BANYAKS – SURF CHARTER
Seriti – Surf Charter
Experience the legendary service and experience of the Sjalina on our new vessel Surf Banyak II – “Seriti”, a US-built, Indonesian-flagged 25m aluminium crew boat that has been newly customised for surf charter operation. The Seriti sleeps up to 12 surfers on spring beds in two cabins, with a separate quarters for up to 6 crew. Spacious and comfortable, it features an air conditioned saloon with two large sofas, tables and TV/video/music entertainment area. At the rear of the boat is a huge deck area covered in UV-protective shade cloth where you can chill out and watch the action in the water.
The Seriti is one of the safest charters operating in Indonesia, with a full suite of equipment including life rafts and life jackets, smoke detectors, EPIRB; CO2 emergency fire system; VHF and SSB radios, satelite telephone, and a 10,000 litre fresh water tank. It has 3 x 525hp Detroit V12 Turbo Intercooled main engines running at a maximum speed of 20 knots (cruising speed 10 knots). We’ll have more pictures of the Seriti coming in the next few weeks. There is a Canon EOS 5D camera to capture quality pictures to take home and make all your friends envious of your surfing adventure.
Your skipper and guide Mick Butt is a former cafe proprietor from Australia’s Gold Coast, so the menu is varied and tasty, with a range of Western and Indonesian style dishes including beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian cuisine. The fishing is amazing around the Banyaks so you might be the one catching dinner!
Just north of Nias, the islands of Bangkaru (“Treasure Island”) and Tuangku (home of the “Bay of Plenty”) hold a number of world-class waves and there is still more exploring going on. There are left and right-handers ranging from long deep barrels, fast and hollow down-the-line peelers, perfect peaks to long cruising walls with plenty of time to rip the faces apart. You’re likely to get more great waves on the trip than in months of surfing at home. Because the Banyaks are right at the equator, the November-March “off-season” provides quality waves when the lower latitudes are blown out by trade winds.
Uncrowded tubes, plenty of waves, untouched natural rainforest, wildlife, epic Sumatran sunsets, remote islands and warm tropical waters await you. You can also go fishing, snorkelling, spearfishing, or jungle-trekking — no mass tourism here, just fun and adventure in a comfortable, air-conditioned motor yacht.
All prices are in USD dollars and include all meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks across 10 surfing days.
Trip cost includes three meals per day plus snacks; free soft drinks, juices, water and isotonic drinks
Alcohol can be ordered in advance and is supplied at cost prices – basic spirits are available at USD40/bottle. Beer is $40/carton (24 pack). Payment can be made on arrival in AUD/USD or IDR. You are welcome to provide your own alcohol, and you are allowed to bring one litre into Indonesia duty free. Please note that there are harsh penalties for drug importation and use in Indonesia.
The Dream is a 26m boat with a 300HP Nissan V8 engine, cruising at up to 10 knots and fitted with a liferaft and all safety and navigation equipment. The Dream can sleep 7-10 passengers, in four twin bedrooms plus a VIP room with a king-size bed for couples, along with a four-person room with bunks. Both sleeping and living areas are air-conditioned, and there is a large second floor terrace where you can watch the waves. There are two bathrooms on board. For added entertainment you have a TV, DVD, and X-Box. Fishing, snorkelling and spearfishing equipment is also available. Your hosts Nico and Pierre are experienced French surfers who have spent many years in the region and built the boat themselves. They also cook excellent European cuisine, to complement meals from the Indonesian chef.
In a short period of time The Dream have established themselves as a great quality, value-for-money charter with a number of repeat bookings for 2013.
Charters on The Dream are a standard 10 surfing days / 11 nights ex-Sibolga, with all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages included
The Banyak Islands receive most of our swells from the low pressure systems traveling across the Southern Indian Ocean between South Africa and Australia. Those of you with experience of the lower parts of Australia, Sth Africa or New Zealand will know the intensity and frequency of these storms. They are seasonal, most frequent and intense from April to October in our peak season, but they also pulse through at other times, usually slightly smaller and less frequent.
November-April often produces swells with more west in them, which is better for the Tuangku/Bay of Plenty breaks, and some unpredictable west swells come at this time from monsoon conditions in the northern hemisphere that we do not get in peak season, but these also produce good surfing. In 2011, the largest swell in June came from the WSW, so it’s not a hard and fast rule. Swell direction is important for the Banyak breaks, in more south swells the Bangkaru breaks such as Treasure Island and Cobras can be six feet while the Bay is almost flat; while the Bangkaru breaks do not like swells with a lot of west in them. Local knowledge is important out here.
What makes the Banyaks a great off-peak destination is that winds are always variable because we are so close to the equator. There just isn’t much wind around and it is hard to predict it in any seasonal way, though there are perhaps more storms in the Oct-Feb time. But unlike Bali and similar latitudes there are no trade winds. This is good because it is very rare to have non-surfing days due to wind. Offshore conditions can be had in any wind except the rare S/SW, even then it is unusual for them to hang around for more than a day.
On any particular charter we are in the hands of mother nature, but don’t limit yourself to the middle of the year to plan your surfing trip to the Banyaks. We’ve had some epic barrels to ourselves in January/February and November that have been some of the most memorable trips of the year.
Our guests usually ride a standard shortboard as waves are often in the head-high to double overhead range. Bring a spare in case you break one (no surf shops nearby!), and something for a bigger day, just in case.
BANYAKS – Surf Charters
- North Sumatra
- surf boats
BOAT TRIPS in the BANYAKS:
include all meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks across 10 surfing days. Exclusive-use rates for the boats are available for groups of less than 12 pax on the Seriti or 10 on the Dream, please contact us for details.
SURF SUITABILITY: From intermediate to experienced
CUSTOMER FRIENDLY: from individuals/bunch of friends..
SECRET TO SUCCESS: for those that want to be surf stoked and have a good attitude