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  • D'Bora - Mentawai surf charter boat
D'Bora - Mentawai

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From 1510pp for 12 Nights


IDEAL FOR

Experience level: Intermediate, Advanced
Time of year: March, April, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Group type: Group Surf Holidays - Chartered
Budget: <2000
Board type: All types

Quick Facts

    • Experienced operators
    • Massive boat
    • Great value
    • Renowned surf guide
    • Air conditioned
    • 3 beers/day included

SUMMARY

The D'Bora is a massive 80-foot vessel running affordable quality surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. Her owners, Charlie Josal, Tom Plummer and Joey Melroy have teamed to create this unique vessel with all the modern amenities, but a decidedly local Indonesian architecture and flair. With many years combined experience in the Mentawais, they've pooled the best possible crew with Joey acting as onboard manager and surf guide traversing the length and breadth of the Mentawai Islands to get you your fill of waves, and then some.

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OTHER SAY...

"My 2nd trip the Ments, 1st on Debora. Couldn't have asked for a better crew and surf guide, food was mental, boat so stable compared to other boats and the waves were pumping. Thanks Again"

- Thomas
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"Perfect wave did a great job to ensure all 10 of us were organized and ready for our trip. D'Bora was the best boat with a great crew, food was amazing and Adam our guide is a legend and had us first on the spots every time. We scored amazing waves couldn't have wished for a"

- Blake
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"Perfect wave did a great job to ensure all 10 of us were organized and ready for our trip. D'Bora was the best boat with a great crew, food was amazing and Adam our guide is a legend and had us first on the spots every time. We scored amazing waves couldn't have wished for a"

- Blake
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"Scored some great early season waves, we were stoked. The D'Bora boat itself is true luxury living in the ments. It is five star all the way. It was by far the best boat out there. Food on board was amazing - really tasty, lots of it and great variety. All of the Indo cr"

- Ryan
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"We spent 12 nights on the D'Bora from late Feb to early March. To say we scored was an understatement. There were only 6 surfers on our boat; 4 Aussies and 2 legend fellas from San Diego, Aaron and Matt. From cruising into empty 6 ft Lances Left on our first morning, and "

- Rob
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"Went on an off-season trip to the Ments and scored. The guys from The Perfect Wave were great in organising the trip with an awesome boat and crew and the best surf guide who got us awesome waves on 10 out of 12 days."

- Julian
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"We had a great trip mixed with plenty of waves, excellent food, interesting side trips and a fantastic crew. Our guide managed to find us uncrowded waves even when there were lots of other boats and land camps in the area. I would highly recommend the Telos and Banyaks for s"

- Vinnie Renehan
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"Perfect Wave did what a good travel company should do and efficiently organise the admin and processes of the travel. Getting groups of bloke surfers to attend to all the boring admin is a huge challenge but our consultant was politely persistent and made sure everything fel"

- Frank
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"Joey and the crew, both onboard and back in Padang, made for a perfect start to my 40th year. You couldn't ask for a more comfortable boat. Joey never missed a beat with the waves. Even with the small (big enough for this dude) swell we surfed at least once a day, often two "

- Steve Penn
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"This was my first trip to the mentawai islands traveling on the dbora surf charters , it was the trip of a lifetime the crew on the boat managed by joey was amazing . The waves where perfect the food was perfect and the local knowledge of joey and the crew was second to none"

- Nick
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"We didn't have Joey as he was having a short break. We had Ben and he is from Gerringong which is about 10 minutes from my hometown. Weird!! Great guy and took us where we needed to go. Had us ahead of other boats most of the time. Met Tom also. I would def recommend the D'B"

- Gus
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"Great crew, great waves, great times! Can't wait to do it again!"

