These are our recommendations in order to have a better trip
Our standard trips are 11 days of surf and 12 nights. The King Millennium felt is based in the capital of West Sumatra, city of Padang where the International airport of Minangkabau is. Here in the historical, colourful port of Muara Padang, know for the old dutch colonial and spices trades 6 centuries ago, with classic colonial buildings is where the King millennium fleet and headquarters are and the main departure to the off shore Sumatran Islands chains. Our staff in Padang will pick up our passengers in the Minangkabau International airport of Padang and drive towards the Bumuninang Hotel (1 hour drive) where we will meet our guests and relax before the departure of the boat around 8pm (best arrival time to Padang International airport is before 4pm). No need but possible to book a room, we just can use the facilities of the hotel, swimming pool, bar, spa, restaurant. From the Buminnang Hotel to the Port of Muara only 5 minute drive. Dinner and drinks must be had before heading to the boat and this dinner is not included on the package.
Flight connections to Padang international airport of Minangkabau. There is plenty of domestic flights to Padang from Jakarta and Medan operating daily by Indonesian airlines like Garuda Indonesia, Citilink airlines, Lion air, Sriwijaya, Air Asia and Batik airlines.
International connections from Kuala Lumpur (Malasia) to Padang International airport of Minangkabau 3 times a day operated by Air Asia.
From Padang to the closest spot to the Mentawai are 100 nautical miles, that means the crossing over night thru the Mentawai strait will take 10 to 12 hours that we will cross at night to arrive on the surf spot first light on our first day of surf. Sometimes due the weather factor and restrictions for navigate by the Harbour Master can close the port. It docent happen very often, just on extreme weather situations, so the crossing will be done during the day, not often but can happen. Once in the Islands our experienced surf guides will take you to the best areas depending on group decisions, forecast, surf abilities, etc… Every day we will meet together and make the calls depending on the surf guides exposed opportunities. During our time in the islands the boat will be anchored on the surf spot early in the morning before sunrise until sunset so all the movements of the boat will be mandatory during the night. Depending on the winds we can change spots during the day, decided by the surf guide, passengers and captain. Weather, winds especially, in this part of the tropics are in constant change, experience plays a big part here. Our captain crew and surf guide have a very experienced knowledge of the Sumatran waters and are totally trustable, some, more than 30 years. Our team just wants that our passengers have the best time and waves of their lives. Sumatran waters are known for the quality of the fishing, experience to get into fishing and you will be hooked for ever. Enjoy a relaxed holiday forgetting your daily basics, here in remote areas, surfing, fishing, eating, sleeping and having a great time.
We have experienced chefs on board with a extended culinary repertoire. Fresh vegetables, tropical fruits, fish, seafood, variety of meats, comfort foods. We take a lot of care and love to feed our guests with no processed foods, even we are on the middle of nowhere you will be eating as fresh as you daily shopping. We include 2 beers per day per person (extra beer available on pre order before departure at local prices) soft drinks, juices,energy drinks, coconuts, etc unlimited. We will do especial meals for you pre order if you are allergic to any food or vegetarian, please inform us.
Breakfast with variety of fruits, breads, muesli, cereals, omelettes, pancakes, rice, noodles great Sumatran Mandalin coffee and local tea.
Lunch great variety of lunch meals as pasta, salads, meats, seafood, rice, hamburgers, sandwiches, Mexican food, etc….
Dinner is party time, barbecue, fish, meats, etc…
Snack, chips, popcorn, peanuts, cookies, biscuits, fruits, chocolates, etc….
On our last day of the trip, we will spend the day in the Islands until 6pm. The crossing to Padang Muara harbour will be overnight, as the first night crossing. 10 to 12 hours. Arriving in Padang at 4 or 6 am the next day. You will have the last breakfast on board and our staff will drive you back to the hotel or strait to the airport depending on your flight schedule.
With our kindness and hospitality the King millennium family will make all the efforts to take care of you and your gear during your stay in our boats and have the trip of a life time.
Things to bring with you
FOR THE TRIP:
-Passport with 6 month validity
-16GB USB Flash Drive for the photos and videos
-In case of e-ticket, a printed copy of your itinerary
-Visa: Ask the Indonesian embassy in your country for visa information
-Personal first aid kit
-Cash for your personal expenses
Behaviour in the water
It is very important to have the right attitude when on a boat trip, and that includes when surfing with other passenger from the same boat of from other boats. Sharing is part of the essence of these trips.
Casos y situaciones que se pueden dar durante el viaje:
If we get to a spot where there’s already one boat moored with its passenger surfing, it is advisable to wait for a little while and then enter the water in twos. How much would you hate it if you were surfing and another boat arrived and before the anchor is lowered, a group of ten surfers paddled your way? Give some time to others is always a good option.
When there are several boats and a lot of surfers willing to surf, the best option is that only 4 or 5 surfers per boat are surfing at the same time. Try to avoid going all at the same time when it’s very crowded.
You’ll be surfing reef waves with a very definite take off spot (the exact opposite to beachbreaks). So it is essential that everyone takes waves in turns. Always respect other surfer’s turn and don’t snake waves. If you paddle for a wave your turn to go is gone.
Do NOT drop in and respect the other surfers. There are no local surfers in the islands, so respecting each other and everyone’s turns is the way to go; we are all foreigners in the water.
If it’s your turn to go and you don’t like the wave, raise both arms in advance so the other surfers have time to paddled for that wave.
Give away waves to fellow passengers or to surfers from other boats. It’s a much nice experience than to trying to get all the waves for yourself.
Enjoy as much as you can while respecting the place, the sea and its people. These islands are a unique place; help us keep it this way.
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