Samudra Biru - Mentawai

From NZ$3,967

for 11 nights


Group - Surf Charter
Solo Travellers

The Perfection Pass Holders
Intermediate Waves

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating


Price Range

NZ$361 - NZ$398 per night


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

Board Type

All types, Shortboarders, Longboarders, SUP


Samudra Biru, formerly known as The Nusantara, was designed with speed to be able to put up to 10 guests on the best waves at any given time. Not only fast, she is also comfortable, both under power, even in rough seas, and at anchor. The owners and crew have years of experience servicing guests, getting the best surf, providing safe and fun charters and exciting surf holidays. Every year, the boat has been up-graded extensively.
Quick Facts
    • photographer on board
    • 1 support vessel
    • max 10 surfers
    • great crew
    • experienced guide
    • high level of service
    • free beers daily

Samudra Biru, run by Nusantara Surf Charters, is a 70ft x 22ft power cat and was custom-built in 2000 and launched in 2001 specifically for doing surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. For 2017, the Samudra Biru comes with all new nautical wiring and a new sleek white & blue paint job.

Samudra Biru was designed for speed, to be able to put guests on the best waves at any given time. Not only fast, she is also comfortable, both under power, even in rough seas and at anchor. They receive many compliments from guests on how well they have been able to sleep on Samudra Biru. Guests who have been on other Mentawai surf charter boats compliment this boat on its superior sleeping accommodations. A good night's sleep is so important on your surf trip, after you've been going hard all day, you want to be fully charged and ready to go hard again the next day.

The boat has 1 support vessel plus another inflatable dinghy. They also have an onboard photographer so your memories can last a lifetime.

The owners and crew have years of experience servicing guests, getting the best surf, providing safe and fun charters and exciting surf holidays. They have many return guests, some returning for their 4th, 5th, even 6th trips. They take their guests to the appropriate surf spots for their abilities, and don't push them out into surf that they are not capable of handling. Not only are they about getting the best surf for their guests, they also provide a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Captain & Crew
Dodi the Samudra Biru’s accomplished captain, has been in the Mentawais for 15 years with 6 years as the skipper. He holds his Indonesian Captain's license and Indonesian Seaman's Book. He has done well over 200 surf charter trips and intimately knows every facet of surfing the Mentawai. The rest of the crew, Ucok, Popeye, cook and mechanic all work seamlessly with each other for one of the tightest crews in the Mentawais.

The Samudra Biru American owners/operators are all experienced surfers with years in the Mentawai Islands. The boat will be accompanied by one of the owners or another very experienced westerner acting as guide. They all know the waves, the weather, the reefs, the tides and the intricacies of each surf spot, and openly share that knowledge with their guests to further their safety and their ability to make the most of each surf session at every surf spot. They also have secret and semi-secret surf spots for when conditions don't agree with the regular spots. They are consistently complimented by the guests for being at the right spot at the right time.




Samudra Biru has open air aft deck dining area to take in the sunset while you dine or watch the surf over breakfast/lunch; 24-hour access to cold/hot drinks/snacks; a big, open air, but covered upper deck for relaxing, viewing, prepping for your go-out; safe, secure surfboard racks shaded from the sun; and surfboard-travel bag storage area protected from the sun and weather.


Samudra Biru was made by sandwich construction, a Divinycell foam core sandwiched between layers of epoxy saturated fiberglass. It’s like a big surfboard, it can't sink. She has a very shallow draft, just over 3'. She has a SeaFury propulsion system, a stern drive, a one piece unit that encompasses prop, rudder and exhaust.


Every year, the boat has been up-graded extensively, more than just paint. They try to make it a better boat each off-season. The boat still lives up to its original design as a high speed, passenger friendly, surf hunting vessel, just more comfortable.


Samudra Biru is also equipped with GPS Plotter navigation, radar, compass, and depth finder in an all new instrument panel as of 2017.


She meets all the safety requirements of the MMTA (EPRB, life jackets, flares etc) they have an extensive medical kit, two engines, two generators and multiple anchors, many connections with the local fishing/marine community, satellite phone and years of experience in preventing and treating surf related injuries.


  • 70ft x 22ft power catamaran. 
  • 2 x 380hp Mitsubishi turbo-diesel engines. 
  • 14 knots top speed, 8-10 knots cruising. 
  • 2 x 13kwh generators - brand new
  • 18ft aluminum tender with outboard
  • 12ft inflatable w/20hp 4 stroke outboard engine.
  • ACeS satellite phone.
  • Brand new whole-boat air-conditioning system.
  • 15ft x 12ft air-conditioned salon/living room w/big screen TV, DVD, MP3-iPod compatible stereo.
  • 22ft x 15ft open-air, covered, upper level teak deck w/cushioned seating.
  • New galley, paint and eating counter.
  • All sleeping areas refinished with new bedding and cushions.
  • 2 double beds and 8 single beds in dormitory style cabins
  • Huge new hangout deck/lounge and canopy off bow. 
  • New surfboard racks with large capacity.
  • Low-level platforms for easy access in and out of the water.
  • Snorkel/mask/dive gear.
  • Fishing gear - trolling and casting/whipping.
  • Refrigerators/freezers.
  • Hot/cold water dispenser. 
  • Plenty of storage so you are not tripping over board bags and boxes