- Alex
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"Hi Rhonda, Mentawais was absolutely awesome. Best time of my life by far!!! Thanks for everything and organising it all for us deafies. Could you forward me Scott and Dan email address from the East Coast of the USA. I want to collect everyone favourite photos and put the"

- Rod
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"Hey Rhonda, I had a great time with my trip. I love their boat crew, they are very friendly and helpful with everything. Surf guide/Photographer/Manager of D'Bora.. Joey treated us really well. His photos of us are awesome. He knows what he's doing with us... balanced wi"

- Daniel
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"The cook on board was a bloody legend! To cook that well in a space that small for ten hungry blokes is no mean feat, he deserves an medal! Joey, our guide made the trip helping us score perfect waves and with few people on them. The addition of Joel (saltmotion) was awes"

- Tom
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"Let me just start by saying we had an amazing trip, a few freindships were forged for life. Many laughs were had. Our trip was an interesting one because the crew onboard differed considerably in skill level. This made it interesting for our surf guide Joey, he had to cater "

- Mitch
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"What a great trip! We lucked in and had a well balanced group of personalities- and we got three separate swells. It was an awesome time. Big thanks to Joel (saltmotion.com) for his hard work, and also to the D'Bora crew!"

- Woody
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"This Indo trip is one that I will never forget! It was complete with everything I could have asked for. Constant entertainment, comedy, the fish were biting, and most of all we scored epic waves!! What a great crew and experience! Special thanks to Joel (saltmotion photograp"

- Brando
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"Hi Josh, D'Bora was awesome, I’ve been on 4 other boats before and nothing comes close to how good D'Bora is. D'Bora has so much room, comfy seats, lots of shad. Boards are away and not under people feet. The crew and food were amazing and everything was smooth transfer"

- Karl
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"It was all good and we are planning next years trip already after only being back for five days... both last years and this years trip on the D'Bora were perfect and the waves outstanding! There may be other good vessels and resorts out there but we were lucky to strike the "

- Rick
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"Dear Rhonda, Finally recovering from the surf trip of a lifetime. I really don’t know where to start! We had pumping waves for the whole ten days including HT’s the best Joey had seen it in his time in the Mentawais Islands. Two to four surfs a day for ten days in "

- Rick
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"Hi Rhonda, Just got back on Saturday from the Mentawai's trip. We had a fantastic time and scored some awesome waves. The D'Bora is amazing - huge, clean and very spacious with heaps of outdoor deck space and much of it being shaded which is ideal. The crew were especial"

- Ollie
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About this Surf Charter

Overview

The D'Bora is a massive 80-foot vessel running affordable quality surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. Her owners, Charlie Josal, Tom Plummer and Joey Melroy have teamed to create this unique vessel with all the modern amenities, but a decidedly local Indonesian architecture and flair. With many years combined experience in the Mentawais, they've pooled the best possible crew with Adam "Big Bird" Dube formally of Togat Nusa Retreat and Samudra Biru acting as onboard manager and surf guide traversing the length and breadth of the Mentawai Islands to get you your fill of waves, and then some.

D’Bora runs 12-night charters unless otherwise stated. The vessel will depart with a minimum of 6 guests.

Captain & Crew:

With over 25 years combined experience in the Mentawai, they’ve pooled the best possible crew with onboard Western skipper and will traverse the length and breadth of the Mentawai Islands to get you your fill of waves, and then some.

Captain Tanuir. Has worked in the surf charter industry for more than 12 years and before that spent many years driving cargo and other boats up and down Mentawai. He joined D'Bora in 2009 and is the man who will be driving through the night or up before dawn to make sure you are on the spot for a full day of waves.

Amae - Guest Service. Amae has been with D'Bora from Day 1 and is the kid with the sweet smile who's always hand to assist with any request his guests might have. He also runs the onboard ding and snap repair service.

Eka - Dinghy driver and 1st Mate. Eka has been going to sea since he was 13. Besides running you out to the lineup and promptly picking you up when your session is over, Eka also has an eye for precision when it’s time to take photos of you & your crew. However his specialty is catching fish and there is no better pre-dinner snack than a plate of fresh tuna sashimi.

Joey - Everyone's favourite surf guide Joey Melroy will be having a break from surf  guiding on D'Bora in 2014 from April. Joey has done 5 years of back to back seasons and has decided to go to take a change of scenery so he doesn't lose his stoke for the Mentawai.

