The Naga Laut is one of the best value charters in the Mentawais – this massive boat has room to move, as well as the horsepower to get you to where you want to be. Although the boat could sleep 14 surfers, it will sail with 8 and prefers to have maximum 10. Launched in late ’99, Naga Laut has been continually upgraded by the owners and was originally designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters.
A short distance up the reef from Lance’s Left, you will find this intense left-hander. It gets really shallow on the low tide and prefers a bit more water. Due to the shallowness it is normally relatively uncrowded. On a South swell and East wind it is a non-stop barrel from the takeoff all the way to the channel where the wave spits you out. Therefore appropriately named, The Cobra.
A short and hollow right across the channel from Lance’s Left. As the wave approaches the reef, the bottom drops out before barreling towards the channel. When conditions are prime, Bintangs delivers amazing, round barrels and extremely fun, rippable walls. A major advantage of Bintangs is that on the days when the dreaded North wind blows out most spots in the Mentawais, Bintangs is offshore and pumping.
This left-hander is a consistent and frequently surfed crowd-pleaser. Lance’s Left has the ability to hold big swells and can offer up rippable walls and some little tube sections. It can also handle an onshore wind and still have fun waves. Facing Southwest makes this spot very consistent however its nature become more serious when there’s a large swell running.
One of the worlds greatest right barrels, HT’s has been all over the surf mags and videos over the last decade. The main takeoff spot is up the point where most of the waves start barrelling and peel flawlessly down the reef. On larger swells it can be very shifty and hard to read. It can shift more to the end bowl where it can break, reform, then bowl again into the channel. The inside is very shallow and is often referred to as the “surgeon’s table” due to the many reef-cuts doled out to travelling surfers.
The most famous wave in the area its hard to beat this wave for its variations of sections. A long left with mutiple deep barrel opportunities, can hold real size. Made famous by the Young Guns 2 movie with Kelly Slater and Co having a load of fun with Indies Trader 4 and a helicopter!
Aptly named, this high performance right off Awera Island is very shallow and can only be surfed on a mid to high tide due to the reef. However produces an amazing barrel and the locals love this break.
The swell magnet for the area, Icelands is a left with many faces. An easy going west peak look fun but the main part of the wave loves the south swell angle produces a solid drop, barrel section and bowls at the end. Can be very heavy on its day.
Breaks off of an island called Tugat Nusa just south of Telescopes. Great consistent left as exposed to South as well as SW swell. Best on a dropping high tide with the end section named the Curry bowl the pick of the wave for barrel riders.
Not very well known wave which makes it a very good choice when conditions are right as not a lot of charter boats know this wave. A great walling left with occasional hollow sections. Tucked in a small bay in the middle of Sipora you have to know where it is to find it, but worth it when its on.
Meaning Mouse Wave, this lesser known fun left is up the beach from Villa Mentawai. Ombak Tikus is a hidden gem and fun for most levels of surfer depending on the size. At 2-3 ft super fun and user friendly, however over 4-5ft it takes on a different look and feel.
– Airport transfers to and from the boat.
– Berth on board Naga Laut in one of 5 twin-share cabins.
– 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
– Plenty of in between snacks, including fresh fruit, chocolate bars and more.
– Drinking water, hot tea and coffee.
– 4 beers per person per day, unlimited soft drink and juice.
– Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment, spear guns and shore excursions.
– All necessary zone permits.
What’s not included
– Mentawai Surfer Tax Rp 1,000,000 (approx. $100/pax)
– Photography. (For only US$200 pp, get unlimited photos)
– Flights to and from Padang
– Hotel in Padang if needed
– Visa Fees and Departure Tax
– Any additional cost resulting form late arrival or the need of early departure
– Use of satellite phone (US$4 per minute)
– Spirits and any other alcoholic beverages exceeding the 4 Beers a day
Length: 72 ft
Beam: 17 ft
Draft: 6 ft
Engines: Hino EM x 220 hp
Generator: 220-380 V Stanford 28 Kva
Auxiliary: ISUZU 220 V 25 kva
Air conditioning: All cabins & saloon
TV: Panasonic 21in
Satellite phone – available at cost
Life raft: Inflatable 25 passengers
Radar: Furuno 24
2 GPS: Garmin
Tender: 5.2m Aluminum ‘Tuff Duck’ with 85hp Yamaha
Ful range of safety gear
The Naga Laut is one of the best value charters in the Mentawais - this massive boat has room to move, as well as the horsepower to get you to where you want to be. Although the boat could sleep 14 surfers, it will sail with 8 and prefers to have maximum 10. Launched in late '99, Naga Laut has been continually upgraded by the owners and was originally designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters. Airport transfers to and from the boat. Berth on board Naga Laut in one of 5 twin-share cabins. 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Plenty of in between snacks, including fresh fruit, chocolate bars and more. Drinking water, hot tea and coffee. 4 beers per day, unlimited soft drink and juice. All necessary zone permits (not including the Mentawai Surfer Tax of 1M IDR.
Margi is a local Mentawaian and one of the most experienced surf guides in the Mentawai Islands. In the 90's he was already there discovering surf spots with the pioneers of the Mentawai. Margi loves the ocean and surfing. And as he also wants to sneak a few perfect uncrowded waves for himself, he does a great job as surf guide as he really knows the conditions and is able to get you to the right places at the right times with low crowds.