Imagine an area where you are extremely unlikely to meet another surfer, although the place has great conditions. Surrounded by jungle, small tropical ancient limestone islands, pristine and clear waters and lots of little bays that catch the swell. Rich marine life, villagers that rarely meet a foreigner and absolutely uncrowded, empty waves. West Papua offers a unique surf experience to remember.
West Papua Favourites
West Papua has lots to offer, and its marine life could be the best in the world. Whether it is rarely-surfed waves or the rich marine and jungle life, you will be in awe of this remote place.
The surf has lots of good quality and potential, although isn't on the same level as Mentawai, and it doesn't get as big. You will find yourself discovering new waves and surfing a rarely-visited left and right hand reef setups, and the guide with lots of experience will decide each day where to go. The best features of West Papua are absolutely uncrowded breaks, rich marine life, beautiful pristine waters and the vessel you will be staying on - luxurious Ratu Motu.
Where to Stay
West Papua is virtually undiscovered territory, with no surf camps or lodges, never mind resorts, built there.
The only way to score these remote, empty waves is on a boat charter. Speaking of which, how about the only option would be the world’s #1 luxury surf vessel – Ratu Motu.
Picture yourself on a 129-foot luxury vessel that is as luxurious and spacious as it gets on a surf charter. 8 beautiful staterooms on 3 decks, sun deck, state of art equipment, surf & dive guides, 3 tenders, 2 jetskis, diving equipment and even a heliport – this boat will impress any surf traveller under the sun.
In an unchartered area like West Papua, you really need an experienced surf guide that has scored this area and knows where to go under any given conditions. Ratu Motu employs and develops world-class guides that are very familiar with the area and have all qualifications for your safety and to maximize your surf time.
Indo Pacific boasts pristine waters with rich underwater life, great for snorkelling and world-class diving. Or kayak in clear, clean and warm waters, discover untouched beaches and meet an occasional local villager. There are no cities here, no modern civilization... Just a quality surf and untouched nature, waiting for you to discover it. Check out the National Park, and a world heritage site Rajah Ampat - one of the most amazing marine parks in the world.
Best West Papua surf conditions are during the wet season, when the swells and winds in the Indo Pacific are most favourable. November to March are best, which perfectly coincides with low season at Sumatra, Mentawai, West Java and West Bali. You can expect consistent 2-6 foot conditions. There are both easy and challenging breaks in this area.
West Papua relies on storm swells off Korea and also gets some of Hawaii North shore swell that travels across Pacific. Water temperature is consistent 27-29 degrees.