Joey started handing over the reins to his replacement - Adam 'Big Bird' Dube – in 2013, so he knows Joey’s exceptionally high standard of customer service to which he must live up to.  Joey says he and Adam are “cut from the same cloth” and has the same high standards so knows it will be a smooth transition.

Both Joey & Adam have been guiding in the Ments for the same number of years.

Adam, who was running Samudra Biru in 2013, is from Crescent Head in Australia, and has also worked at Togat Nusa Retreat so has a wealth of experience.

Ruli - Cook. Ruli has extensive Mentawai resort experience and decided to take on the challenge of a floating kitchen a couple of years ago. He is quick to understand the tastes of charter guests and cooks a fresh and nutritious balance of Asian and Western meals.

Nanang - Engineer. The quiet achiever onboard D'Bora who spends a good portion of the charter working away in the bowels of the boat, Nanang is Javanese and joined D'Bora in 2010. He has previously worked on cargo boats traversing the length and breadth of Indo.

Accommodation

  • Two private cabins with a bunk-style bed setup, (the lower bed is slightly smaller than a standard double so can hold 2 people for couples wanting to snuggle).
  • The bunk room with 12 berths.
  • Two bathrooms.
  • Air-conditioning throughout the boat - private cabins, dorm and saloon.
  • Length: 80 ft.
  • Crusing speed: 8 knots.
  • Engine: Nissan RE8 300 hp.
  • Generator: 20 KvA x 2.
  • Radio: Icom HF and VHF.
  • Radar: Furuno 24 mile.
  • GPS: Garmin.
  • Sounder: Garmin.
  • 25 person SOLAS liferaft.
  • Flares.
  • Lifejackets.
  • Fire Extinguishers.
  • TV, DVD and stereo with I-pod jack.
  • Large top deck area with tunes for chilling out & meals.
  • New tender : Suzuki 175hp. Speed 35kts. Length 18 ft.
  • Rigid Hull Zodiac with 15hp Yamaha.


Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers.
  • Air-conditioned accommodation in either private cabin or dorm.
  • 3 hearty meals per day and snacks in between.
  • 3 beers per day.
  • Juice, drinking water, soft-drinks and hot drinks.
  • Use of snorkelling and fishing equipment.
  • Zone permits and local donations.
  • Mentawai Tax.

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DEPARTURE Return Duration Spots Price Notes Availability
16 Aug 2014 28 Aug 2014 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
30 Aug 2014 11 Sep 2014 12 Nights 1 1815  
13 Sep 2014 25 Sep 2014 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
27 Sep 2014 09 Oct 2014 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
11 Oct 2014 23 Oct 2014 12 Nights 5 1815  
25 Oct 2014 06 Nov 2014 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
10 Jan 2015 22 Jan 2015 12 Nights 4 1510  
31 Jan 2015 12 Feb 2015 12 Nights 10 1510  
14 Feb 2015 26 Feb 2015 12 Nights 10 1510  
28 Feb 2015 12 Mar 2015 12 Nights 3 1815  
14 Mar 2015 26 Mar 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
28 Mar 2015 09 Apr 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
11 Apr 2015 23 Apr 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
25 Apr 2015 07 May 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
09 May 2015 21 May 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
23 May 2015 04 Jun 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
06 Jun 2015 18 Jun 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
20 Jun 2015 02 Jul 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
04 Jul 2015 16 Jul 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
25 Jul 2015 06 Aug 2015 12 Nights 10 1678  
08 Aug 2015 20 Aug 2015 12 Nights 10 1678  
22 Aug 2015 03 Sep 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
05 Sep 2015 17 Sep 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
19 Sep 2015 01 Oct 2015 12 Nights 0 0   Sold Out
03 Oct 2015 15 Oct 2015 12 Nights 10 1678  
17 Oct 2015 29 Oct 2015 12 Nights 10 1678  
31 Oct 2015 12 Nov 2015 12 Nights 10 1678  
Schedule last updated: 30 September 2014
Price quoted above is subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
  • If full charter is available (10 spots showing), the price is based on exclusive 10-people booking.
  • 2014: Individual spots are $2,975 (high season) or $2,677 (November 1 - Feb 28).
  • Please click "Enquire Now" to email us or call us Toll Free on 0808 258 0101 (from the UK) or +33 (0)5 58 47 65 01 (outside the UK) to speak with one of our friendly consultants.

Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave 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.

Testimonials

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Thomas

My 2nd trip the Ments, 1st on Debora. Couldn't have asked for a better crew and surf guide, food was mental, boat so stable compared to other boats and the waves were pumping. Thanks Again

Experience Begun: August 2014
Created on: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Blake

Perfect wave did a great job to ensure all 10 of us were organized and ready for our trip. D'Bora was the best boat with a great crew, food was amazing and Adam our guide is a legend and had us first on the spots every time. We scored amazing waves couldn't have wished for a better trip! Cheers to PW and the D'Bora crew, hope to see you again in the not too distant future. Thanks Again Blake

Experience Begun: August 2014
Created on: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Blake

Perfect wave did a great job to ensure all 10 of us were organized and ready for our trip. D'Bora was the best boat with a great crew, food was amazing and Adam our guide is a legend and had us first on the spots every time. We scored amazing waves couldn't have wished for a better trip! Cheers to PW and the D'Bora crew, hope to see you again in the not to distant future. Thanks Again Blake

Experience Begun: August 2014
Created on: Friday 22 August 2014
Ryan

Scored some great early season waves, we were stoked. The D'Bora boat itself is true luxury living in the ments. It is five star all the way. It was by far the best boat out there. Food on board was amazing - really tasty, lots of it and great variety. All of the Indo crew were awesome - always smiling and happy, couldn't ask for anything more from them, they did a top notch job. Our surf guide Joey was very experienced and knew exactly what he he was doing and where to go to score the best waves.

Experience Begun: February 2014
Created on: Thursday 27 March 2014
Rob

We spent 12 nights on the D'Bora from late Feb to early March. To say we scored was an understatement. There were only 6 surfers on our boat; 4 Aussies and 2 legend fellas from San Diego, Aaron and Matt. From cruising into empty 6 ft Lances Left on our first morning, and finishing with 6ft plus perfect, empty Scarecrows, on our last, the trip was everything we could have asked for. We managed to be on the boat for Joey's second last trip before finishing up - that bloke is a bloody legend. He knows the islands inside and out, and nothing was too much trouble. The crew on the D'Bora are a credit to themselves; always happy to help, whether it be dropping us out for a surf, or Ruli cooking up a storm in the kitchen. And to have a chance to surf with a couple of the crew was awesome. Joey had us in the right spot at the right time to make the most of the swell, and we were fortunate enough to score 2 decent swells on our trip. Even when the swell was "small" by Mentawai standard, big Joey knew where to find waves. If that meant a 4am start for the crew, that's what they did, they were awesome. We surfed most of our sessions by ourselves, at one stage surfing 6-8ft Lances Left with just 2 of us out.....unbelievable! I can not rate the D'Bora high enough. The boat was cleaned top to bottom everyday, fresh, delicious food every day, fridge always filled with cold beer. I would highly recommend the D'Bora, and I would highly recommend The Perfect Wave team to help you get there. Cheers. Rob

Experience Begun: March 2014
Created on: Thursday 20 March 2014
Julian

Went on an off-season trip to the Ments and scored. The guys from The Perfect Wave were great in organising the trip with an awesome boat and crew and the best surf guide who got us awesome waves on 10 out of 12 days.

Experience Begun: February 2014
Created on: Thursday 06 February 2014
Vinnie Renehan

We had a great trip mixed with plenty of waves, excellent food, interesting side trips and a fantastic crew. Our guide managed to find us uncrowded waves even when there were lots of other boats and land camps in the area. I would highly recommend the Telos and Banyaks for surfers of all levels.

