There are a ton of things to consider prior to your departure but overall the trip is almost as simple as showing up at Padang airport, getting on a boat, and finding good waves.
1. How do I get to Indonesia? We recommend that you travel to Padang in Sumatra (port of departure) via Jakarta starting in 2010, because of Tiger Air ways termination of direct flights from Singapore-Padang.
We can assist with bookings for your international flights, your Garuda air ticket to Padang, any additional domestic flights with in Indonesia, and any necessary overnight accomodations.
Our crew and ground staff will meet you at the airport in Padang on arrival and make arrangements to transfer you to the boat.
2. What do I do about my flight arrangements? Saraina Koat Mentawai utilizes Oceanview Travel to handle all of our guests air transportation issues for our United States based customers. International customers please contact your local travel agency. Whether you have frequent flier miles you'd like to use or simply book your flight to the Mentawai's or beyond, Oceanview Travel can take care of you better than anyone - please ask for Jeff Samuelson.
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3. Where should I stay if I have an extra night on land? This answer depends on where you have to stay for that extra night. Quite simply we suggest the following options:
Singapore: In Singapore we recommend using the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel - "The Roxy". The Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel is a world away from Singapore's hustle, yet just 10 minutes from key locations such as the city centre, Changi International Airport and Singapore Expo, It is located on the East Coast of Singapore on Marine Parade Road Road, opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre and within walking distance to East Coast Recreation Park.
If you don't have enough time to leave the airport there is a "Transit hotel" inside the airport that works quite well, the only downside to this option is that they have a major construction project underway and at times your stay could get quite noisy.
Padang: In Padang we recommend using Best Western Basko Hotel. They are the nicest Hotels in Padang and the meeting place for surfers all over the world. They offer decent accomodations, a hearty breakfast in the morning and are reasonably priced.
We are more than happy to help you make your reservation in advance, and you pay for the hotel when you check out.
4. What do you suggest I pack for my trip? The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible. This fundamental rule of travel is especially true on a surf charter through the Mentawai Islands- when most of your time is spent in the water. Please click here to view our "Essentials" page and a extremely helpful checklist you should use for your trip.
5. What kind and how many boards should I take? We highly recommend 'Resin 8' brand surf boards. They are the best boards on the market today, bar none, combining the best shapes, strongest materials, best flex pattern, and precision finishing work; 'The Ferrari of Surf boards'. Most people bring 2-4 boards. Mid length boards generally get used and only occasionally do the short boards and guns get pulled out. I generally bring 4 surfboards - two shortboards (6'2"), one mid sized board for when it gets a little bigger (6'5"), and one gun for the biggest days (6'10"). If you are going to bring an extra board we would suggest a replacement for the board you will use the most as it is not uncommon to break boards. If you want to travel lightly, and bring no boards at all, then we offer a wide variety of surf tech boards for rent, at our Kandui Resort SurfTech Rental Center, soon to be the 'Resin 8' rental center. If interested please inquire with Jordan Heuer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The best answer I can think of is to pack whatever you feel most comfortable surfing on. If riding traditonal fiberglass boards, then be prepared to ding up your boards and possibly break a few of them on your trip. Lastly, a good ding repair kit is crucial! At the very least bring some sort of sun cure resin for quick fixes.
6. What types of services and amenities are available onboard? Please refer to each individual boat's detail page to see what each one has to offer.
7. What type of health precautions should I take? A. Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world. B. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information. C. If you take a prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. D. If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as dramamine or bonine. E. For more information please consult your doctor.
8. Should I be concerned about malaria? It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medication. Malaria is endemic in some of the places you will be visiting. Knock on wood, but to date we have never had a single guest contract Malaria, nor have we, and we live in Indonesia year round.
So far so good, but the best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos.
9. Do I need travel insurance? Travel Insurance is mandatory for your personal safety and proof of Travel Insurance is mandatory for each guest before boarding any of our boats. The easiest way for United States customers to acquire travel insurance is through our travel partner, Jeff Samuelson, at Oceanview Travel. Travel Insurance packages start at $60 and go up. A decent travel insurace package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, emergency, medical transport and evacuation, and travel accident insurance.
10. What documents do I need to take? Citizens of the United States need a passport with at least six months of validity left and one other form of identification.
Saraina Koat Mentawai require that you send us your passport information including the number, date of issue, and place of issue prior to your departure at the same time that you pay your deposit, so we can arrange the necessary harbor permits for your travel through outt the Mentawai's. In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocpy of your passport, id, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn't hurt to leave another copy at home as well.
When you are in Indonesia you will be issued an immigration form that you must keep until your departure. When you leave they will aks to see it to determine how long you were in Indonesia. Please take care of that form once they give it to you and don't lose it!
* The most important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have an updated passport and a valid VISA if your passport is issued in an obscure country like Sweden. You will not be permitted to enter Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your departure or if you are from a country that requires a special VISA to enter. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities to make sure you're covered.
11. How long can I stay in Indonesia? Most travellers coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay tourist visa at your local Indonesian Embassy, prior to departure or in Singapore on the way to Indonesia.The extended stay tourist visas are easy and cheap to obtain and give you a full 60 days in Indonesia instead of only 30 days. Please note, that it may take up to 3 full working days to process a tourist visa at all Indonesian Embassy locations, so best not to wait until last minute to apply for one.
What happens if my flight is deayed or my boards don't make it?
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