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Mentawais - Bali with a non/barely surfing spouse? - 2008/06/14 07:49 Anybody know of a good boat for couples out of Padang (or Jakarta)? Or a good camp not in a Malarial area?

Got 30 days in Indo in July 2009 and trying to figure out how to spend them. Would like to tour some of the cultural sites and visit the cities as well.

Trying to find a ~10 day boat trip in the Mentawais or camp that's friendly for nonsurfing spouses, to start the trip off. Then going to travel across Java for 10 days or so and end up in Bali for the final 10 before shipping out.

Don't need luxury, will be coming from backpacking in India and Thailand.

Would like to keep the budget around 200/day, meaning 2000 for 10 days (for two). Is that even remotely possible? Sure doesn't look like it from the internet boat trip sites I've visited.

1. Anyone have any suggestions/names?

2. Any chance of getting a deal by just showing up and sniffing around for open berths?

3. Other suggestions, warnings?

Found a nice budget boat trip in the Maldives. 1600 for 2 for 10 days. Hoping to find something similar in Indo.

Thanks!
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Re:Mentawais - Bali with a non/barely surfing spou - 2008/06/15 00:10 I recommend www.macaronisresort.com they deffinetly offer value for money a true resort at a very competive price located right on one of the best lefts in the world....They also own one of the largest charter boats in the Mentawais so you can enjoy both experiences, land camp and charter boat.

They also have 100% clean record in regards to Malaria I have stayed there and there are no mozzys, due to being surrounded by tidal saltwater, with no stagnent fresh water.

If you do choose to book a charter boat, i fully recomend you do your research wisely as this year is the begining of change in the Mentawaias a good place to start would be www.mmta-mentawai.org
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Re:Mentawais - Bali with a non/barely surfing spou - 2008/06/20 07:07 Thanks for the info. I've checked them out and they look good, but maybe a little expensive. Here's a question:

The land resorts have speed boats that go out mid-morning it seems. Can they really scoot from break to break to find an empty one (is there such a thing during the high season (July).
Do they have the range and do they make the effort to find you quality surf...

...or are you pretty much stuck with taking the boat to wherever the captain/camp decides regardless of crowd and conditions?

Seems like the advantages of boats charters are:
- Dawn patrol since you wake up next to the lineup.
- Range to hit remote spots out of range of the surf camp's speedboats (after a long sail).
- Possible to get a more experienced captain who has a better sense of where to go to get optimal conditions based on weather/crowds.

While camps have:
- No seasickness.
- A place for the less-surfing to crash and relax when they get sick of snorkling, fishing, and photogging.
- ??? Ability/willingness to quickly change breaks with fastboats ???
- Lower prices in general.

...

Sorry for the slew of questions. I'm looking for something pretty specific, I guess:

A boat or camp that's:
- Safe for women.
- Economical.
- Good at getting great surf.

That's it.
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Re:Mentawais - Bali with a non/barely surfing spou - 2008/06/26 18:16 You may contact me for the new accommodation info in north Sipora Mentawai. Located just 10 minutes from capital city of Mentawai Island. And will cost you only 1760 for 2 for 10 days! Indogirl8@gmail.com

Post edited by: rika, at: 2008/08/14 19:29
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Bali info - 2008/06/28 01:58 I dont know much about the Mentawai's but when you get into Bali I can give you some tips. First of all if you are bringing CASH make sure that they are new, crisp, no folds, no tears- dollar bills. They are really freaky about counterfiet dollars. Sometimes they wont accept them if they are too old or look worn out.
-- Dont rent a car, you can rent a driver for $10-15 for the whole day.They will take you everywhere. Also it is crazy driving there and if you wreck it is automatically your fault (your a foriegner) sorry, thats just how it is.

-- Always Barter, never agree on the first couple of prices they throw at you, I always offer them half of what they ask. You have to do this or they wont respect you, its culture. Ecspecially room rates and drivers. Tell them you'll be staying for a week and when negotiating for a driver tell him you will use them for a week too. You'll get better rates. Dont be scared to walk away if you dont like the price.

-- No need to stay at a surf camp for here, every beach has places to stay from $10 - $30 a day, depends on how fancy you want to be and how good you can barter. Every surfspot has a lot of little places to stay that cater specifically to surfers.

--The east side of Bali will have the best surf in July, with offshore winds everyday. I dont recommend staying in Kuta though unless you like tourist trap, super crowded, Waikiki type scene. But the best clubs and nightlife is there.

-- Anything above Kuta gets blown out in the afternoons and from kuta down to Uluwatu stays offshore.

--The westside can be good as well(mornings) and towns like Sanur have good surf like hyatt reef, Sanur rights. The famous bali backdoor break Keramis and padang Galak beach break are 10 minutes north. Sanur is a nice town, quiet, laid-back, plenty of places to eat, and cheap hotels.

--Careful when exchanging money, bring your own calculator. They can get pretty creative on them. Also make sure the exchange rate given doesnt come with a charge. Some places offer good rates but then hit you with a bullshit charge. Dont fall for that.

--The food is great, and cheap $3-$5 a meal, if you meet some locals they might take you to their local eats and you can pay as little as a dollar. They have a ton of food and all different styles. If you get sick just walk in to the pharmacy and get a prescription. Sipro-$10

Have fun, watch out for low tide--dangerously shallow reef, and be smart. You are probably going to have one of the best surf trips in your life. Good luck!!!!!!!!!
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Bali info - 2008/06/28 01:58 I dont know much about the Mentawai's but when you get into Bali I can give you some tips. First of all if you are bringing CASH make sure that they are new, crisp, no folds, no tears- dollar bills. They are really freaky about counterfiet dollars. Sometimes they wont accept them if they are too old or look worn out.
-- Dont rent a car, you can rent a driver for $10-15 for the whole day.They will take you everywhere. Also it is crazy driving there and if you wreck it is automatically your fault (your a foriegner) sorry, thats just how it is.

-- Always Barter, never agree on the first couple of prices they throw at you, I always offer them half of what they ask. You have to do this or they wont respect you, its culture. Ecspecially room rates and drivers. Tell them you'll be staying for a week and when negotiating for a driver tell him you will use them for a week too. You'll get better rates. Dont be scared to walk away if you dont like the price.

-- No need to stay at a surf camp for here, every beach has places to stay from $10 - $30 a day, depends on how fancy you want to be and how good you can barter. Every surfspot has a lot of little places to stay that cater specifically to surfers.

--The east side of Bali will have the best surf in July, with offshore winds everyday. I dont recommend staying in Kuta though unless you like tourist trap, super crowded, Waikiki type scene. But the best clubs and nightlife is there.

-- Anything above Kuta gets blown out in the afternoons and from kuta down to Uluwatu stays offshore.

--The westside can be good as well(mornings) and towns like Sanur have good surf like hyatt reef, Sanur rights. The famous bali backdoor break Keramis and padang Galak beach break are 10 minutes north. Sanur is a nice town, quiet, laid-back, plenty of places to eat, and cheap hotels.

--Careful when exchanging money, bring your own calculator. They can get pretty creative on them. Also make sure the exchange rate given doesnt come with a charge. Some places offer good rates but then hit you with a bullshit charge. Dont fall for that.

--The food is great, and cheap $3-$5 a meal, if you meet some locals they might take you to their local eats and you can pay as little as a dollar. They have a ton of food and all different styles. If you get sick just walk in to the pharmacy and get a prescription. Sipro-$10

Have fun, watch out for low tide--dangerously shallow reef, and be smart. You are probably going to have one of the best surf trips in your life. Good luck!!!!!!!!!
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