Experience Begun: September 2013
Created on: Thursday 17 October 2013
Frank

Perfect Wave did what a good travel company should do and efficiently organise the admin and processes of the travel. Getting groups of bloke surfers to attend to all the boring admin is a huge challenge but our consultant was politely persistent and made sure everything fell into place well. My 3rd trip to the Mentawais and would rate the service and experience with D'Bora as outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always accommodating to the varying needs of all of our group. No hesitation recommending Perfect Wave or the D'Bora for a surf trip to the Mentawais.

Experience Begun: July 2013
Created on: Tuesday 27 August 2013
Steve Penn

Joey and the crew, both onboard and back in Padang, made for a perfect start to my 40th year. You couldn't ask for a more comfortable boat. Joey never missed a beat with the waves. Even with the small (big enough for this dude) swell we surfed at least once a day, often two or three times. Cheers Charlie at the Perfect wave for all your help and advice. Could not have been happier. Even with the eight nutters from the East coast he stuck us with. For those guys all I can say is … "it was better that Triggs!"

Experience Begun: July 2013
Created on: Tuesday 27 August 2013
Nick

This was my first trip to the mentawai islands traveling on the dbora surf charters , it was the trip of a lifetime the crew on the boat managed by joey was amazing . The waves where perfect the food was perfect and the local knowledge of joey and the crew was second to none . To Gina and the perfect wave crew thanks again for organising my trip I would recommend it to anyone , and I will be back thanks again , nick brydon !!!!

Experience Begun: July 2013
Created on: Tuesday 27 August 2013
Gus

We didn't have Joey as he was having a short break. We had Ben and he is from Gerringong which is about 10 minutes from my hometown. Weird!! Great guy and took us where we needed to go. Had us ahead of other boats most of the time. Met Tom also. I would def recommend the D'Bora and when I go again I will be going on that boat. It has by far the best outdoor area of all the boats we saw and the price was usually much cheaper. Gus

Experience Begun: August 2013
Created on: Tuesday 27 August 2013
Alex

Great crew, great waves, great times! Can't wait to do it again!

Experience Begun: October 2012
Created on: Thursday 29 November 2012
Rod

Hi Rhonda, Mentawais was absolutely awesome. Best time of my life by far!!! Thanks for everything and organising it all for us deafies. Could you forward me Scott and Dan email address from the East Coast of the USA. I want to collect everyone favourite photos and put them on the Deaf Boardriders Australia Facebook site. Attached is a shot of me at HT by Joey. He was a cool mellow guy and a great guide!! Rodney

Experience Begun: May 2012
Created on: Thursday 07 June 2012
Daniel

Hey Rhonda, I had a great time with my trip. I love their boat crew, they are very friendly and helpful with everything. Surf guide/Photographer/Manager of D'Bora.. Joey treated us really well. His photos of us are awesome. He knows what he's doing with us... balanced with everyone else like for example... he would take us to the left spots or advanced spot for the beginning of our trip then he realized that most of us on the boat are regulars and some of em are intermediate level... so he took us to all different spots that would suit for all of us. I love all advanced spots...but other spots r fun too, sometimes he would take me to other spot around the corner while everyone else is surfing at the spot that they wanted to. He thought about every individual/person. He kept ask us all day if we re good?, hungry? thirsty? any questions? I'm impressed with him. NO REGRET with him! FOOD IS INCREDIBLE n DELICIOUS. That money is worth for every MEALS!!! He made like $20-$30 worth of meal for dinner everyday like I would usually see on the menu in restaurants. I meant it... WOW! I wish I could bring the CHEF home with me. ha! The rest of the CREW has been great to us, especially with gestures in sign languages. Everyone on the boat love em. They can be really funny sometimes. The boat is really nice, old school style with some characters in it. NO problems with bed, bathroom, dining area, bar area, living room, etc... I'm stoked what I' ve been going thru with this TRIP. EVERYTHING IS PERFECT! If I plan to go back... I would go with D'BORA again. I wouldn't care about all other luxury/speed boats. THIS BOAT HAS A GREAT CREW and FOOD!! That's all I can say. Hope that's enough for you to hear about it. :) I will reach thru you if I plan to go back again. Thanks for everything!! :) Daniel

