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contact:http://www.surfcharterboatmentawai.blogspot.com,The Asian Princess is skippered and crewed by local Mentawai seamen. Their intimate knowledge of the local waters are the Asian Princesses’ greatest asset. Their combined lifetime experience of weather and wave conditions will ensure you are surfing the best empty lineups.
Built in 2000 the "Asian Princess" is a 20m (70 ft) wooden hulled beauty and was purpose built for long haul surf exploration along the Indonesian coastline.
Her traditional lines are drawn from over 1000 years of Indonesian maritime knowledge. She is locally designed for local conditions, is comfortable in heavy seas and provides maximum safety for all onboard.
Her twin 190hp Mitsubishi diesel engines provide a cruising speed of 9 knots. This combined with her 7000L fuel capacity allows you the freedom and luxury of extended periods at sea without the time delays of re-supply. This means you get un-interrupted maximum surf time on all of your trips.
The floor plan layout allows for a variety of separate areas on-board that cater for dinning, sleeping, chill or surf watching. Three separate air conditioned sleeping cabins- 1 x 8 bunk room, 2 x 2 private cabins provide spacious accommodation for a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 guests and her 5 crew.
The Asian Princess is supported by a 15ft aluminium tender fitted with a brand new Yamaha outboard 40hp engine that will shuttle you directly to your surf spot. Our boat to barrel service will save you valuable time and energy on those notoriously long Indo paddles.
The Surf Guide Arguably the most important job on the boat to ensure you get the best empty waves ahead of the other boats.We use local surfers to guide you to some of the areas less well known waves that western guides just don’t know about. Their intimate knowledge of swell and weather patterns are gained from a lifetime of living on the Mentawai Islands where these decisions are a matter of life and death for the local people.
Boat Specifications Official Specifications Length OA: 20.20 Meters Length Hull: 13.0 Meters Beam: 4.46 Meters Depth: 1.70 Meters Draft: 0.80 Meters Fuel Capacity: 2 x 1730 Litres F/W Capacity: 2 x 420 Litres Lightship Weight: 39 Tonnes Total load capacity: 65 Tonnes Construction: Wooden Hull Main Engines: Twin Mitsubishi 6D 15 190 hp Max Speed: 11 Knots Cruise Speed: 9 knots Genset: 1 x Mitsubishi 100hp 300 kw 1 x Yanmar 1007cc 220 p/m
Electronic, Navigation & Communication Equipment GPS: Garmin 128 LCD Radar: JRC 1000 MkII Fish Finder: Garmin Fish Finder 250 VHF Radio: 2 X CB Radio EPIRB AM/FM/VHF Receiver Anchor Winch
Entertainment and other Equipment
Stereo amplified CD, external and internal speakers with iPod connection Colour TV and stereo DVD/video player Extensive range of CD and videos Chess, cards, scrabble, dominos, and a variety of popular board games Large library Bar
Safety equipment Life raft: Yes EPIRB: 2 Lifebuoys: 6 Lifejackets: 17
PRICING... Please note prices are in Australian Dollars. Don't let life pass you by. Treat yourself to the dream trip you have always wanted to do.
Surf the Mentawai Islands with a group of your closest mates. Come discover epic waves and leave with life long memories.
This is the lowest priced surf charter in the area. Access exactly the same waves as the most expensive operator but have twice the fun on board the Asian Princess.
Totally refitted with the newest safety gear and operated by a professional crew we will get you into waves you have only dreamt about. Get your core group of mates together and let us take care of the rest AUS $2600 per person 10 days 11 nights on our standard charter or you can design your private charter and go for as long as you like.
Total discovery in one of the last untouched places on earth.
STANDARD GROUP CHARTERS INCLUDED: FOR AUS $2600 YOU GET
* Padang airport transfers * 10 days / 11 nights accommodation aboard the Asian Princess * Surf anywhere in Mentawai Island chain * All meals * All drinks * 1 case beer per person/trip * Boat to barrel chauffer * Fishing equipment * Snorkeling equipment * Pumping sound system * Shaded board racks
Maximum 10 passengers
mentawai surf spots=> Bank Vaults: A shorter chunkier version of Rifles A thick, tricky, shifty right with a fast and intense tube for experienced surfers only, near Nipussi. Think heavy steel doors, secret unlocking combinations and burly guards with smack-down attitude. Usually larger than most spots in the area. Watch out for clean-up sets.
Rifles: One of the best waves in the Mentawais. A very long righthander that wraps around the other side of the same island as No Kanduis. Rarely makeable from start to finish, but even just from section to section you can get rides up to 100 yards or longer. Nice and hollow once it’s a few feet overhead, but usually more sectiony at smaller sizes.
A Frame: A Frame is one of the most consistent lefts in the Mentawai Islands. The peaks at the top can be a bit shifty and require a fair amount of paddling around to find the right area while the inside section is more dependable and offers up a better wall to work with.
