Huey has been operating in these waters since 1999, providing surfers with a variety of waves to suit all levels of ability. Sooly is a great character, whose love of surfing and the Mentawai Islands clearly shows in the trips he runs for his guests. With 15 years experience traveling through Indonesia and its waters, his team will be sure to get you the best waves on offer. If Sooly is not onboard guests will be guided by Crescent Head lad Sebastion "Sab" Brose. He has recently qualified for his Master 5 Captains ticket and has been guiding Huey guests since 2016.
The Mentawai Islands offer some of the best and most consistent waves in the world. Huey has been operating in these waters since 1999 providing surfers with a variety of waves to suit all levels of ability.
is an 82-ft ex-customs patrol vessel customised for surf charters.
Built and launched by the Japanese Government in 1978, HUEY is one of
the faster boats serving the Mentawai Islands. Finishing in March 2009,
Huey underwent a four month refit which involved rebuilding the main
engines, plus new propellers and shafts to ensure reliability and safety
for their guests. She is powered by two V8 Nissan 400hp diesels so
getting there in all weather conditions is never a problem.
Captain & Crew
(nicknamed Sooly), the owner of Huey has over 25 years experience
traveling through Indonesia and its waters. He’s a Mentawai veteran and
runs one of the most well respected charter operations with a massive
repeat client base.
Amril, Huey’s Indonesian captain is a born and bred Padang local and also has 20 years experience at sea. He knows these waters like no other and has been working on western charter boats for 7 years.
Khairul the Chef and all round good guy will provide the food. His cooking is second to none. After finishing his trade certificate in Bukitingi, he started work on Huey in 2000 and has been with the boat ever since.
Amon and Hendra the two deckhands and dinghy drivers, also have lots of experience on the ocean.
1x 8 Berth Cabin
1x 2 Berth Cabin
1x Double Cabin
air conditioning throughout the vessel ensures your preferred room
temperature. There's plenty of accessible board storage and the
spacious, covered front deck area is a favourite among guests for
catching the cool breeze or lazing in the afternoon shade.
- Hull: Steel
- 82 ft long
- 20 ft wide
- 6ft Draft
- Engines: 2x 400hp Nissan Diesels
- Electrics; 1 x Kohler silenced diesel genset, 33 Kva, 1 x Isuzu diesel genset, 30 Kva. 110v and 220v power, US, Australian and Indonesian power points
- Cruising speed: 10 Knots
- Top Speed: 12 Knots
- Fuel Capacity: 11,000 litres
- Water Capacity: 4000 litres
- Air Con: All cabins, galley and TV room have ducted and split system AC
- Safety Gear: Certified 20 man life raft, flares, 406Mhz EPIRB, SART
- Communications: VHF Marine Radio, HF Radio, Satellite phone, mobile phone in some areas
- Navigation: Garmin 216 GPS integrated with C-Maps, 64mile JRC Radar, Furuno Navnet Plotter/Sounder/Radar
- Tenders: 1 x 3.6m Rubber Zodiac with 15 hp Yamaha, 1 x 7.5m Fibreglass speed boat with 2 x 175 hp Four stroke Suzuki outboards,
- All meals snacks and soft drinks.
- Airport transfers.
- Use of all equipment on board.
- 6 beers per guest per day.
- Towels and Linen
Available at extra cost:
- Extra beers, wine and spirits. We can order these for you, charged at local cost price.
- Satellite phone charges
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Other Surf Experiences
Kevin Stanley - Hunt , July 2017
The Boat was fantastic and the crew first class…. Seb the guide looked after us and discussed where we wanted to go first and we had great waves the entire trip…
Simon Kennedy (April 2017),
The Huey 1 was a clean and slick boat with amazing food. The captain got us into great waves and the crew were awesome. The mentawai's really are a surfing paradise.
Greg (July 2015)
I just wanted to let you know we had such an awesome trip on board the Huey! 14 days was perfect. It let us get 3 solid swells.
The Huey was such a well run vessel, a real class act. I still can't believe the quality of food coming out of the kitchen.
Sooley acted really fast to make sure our trip was running after the sad death of his friend and surf guide Benny.
We had a great guide Rodney who had all sorts of camera gear even a drone and best of all was on the money for the waves and thankfully handy with a needle put a few stitches in my cheek.
Great trip, great waves, heaps of fish.
Dale (April 2015)
This was my first boat trip to the Mentawai Islands, but it will not be my last. The trip was totally awesome. All travel was co-ordinate and simple. The Huey 1 with Captain Paul Benboe (Benny) was comfortable with Kairule's cooking in a class of its own. Meals were nutritional, tasty and varied. Benny's summation of our surfing appetite & abilities was spot on, placing us in some of the best waves for our skill levels. His encouragement to push our boundaries only added to the stoke we all felt.