  • Padang airport transfers, surfboard and ground handling.
  • Fully air-conditioned accommodation onboard Samudra Biru, a 71-foot custom power catamaran.
  • 3 + delicious meals per day.
  • Bottled water, hot drinks, sodas.
  • 5 Beers/day per person.
  • Use of all onboard equipment and facilities.
  • Flatscreen T.V. with DVD and entertainment system.
  • Services of owner/operator skippers Adam Kranz (USA), Dan Foss (USA), Cindy Yang (Santa Cruz), Mike Corica (USA), David Klein (USA) and/or Western Guide.
  • Tenders to shuttle you to surf and to use to shoot photos when buying photo package.


Not Included: 

  • Every surfer visiting the Mentawai is required to pay the Mentawai Regional Government Surfer Tax of IDR 1,000,000 for 15 days surfing in the region. This is normally paid on arrival in cash (Indonesian Rupiah) and collected by the local operator before departing Padang. You will be issued a wristband with dates. Please ensure you have this for your entire stay in the Mentawai.


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  • Price is per person and subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
  • December and January trips are available upon request.
  • 2019/2020 Price of US$2,650 per person is an Early Bird deal. Save US$200 per person by booking now.

  • Once the deal expires, the price goes up to US$2,925 per person for individual bookings, and US$2,850 per person for 10-person exclusive charter bookings.
  • Extra days can be added to any trip for a flat fee of US$2,800 per day.
  • Minimum 6 surfers are required to run each trip.

  • Please click "Enquire Online" to email us or call us to speak with one of our friendly surf travel specialists.

  • Every surfer visiting the Mentawai is required to pay the Mentawai Regional Government Surfer Tax of IDR 1,000,000 for 15 days surfing in the region. This is normally paid on arrival in cash (Indonesian Rupiah) and collected by the local operator before departing Padang. You will be issued a wristband with dates. Please ensure you have this for your entire stay in the Mentawai.

The Perfection Pass Membership Benefits:

The Perfection Pass is the world’s first surf travel loyalty program. If you are a repeat client of The Perfect Wave, please apply for your membership and enjoy the following extra inclusions if you book a trip on Samudra Biru:

  • A free case of 24 beers for any returning Samudra Biru guest


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.

Other Surf Experiences

 Gary Wearn, (September 2017),

Excellent communication, fast responses to emails.Couldn't ask for a better boat, crew or surf guide

Matius (May 2017)
Hi TPW team

Finally I was able to catch up with some things I had pending and now I can write about my Surf trip.
I am still  quite excited about my days in Mentawai’s!!
In summary the surf trip was by far the best surfing experience I had in my life. The ability to surf different world class waves every day is unique. Personally I think the boat I have been “Samudra Biru” is exactly what you need from a boat charter, very comfortable, big, stable, Fast, etc. After checking other boats while surfing . I would chose the Samudra Biru again without a doubt.
All This without mentioning The crew which was top notch….I found they really understand what a surfer needs … excellent knowledge about the area, quick reaction and understanding for what the group wants. Is nothing You need to do….they even will put wax to your board!!!! Sometimes I was wondering if I was in Paradise!
FOOD as absolutely a killer!!!  Alex (cook), popeye (assistant), bong(Captain), chris (surf guide) and all the crew are absolutely legends!
Another comment to add is about my experience as a “solo traveller” into a boat charter which was a bit concerning before traveling . I joined to the charter as there was 1 space left in the boat. The trip was organised also through  TPW by a group of NZ guys (New Plymouth) and hawaii which I now can consider as surfing mates! I guess I was lucky to share the great experience of my life with a bunch of such cool blokes! The sensations we all lived together in the surf are hard to put in words….even I was invited to join into another trips with them. (I am negotiating with the wife now)
Lastly I want to thanks to TPW as everything was nice and easy. Even contact with TPW staff always was very friendly.
I am starting to plan my trip for 2018 on the Samudra biru (obviously) with my mates or with the legends I met on the boat!

Matias (May 2017)

In summary my experience was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! Unreal!!! Over my expectations!!

Charlie and perfect wave were great, well organised and always responsive to requests, the boat Samudra was comfy and roomy which was good for 10 blokes! the crew on the boat were really great and helpful recommend both to anyone, YEW

Douglas (May 2015)
Blessed by the swell gods!From the day we stepped onto Samudra Buru the swell pumped,part owner & surf guide Adam Kranz who put us onto the best waves & dodged the crowds.The boat crew were awesome in everyway,great food & service better than any i have experienced anywhere.Everything went smoothly thanks to Perfect Wave .One of my best trips .

Jesse (April 2015)
Thanks for a great trip Kim we had a really fun time on the Samudra Biru, got the scars to prove it. The crew were unreal and Lemon was a champ. The chef pulled out some of the best dishes I have ever had on boat trips and the lamb roast was easily hands down the tastiest tender lamb I've ever had. It was a fight to get seconds ! Ads got us into some pretty cool waves and helped take my surfing to the next level, it is now hard to adjust back to cold water and wetsuits ! Cheers heaps for fun trip with heaps of laughs.

