Ratu Motu - West Papua

From ¥571,434

for 9 nights


Group - Surf Charter
Uncrowded Waves

The Perfection Pass Holders
Intermediate Waves

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Ultimate Luxury

Price Range

¥63,493 - ¥119,726 per night


February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November

Board Type

Shortboarders, Longboarders, SUP



Every year, the Ratu Motu will voyage from the Mentawai Islands in the west to the the remote corners of the eastern part of Indonesia - West Papua. Moving with the seasons, they cruise the whole Indo-Pacific Coast of Indonesia and beyond. Ratu Motu will guarantee you a true wilderness experience, with rich culture, isolation, privacy and good waves with no crowds.

The crew have lots of experience in these islands because they have systematically explored this entire region over the last 30 years and believe it to be one of the world’s last frontiers of untouched natural wonders.

Quick Facts
    • #1 Luxury Surf Charter on the planet
    • Rooftop Helipad
    • Luxury cabins
    • 2 jetskis and 3 tenders
    • State of the art facilities
    • 5 star meals
    • World-class crew
    • Scuba diving facilities
    • Remote regions

Any surf charter probably strays into the realms of dreamland for most surfers, but the exclusive and ultimate luxury Ratu Motu (formerly Indies Trader IV) cranks everything up several levels. Famous from Kelly and the Young Guns, this luxurious surf boat complete with heliport and a very experienced international crew, cruises the waters of West Sumatra and West Papua. 

Meals are all-inclusive (with the exception of select alcoholic beverages) aboard the Ratu Motu and have been designed to emphasize fresh, healthy, super-food performance-enhancing nourishment to maintain peak energy levels during the experience. The chef has a bevy of unique dishes at the ready as well as the ability to provide a custom menu upon request prior to arrival. The guest concierge will contact the guest representative prior to the trip to personalize all food and beverage needs so no detail is overlooked while onboard the Ratu Motu. Meals vary between buffet and table service, shared in the company of other passengers.

Beach Barbecue

One of the many empty beaches you will visit is the perfect spot for a memorable finish to the day while enjoying an amazing meal prepared table side.


A relaxing spot to enjoy after dinner, the indoor lounge is ideal for swapping stories, review the day's highlights captured by the resident photographer or curl up with a book, magazine, DVD, music or board game. Drinks and refreshments are available throughout the day.

Outdoor Bar

The outdoor bar is located at the rear of the ship and provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the day or evening while taking in all of the sights and sounds. The bar is always fully stocked with western and local beverages, while also including an unmatched collection of international wines. In addition, they will accommodate all specific beverage requests with appropriate notification.

Services & Amenities

In Rooms:

  • Air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms in A, B and C Class cabins
  • Queen and full-size beds
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • 2x daily housekeeping
  • Plasma/LCD screen television
  • Apple TV
  • DVD player
  • C-band high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi in all areas
  • Global roaming service available for guests’ mobile telephones (satellite phone also available)

On Board:

  • Full-time photographic service (fees apply)
  • Dive and snorkeling equipment
  • Water sports equipment including SUPs and kayaks
  • Full-service bar
  • Best-in-class guides and boat drivers
  • In-house chef who prepares all meals
  • On-board masseuse upon request (fees apply)


Health & Treatments

If you want, they are able to bring aboard specialists who can provide a menu of massage treatments to soothe the active body and mind. They also offer preventative maintenance to help you take advantage of your full trip, or recover from an injury, or just relax and enjoy soothing hands in an environment like no other.

The multiple decks and empty beaches create perfect opportunities for low-impact exercises such as yoga or light resistance training. 



The surf off the West Coast of Sumatra is without a doubt the world’s greatest collection of quality reef breaks. A combination of factors include the longest fetch area in an ocean, a proliferation of quality reefs, 1000′s of small islands and light and variable breezes to provide what is known as the “Surfing Disneyland”. Anyone who has picked up a surfing magazine or watched a surfing movie in the last 10 years has dreamed of the surf off the West Coast of Sumatra. Simply put, this region is the ultimate surfer’s destination and Ratu Motu is the ultimate way to access the region.

Over the past 20 years they have been operating in the region and they have had the privilege to “discover” many waves and surf a multitude of others. Whether you are in search of deep barrels and dry reef or 3-6 foot ”gentleman’s surf” with you and a few mates, they’ll help make your dream a reality.

With literally hundreds of waves in the region, the surf in West Sumatra is ultra-consistent with lefts and rights that work on all tides, and opposite wind directions virtually guaranteeing off-shores every day. Best of all, the variety of surf offers many options for all levels of surfers and equipment.

