Make Your Surfing Easy
A Tropicsurf Ratu Motu cruise combines thirty years of Sumatran exploration with the best liveaboard boat in the region. Formerly the Indies Trader 4, the now Ratu Motu is a large vessel ideal for groups of up to twenty - or simply anyone wanting size, robustness, speed and stability in a yacht. Without question some of the best waves on the planet can be found here. This is Mentawais in style.
Maximize Your Wave Count
Cruising speed for the Ratu Motu sits at 17 knots, which allows for luxury high speed travel around the Mentawais ensuring we get you to the right spot at the right time. Furthermore, cutting-edge radar technology coupled with the expert knowledge of our crew allows for overnight travel - this results in more precious time in the water, maximizing your wave count.
The beauty of the Mentawais lies within its versatility. The consistency of the region and the abundance of world-class surf breaks translates into a plethora of options for any wind and swell direction. This combined with the high speed and overnight travel that the Ratu Motu allows for maximizes your chances of getting the wave of your life.
Allow Your Dreams To Become Reality
We have all drooled over clips of our favourite surfers gliding across the perfect waves of the Mentawais. Allow our expert Guides to take you there in the most luxurious and well organized surf charter in the region. Our Guides are experts at reading swell charts and will use their extensive knowledge of this region to ensure you are surfing the best spot for your preferences taking into account size, periods, swell direction, tide, winds and crowd.
Surf the best waves on the planet. The A-list breaks are phenomenal, but also fast, hollow and shallow … and yes sometimes a little more crowded. However just one good wave here can be a life-changer. If you seek something more mellow, secluded B-grade spots exist and can be surfed empty – especially in shoulder or off-season.
Experience Perfect Waves In Style
This archipelago has been featured in countless surfing films, making it more or less nature's movie set for surfing. Place yourself amongst this world-famous playground and experience the Mentawais aboard the vessel that has housed some of the world’s best surfers, from Kelly Slater to Dane Reynolds. Between the stories from the ship’s captain to the images mounted around the observation deck containing a visual chronology of those who have travelled aboard before you (including some of surfing's royalty), there will never be a dull moment aboard the Rotu Motu.
Cluster Of Gold
The waves in the Mentawais are often grouped quite closely together, which allows for splitting groups to suit ability level, wave conditions and personal preference. Spitting left hand barrels might be situated a stones throw from rolling rights, and the crew aboard the Ratu Motu will know just where to place you.
Plenty Of Options
Although the Mentawais is one of the most frequently sought after regions for surfers from around the world, the Ratu Motu team have such an intrinsic knowledge of this area that finding empty surf is a real possibility. There are many lesser-known spots that our Guides can take you to escape the hustle of some of the more famous waves in the area.
Luxury 5-Star Service...Even In The Water
Our high-speed tenders, driven by people who are in tune with the region, will place you in prime positions without compromising any safety aspects. Tenders always remain in the channel when guests are in the water and are ready to rehydrate you, whisk you back to the boat or they are even equipped with sunscreen if you feel like the sun is getting to you. The tender also provides the perfect viewing platform for those times when you might want to sit out a session.
Ratu Motu Boat
Ratu Motu has 10 guest cabins, a sun deck and lounge, swim platform, observation deck, and dining room. The boat is packed with water-sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling and fishing gear. An experienced crew, including a private chef is part of the package along with expert Tropicsurf guiding.
Catering specifically to surfers, you’ll never leave a meal feeling hungry on board the Ratu Motu. An array of cuisine including Indonesian specials and international favourites ensures that guests have a variety of options to refresh, restock and energize for the next super session.
Mentawais: The Surfing Mecca
The Mentawais has been the crown jewel of the surfing world ever since surfers first discovered this Indonesian archipelago in the early 1980's. Explore this wave-filled wonderland in the luxurious and iconic Ratu Motu, Indonesia's best charter boat. You may recognize this pioneering vessel from the Quicksilver surf film, Young Guns, where the likes of Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jeremy Flores and more absolutely showed out in pumping Mentawais surf. A legacy of this time still exists with artifacts such as Kelly Slater's guitar still on board this vessel.
Relax In Luxury Onboard The Ratu Motu
An interior that is opulent, well laid out and well maintained makes downtime between surfs all the more comfortable. A large flat screen TV in the main lounge area, with a well stocked selection of feature films and surf movies makes for the perfect way to unwind after a long day of surfing pumping waves.
There are four different cabin configurations to choose from aboard the Ratu Motu. Platinum state rooms offer queen-size beds and panoramic views. Gold state rooms feature double sized beds. Silver cabins boast a versatile pull down bunk combined with a double bed and the smaller Bronze cabin is ideally suited to kids with two bunk beds. All rooms feature air conditioning, ensuites, twice daily housekeeping and laundry.
There's Nothing Better...
There's nothing better than retiring to a freshly made bed after a long day. Scratch that. There's nothing better than retiring to a freshly made bed with air conditioning, while in a tropical paradise, after a delicious meal cooked by a private chef, after a long day of surfing pumping waves. This is your reality onboard the Ratu Motu.
During the refurbishment of the Ratu Motu a particular emphasis was placed on family comforts. The shift was a reflection of the owner’s desire to host three generations on his family vacations. Nowadays there is even a captain's judging criteria for kids' jumping competitions off the boat, with 4 levels of progression! Add beginner waves and untouched beaches and the Mentawais is a legitimate family friendly destination.
Fun For The Whole Family
There are a number of activities available onboard the Ratu Motu that are sure to keep the whole family entertained. The boat is equipped with stand-up paddle boards, water-sports equipment, kayaks along with snorkeling and fishing gear. These are all activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family and provide very special bonding opportunities.
Improve Your Surfing In Paradise
The Mentawais are the ultimate proving ground for groms who are looking to improve their surfing. With picture-perfect waves, warm water and expert surf coaching, this is the perfect location for them to ramp up their progression. We can access both beginner and advanced waves, and our surf guides are pros in matching surf conditions to ability levels.
Family Bonding Time
A family trip onboard the Ratu Motu provides the perfect opportunity to become closer as a family. Whether it be surfing, a local village tour, enjoying dinner together, competing in boat jumping competitions, exploring deserted beaches or simply enjoying a movie together in the comfort of your luxurious digs, there are options aplenty to spend priceless time with family.
The Mentawai Islands will leave you lost for words. Not only are the waves absolutely perfect, but the tropical surroundings are nearly just as magical. Also, for those sun-worshippers out there, this destination will not disappoint. Choose to lounge on the sun deck (the prime outside viewing area), observation deck (great spot to escape the sun) or swim platform if you are looking to take a dip, hop on a stand up paddle board or kayak.
A private jet from Singapore is definitely the easiest way to start this trip. Tropicsurf can arrange everything for you, using a plane that will fit your boards as well. Local helicopter transfers can also be arranged. Once in the water your Tropicsurf guide can offer jet-ski assist and tow-backs to maximise surfing energy.