Santa Lusia Charters

Living the dream in the Mentawais by Nick Obrien
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Surf Skill: 
3
Intermed
Comfort: 
3
Mid
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Max Surfers: 
10
1
Boat
Owner operated
Expert crew
Fast tender boat
Excellent value for money
Great food
Photo service
Under new ownership for 2016

Overview

Legendary boat with hundreds of happy customers

Santa Lusia is definitely one of the best budget charter boats in the Mentawais. Under new ownership since November 2015, improvements have been made and the quality assured. Santa Lusia will always be in top working order, and now that it's 'owner operated'  we assure you of the very best personalised service. Every Santa Lusia surf charter includes 1 x fast tender; air-conditioned accommodation in a large and very comfortable dormitory with bunk beds for up to 10 guests; and access to the best Mentawai surf spots… both the secret and the well-known.

The Santa Lusia runs her surf charters mainly in the Mentawai Island group but if requested when booking, the crew can also cater for other areas such as the Telo Islands region and surrounding surf breaks. All surf trips operate with a minimum 8 / maximum 10 passengers. Individual or group bookings are accepted. The Santa Lusia team will be happy to shoot photos and a surfing video which will be available for purchase at the end of your trip at an affordable price. 

Meals

The Santa Lusia knows that surfers need to keep the energy up for their next Surf and the crew will make sure you’re well fed. Meals on board are mostly Western style. A first breakfast is served at sunrise including:  Weet-Bix, Cereal and Fresh Fruit. After the early session the chef prepares a second breakfast of:  French Toast, Omelettes, Egg and Toast or Banana Pancakes. Lunch usually includes Fish, Prawns or Calamari, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Nasi Goreng (fried rice) Gado Gado (noodles and vegies with peanut sauce) or Pizza. After a sunset surf and Bintangs, dinner is served. Chef Man always serves fresh chips and rice with dinner. Chicken with peanut sauce, Spaghetti Bolognaise and Carbonara with garlic bread, Steak, Lamb Chops and Fresh Fish are some of the favourites!  Drinks include: juice, soda, water, coffee, tea and 5 beers each throughout the day. Spirits are hard to come by in Padang so if you want to hit the hard stuff we suggest purchasing it at duty free before arrival.

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Vessel

Specifications:  Construction is of 50mm planking, making her extremely solid. Propelled by 2 Mitsubishi 622,s with 280 Hp/ Engine, giving a guaranteed hull speed of 8.5 Knots2 x Genset 25kva coupled with Mitsubishi colt Diesel, 415 VAC 240VAC 24vdc. 
Safety Equipment:  Furuno 24Nm radar- Garmin G.P.S- S.S.B. Radio I-Com 700 S.S.B Padang Base station- V.H.F. Radio- Epirb 104Mhz SOLAS- 15 Man Life Raft SOLAS all Flares and Safety Equipment. 
Onboard Equipment:  Air-conditioned very spacious dormitory style accommodation to sleep 10.  TV, Video, Stereo, Xbox (Byo Games), Fishing gear, Snorkelling gear, Water skiing equipment, Satelite phone onboard.

Tender boat: 4.75m long x 2.25m wide aluminium boat with 30hp outboard and centre console steering. 

Surf

The Mentawai Islands offer a wide variety of breaks catering to intermediate (long soft walls) and advanced surfers (shallow dredging barrels). Your group will be able to communicate to the expert western surf guide what type of waves you would like to surf before going out.  Your guide will then figure out the best spots to take you to depending on the size and direction of the swell and the wind. Many of the waves visited on this surf charter have been featured in dozens of surf movies throughout the years. Spots like E-Bay, Bank-vaults, Hideaways, NoKandui, Rifles, Telescopes, HT’S, Macaronis, Greenbush, Rags, Lighthouse and The Hole are some of the most popular spots for Surf film makers. All of these waves are shallow reef brakes that provide insane tube rides for experienced surfers. The list goes on with a number of easier waves like: Pit stops, Burger World, Nipussi, Baby Kandui, Karanbijat left, 4-Bobs, A-frames, Scarecrows, Bintangs, Lances Left, Sand Bars, Bat Caves, KFC, Roxy’s and Moots, all giving you the chance to carve your brains out and slip into some easy barrel rides.

There are many well-known spots to score some great waves but if you want to dodge the crowd and explore, you can ask the surf guide and go to any number of lesser known but equally great breaks. If your group is a mix of intermediate and advanced surfers it’s no problem for the “Stacia” to drop off surfers to different breaks and still maintain radio contact with the Santa Lusia, so that you can maximise your surf time and stay within your limits.

Optimal conditions for the Mentawais

Swell:  Sth or SW
Wind:  Any type of East

Surf Guides

We guarantee to our guests that Santa Lusia surf guides will take you to the best spot at the right time!

Marco is originally from Brazil however he has not spent a lot of time there in the past decade.  Marco & Samia had a surf boat doing private trips around the South Mentawai Islands and taking surf photos and videos.  They are very familiar with Mentawai weather - wind and waves conditions.

Santa Lusia surf guides network with the other charter operators to ensure their guests achieve the maximum wave-count, surfing the best breaks, at the right time, with the minimum of crowd.  They are also familiar with the Telo Islands and group trips to the Telos can be arranged on request.

Marco
Marco can surf

Reviews for Santa Lusia Charters

Warren Muchna

Date of Stay: 
21 Aug - 2 Sep 2016
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

This trip to the Ments will always be in my memory as the trip where everything fell together. We had surf every day and the crew bent over backwards to make us feel at home and relaxed on the boat. Marco, the owner and surf guide, had fantastic knowledge of weather and surf conditions that Read more...

Mark Doick

Date of Stay: 
25 Jun - 8 Jul 2016
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
4

Boat was good value for money, in good order, good food, and surf guide, Marco, very friendly and knowledgeable. Surfed a reasobale variety of breaks and had awesome maccas and HT's, however would have liked to surf a few more breaks at end of trip as spent 6 days around HT's. Understand depends Read more...

Sam Wilhelm

Date of Stay: 
23 May - 5 June 2015
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

Ultimate surf trip on Santa lusia.  Surfed all day.  Cookie is a rad cook and made us great food everyday... always a few beers around... guys on the boat are good at their jobs.  Nick the surf guide is a legend and took some awesome photos and always found the best waves for the conditions.  Read more...

Simon Lloyd

Date of Stay: 
June 2014
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Santa Lusia is a budget boat but I was satisfied with the comfort levels.  The quality of food on the boat was a highlight.  Nick was very capable as the surf guide and I would definitely recommend him.  I'd definitely like to return. Read more...

Alex Turney

Date of Stay: 
June 2014
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

Good clean boat ready to go.....  What Cookie produced out of that Kitichen has to be seen / tasted to be believed. Fantastic!  Nick the surf guide might have only done 3 boat trips on Santa Lusia, but as far as I am concerned he did a great job, great level of knowledge of the local spots and Read more...

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