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SWITCHFOOT

Experienced crew

"Although Switchfoot only launched in 2017, Jason Quinn (the boats Aussie owner) as well as his Indonesian crew have over 20 years of experience, working throughout the Mentawai islands"

SWITCHFOOT

Fast, safe & reliable

"Switchfoot's day time cruising speed is an impressive 12 knots. She's also one of the newest vessels in the region (built 2017) and comes complete with all mod cons you'd expect on a tier 1 charter boat.”

Switch Foot Surf Charter

Specials

From pp

USD 1800

Charter Boat

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Overview

About

switchfoot charter boat

Group Size: Max 10 guests
Number of Cabins: 4 × twin cabins & 1 bunk room
Length of Stay: 11 days surfing, 11 nights on board
Destination: Mentawai islands "or" Telos
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced 
A/C: All interior & cabins
Photos: On request
Beers: Available but extra charge
Tender (2) 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6m aluminium centre console tinny 60hp
Port: Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands

Switchfoot is a 52' power catamaran that caters for up to 10 guests. Like Tengirri & Wild Cat, she's one of the quicker boats operating in the Mentawai region (with day time cruising of 12 knots) offering comfortable sleeping quarters & ample space to relax in between surfs.

One of the newer vessels in the region, Switch Foot was built in 2017 & comes complete with all the mod cons and safety features you'd expect. She also boasts 4 private twin share sleeping cabins (plus 1 bunk room) for her guests, which means extra privacy & the promise of a quality nights sleep. Catamarans like Switchfoot are also more stable at night (than single hulls) meaning less swaying, less sea sickness and a better experience on board, especially when you're trying to sleep! Mod cons include; flat screen TV, extensive range of movies, blue tooth stereo system, library with board games, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, medical kit, 2 tenders & 2 SUP's. You can also expect three large and delicious meals served every day, as well complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and water.

One of the biggest draws of this impressive boat is her speed and safety. Day time cruising speeds will be in excess of 10-12 knots (the average for charter boats in the region are 7-8 knots). She can also reach a whopping 24 knots! The boat is fully equipped with satellite phone, lift rafts, GPS, radar, sounder, autopilot as well as all the latest safety & navigation specs you'd expect on a tier 1 charter boat.

Switch foot is based in Tua Pejat, so trips start & end in the Mentawai Islands (rather than Padang). That not only means trips are cheaper (think less fuel burned) but you'll also skip the 2 "night crossings" between Padang & the islands. Instead you'll take the early morning "fast ferry" which is much quicker than any charter boat operating in Sumatra (3-4 hours crossing instead of 10-12 hours, each way). Guests will need to spend a night in Padang at the start and at the end of the trip. 

The majority of trips will be to the Mentawai Islands, although surf trips further north to the Telo islands are also possible.

mentawai boat

Accommodation

surf charter boatDining interior

- Fully air conditioned interior and guest cabins
- 2 bathrooms (toilet/shower)
- Interior saloon/lounge - with flat screen TV, hard drive with an extensive range of movies, Bluetooth stereo system, library with board games. 

Exterior areas include a shaded front deck, which tends to be the main place for guests to relax, as well as 2 small shaded back decks. The lower back deck is ideal for trawling. Panoramic views can be accessed from just about anywhere on the boat. Guests will have plenty of opportunity to relax, enjoy their meals and of course savor a few cold Bintangs after a surf. 

The interior provides a modern fully air conditioned saloon/dining area for those looking to cool off & escape the tropical sun, to watch a movie or read a book.

