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Jiwa Charters

USD$2,400 per trip - 11 Night Telo Island/Mentawais Charter Group of 10 Book Now

Explore remote North Sumatran Regions.

'Jiwa' offers an incredible experience on a stunning custom built vessel. Surfing around the North Sumatran regions of the Banyaks and Nias, you will encounter a variety of amazing waves in remote locations away from the masses. A trip with Jiwa Charters is an amazing opportunity to escape surf frustrations, chase the horizon and pull into some Sumatran perfection.

Authentic Surf Adventure that will leave you gob-smacked and wanting more!

Jiwa began adventuring throughout the wave-rich and remote Northern Sumatra in 2011. Each year, at the beginning of the Indian Ocean season, they extend the invitation for guests to come on board and hunt down their own wave haven. The 23m ironwood 'Phinisi' is an amazing vessel blending into the scenic Sumatran Islands as if torn from the pages of a history book. Experience a Unique Surf Adventure that will leave you surfed out, smiling and desperately looking forward to your next Jiwa adventure.

Jiwa’s first voyage saw the crew pass by some of the best surfing locations on the planet, seeking out the most perfect, uncrowded waves possible. Since its maiden voyage, the focus of each journey has been to find great surfable locations without other charter boats in attendance. This may mean spending less time at the more famous spots, in favour of lesser-known but empty breaks further afield. 

If the Jiwa is not chasing waves, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, dive or just relax on board, as this majestic vessel cruises through the islands to breathtaking anchorages. A trip on board Jiwa offers the opportunity to experience a really authentic Indonesian adventure, the memories of which will last a lifetime.

Surf Skill: 
Max Surfers: 
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
USD$2,400 per trip - 11 Night Telo Island/Mentawais Charter Group of 10 Book Now


World Surfaris brag about the food served on all our trips and the Jiwa proves no exception.  Nutrition and taste are the focus on Jiwa.  Healthy and delicious meals and snacks are served daily ensuring you've got the energy for that extra surf.  You will marvel at the chef's ability to produce such epic meals from the kitchen space on board.  A pleasant mix of traditional Indonesian and western cuisine will see you sated after each meal.  The produce is fresh and the fish you catch will sometime feature on the menu.  If you're between breaks why not troll the lure and land the big one. Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Snapper and more are reeled in and served fresh and delightful.  On board Jiwa no one goes hungry.

Surf Jiwa Charters


The Jiwa is a crowd dodging vessel with a simple determination to avoid putting their guests into an already crowded break. Hence they explore other options and have no qualms about searching further afield. Aceh, Banyaks, Hinakos & Nias are regular ports of call for the Jiwa. There is an incredible range of breaks in these regions, lefts, rights, challenging spitting beasts or chilled long walls presenting perfect workable sections. The North Sumatran Island chains are a surfers Disneyland, a constant and varied feast for surfers. World Surfaris feel that every surfer owes it to themselves to surf this remarkable region and we challenge you to find an equivalent elsewhere in the world.

Optimal surf conditions for North Sumatra

Swell: Any type of West
Wind: Any type of East 


Surf Guides

Eugene is Jiwa's Trip Coordinator and the full time surf guide.  Euge ensures that you get the maximum out of your surf charter and takes care of all the small details that add up to make a trip so memorable.  One of the UK's top surfers, Eugene has extensive knowledge of the islands and has a knack of being able to find those magic solo sessions away from the crowds. A solid surfer, qualified chef and all round great guy, means everyone gets to benefit from his knowledge of the surf, culture and upbeat attitude.  Jiwa is also run by Indo veteran Kwab.  Kwab is a surf and free dive enthusiast that has been sitting in the North Sumatran line up since the 90's.  

Non-Surf Activities


The Jiwa has a good selection of toys on board to keep you entertained if the surf does drop off... from borrowing a Mal, taking the option to free dive, paddleboard, or go fishing. The Jiwa crew will encourage you to go ashore and explore the local villages and culture. On the evening of the 11th surfing day, you’ll have your final sunset beer, say goodbye to the islands and
The Jiwa will make her way back to port. After departing the Jiwa you’ll be greeted by the ground crew and transferred to the airport for your return journey home.


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The World Surfaris team and Jiwa crew had everything wired making for a trouble fee trip and Eugene got the boys into the best waves every day.

Sean Slevin

Couldn't have asked for more from our late season trip to Nias, Hinako and Telos islands. The surf guide, Eugene, has the area dialled and kept us in empty waves day after day. We surfed 19 breaks in all, with most in the 4-6ft range and wind almost never an issue. We were stoked to be on a boat...

Denis Wallace

Cracking trip on the JIWA with "The Guv"!  Great boat, extra roomy. It might be slower than some boats but The Guv makes up for it in getting the crew cranked up and has you at the breaks for dawn sessions. We surfed 90% of the time on our own from Nias down to the Telos Islands. It was just...

Alex Turney

Plenty of uncrowded waves, great food and quality crew.

Peter Cox