Beng Beng: A very consistent world class wave, an extremely rippable left. This spot is loads of fun and probably one of the easiest waves to surf in the Mentawai's. It's the deepest and safest wave in the area and also pick up a bit more swell than other locales. 5 more breaks in the area, including E-Bay and Pitstops. Nestled inside a small bay with one of the most scenic views imaginable all around you. Burgerworld: This is a mushy pointbreak righthander. Can offer barrels at times, but usually long rippable walls with many cutback sections.
E-Bay: This is a hollow left that barrels off the take-off with a short wall down the line. A great option when a lot of swell is hitting. A holow, fast, powerful left. A world class wave for experienced surfers. Watch out for the two rocks on the inside. Great barrels, and turns into a surfing paradise at 6 feet offshore. There is a heavy warble that hits as you are taking off. Make the drop and don't get thrown by that first warble and chances are you'll get a mean aqua blue barrel. The scenery alone will blow you away. Besides its aesthetic beauty, double overhead E-bay is a beast and forces to be reckon with.
Hideaways: A very hollow left that can be very shallow at low tides. The waves comes out of deep water, then unloads on a shallow section of reef before barreling towards the channel.
Nipussi or Pussies: A shorter right that breaks down the point from Bank Vaults. Definitely fun and rippable. Usually has fairly deep water from the takeoff to the inside. Ends in a riptide that sucks all the water back out to sea. A good option when there’s not much swell, and usually the most consistent spot in the area.
No Kanduis: A long barreling left that wraps around a small island. Usually very sectiony, but can line up on the largest of swells. Many barrels on offer, but usually only makeable for one or two sections before closing out.
Pitstops: This is the right off the peak at E-Bay. A playful right that can offer some cover-ups off the take-off, but mostly a high performance wave with air sections at the end. Ends in a sandy channel.
Scarecrows: Another small swell left that holds size and another of fave of the Aloita crew. Scarecrows or Frankos or Diablos as its sometimes referred to (!) has the ability to spread out a crowd with its several different take off spots. It is not a picture perfect indo reef break but shifts around depending on swell direction, size and currents
Jaraiks: It is nothing more than a bend in the reef and hard to spot until you pull up right in front of it. Surfable on all tides and East - South East winds, Jaraiks actually stops working the moment there is any swell!
Telescopes: Telescopes left needs a decent sized West swell to start doing its thing. Though not as consistent as the other breaks in the area, a session at firing Teles will remain imprinted on your mind long after you've left the Mentawais
Iceland: Icelands as with most of the other waves in the zone is a left and is possibly the most 'jekyll and hyde' like wave in the Mentawais. When everywhere in the chain is flat you can still pull up to Icelands and get a headhigh wave with a lazy but whack-able wall. With a big west swell when everyone is getting excited about Telescopes the Ice turns into a monster with barrels big enough to drive the speedboat through.
Ht's: A short, perfect barrel complete with the renowned surgeons table Lances left: Long left-hander with two barrels sections. loves any size swell
Macaronis: Super mechanical left that barrels from takeoff then provides a long, extremely workable wall. One of the best performance waves in the world.
Rags Right: A shorter, hollow right on the southern end of Rags Island. Similar to HT’s only a little shorter, but just as good. It can be fickle, but it’s one of the best rights in the islands.
Rags Left: A great lefthander that can hold the biggest swells. It is very hollow and can often dish out some of the heaviest hold-downs in the island chain. Usually a bit more water moving around so a larger board can be useful.
Thunders: a consistent hollow left and a great option when everywhere else is small.
The Hole: Another very hollow left off a small island in the southern end of the Mentawais. Starts barreling off the takeoff, but never really stops until a closeout section at the end of the reef. Definitely not a place to straighten out at.
Lighthouse: A long righthander breaking off a postcard picture island located at the base of the Mentawai chain.
Travel to exotic locales, staying in quality hotels, maybe even flying business class may sound like an all-expenses-paid vacation. But it's not: in the end, business travel often boils down to the stress of working combined with the hassle of travel, only now you'll often be working in an unfamiliar environment without the ability to walk down to your colleague's cubicle and ask for advice. You are only rarely in control of your own schedule. Being on the road constantly can have an adverse impact on:
If offered a high-travel job, think about it carefully. It can be an interesting experience when young and single, but it can quickly become a drag.
Of course, business travel does have its positive aspects.
Before you travel
On the road
Business travellers regularly visit places like Lagos, Bogotá or Jakarta where no sane tourist would go for fun. The general advice in Staying safe and Arriving in a new city still applies, only it's much more important for business travel: a scruffy backpacker may draw interest because he probably has a wad of cash stashed somewhere, but a guy in a suit toting a laptop case, speaking into his late-model cellphone while signing bills with his platinum credit card is a far more enticing target. Consider the following precautions:
Make sure your health insurance also covers travel-related illnesses, including treatment in other countries and medical evacuation.