Melaleuca Yacht Charter
Possibly the best value of any charter boat in the Mentawai Islands, the Melaleuca is 80 feet long and built locally in 2007 in the port city of Sibolga in North Sumatra. She is a custom-built surf explorer framed around the keel and bones of a traditional Indonesian cargo boat.
She is powered by two Mitsubishi 320 HP inboard diesel engines and two Mitsubishi PS100 250 volt generators providing electricity and light and sound and A/C.
This traditional boat frame has all the modern conveniences from bow to stern such as Furuno Radar; Furuno GPS; Furuno Echo Sounder; Kenwood SSB Radio; Icom VHF Radio; seven fire extinguishers; a 20-person capacity life raft; 20 life preservers; SSB and VHF radio communications; one EPIRB, flares, smoke and emergency alarms.
Two, three person cabins, three two-person cabins and one surf guide cabin provide plenty of space for larger groups and all sleeping areas are individually air conditioned.
The A/C cooled sitting room complete with flat screen television, digital video disk player and sound system gives plenty of space to spread out in addition to an open party deck space up top with outdoor speakers. With all of the air-conditioned living space and large shaded outside deck areas, the Melaleuca feels much larger than other 80 foot yachts.
Surf & Seasons
The Melaleuca sticks mainly to the Mentawai but will cruise up to the Telo Islands and Nias under special arrangement. During any given charter you may surf 5, 10 or even 15 different breaks, but there is no way you’re surfing them all. From north to south the following is a list of better known spots from which to choose (leaving out some semi-secret and un-named spots):
Rockstars – On the island of Nias, in the neighborhood of Lagundri Bay – just another barreling, world-class right.
Nias (Lagundri Bay) – During the 80s, the spot that the world knew as Nias was actually the right at Lagundri Bay. This is the wave that inspired more exploration into these islands, but it’s still a crazy-perfect wave after all these years, ruler edge and wrapping into the bay.
Telo Islands – There are a number of spots around the island, including the long, bowling Max’s Left, the fun, bowling Max’s Right, a hollow right at GT’s, the longboard-perfect right at Pinnacles as well as Schoolyards, Le Ba, the Bubble and the E.R.
Ebay – A perfect barreling left that needs a bit more swell. Very scenic.
Kandui – A very fast, challenging, barreling lefthander that breaks from 3 – 12 feet, but is Triple Black Diamond over six feet.
Nokandui – A long, hollow freight-train left hander, that needs size and perfect conditions to be makeable.
4 Bobs – Short right well protected from most winds, shallow reef.
Bank Vaults – Right hander that can be a little shifty, but serves up backdoor barrels. Very heavy board snapping power with size.
Nipussi – A very consistent short fun easy right.
Scarecrows – Just another world-class lefthander that will satisfy your wildest dreams – and occasionally match your worst nightmares.
Telescopes – A long, beautiful lefthand reef pass that is out to sea and exposed, so prone to the wind. A spectacular wave.
Lance’s Left – Quality fun long left, very consistent, best with southeast wind. Can be a series of lefts if you want to push further up the reef.
Lance’s Right (HT’s) – One of the best right hand barrels in the Mentawai with a couple take off zones. Best with no wind or Northwest wind. Be careful of the “Surgeons Table” and inside area of shallow sharp reef.
Macaronis – Voted the best wave in the world by Tracks Magazine and “funnest wave” by Waves Magazine, this left hander is the star of countless surf videos. A hollow but manageable take off followed by a long wall that is often workable, or hollow. Makes the average surfer feel like a super star!
Rifles – One of the best rights in Indonesia, a long hollow wall with multiple tube sections. To make the length of the wave you must commit to riding the tube, likes the south swell and light northwest winds.
Thunders – A swell magnet and “go to” spot when the swell is small. This can be a fun long walled left with multiple tube sections, but when big provides a “Sunset” like drop that sometimes gets a bit fat and shoulders off down the line.
Rags Left – A long barreling wave that turns on during large southwest swells and has been surfed up to 15 feet.
Rags Right – This wave has been described as “a formidable opponent to your health, safety, and well-being.” Low tide is out of the question, but on a high tide and the proper swell, this is one of the thickest, hollowest tubes in the Mentawai’s.
The Hole – A fast hollow left with quick take off and hollow end section. Ends in very shallow water, better for advanced surfers.
Get the picture? If there is a landmass poking up above the surface of the ocean in this part of the world, it probably has a coral reef protecting it and a perfect wave wrapping around one end or the other.
The Mentawai are chain of islands approximately 100 miles long off the coast of West Sumatra situated just below the equator. The Mentawais is located in the northern part of the chain less than 85 miles south of the equator in an area encircling the earth known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) where the north and southeast trade winds converge. Early sailors named this belt of calm the doldrums because the inactivity and stagnation they found themselves in after days of no wind.
Unlike the islands to the south like Bali, Sumbawa and Sumba which have a distinct dry and wet season; the proximity of the Mentawai to the equator make the weather patterns much less predictable. Rain can fall any time of year which has created the lush rainforests of SE Asia and the winds can swirl month to month from most any direction; having said that, there are generalities that have been identified over the years with wind, rain and swell.
Given the massive fetch across the Indian Ocean and the Mentawai’s perfect location situated to pick up all swell, the Mentawai has more consistent surf year round than most places do during peak season. Historical data shows peak season runs March through October with swell in the 6-8’ range 85%+ of days; biggest swells typically most consistent May through September. November through March sees 5’ on average for 70% of days.
Eating, sleeping, surfing are the primary activities on the Melaleuca. Napping, drinking, and catching up on reading and movies are also popular. But one of the other fetishes of Mentawai living is diving on the reef, or fishing. The Melaleuca is fully equipped with dive gear and fishing gear.
The sturdy tender can be used for exploratory missions on land. Some of the coves and bays you will be anchored in are empty, some have native villages, and some have luxury resorts. All are worth a look.
” You made our trip so much better! We would have been lost without ya’ll! Mmmm… good food. Good people. Good waves. Love this place! It will always be in my heart and soul.”
- 11 nights / 10 days surfing
- 3 meals per day & snacks
- 3 beers per person per day
- Water, tea, coffee non alcoholic beverages
- Round trip airport transfers
- Surf transfers by tender
- Extended charters are available for all dates.
- Telo Island charters are available for all dates.
Not Included: $3 per person per day Mentawai Island Tax, Alcoholic beverages