Uncroweded surf and excellent quality surf
Tim Peacock
April 2014
Surf Stoke 
4
Surf Guide Knowledge 
5
Quality Of Food 
5
Accommodation 
4
Transport / Transfers 
5
Extra Activities 
3
Staff Service 
5

Melaleuca is a BIG boat with plenty of room and excellent layout for relaxing and watching the surf. An obviously well maintained vessel.  The Cook, Julz on the boat prepared an array of different foods each day with generous portions. I was quite surprised by the diversity of cuisine presented that catered to more Western tastes.  We dubbed our cabin 'The Igloo' due to the fact that the airconditioning cranked! Much easier to sleep when it's nice and cool.  The main boatmen on the Melaleuca "Muz" was very attentive and keen to get us into and out of the water. Was very patient and let us park at the end of the break to take photos any time we asked. The other deckhands were awesome as well and were on hand whenever the "Taxi" call went out to pass our boards to the tender or pack them up for us after a surf. First rate.  Terry may not have been up there for as long as some, but he made some great calls. Got us uncroweded surf and excellent quality surf. Score HT's for 2 hours with absolutely no-one but myself out and got barrelled off my nut! Thanks Terry!  We didn't get any big surf, but what we got was great quality waves. I don't think there was a single day of the trip where I didn't get at least one session of quality surf with at least an hour or two of mellow crowds. In my opinion every surfer should see the Mentawais at least once in their life.  Obviously it's a boat, so fishing and snorkelling is the go, though there were plenty of DVDs on board and we played a fair bit of poker. Surfed so much we didn't need much else though.  Absolutely first rate crew.  Am already planning on geeing the boys up to book for next year. Probably towards the end of the season.  About the only thing I can think of is for the boat to load a bunch of movies onto a hard drive. The dvd player is no good when there's a bit of swell. Note: One of the boys had an SLR that we used for most of the photos. As they get distributed I'll make sure we pass a couple of the decent ones on.  I remember going back about 15 years, Garuda had a terrible reputation. For me at least, that's completely changed now. Efficient, clean, good food. In my experience, they're one of the top Airlines I've travelled with.

 

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