Make Your Kudanil Surfing Easy
The Kudanil Explorer is a robust expedition vessel that accommodates sixteen guests in eight spacious berths. Twenty-one crew are aboard to look after guests’ needs as they voyage through the most remote areas of Indonesia in the comfort of first-class boutique accommodation.
The Kudanil Explorer's structure and design as an ex-safety standby vessel make it one of the safest seafaring vessels in Indonesia and allow it to venture to areas of the archipelago that other boats cannot reach. Kudanil Explorer is no white boat – rather it’s a serious offshore vessel, able to explore the most remote areas of the beautiful Indonesian Archipelago with comfort, safety, stability and reliability.
Crew & Service
Twenty-one smiling and friendly Indonesian crew are eager to serve and make your experience memorable. The captain has been with the boat for twenty years and is extremely experienced. Some of the restaurant staff have come from impoverished villages of Sumba and have undergone extensive training at the Sumba Hospitality Foundation which really cares about making a difference in local lives. It all shows – with the services of a warm, attentive crew who take genuine pleasure in giving you the ultimate holiday memories.
Immortalize the Wave of Your Life
We recommend paying a little extra for either a professional videographer or photographer to capture your best rides. Video (or photo) feedback is the ultimate way to evaluate your surfing and map a pathway to improvement. Plus your best memories will be captured forever and they make for great bragging to your friends back at home. (Must be booked in advance.)
If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring remote and beautiful areas then look no further than Indonesia. Amongst over 18,000 islands, you can discover undoubtedly the best surf in the world, ancient tribes, mountains to trek, volcanos to dive, rare birds, fascinating history, friendly villagers, year-round glaciers, amazing art and virgin surf breaks waiting to be named.
Kudanil Explorer Waves
Indonesia offers the best surf in the world. It delivers impressive year-round consistency and reliability, a staggering number of surf breaks amongst the 18,000+ islands, wave types for every ability, unique novelty waves such as surfing out of a cave or inside a river, phenomenal secret spots that occasionally fire on the right conditions for a privileged few and many breaks still awaiting discovery. The Kudanil can be chartered to take you to any of them.
The ship aims for an annual schedule with a priority to stay off the beaten track and exploit the expedition capabilities of the vessel. Surf zones such as Savu Sea (Nusa Tenggara Timur), Offshore Northern Sumatra, Spice Islands and Secret Papua are all away from the main crowded surf hubs of Indonesia. Surfing alone and in solitude is getting harder to achieve these days, but if that’s your desire, then Tropicsurf and Kudanil get extremely excited about helping this become a reality for you and you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Surf Savu Sea
Indonesia offers some incredible barrels for the hard charging surfer, and Savu Sea (Nusa Tenggara Timur) is no exception. But Tropicsurf has also identified some easier waves too. One location in particular offers a softer right on one side of the channel and a hollow left just one hundred metres away on the other side. East Indonesia offers many setups but the real reason for coming here is to escape the crowds that frequent much of Indonesia.
Surf Offshore Northern Sumatra
Northern Sumatra is a tamer version of Mentawais surf without the crowds. The Kudanil can access both lefts and rights, however, the rights offer arguably better quality. This is not a new frontier in surfing terms, but due to its distance from Padang, charter boats are less frequent and resort surfers rarely travel far from their digs. Tropicsurfers love the Northern Sumatra area for its playful waves and the privileged access a liveaboard trip can offer.
Surf Spice Islands
This region boasts dozens of uncrowded and varied surf breaks. Mostly they are reef breaks of varying ease. Some are soft and beginner friendly. Others are rippable on any kind of board. A couple are hollow and challenging for even the best of surfers. Clearly, there’s something for every ability. However, you should simply not come if big, gnarly surf is your priority. Instead, the attraction here is uncrowded line-ups offering fun, playful reef breaks amidst dreamy, tropical backdrops.