Switchfoot isn't a large charter boat but still offers an impressive 4 twin guest cabins (all with a/c) as well as 1 bunk room for 10 guests. Many of the boats operating in the region have fewer guest cabins which means less privacy and an increased chance of sharing with a resident snorer! It's worth noting that cats are more stable than mono hulls, equating to less swaying when anchored, meaning that you're also likely to get a better nights sleep! Each berth has a fan and a reading light too.

sleeping cabin switchfoot
Twin share cabin (air conditioned)

Food & Drink

food and drink
Expect plenty of fresh & healthy meals

Like just about every mentawai boat trip, you'll also be well fed aboard Switchfoot. Meals typically consist of Indonesian and Western cuisine. All are cooked by their experienced charter boat chef, Erik Wau, using the highest quality ingredients available. Expect plenty of healthy & delicious options including fresh fish, chicken, imported steak, and curries. 

There are no set times for meals, giving you ultimate flexibility to surf when you like!

Breakfast

Early breakfast will consist of fresh fruit, cereal, bread, coffee, tea & juices. Hot breakfast / brunch; bacon, eggs, pancakes, jaffles and more.

Lunch & dinner

For lunch & dinner you can expect anything from; Imported steaks, chicken curry's, burgers, nasi goreng, fish tacos, fajitas, chicken satay to fish and chips.

Snacks, sashimi, crackers, cheese, nuts, fruit will be available anytime!

Beers are not included, but guests can pick these up in Tua Pejat for local cost price.

surf mentawaiModern galley

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

Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water 

switch foot surf mentawai
Front deck

The Crew

Owner and operator of Switchfoot is Aussie Jason Quinn, your liveaboard resident frother who will go the extra yard to find you the waves of your life.

Having worked in the maritime industry since 1986. Jason has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that can only be achieved with the time and experience of having worked on the ocean/harbour in many different vessels from ships to ferries and yachts. He's a big part of why guests opt for Switchfoot. 

Resident Photographer - Mike Egan (@byronwaves)

Australian photographer Mike Egan will be onboard shooting from dawn to dusk from just about ever angle. Mike's been shooting Surf Photography professionally for the last 8 years and has an impressive swagger of equipment from zoom lenses, to high end cameras, water-housings and drones - all to the perfect shot for your trip. Every other night, Mike puts on a fully edited slideshow with and pics and video clips of the footage captured from previous days sessions on the big screen after dinner. 

Inclusions

switch foot surf charter boat
Plenty of facilities on board, all included in your trip


What’s included

* Airport transfers to and from the boat in Padang
* 11 nights on board Switchfoot surf charter boat, 11 days surfing in the Mentawai (or Telo islands on request)
* Single bed in an a/c cabin
* 3 large, healthy delicious meals served each day
* Snacks, fruit juices
* Unlimited tea, coffee and water
* Speedboat shuttles to the surf from dawn 'til dusk, all day every day
* Fishing & island excursions 
* Use of all amenities - flat screen TV, extensive range of movies, blue tooth stereo system, library with board games, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, medical kit
* 2 x Stand Up Paddleboard's
* All necessary zone permits

What’s not included

* Mentawai Surf Tax (IDR 1,000,000 pp)  
* Photographer / videographer
* Beers (cost price)
* Flights to and from Padang
* 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

mentawai surf charter boat

Length OA: 15.8 Metres / 52 feet
Beam: 7.1 Metres
Draft: 0.66 Metres
Fuel Capacity: 2 x 2100 Litres
F/W Capacity: 2 x 620 Litres
Lightship Weight: 13 Tonnes
Construction: Fiberglass
Hull Type: Symmetrical Hard Chine
Main Engines: YANMAR 6LPA-STP2 315Hp @ 3800/rpm
Transmissions: KMH50A Ratio 1.67
Max Speed: 24 Knots
Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
Genset:2x VETUS 14 Kva
Watermaker: 120 Litres p/hour
Steering: Hydrive Power Assisted
Controls: TELEFLEX KE4+ Electronic
Tenders: (2) 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6m aluminium centre console tinny 60hp

Navigation & Safety

surf charter boat mentawai islands

GPS Chart Plotter: 2 x LOWRANCE 12” HDS
Radar: LOWRANCE 4G Radar 36nm
Sounder: LOWRANCE Elite 7 x HDI
Autopilot: CORSEMASTER
Compass: PLASIMO
VHF Radio: ICOM IC-M504A
HF Radio: ICOM
Fuel Management system: MARETRON
Sat phone
EPIRB
Life raft equipment

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 boat trip aboard Switchfoot, 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).