Tony (April 2015)
Boat was everything I expected (3rd time aboard). Kairuhl the cook is still delivering ridiculously good meals 3 times a day (from a dietary perspective Huey trips are the best 2 weeks of my year. Fresh, tasty, interesting, varied and nutritiously healthy). The other crew interacted brilliantly and were constantly one step ahead in anticipating and satisfying our every need.
Paul Benbow (Benny) the “surf guide” was absolutely brilliant. Not only did he quickly size up our group expectations and capabilities but he genuinely went out of his way to ensure we each individually had a great time and very cleverly, gently pushed our boundaries to ensure we maximised the experience and left without any ”I wish I” regrets. His local knowledge of the relationship between weather and surf setups was icing on the cake.
As Mark suggested Sooly has a huge asset on board in Benny.
Finally thanks again to you and Perfect Wave, fortunately this time we didn’t create any emergencies for you to deal with but we travelled secure in the knowledge that had we needed assistance we would be in extremely capable hands.
Bring on the next trip.
Mark (April 2015)
Yep great trip…. No permanent tattoos………. Benny the skipper and the Huey exceeded expectations. The food was great the crew friendly and always willing to help. Going South was a great call early in the trip where we scored quality waves relative to each individuals surf ability.
Benny is really passionate about keeping the boys at the break each day and seem to really click with our group. Sooley has a valuable guy in charge who really knows the Ments. We left all the decision making in his capable hands, other than 1 day where the winds were not favourable we were greeted with great waves each day.
The boys are talking about the next one where we discussed with Benny going North up to Telos.
The whole experience with Perfect Wave from the start….. right through to when we stepped off the plane this morning was flawless.
Thank you again for all your assistance.
Adam,Firstly thanks for all your help making the trip a great success. Huey1 was fantastic â€“ The food , oh my goodness, just amazing and friendly staff and great surf guide with benny with Fast tenders to get you to the best surf spot right on que. The knowledge of the breaks and getting the best conditions shown like a diamond.A real easy laid back vibe, great times and plenty of space if you need time to yourself.Highly recommend time on the HUEY 1.Got a real good day of amazing barrels , and tubed at least once at every spot. Got a lot of surfâ€™s to myself and one crazy, shallow knarly spitting KEG at dc.Thanks Again.CheersToby
Experience Begun: July 2014
Created on: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Hi CharlieJust back from an epic trip to the Mentawais.. The boat was awesome, great crew, excellent surf guide and the quantity and quality of the food blew the boys away. Scored great uncrowded waves, as we surfed the Hole and Mutts by ourselves for first 3 days of the trip.Surfed all the breaks from the Hole ending up in Playgrounds. Thanks for organising a great trip. Here are a few pics of the trip starting with an epic Mutts barrel.CheersGav
Experience Begun: October 2013
Created on: Wednesday 30 October 2013
Wow, what an amazing trip. The Huey is all time. Ments off season was unreal with perfect just overhead waves every day and clean off-shore. Steve (Sooly) the boat owner and our host for this trip was fantastic. He knew exactly were to go with tides, winds and swell and we scored every day for the week. This photo is of me on Macaronis which Sooly was kind enough to take!! Nice one mate! The food was great too and I would highly recommend this charter for anyone in the future. The boat, tender, crew etc was everything and more that I imagined. See you next year boys!
Experience Begun: February 2012
Created on: Monday 16 April 2012
Rhonda at Perfect Wave travel organised everything from start to finish and the whole trip ran like clockwork.Huey Surf Charters were unreal. The captain Steve Sewell knew the place like the back of his hand and in particular tipped us into spots that were pumping with minimal crowds. I still cant get over how many surfs I had on my own or with only a couple of guys out.I actually surfed Maccaronis on my own for and hour and then another hour with only my son and I.Although the Huey wasnt able to travel, Sewelly organised another boat which was more than adequate, and his staff were fantastic, Karool the cook was awesome and Amon the fist hand couldnt try any harder to help anyone out and never stopped smiling. Overall an awsome experience for my first trip to the Mentawais.
Experience Begun: May 2011
Created on: Wednesday 1 June 2011
Hey Jamie,sorry for getting back to you so late mate! Thought Iâ€™d let u know about our trip for what its worth!!For starters we had the best time of our lives it was unreal! Mentawais were everything I expected and more! Loads of funny stories and all the boys went mad! The other fellas we had on the boat we pretty much made instant mates for life with! All legends! But us boys being slack as, we havenâ€™t got any photos together yet but we do have heaps! The other fellas sent some dvds of pics and videos to us, there awesome! Anyway yeah waves where awesome weather was awesome, the boat and the crew were all awesome! Canâ€™t wait to do it all again!Hopefully doing a round the world trip may next year just in the process of organising it now!! Anyway just like to thank you guys for everything you did for us! I know a lot of hassles went into it but it was all worth it in the end! I dream about that trip just about every night!Iâ€™ll try send a few pics through!cheers mate!Natt & crew â€“ TasMay08