A good guide can make or break a trip. Aboard the Ratu Motu, you can find very seriously guides who are world-class surfers who focus on enhancing guest experiences, not their own. The guides ensure your time is maximized, and match a wave’s degree of difficulty, a day hike’s duration or a dive’s technical aspects with your own individual ability level and comfort zone. All of the guides are qualified lifesavers well-trained in emergency procedures. They also continually evaluate safety and risk management processes in consultation with industry-leading authorities.

Diving - Indonesia is renowned for its incredible marine bio-diversity including an abundance of fish life, warm pristine waters and close encounters with numerous forms of marine life. The ship is one of the most well–equipped sport diving vessels in the world. Their scuba tank fill stations with multiple whips and Dual Bauer compressors will maximize your dive time. You can dive directly from the ship’s swim platform or use the tenders to access the most exhilarating dive locations on the globe, many of which you may be the first to experience.

As one of Indonesia’s fastest-cruising live-aboard yachts, the Ratu Motu gives divers access to a wide variety of secluded hot spots, including exciting channel dives with sharks and rays, vibrant thilas, cleaning stations, wrecks, and coral overhangs.

SUP - Whether you’re a dedicated enthusiast, an opportunistic part-timer, or a curious first-timer, you’ll find the friendly, uncrowded waves are ideal for stand-up paddle-boarding. You can bring your own equipment or use the board one. An outing on an SUP in this part of the world has to be ranked as one of the great marine experiences.

Kayak Tours – A tour around on one of Ratu Motu's many single or double Kayaks is a fun experience that lets you experience the best "Lounge chair" ride in West Sumatra.

Jet Ski & Tenders - At the heart of your vacation activities are three tenders and one  jet ski always available for your use. These crafts are quickly launched and you’ll be embarking on your day’s adventure in no time. Of course it’s just a short ride to the secluded beach of your choice if you are feeling less adventurous.

Eco and Cultural Tours - In an area as bio diverse the opportunity to go ashore and experience the wonder up close and personal is not to be missed. Everything from hikes to the top of a mountain or a visit to a secluded village are at your fingertips.


Choose from 8 State Rooms on the Ratu Motu divided onto two decks in four cabin classes. Relax in the bright and spacious cabins as you enjoy the most well appointed and equipped vessel in West Sumatra and West Papua. Awake to a new destination each morning, as large windows frame ever-changing views of a land time forgot.

All Ratu Motu cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities and equipped with Plasma/LCD screen televisions, internet connection, DVD players and Apple TV, all in the comfort of your State Room. Cabins are serviced twice daily.

Main Deck

The Main deck provides four deluxe double berth staterooms, each with a single queen sized bed, desk, ensuite facilities, TV, surround sound, DVD, Apple TV, satellite phone and email communication. Two of these cabins offer additional luxuries and also include dual hand basins in the ensuites. All upper deck cabins include large viewing windows providing a bright airy feel.

Lower Deck

There are four double berth staterooms each configured with a double bed, desk, ensuite facilities, TV, surround sound, DVD, Apple TV, satellite phone and email communication. Also on this deck are three two berth cabins with tiered single bunks, one of these with ensuite facilities, two with shared showers and WC amenities. Additional two berth cabins are available by arrangement.

Observation Deck

At the stern of the ship on the upper level, the Observation Deck provides an opportunity to relax in the shade while enjoying an uninterrupted view of the horizon from the comfort of your lounge chair or at the alfresco bar. This area is the perfect afternoon meeting place to share a drink, enjoy the sunset and reflect on the day’s activities while you await your gourmet culinary experience.

Sun Deck

Situated forward of the Bridge on the Upper Deck you will find a spacious sun lounge. With plush cushioned seating and comfortable day beds, it is an exceptional location to enjoy secluded sunbathing or an intimate evening drink under the stars. The sun lounge also offers a panoramic view of your surroundings when the vessel is underway between anchorages.

Swim Platform

Right on the waterline at the stern of the ship provides a large swim platform and ladder. This allows effortless access to the water for scuba diving, snorkeling or swimming.


Ratu Motu's hull is single chine mono displacement. The vessel is a twin screw ocean passenger cruising vessel constructed of welded aluminium with a raked stem, full keel, stepped transom stern, raised two deck accommodation with bridge located forward.