Experience Begun: May 2012
Created on: Tuesday 05 June 2012
Tom

The cook on board was a bloody legend! To cook that well in a space that small for ten hungry blokes is no mean feat, he deserves an medal! Joey, our guide made the trip helping us score perfect waves and with few people on them. The addition of Joel (saltmotion) was awesome, with the trip over I now have the photos of myself in the some of the best waves I have ever had. I would recommend a surf trip with Joel again and would in fact look to book onto any trip he is on, or any other surf photographer as a good as him? He put the photos first and his own surfing second - which I was impressed with. Awesome boat, top class food with the freshest best sushi/sashimi (20 mins ocean to plate) - courtesy of the rods out the back! Topped off with world class surf photography for the photo album by Saltmotion, it doesn't get much better!

Experience Begun: September 2011
Created on: Monday 07 November 2011
Mitch

Let me just start by saying we had an amazing trip, a few freindships were forged for life. Many laughs were had. Our trip was an interesting one because the crew onboard differed considerably in skill level. This made it interesting for our surf guide Joey, he had to cater to guys who wanted the biggest barrels of the day and also guys who wanted to surf more mellow waves; and he pulled it off perfectly. The days of the biggest swells we were at the gnarlier waves getting barreled off our head in perfect glass conditions-and NO OTHER BOATS to be seen! On the smaller days we attacked the more mellow spots and the whole crew got to tear apart the waves. Even with the consistent southerly weather Joey had us on the best spots for each day with the least crowds. The crew were amazing and always there to help out. Even though Im non-famous, I felt a little bit famous for 2 weeks.

Experience Begun: September 2011
Created on: Thursday 20 October 2011
Woody

What a great trip! We lucked in and had a well balanced group of personalities- and we got three separate swells. It was an awesome time. Big thanks to Joel (saltmotion.com) for his hard work, and also to the D'Bora crew!

Experience Begun: September 2011
Created on: Tuesday 11 October 2011
Brando

This Indo trip is one that I will never forget! It was complete with everything I could have asked for. Constant entertainment, comedy, the fish were biting, and most of all we scored epic waves!! What a great crew and experience! Special thanks to Joel (saltmotion photography) for capturing all of the moments on film, it was the icing on the cake. Mad skills mate! Lets coordinate another one for the record books next year?? Cheers,

Experience Begun: September 2011
Created on: Tuesday 11 October 2011
Karl

Hi Josh, D'Bora was awesome, I’ve been on 4 other boats before and nothing comes close to how good D'Bora is. D'Bora has so much room, comfy seats, lots of shad. Boards are away and not under people feet. The crew and food were amazing and everything was smooth transferring through Pedang.

Experience Begun: June 2011
Created on: Monday 04 July 2011
Rick

It was all good and we are planning next years trip already after only being back for five days... both last years and this years trip on the D'Bora were perfect and the waves outstanding! There may be other good vessels and resorts out there but we were lucky to strike the D'Bora first up. Legend boat, crew and shore staff! The fact that there are added benifets on this vessel by meeting and helping the local Mentawai people setting up fresh water filtration units only adds to the experience of surfing the best waves in the world. One very stoked fella as I know the rest of the team are!! The Perfect Wave have been great as well! Totally professional and friendly service! We will be booking for next year real soon!

