charter: http://tradewindsadventures.com

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml

This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.
Guest Reviews
Overall
Value
Surf
Food
Room
Vibe
Great Boat!

Alex Turney
Cracking trip on the JIWA with "The Guv"! Great boat, extra roomy. It might be slower than some boats but The Guv makes up for it in getting the crew cranked up and has you at the breaks for dawn sessions. We surfed 90% of the time on our own from Nias down to the Telos Islands. It was just perfect. We might not have cracked huge swell but there was enough to get the heart racing and have some seriously memorable sessions with our mates. THANKS!!

Overall
Value
Surf
Food
Room
Vibe
Thanks Euge and Kwab

John Dobson
Sic trip just got back from first ever trip and its was awsome had perfect waves to ourselves for nine days, big thankyou to Kwab, Euge and the crew bloody awsome boat get on it if you havent been, already planning next trip,cant wait, big hi to Kwab and Euge will get those eskys sorted.

Reasons to book!

  • 8-10 guests
  • North Sumatran specialists
  • Legendary surf guide
  • Crew with 2 decades of experience
  • 3 beers per person / day
  • 2 tenders: 4.2m and 5m
  • Photos $150 per person
  • Mentawai, Nias, Telos or Banyaks

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