  • Builder – Image Marine
  • Built – February 1999
  • Upgraded – March 2005
  • Port of Registry – Jakarta
  • Classification – Lloyds Register 100 A1 SSC PASS, MONO, HS
  • Gross Tonnage – 273
  • Net Tonnage – 107
  • Service Speed – 21 knots (MAX)


  • Length (OA) 34.0 m
  • Depth (MLD) 3.3 m
  • Breadth (EXT) 9.11 m
  • Draft (LOADED) 2.25 m


Main Engines

  • Two (2) MTU 16 cylinder
  • 4 cycle turbocharged diesel engines

Auxiliary Machinery

  • Two (2) Perkins 6TG24M/Stamford 112.5 kVA Generators
  • Two (2) Drager dive compressors 0.6 cubic metres, manual 15 kW
  • Three (3) 2.2 kW reverse osmosis freshwater generation systems
  • Two (2) Palfinger hydraulic telescoping boom cranes 2,140 kg
  • Helideck to support Bell 206B helicopter or equivalent


  • Fuel – 24,428 litres
  • Aviation Fuel – 6,000 litres
  • Freshwater – 9,258 litres
  • Outboard Fuel – 1,960 litres

Charter Passenger and Crew Capacities

  • Passengers – 18 max
  • Crew – 12
  • Cabins – 10


  • Being met on arrival by our representative at the Airport. A representative will assist on your transfer to our vessel
  • All surf, dive and other excursion transfers
  • Meals, non-alcoholic and select alcoholic drinks are all-inclusive
  • Use of all dive, snorkeling, SUPs, sea kayak equipment and associated facilities on Ratu Motu excluding the 1 Jet Ski (fees apply)
  • Laundry service
01 Mar 2020 14 Mar 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
15 Mar 2020 28 Mar 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
29 Mar 2020 11 Apr 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
12 Apr 2020 25 Apr 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
26 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 Surf Charter 11 nights 0 -
08 May 2020 18 May 2020 Surf Charter 10 nights 0 -
19 May 2020 29 May 2020 Surf Charter 10 nights 18 ¥577,179
31 May 2020 11 Jun 2020 Surf Charter 11 nights 0 -
14 Jun 2020 27 Jun 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 0 -
28 Jun 2020 11 Jul 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
19 Jul 2020 01 Aug 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
02 Aug 2020 15 Aug 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 18 ¥749,712
16 Aug 2020 29 Aug 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 0 -
31 Aug 2020 07 Sep 2020 Surf Charter 7 nights 18 ¥749,712
08 Sep 2020 19 Sep 2020 Surf Charter 11 nights 0 -
20 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020 Surf Charter 9 nights 0 -
30 Sep 2020 09 Oct 2020 Surf Charter 9 nights 0 -
21 Oct 2020 07 Nov 2020 Surf Charter 17 nights 18 ¥1,077,536
08 Nov 2020 21 Nov 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 0 -
22 Nov 2020 05 Dec 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 0 -

West Papua

06 Dec 2020 19 Dec 2020 Surf Charter 13 nights 0 -

West Papua

17 Dec 2020 28 Dec 2020 Surf Charter 11 nights 18 ¥697,952

West Papua

08 Jan 2021 17 Jan 2021 Surf Charter 9 nights 18 ¥571,434

West Papua

19 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021 Surf Charter 10 nights 18 ¥634,696

West Papua

31 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021 Surf Charter 12 nights 18 ¥761,220

West Papua

14 Feb 2021 26 Feb 2021 Surf Charter 12 nights 18 ¥761,220

West Papua

01 Mar 2021 13 Mar 2021 Surf Charter 12 nights 18 ¥761,220

West Papua to Mentawai. Flexible dates - please enquire.

04 Apr 2021 14 Apr 2021 Surf Charter 10 nights 18 ¥577,184



For all Sumatra trips: Whenever a full charter for 18 persons is available, the average price is US$555.56 per person per night, or US$10,000 per night for the entire boat. 

Extra 10% if in West Papua.

For any trip when some individual spots have already been taken (availability is less than 18 spots), there are only individual spots available. We are showing the average price of US$555.56 per person per night. However, the prices start at US$400 per person per night (twin share basis) - based on E class cabins (bunk beds), with extra 10% in West Papua. Please contact us for a customized quotation based on your specific trip duration and desired cabin type.

International & Domestic Flights – The Perfect Wave is also a licensed wholesale travel agent that has experienced consultants ready to package flights into your package. Please make sure you get flights packaged into your quote as we receive best rate flight prices from the best airlines.

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