Experience Begun: May 2011
Created on: Thursday 09 June 2011
Rick

Dear Rhonda, Finally recovering from the surf trip of a lifetime. I really don’t know where to start! We had pumping waves for the whole ten days including HT’s the best Joey had seen it in his time in the Mentawais Islands. Two to four surfs a day for ten days in world class waves....wow! I don’t know when it is really going to sink in! I would recommend the D’Bora team to any person or group wanting to surf the Mentawais. In my eyes they are the best!! Some of us were expecting to probably lose a bit of weight on the trip but there was no possible way about that getting restaurant quality meals made for us from the chef (Seeka) every day! Three cooked meals a day and really healthy meals at that! At first we all felt that we had to chip in and help with things around the boat like washing dishes and that sort of thing however everything was done for us including making the beds and folding up clothing around the beds in the dorm. • Captain Ali is a great captain and we all absolutely loved his dry sense of humour. • Eka provided great local knowledge (including fishing) and his experience on the tender and around the Islands picking us up from the breaks was bloody fantastic. • Amae took over fixing some dings in my board and did a terrific job and was handy with the tender’s and also had a great sense of humour. • Herman is a great engineer! I don’t know how old he is but his engineering skills at what I believe is a very young age is a credit to him. Being a skipper and engineer in a past life I was totally amazed when they allowed me to have a look in the engine room. Really clean and well organised. • Seeka is the newest crew member on the boat and should be cooking at the Hilton or something. Hardly left the galley all day and provided the best healthiest meals ever. • And finally Joey.....he is absolutely on the money when it comes to finding the waves. We basically told him to take us where the waves are and he did that (exceeded expectations). Joeys passion for the local people shines through and I felt very privileged that he asked us if we wanted to assist him setting up a water filtration system at a health clinic at a village just around the corner from Lances Left on our last day. Vinnie and myself took up the offer and these memories will stay with me forever. Joey and Tom are absolute legends for what they are doing to help the local people of the Mentawais! Meeting other people in the network of friends and associates of the D’Bora the trip on this boat is something really special. I thank you so much for placing our group on this boat after the trouble the other boat had. It sounds as though we may have had a nightmare trip on that one! On a bit of a down note, I would not recommend anyone fly Air Asia. The way they cancelled the flight on us out of Padang on the way home was absolute bullshit. I am sure that these things do happen from time to time but after being totally burnt out after ten days of surfing and having the best trip ever it was a very long day of travelling. Speaking for myself, and I am sure the other feel the same way, I am very grateful of all your assistance in making our trip truly the best holiday I have ever had. I personally hope to get back on the D’Bora within the next two years and will definitely go through the Perfect Wave Travel Co. I will be telling anyone interested in a surf trip that the Mentawais Islands is the place to go and that the Perfect Wave and the D’Bora is the only way to go! Kindest Regards, Rick

Experience Begun: April 2010
Created on: Wednesday 18 August 2010
Ollie

Hi Rhonda, Just got back on Saturday from the Mentawai's trip. We had a fantastic time and scored some awesome waves. The D'Bora is amazing - huge, clean and very spacious with heaps of outdoor deck space and much of it being shaded which is ideal. The crew were especially good and apart from the classic waves, they absolutely made the trip! The cook (Yani) fed us very well with her delicious meals, captain Ali always had us motoring smoothly, and the rest of the guys (Amae, Herman, Jensen, & Eka) were fantastic also. Time after time going out of their way to run us out to the breaks, and kept everything very tidy and constantly smiling. Joey, our surf guide was brilliant. He always had us on the spot, and took some awesome shots of us out in the water (see attachments). He's very friendly and always up for rounds of cards and beers in the arvos and after dinner. Each night he opened the discussion about the possible options for our next day of surfing, depending on tomorrows forecast winds, swell, and crowds, etc. He could've easily not have done so, kept quiet and taken us to whatever spot he choose and was easiest for him on the schedule but he didn't. Even still, he probably would've been right anyway because he is extremely knowledgeable about the Mentawai's, but it was good to know our options. An awesome guy, and we all plan to keep in touch with him in future. All in all, it was a fantastic trip Rhonda. I'll let the photos speak for themselves about the waves we got. Thanks heaps for sorting everything out for us, it was an absolute breeze getting there and back with all the info and bookings you made for us. The only thing we might do different next time is dodge the budget Air Asia trips to/and from KL. It was under our instruction to go the dirt cheap option, so not your fault at all. But yeh, maybe next time we might fork out a bit more for the easier transfers. Thanks again Rhonda. We'll be back to book with you again for sure, and no doubt it'll be on the mighty D'Bora. I'm already day dreaming about the trip during my first lecture's back at uni, haha.. Cheers, Ollie – Beauty Point, NSW July09

Experience Begun: July 2009
Created on: Thursday 11 February 2010
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