For the tube hungry, we'd recommend sticking to the Mentawai islands that boasts the widest selection of world class waves. For a few more user-friendly options, we'd suggest North Mentawai to Telos (No fuel surcharge).

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.

mentawais and telos surf map

The Surf

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

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

surf breaks

Travelling to Sumatra

travelling to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra 

Arrive into Padang at anytime.

Guests will be picked up from the airport and taken by private taxi to your hotel. 

The next morning you'll be taken to catch the Mentawai Fast Ferry that will take you to the Mentawai Islands.

On return, you'll be collected from the river port in Padang around 6:30pm and taken by taxi to your hotel. The next morning you'll be collected once again and taken to the airport to catch your outbound flight.

Please note: the fast ferry operates MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY.

Flights 

We recommend using www.skyscanner.com and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia  as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang, from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Sriwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air.

We recommend www.nusatrip.com

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

switchfoot

Switchfoot is one of the only surf charter boats that remains in the Mentawai Islands at all times. The other surf charters start & end their trips in Padang.

There are some great advantages to this...

Firstly you wont have to take the 2 "over night" crossings out to the islands. These typically take around 12 hours and are often bumpy due to the "Mentawai Straight", the large body of water separating Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands which has all the elements of "open ocean". It's not the most ideal way to start and end your surf trip. Instead you'll spend your first & last night in Padang in a hotel & take the Mentawai Fast Ferry across to the islands in the early morning, when the ocean is at it's calmest. 

Guests can also arrive anytime into Padang anytime & you'll guarantee yourself a better nights sleep too. This also means that the Switchfoot doesn't burn endless amounts of fuel during the 2 long overnight crossings which results in discounted rates for their customers :-)
mentawai islands
"Transfers" 

Padang meet and greet, as well as all taxis are FREE & include:

- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry (extra fee, approx. $25) – 3-6 hr crossing (board bag storage extra fee $20-40)
- Padang Hotel – additional charge approx. $20-$70

Note: Switchfoot charter boat will be moored up very close to where the fast ferry docks in Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands (just a few minutes away).

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

On arrival into Padang you'll be collected and taken to your hotel. Even the best hotels are only around $60 for 2 guests including breakfast. We suggest staying at the D'Oxville hotel although Padang is quite a large city and offers plenty of good hotels to choose from. 

Mentawai Fast Ferry

The safest, most reliable way of travelling between the mainland and the Mentawai islands.

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Traveling to Tua Pejat, Mentawai 

Travel days from Padang to Tua Pejat are Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Padang to Mentawai - "Tua Pejat"

Padang – Tua Pejat: Monday, depart 06.00am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Wednesday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Friday, depart 07.00am

Mentawai to Padang

Tua Pejat – Padang: Monday depart 15.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Wednesday depart 15.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Friday depart 14.00pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 - 5 hours. Guests will arrive in Tua Pejat (Mentawai Port) around 10-11am, where the ground staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the charter boat

On return, guests will be dropped off at the Ferry port around 1pm. The arrival time in Padang will be approx 6.15pm.

The ground staff will transfer you to your hotel as well as the airport the next morning.  

11 nights / 11 days surfing (onboard Switchfoot)

Itinerary (sample)

Arrive Padang anytime - 1 night in Padang

Early morning Ferry to Tua Pejat (arrive 10:30am) 1/2 day surfing (night 1 Switchfoot)
1 Full day surfing (night 2 Switchfoot)
2 Full day surfing (night 3 Switchfoot)
3 Full day surfing (night 4 Switchfoot)
4 Full day surfing (night 5 Switchfoot)
5 Full day surfing (night 6 Switchfoot)
6 Full day surfing (night 7 Switchfoot)
7 Full day surfing (night 8 Switchfoot)
8 Full day surfing (night 9 Switchfoot)
9 Full day surfing (night 10 Switchfoot)
10 Full day surfing (night 11 Switchfoot)
1/2 day surfing - drop off back to Tua Pejat 1pm,
fast ferry to Padang (1 night in Padang)

Next day, fly out anytime

Note: The trip has no fixed route as the surf conditions can change day to day. The 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 the day surfing.

