The Ultimate Mates Rates Guide

09th Jun 2023

When there’s a bucketload of surf trip deals being thrown at you from all angles, it can get a little overwhelming. But never fear, the ultimate Mates Rates guide is here. Keep reading for a full trip breakdown to help you save harder, not faster…

For uncrowded surf.

Situated on Simeulue Island, North Sumatra, Mahi Mahi Surf Resort enjoys a front row seat of one of the island’s most consistent waves, ‘The Peak’. Plus, you’ll have easy access by van, boat or motorbike to a host of other world-class waves, where there’s a good chance it’ll just be you and your mates.

An all-inclusive experience, enjoy 3 delicous buffet style meals a day, fresh juices and coconuts, and cruisy sunset sessions at the infinity pool while soaking in the last sets of the day. All surfed out? Stretch it out at the tranquil yoga studio or play a round of golf on the lawns out front, otherwise, venture down the road for snorkeling, waterfalls, village visits and more. It’s impossible to get bored at this joint, and we speak from experience!

Mahi Mahi Surf Resort Mates Rates Deal: Save up to 25% Off 2023 & 2024 Trips.

For the budget-conscious.

With surf trips starting from $3,000 AUD* all in, there are very few places you’ll get better bang for your buck then Samoan Surfaris in Samoa and Lakey Peak Haven in Indonesia. Both locations offer surfer packages inclusive of transfers, meals, comfortable air-conditioned accomodation, legandary and expert hosts, and access to perfect waves. For smaller groups, Samoan Surfaris is our go-to, hosting intimate groups of only 5 surfers. Lakey Peak Haven, a short hour flight from Bali, suits bigger groups of up to 14.

If you’re a surfer who just wants to surf, we’re all about keeping it cheap and keeping it casual. Samoan Surfaris and Lakey Peak Haven may be rustic surf camps, but the experience and service you recieve is nothing short of premium.

Samoan Surfaris Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 5 Save 30% in 2024.
Lakey Peak Haven Mates Rates Deal: Stay 8 Pay 7, applicable for all group bookings in 2024.

For a core surf adventure.

If you’re looking for the ultimate (and affordable) surfing adventure, look no further than Nomad Charters in the Mentawai Islands. Jake Thompson, our favourite Aussie, has years of experience guiding in the region and will get your group dialled into uncrowded waves from the moment you step aboard the Nomad, which has gained a reputation as one of the best surf charters in Indo. Surfing world-class breaks such as Lances Right, Greenbush and Thunders is all well and good, but trust us, it comes in handy when your guide knows a secret spot or two.

Heading North to the Telo Islands, Surfing Village is situated right out the front of Pasti Point, a peeling right hander that is regularly enjoyed by camp guests without another surfer in sight. With access to some of the regions premier waves and all meals, transfers and accommodation included, Surfing Village is without a doubt where it’s at for that core surfer looking for the most authentic surf trip experience.

Nomad Charters Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 8 Save $300 AUD Per Person, applicable for all 2024 bookings.
Telos Surfing Village Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 12 Save $460 AUD Per Person, applicable for all 2024 bookings.

For the milestone occasion.

Got a milestone birthday coming up in 2024? Whether you’re entering your dirty thirties or checking off that big 50th trip you’ve always dreamt of doing, Maavahi Charters is an absolute no brainer. Stationed in the remote Southern Atolls of the Maldives, Maavahi Charters have cemented their position as the best surf charter in the region. Expert guides and photographers, incredible food, cold beers, unbelievable fishing and world-class waves combine to create the perfect celebratory surf trip for you and up to 12 mates.

Maavahi is an 85ft custom-built vessel boasting air-conditioned cabins with ensuite bathrooms, two top-level sundecks, indoor and outdoor living spaces, as well as a 16ft support dinghy. The Maavahi team love a special occasion, and go above and beyond to make each and every trip unforgettable. From swim stops at deserted islands, to beach bonfires, or that trophy barrel photo, you name it and the team will make it happen.

Maavahi Charters Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 10-12 Save $300 AUD Per Person, applicable for all 2024 bookings.

For a hint of luxury.

If you’re in the market for a premium surf charter, we’ve got you covered. Cruise through tropical paradise in search for perfect waves in comfort and style aboard a Mentawai Surf Charters vessel or Ocean Sapphire in the Maldives. With guest comfort at the forefront of these operations, you’ll be in for a trip that’s not only all about surfing, but relaxing and unwinding too.

Mentawai Surf Charters’ fleet consists of two premiem vessels: the newly refurbished Star Koat 2 based in the Banyaks, and the 100ft Moon Palikir in the Mentawais. With a highly competitive repeat client rate, we suggest moving quick if you’re keen on a peak-season trip with these guys.

Ocean Sapphire Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 12 Save 25% Off in 2024.
Mentawai Surf Charters Mates Rates Deal: Groups of 10-12 Save 10% Off in 2024.

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