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Travel for fun is a fairly new concept: for millenia, as today, people traveled mostly out of necessity on business.
Travel for fun is a fairly new concept: for millenia, as today, people traveled mostly out of necessity on business.
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.
==High-travel jobs==
'''Sales''' is the classic high-travel occupation, so much so that "traveling salesman" has become a bit of a cliche. '''Consulting''' can also mean high travel, but on a somewhat less intense scale, as individual consulting gigs can sometimes last weeks or months and can easily turn into long-distance commuting. In general, any very specialized job, where customers are few but can afford to (or have no choice but to) fly in experts will tend to mean high travel.
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.
The '''airline industry''' also offers good travel opportunities. Aside from the obvious pilots and cabin staff, maintenance crew and sales & marketing people may also fly extensively, and even desk job employees can often fly for free or very cheaply using space-available seats.
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
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
Safety equipment
Life raft: Yes
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.
    * 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.
4 Bobs: A right, fun, short and mellow wave for all surfers. Pretty mellow drop with the opportunity for one whack at the lip and then it mushes out into deep water. It can get a bit shallow at low tide so you need to watch yourself but all in all, it's one of the most rippable alternative's in the Mentawai's.
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.

Revision as of 14:57, 5 April 2012

    This article is a travel topic

Travel for fun is a fairly new concept: for millenia, as today, people traveled mostly out of necessity on business.

High-travel jobs

Sales is the classic high-travel occupation, so much so that "traveling salesman" has become a bit of a cliche. Consulting can also mean high travel, but on a somewhat less intense scale, as individual consulting gigs can sometimes last weeks or months and can easily turn into long-distance commuting. In general, any very specialized job, where customers are few but can afford to (or have no choice but to) fly in experts will tend to mean high travel.

The airline industry also offers good travel opportunities. Aside from the obvious pilots and cabin staff, maintenance crew and sales & marketing people may also fly extensively, and even desk job employees can often fly for free or very cheaply using space-available seats.


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:

  • Relationships. You may not be able to see your family or significant other while traveling.
  • Health. Practicing sports and eating well is harder when traveling, but the risk of picking up bugs your immune system isn't equipped to handle is higher.
  • Levels of stress. After a bad day at work, imagine going to the airport only to find that your flight has been cancelled.
  • Cost. If you are an independant contractor and pay all your expenses, then cost of travel gets very expensive and you may be looking for the best cost break available on airlines, hotels and travel in general.

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.

  • It's free. Provided you work for a company that pays your expenses, then flights, hotels, taxis, departures taxes, whatever, they're the company's headache, not yours. But beware of the penny-pinching if not outright sadistic travel policy, and fill out your expense reports carefully.
  • All expenses paid. Many companies offer per diems, where you get paid a fixed amount every day based on your destination, and it's up to you how to spend it. The frugal traveller can actually turn this in a nice little bonus. (The other end of the spectrum, however, is the company that won't pay you anything without an itemized receipt.)
  • Frequent flyer miles. Your company pays for the tickets, but it's you who will rack up the miles. Sitting on an airplane in your free time may lose its appeal after a while, but you can also use the miles for upgrades or flying down your friends and family to visit you.
  • New challenges, new experiences. Business travel is still travel, and you will encounter new people, new things and new situations that are guaranteed to be a learning experience and change the way you think.


Before you travel

  • Find a good travel agent. Booking online can be cheap and easy, but a good travel agent can be worth their weight in gold when your Jumbo flight is cancelled and you need to rebook in a hurry.
  • Learn the tricks of the trade. Your ticket says you need to show up at the airport three hours before departure, but maybe 45 minutes will do in a pinch.
  • Have a packing routine. Invest in a good carry-on bag and learn to pack enough to survive a week with it. Figure out the optimal way to pack it, because when everything has its place, it's easy and fast to pack. If you often travel on short notice, consider keeping the bag packed and ready to go.
  • Mileage, mileage, mileage. You probably know you can get miles from flying — but you can also get them from staying at hotels and renting cars, and if you pay by credit card, you can get more miles yet again. Familiarize yourself with the programs at places you visit regularly and work out how to maximize your benefit. Dedicated sites like FlyerTalk are useful for working out the loopholes and finding the latest promotions.

On the road

  • Learn the language. Even a few words will smooth your way and you can pick the survival-level basics of most languages in a few weeks if you take some time to study.
  • Work out. Most business-level hotels have a gym and any hotel's front desk will be happy to advise a good jogging route nearby.
  • Get out of the hotel. It's all too easy to sit in your hotel room, order overpriced room service, and grumble how miserable the dump you're in is. Ask a local (or check Wikitravel!) for a recommendation and go for dinner or a drink elsewhere.
  • Find a local friend. The Internet is full of friend-finding and online dating services, and many people will gladly take a visitor for a tour of the sights, even if you're only in town for a day or two — just offer to return the favor when they come your way.
  • Spend the weekend. If your trip starts on a Monday or ends on a Friday, spend the weekend sightseeing. You're already there so the additional effort involved is minimal, and you'll see more than the airport, hotel and office at your destination. If you're spending more than a week away, most companies will be more than happy to pay your hotel and expenses instead of flying you back for the weekend.

Stay safe

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:

  • Pre-arrange your transportation. From the airport, hotel pickup services are safe and can often be expensed. Follow hotel or partner recommendations for local transportation.
  • Meet-and-greet services can be worthwhile when traveling to dodgy locales, especially for the first time, so enquire discreetly at your hotel. For fees starting from US$50 or so, you'll be met at the plane door and whisked through immigration and customs with a minimum of hassle.
  • Personal security — in other words, bodyguards — are rarely necessary and may only serve to make you stand out even more.
  • Dress down, unless you have a meeting that requires a starched shirt and wingtips. Jewelry, expensive watches and bulging pockets are best avoided. Try to match what the locals are wearing; even if you don't look like a native, at least you'll look like a resident who knows his way around.
  • Avoid corporate logos. Kidnappers target the staff of big companies that can pay big ransoms, not those who look like they're on their own.
  • Watch your stuff. Unguarded laptop bags are a very tempting prize for the snatch thief. In taxis, take them into the back with you instead of leaving them in the trunk.
  • Be careful with credit cards. Foreign cards with high limits are a jackpot for credit card thieves. Pay cash or get a low-limit card for use when traveling.
  • Backup all your data. Before leaving, and frequently while on road. Applies both to laptop and mobile/iPads/other gadgets with user data. Buying a replacement for hardware is frequently much easier than dealing with lost data.

Stay healthy

Make sure your health insurance also covers travel-related illnesses, including treatment in other countries and medical evacuation.

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