Useful stuff

Before booking a trip aboard Switchfoot, 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.

For those that need some help in choosing the right surf charter boat or those that are unsure what's better a surf charter boat or surf camp, then check out both our blogs below.

mentawai

mentawai surf charter

PRICES

Dates: 26 FEB 22 to 09 MAR 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800 USD 1800

Dates: 12 MAR 22 to 23 MAR 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800 USD 1800

Dates: 26 MAR 22 to 06 APR 22

Nights: 11

FULLY BOOKED

Dates: 09 APR 22 to 21 APR 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 2

Price: USD 2800 USD 1999

Dates: 23 APR 22 to 04 MAY 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 2

Price: USD 2800 USD 1999

Dates: 07 MAY 22 to 18 MAY 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800

Dates: 21 MAY 22 to 01 JUN 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800

Dates: 29 OCT 22 to 09 NOV 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800 USD 1999

Dates: 12 NOV 22 to 23 NOV 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800 USD 1800

Dates: 26 NOV 22 to 07 DEC 22

Nights: 11 Availability: 10

Price: USD 2800 USD 1800

switchfoot charter boat

Group Size: Max 10 guests
Number of Cabins: 4 × twin cabins & 1 bunk room
Length of Stay: 11 days surfing, 11 nights on board
Destination: Mentawai islands "or" Telos
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced 
A/C: All interior & cabins
Photos: On request
Beers: Available but extra charge
Tender (2) 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6m aluminium centre console tinny 60hp
Port: Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands

Switchfoot is a 52' power catamaran that caters for up to 10 guests. Like Tengirri & Wild Cat, she's one of the quicker boats operating in the Mentawai region (with day time cruising of 12 knots) offering comfortable sleeping quarters & ample space to relax in between surfs.

One of the newer vessels in the region, Switch Foot was built in 2017 & comes complete with all the mod cons and safety features you'd expect. She also boasts 4 private twin share sleeping cabins (plus 1 bunk room) for her guests, which means extra privacy & the promise of a quality nights sleep. Catamarans like Switchfoot are also more stable at night (than single hulls) meaning less swaying, less sea sickness and a better experience on board, especially when you're trying to sleep! Mod cons include; flat screen TV, extensive range of movies, blue tooth stereo system, library with board games, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, medical kit, 2 tenders & 2 SUP's. You can also expect three large and delicious meals served every day, as well complimentary snacks, tea, coffee and water.

One of the biggest draws of this impressive boat is her speed and safety. Day time cruising speeds will be in excess of 10-12 knots (the average for charter boats in the region are 7-8 knots). She can also reach a whopping 24 knots! The boat is fully equipped with satellite phone, lift rafts, GPS, radar, sounder, autopilot as well as all the latest safety & navigation specs you'd expect on a tier 1 charter boat.

Switch foot is based in Tua Pejat, so trips start & end in the Mentawai Islands (rather than Padang). That not only means trips are cheaper (think less fuel burned) but you'll also skip the 2 "night crossings" between Padang & the islands. Instead you'll take the early morning "fast ferry" which is much quicker than any charter boat operating in Sumatra (3-4 hours crossing instead of 10-12 hours, each way). Guests will need to spend a night in Padang at the start and at the end of the trip. 

The majority of trips will be to the Mentawai Islands, although surf trips further north to the Telo islands are also possible.

mentawai boat

surf charter boatDining interior

- Fully air conditioned interior and guest cabins
- 2 bathrooms (toilet/shower)
- Interior saloon/lounge - with flat screen TV, hard drive with an extensive range of movies, Bluetooth stereo system, library with board games. 