Surf Secret Papua
Secret Papua’s surf potential remains a prized secret - known to only a select few. With Tropicsurf you’ll discover a range of quality breaks in a region where local villagers rarely see surfers. Some waves are small and beginner friendly, others are fast, shallow and suited to performance shortboarding. It’s a stand up paddlers paradise – the best place on Earth. Average intermediate board riders will have plenty to choose from. There are numerous long-walled lefts. We’ve even discovered a perfect right-hand barrel, which is ideal for perfecting your art of tube-riding. It would be extremely unusual to see another surfer in these parts.
Kudanil Explorer Boat
Originally launched in 1978 as a safety standby vessel for the oil industry, then refit in 2018 purposefully for charter use, 164-foot Kudanil Explorer is a serious, ocean-going, expedition yacht with a rugged, industrial exterior that’s stylishly complemented by a contemporary, luxurious interior. You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds for remote area expeditions.
Kudanil Explorer Cabins
There are eight 30.5m2 private guest cabins that are both spacious and stylish. Each cabin is virtually the same. Glass, folding doors easily open onto an expansive private terrace (11m2) fitted with a large day bed, chairs and coffee table. These balconies and views are an impressive highlight.
East/West bed orientation makes for easier sleeping (less rolling) during overnight travel. Plus the stability and girth of this enormous vessel also allows you one of the best night’s sleep-at-sea you could ever attain. The central air-conditioning is strong yet adjustable and still works with the balcony sliding doors wide open, meaning you can choose to enjoy the spectacular views with a/c, fresh sea breezes, or a combination of both.
Versatile Sleeping Arrangements
One of Kudanil’s great features is the versatility of cabin configurations. Any of the eight king beds can be effectively divided to allow two singles to sleep comfortably and separately. Charterers could bring sixteen singles if they really wanted to. Some of the cabins also have small, children’s beds that slide out from underneath the main bed.
This is more than just a surf trip - it can be an adventure for the whole family. The Kudanil is capable of taking you to the most remote areas in Indonesia, allowing you and your loved ones to experience uninfluenced Indonesian culture and beauty. Combine Indonesia's spectacular scenery, perfect waves and the luxury of the Kudanil, and you have everything you need to create memories that last a lifetime.
An unrivalled cultural experience that families remember forever. Visit remote villages with friendly locals. Scuba dive or snorkel amidst karst canyons, beautiful corals and an abundance of marine life. Kayak or stand up paddle through a ten-storey high sacred cave in the hollowed out limestone pinnacle, which was the former burial site of indigenous Papuans. Take a summit hike to breath-taking views. Surf empty, perfect waves.
Carefully crafted to meet your most specific requirements, and renowned for capitalising on spontaneous events and activities, this trip is inspired by the potential of special locations and magical moments best shared with loved ones. From spontaneous beach parties to picnics on the walls of an ancient ruin, frontier Indonesia immerses us in the enchantment of a world that for most is lost and gone forever.
This trip is so much more than just surfing. Paddle underneath a cascading waterfall for a refreshing blast. Take a summit hike to breath-taking views. We can arrange a group paddle through stunning waters that will blow your mind – the world’s best paddle location by far. Savor an under-the stars BBQ on a stunning, deserted beach. If you had to choose one Tropicsurf boat trip that is just as exciting for your flat-water loved ones as it is for the surfers – this is the one!
High-rollers can make travelling to the boat far easier with private jet connections ex: Singapore, Jakarta or even Hong Kong. Arrive to your own customised quiver of surfboards designed perfectly to your individual specs. Explore peak surfing performance with the addition of a private breath enhancement coach, yoga teacher, surf videographer and/or photographer. Tailor your dining experience around your surfing performance goals with the skills of our own fly-in private chef. Also potentially available is a jetski and driver (subject to availability) for assistance around the surf zone. If you’re seeking an exclusively tailored package, the size of Kudanil means the vessel can accommodate the toys, teachers and tastes of your discerning choice to make for a trip that’s very much next-level.