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Every surfer dreams about taking a boat trip. It’s a rite of passage for anyone who fantasizes about perfect, empty waves, a few friends, and being able to surf wherever (and whenever) the conditions suit. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, these are the best surf charters around the world.
The Mentawai Islands are found about 100 miles off the west coast of Sumatra in the middle of the Indian Ocean with hundreds of breaks to explore. From fat and friendly to big and barreling, it’s bound to be an unforgettable trip.
A trip with Mentawi Surf Charters includes free use of snorkeling gear and stand-up paddleboard, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by a real chef, and world-class surfing spots at a paddle away. The boat Moon Palikir is the pride of the fleet, and with its solid finish, clean layout, and amenities, it represents the top-tier of the Mentawais surf charter business. Moon Palikir has a large external deck ideal for relaxing after a surf. The boat’s interior provides all of the necessary amenities, including an air-conditioned main room and cabins. The amount of space and sleeping arrangements are a welcome change from the dorm-style accommodations used by many of the region’s vessels.
Although surfing is the primary activity, but there are numerous other activities to participate in during the trip. Think snorkeling, freediving, exploring untouched islands, and more. Book your surf charter between March and November, Indonesia’s dry season, for the best waves.
One of the best surf charters for surfers of all abilities is Big Blue, departing from Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. While Fiji is best-known for big barrels at Cloudbreak, beginner and intermediate surfers will have fun at nearby waves like Swimming Pools and Namotu Lefts. When the surf is flat, the catamaran cruises around idyllic islands in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chain.
The Lagoon 440 is a spacious catamaran built for surfers in mind. Relax, sip a cold glass of wine, and sample delectable fresh food while relaxing on your own over-water sofa while dolphins play around the bow, or simply relax in the shade with a good book in the vessel’s vast open space at the stern. This boat is the ideal charter catamaran for your family and friends, sleeping up to eight people in beautiful double-bed, air-conditioned cabins with three bathrooms onboard. To ensure the utmost comfort, each bedroom is furnished with natural wood and luxurious linens. Natural Fiji toiletries and soft white towels are provided in the bathrooms.
At Padang Airport in Sumatra, the ground crew of Maki Boat will be waiting for you, your friends, and your surfboards. Passengers will be taken to a hotel, restaurant, or surf shop until the boat is ready to depart, which will usually be after sunset. This surf charter includes a week of surfing, kayak use, standup paddleboards, and snorkeling gear onboard for you to use and top-grade meals, snacks, and drinks.
You will spend a week on Maki Boat, a vessel with air-conditioned rooms, dining area, and lounge. Maki provides a lot of space all over the boat with three decks, a large indoor living room with two dining tables, and an open kitchen. There are also 6 toilets and 6 showers (plus 2 outdoor showers) onboard.
The Male Atoll surf area, which includes breaks like the Cokes, Chickens, Honkeys, and Jailbreaks, is the most popular spot for surfing in the Maldives. The trip will also take in the North Male Atoll’s surf spots. A weeklong trip on the MV Adora Surfing Liveaboard Maldives is one of the best ways to explore these breaks without a crowd. Enjoy surfing, snorkeling, and cruising through the stunning central Atolls of the Maldives.
The MV Adora is a 123-foot luxury tri-deck fiber yacht with 11 large cabins, each with its own bathroom. Guests who choose to stay in one of the four ocean-view suites on the third deck will be greeted by a breathtaking view of the sea. The yacht is stylishly designed and provides maximum sea tranquility. The yacht has a lot of living space both inside and out. All meals are served in buffet style. Traditional Maldivian cuisine, as well as intercontinental options, will be served.
Bocas del Toro is a group of islands famous for its world class waves. This surf charter accommodates everyone ranging from beginners to pros. It includes surf classes, sailing and live abroad experience, instructions for all level surfers, and 3 nights accommodation. You’ll also have access to a covered panga (speedboat) to shuttle you to and from the surf spots.
You’ll be staying on board Pretty, a lovely 40-foot sailboat. With two cabins, two bathrooms, and a living area, the boat can comfortably accommodate five guests. Every day, you’ll be served a gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll also have access to a fully stocked cooler with beverages, including water, beer, soda, and juice.