Exterior areas include a shaded front deck, which tends to be the main place for guests to relax, as well as 2 small shaded back decks. The lower back deck is ideal for trawling. Panoramic views can be accessed from just about anywhere on the boat. Guests will have plenty of opportunity to relax, enjoy their meals and of course savor a few cold Bintangs after a surf. 

The interior provides a modern fully air conditioned saloon/dining area for those looking to cool off & escape the tropical sun, to watch a movie or read a book.

Switchfoot isn't a large charter boat but still offers an impressive 4 twin guest cabins (all with a/c) as well as 1 bunk room for 10 guests. Many of the boats operating in the region have fewer guest cabins which means less privacy and an increased chance of sharing with a resident snorer! It's worth noting that cats are more stable than mono hulls, equating to less swaying when anchored, meaning that you're also likely to get a better nights sleep! Each berth has a fan and a reading light too.

sleeping cabin switchfoot
Twin share cabin (air conditioned)

food and drink
Expect plenty of fresh & healthy meals

Like just about every mentawai boat trip, you'll also be well fed aboard Switchfoot. Meals typically consist of Indonesian and Western cuisine. All are cooked by their experienced charter boat chef, Erik Wau, using the highest quality ingredients available. Expect plenty of healthy & delicious options including fresh fish, chicken, imported steak, and curries. 

There are no set times for meals, giving you ultimate flexibility to surf when you like!

Breakfast

Early breakfast will consist of fresh fruit, cereal, bread, coffee, tea & juices. Hot breakfast / brunch; bacon, eggs, pancakes, jaffles and more.

Lunch & dinner

For lunch & dinner you can expect anything from; Imported steaks, chicken curry's, burgers, nasi goreng, fish tacos, fajitas, chicken satay to fish and chips.

Snacks, sashimi, crackers, cheese, nuts, fruit will be available anytime!

Beers are not included, but guests can pick these up in Tua Pejat for local cost price.

surf mentawaiModern galley

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

Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Water 

switch foot surf mentawai
Front deck

Owner and operator of Switchfoot is Aussie Jason Quinn, your liveaboard resident frother who will go the extra yard to find you the waves of your life.

Having worked in the maritime industry since 1986. Jason has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that can only be achieved with the time and experience of having worked on the ocean/harbour in many different vessels from ships to ferries and yachts. He's a big part of why guests opt for Switchfoot. 

Resident Photographer - Mike Egan (@byronwaves)

Australian photographer Mike Egan will be onboard shooting from dawn to dusk from just about ever angle. Mike's been shooting Surf Photography professionally for the last 8 years and has an impressive swagger of equipment from zoom lenses, to high end cameras, water-housings and drones - all to the perfect shot for your trip. Every other night, Mike puts on a fully edited slideshow with and pics and video clips of the footage captured from previous days sessions on the big screen after dinner. 

switch foot surf charter boat
Plenty of facilities on board, all included in your trip


What’s included

* Airport transfers to and from the boat in Padang
* 11 nights on board Switchfoot surf charter boat, 11 days surfing in the Mentawai (or Telo islands on request)
* Single bed in an a/c cabin
* 3 large, healthy delicious meals served each day
* Snacks, fruit juices
* Unlimited tea, coffee and water
* Speedboat shuttles to the surf from dawn 'til dusk, all day every day
* Fishing & island excursions 
* Use of all amenities - flat screen TV, extensive range of movies, blue tooth stereo system, library with board games, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, medical kit
* 2 x Stand Up Paddleboard's
* All necessary zone permits