Leon (April 2015)
The boat Samudra Biru is a great all round comfort boat with a stunning chef , highly experienced guide ,a crew constantly on the ready and some huge deck space you don't see on other boats.


Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way - Rhonda and Kim from Perfect Wave were faultless, the good ship Samudra Biru stable, comparatively fast and comfortable, the local crew friendly, helpful and incredibly hard-working and the food was unbelievable in both variety and volume. Freshly caught mackeral, roast lamb, beef rendang, banana pancakes - wow!Adam Dube the surf guide is THE MAN who got us to the right waves at the right time - many sessions with just us out in mechanical overhead Mentawai perfection. You do a great job Adam and your crew are a well-oiled team of great blokes. Thanks guys - it was simply epic.

Experience Begun: August 2013
Created on: Wednesday 28 August 2013

I had a fantastic time aboard the Samudra Biru, the crew were awesome, always on hand to help with boards and refreshments. Adam our surf guide was very friendly and knowledgable about the best surf spots and conditions to suit our abilities. He was also very handy at putting the stiches in my head after one close encounter with the reef too many!! I can highly recommend the boat and the crew for giving you the trip of a lifetime.

Experience Begun: August 2013
Created on: Thursday 15 August 2013

Outstanding holiday, we were well looked after, and all the needs met. The Boys even waxed & combed the surf boards. Adam the surf guide, had us surfing reefs uncrowded.

Experience Begun: August 2013
Created on: Thursday 15 August 2013

Josh and Jamie,Just like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for the Trip on board the Samundra Biru last week. The boat and crew are good but by far the experience was sent to another level by the guide Adam Dube. They can make or break a trip and he definitely made it happen. He had us on the good spots by ourselves, had a great relationship with the locals and speaks the language perfectly. Ripper guy.We had a ball and surfed our brains out, thanks again to The Perfect Wave. Below are a couple of group emails from the boys. They were stoked.Thanks again boys...

Experience Begun: June 2013
Created on: Monday 15 July 2013

I was tasked with making a group booking for 9 mates for a boat trip to the Mentawai Islands. Charlie was on the ball from the get go. He made everything effortless and so smooth coordinating all the crew with flights, transfers, hotel recommendations and the style of boat we were after, and nailed it. Nothing seemed too insignificant and was so helpful with queries coming in from all directions in our group emails. Truly a thorough and professional consultant. Would strongly recommend his services to anyone. All the best, Andrew.

Experience Begun: May 2013
Created on: Monday 24 June 2013

Fantastic trip. We were at the right surf breaks at the right time. Scored some memorable sessions. Food & overall service from the boys on board was sensational. Can't wait to do it again.

Experience Begun: September 2012
Created on: Thursday 29 November 2012

The trip was amazing 10/10 hope you can come with next time mate. Thanks again for your help.Samudra Biru is a really good boat, the deck at the front is good for arvo beers and watching the last few waves roll in! we had a few benders up there with Adam and the crew too!

Experience Begun: July 2012
Created on: Monday 27 August 2012

Hey everyone, I just spent an 11 day charter on the Samudra Biru (Nusantara) in the Mentawais and it is by far the best surfing experience I have ever had!I have been on several boat charters in the past in other parts of the world and the Ments and the Samudra Biru definitely takes the cake! The Ments itself blew me away. There are so many waves to choose from and the best thing about it is you have something for most surfing abilities! Adam the captain and surf guide on board offered nothing but great service and 8 out of the 10 days surfing we had breaks to ourselves including hugely popular Macaronis and Rags Left in the South Island, call this luck, it was still awesome. We even found a new wave on what was thought to be a lay day due to lack of swell and poor winds, and named it Tattoo's because people got cut up on the inside reef, but nothing too bad! (see photo attached) To score those places with your new surfing buddies the only guys out was something I will never forget and a huge credit to Adam for finding this amazing break!As well as Adam's knowledge of the waves, swells and winds you couldn’t go past his personality and ease to talk to, great guy and made the charter very comfortable for all on board! I would highly recommend his services to anyone. The crew was also fantastic and didn’t let anything slip, they even brought drinks or chocolate bars out to you in the surf as well as took photos of us from the dinghy in the channell which captured everyones best waves or wipeouts on camera to look at in the theatre room that night during dinner! The food was spectacular with highlight meals being hamburgers, pizzas, pasta, fresh fish, spring rolls and sushi just to name a few!The boat itself has been specifically designed for surfers with board racks at the back of the boat to hold your quiver! And with 3 rest areas, one air conditioned theatre room with huge LCD TV, an outside chillout deck to watch the surf and have a few Bintangs with the rest of your mates and a chillout area behind the captains wheel with soft cushions you are never short of places to chillout! It also travels at a max speed of 16knots getting you to the breaks quicker than 70-80% of the boats in the Ments!If I could recommend any boat to anyone out there looking for a surf charter in the Ments I would 100% recommend the Samudra Biru boys and their operation 10/10 I was blown away!

Experience Begun: July 2011
Created on: Wednesday 3 August 2011