What’s not included

* Mentawai Surf Tax (IDR 1,000,000 pp)  
* Photographer / videographer
* Beers (cost price)
* Flights to and from Padang
* 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

mentawai surf charter boat

Length OA: 15.8 Metres / 52 feet
Beam: 7.1 Metres
Draft: 0.66 Metres
Fuel Capacity: 2 x 2100 Litres
F/W Capacity: 2 x 620 Litres
Lightship Weight: 13 Tonnes
Construction: Fiberglass
Hull Type: Symmetrical Hard Chine
Main Engines: YANMAR 6LPA-STP2 315Hp @ 3800/rpm
Transmissions: KMH50A Ratio 1.67
Max Speed: 24 Knots
Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
Genset:2x VETUS 14 Kva
Watermaker: 120 Litres p/hour
Steering: Hydrive Power Assisted
Controls: TELEFLEX KE4+ Electronic
Tenders: (2) 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6m aluminium centre console tinny 60hp

surf charter boat mentawai islands

GPS Chart Plotter: 2 x LOWRANCE 12” HDS
Radar: LOWRANCE 4G Radar 36nm
Sounder: LOWRANCE Elite 7 x HDI
Autopilot: CORSEMASTER
Compass: PLASIMO
VHF Radio: ICOM IC-M504A
HF Radio: ICOM
Fuel Management system: MARETRON
Sat phone
EPIRB
Life raft equipment

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 boat trip aboard Switchfoot, 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).

For the tube hungry, we'd recommend sticking to the Mentawai islands that boasts the widest selection of world class waves. For a few more user-friendly options, we'd suggest North Mentawai to Telos (No fuel surcharge).

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.

mentawais and telos surf map

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

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

surf breaks

travelling to mentawai

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport (PDG), West Sumatra 

Arrive into Padang at anytime.

Guests will be picked up from the airport and taken by private taxi to your hotel. 

The next morning you'll be taken to catch the Mentawai Fast Ferry that will take you to the Mentawai Islands.

On return, you'll be collected from the river port in Padang around 6:30pm and taken by taxi to your hotel. The next morning you'll be collected once again and taken to the airport to catch your outbound flight.

Please note: the fast ferry operates MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY.

Flights 

We recommend using www.skyscanner.com and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia  as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang, from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Sriwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air.

We recommend www.nusatrip.com

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. 

switchfoot

Switchfoot is one of the only surf charter boats that remains in the Mentawai Islands at all times. The other surf charters start & end their trips in Padang.

There are some great advantages to this...

Firstly you wont have to take the 2 "over night" crossings out to the islands. These typically take around 12 hours and are often bumpy due to the "Mentawai Straight", the large body of water separating Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands which has all the elements of "open ocean". It's not the most ideal way to start and end your surf trip. Instead you'll spend your first & last night in Padang in a hotel & take the Mentawai Fast Ferry across to the islands in the early morning, when the ocean is at it's calmest. 

Guests can also arrive anytime into Padang anytime & you'll guarantee yourself a better nights sleep too. This also means that the Switchfoot doesn't burn endless amounts of fuel during the 2 long overnight crossings which results in discounted rates for their customers :-)
mentawai islands
"Transfers" 

Padang meet and greet, as well as all taxis are FREE & include:

- Meet and greet at Padang Airport
- Taxis - Airport to Hotel - 1hr
- Taxis - Hotel to Mentawai Fast Ferry - 10 minutes
- Mentawai Fast Ferry (extra fee, approx. $25) – 3-6 hr crossing (board bag storage extra fee $20-40)
- Padang Hotel – additional charge approx. $20-$70

Note: Switchfoot charter boat will be moored up very close to where the fast ferry docks in Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands (just a few minutes away).

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

On arrival into Padang you'll be collected and taken to your hotel. Even the best hotels are only around $60 for 2 guests including breakfast. We suggest staying at the D'Oxville hotel although Padang is quite a large city and offers plenty of good hotels to choose from. 

Mentawai Fast Ferry

The safest, most reliable way of travelling between the mainland and the Mentawai islands.

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Traveling to Tua Pejat, Mentawai 

Travel days from Padang to Tua Pejat are Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Padang to Mentawai - "Tua Pejat"

Padang – Tua Pejat: Monday, depart 06.00am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Wednesday, depart 06.30am
Padang – Tua Pejat: Friday, depart 07.00am

Mentawai to Padang

Tua Pejat – Padang: Monday depart 15.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Wednesday depart 15.00pm
Tua Pejat – Padang: Friday depart 14.00pm

The Ferry crossing time takes around 3 - 5 hours. Guests will arrive in Tua Pejat (Mentawai Port) around 10-11am, where the ground staff will be waiting to transfer all the baggage to the charter boat

On return, guests will be dropped off at the Ferry port around 1pm. The arrival time in Padang will be approx 6.15pm.

The ground staff will transfer you to your hotel as well as the airport the next morning.  

11 nights / 11 days surfing (onboard Switchfoot)

Itinerary (sample)

Arrive Padang anytime - 1 night in Padang

Early morning Ferry to Tua Pejat (arrive 10:30am) 1/2 day surfing (night 1 Switchfoot)
1 Full day surfing (night 2 Switchfoot)
2 Full day surfing (night 3 Switchfoot)
3 Full day surfing (night 4 Switchfoot)
4 Full day surfing (night 5 Switchfoot)
5 Full day surfing (night 6 Switchfoot)
6 Full day surfing (night 7 Switchfoot)
7 Full day surfing (night 8 Switchfoot)
8 Full day surfing (night 9 Switchfoot)
9 Full day surfing (night 10 Switchfoot)
10 Full day surfing (night 11 Switchfoot)
1/2 day surfing - drop off back to Tua Pejat 1pm,
fast ferry to Padang (1 night in Padang)

Next day, fly out anytime

Note: The trip has no fixed route as the surf conditions can change day to day. The 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 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 Switchfoot, 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.

For those that need some help in choosing the right surf charter boat or those that are unsure what's better a surf charter boat or surf camp, then check out both our blogs below.

mentawai

mentawai surf charter

Dates

Nights

Price Per Person

Special Offer

Availability

26 FEB 22 to 09 MAR 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1800

10

12 MAR 22 to 23 MAR 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1800

10

26 MAR 22 to 06 APR 22

11

USD 2800

0

09 APR 22 to 21 APR 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1999

2

23 APR 22 to 04 MAY 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1999

2

07 MAY 22 to 18 MAY 22

11

USD 2800

10

21 MAY 22 to 01 JUN 22

11

USD 2800

10

29 OCT 22 to 09 NOV 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1999

10

12 NOV 22 to 23 NOV 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1800

10

26 NOV 22 to 07 DEC 22

11

USD 2800

USD 1800

10

Booking Notes


Trips include: 11 days surfing / 11 nights on board
Occupancy: Max 10

Trip starts/ends: Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands
Arrival into Padang anytime (1 night in Padang). Fast ferry to the mentawai islands the next morning.
Last day of trip, guests arrive back into Padang by 6:15pm (1 night Padang).
Fly anytime the next day

A USD 500 deposit is required to secure your booking (approx. AUD 700 per person). 

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% (but transferable to another date given prior notice).

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 Switchfoot Surf Charter Boat & Surf Camp Sumatra's Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Switchfoot Surf Charter Boat: https://www.facebook.com/sumatracharters/

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.
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Big thanks!

Chris Mac
Big thanks to jase and the crew on switchfoot. Had an absolute ball. I've done the land camp thing a few times up there and this was my first boat trip. It's the only way I'll be doing it from now on. The boys had us into the best waves everyday and the food Eric was serving up was all time. Thanks again lads, cya next time.

Reasons to book!

  • High speed catamaran
  • 8-10 guests
  • 5 guest cabins
  • Fast (12 knots "cruising" speed)
  • Aussie owned & operated
  • Includes all meals, snacks, tea, coffee, water etc
  • Use of 2 speedboats
  • Includes SUP's, snorkeling gear, fishing gear, board repair etc

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