Find great surfing adventure holidays in Indonesia
There are a ton of things to
consider prior to your departure but overall the trip is almost as
simple as showing up at Jakarta airport
1. How do I get to Indonesia?
We recommend that
you travel to Jakarta (air port of departure) via Bali, Sumatra or
abroad. We can assist with bookings for your international flights, your
air ticket to Jakarta, and any necessary overnight accommodations. Our
crew and ground staff will meet you at the airport in Jakarta on arrival
and make arrangements to transfer you to the camp. PLEASE NOTE: All
guests are required to be in Jakarta (any time as you have flight
schedule) on the first day of their trip (overnight at our hotel), we
prefer it if guests arrive the day before the trip starts to give us
more options in case of delays.
2. How many days do we spend on the island?
Panaitan camp has
adopted from 5/6/7/10 day/10 night or 12 day/11 night schedule. Our schedule
can accommodate 6 or 20 people for each new group arriving and departing
on alternate Saturdays and Tuesdays. All trips are available on a first
come first served basis. Panaitan campt utilizes a boat to get you out
to the camp from west coast port. All transport is subject to
availability and change.
3. What do I do about my flight arrangements?
utilizes Oceanview Travel to handle all of our guest's air
transportation issues for our United States based customers.
International customers please contact your local travel agency. Whether
you have frequent flier miles you'd like to use or simply book your
flight to the Jakarta or beyond, Oceanview Travel can take care of you
better than anyone
4. Where should I stay if I have an extra night on land? In Singapore? In Bali? In Jakarta?
This answer depends on where you have to stay for that extra night. Quite simply we suggest the following options:
Jakarta we recommend using the Sheraton Bandara Hotel. Just three
kilometers from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the Sheraton
Bandara Hotel offers a unique, five-star, resort-style experience also
FM7 Hotel, Amaris Hotel or many basic hotel close to air port. We're in
the heart of the thriving, cultural metropolis of Indonesia, just a
short drive from Jakarta's central business district. The city's energy
is close by, but the tranquil countryside that surrounds us makes it
feel miles away.
5. What do you suggest I pack for my trip?
The best advice
when packing for a surf trip is to pack as lightly as possible. This
fundamental rule of travel is especially true on a surf charter through
the Panaitan Islands - when most of your time is spent in the water.
6. What kind and how many boards should I take?
Most people bring
2-4 boards. Most people will ride their standard shortboards most of
the time but a good idea to follow is to track the swell forecast before
your trip and plan accordingly.
7. What types of services and amenities are available at the campt?
Please refer to the "Resort Features" section to see a detailed list of what Panaitan camp has to offer!
8. What type of health precautions should I take?
- A. Most travelers usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots before traveling to any remote region of the world.
- B. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia including the Mentawai Islands; consult your doctor for more information.
- C. If you take a
prescription medication make sure you bring the necessary paperwork
that goes with it in case of an emergency.
- D. If you are prone to seasickness please bring something to counteract its effects such as dramamine or bonine.
- E. For more information please consult your doctor.
9. Should I be concerned about malaria?
It is a matter of
personal choice whether to take anti- malarial medication. Malaria is
endemic in some of the places you will be visiting. Most guests at
Panaitan camp take preventative measures in lieu of medication to
protect themselves against the threat of malaria. Our main threat are
sand flies that come out at dusk and night, for them we recommend
wearing bug repellant and avoiding walking along the beach. Panaitan
camp also tests all of our employees regularly, we have the most
up-to-date medical solutions at our disposal, and we have everyone on
the island sleeping under nets. So far none of our customers have caught
malaria and the best policy is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.
10. What documents do I need to take?
Citizens of the
United States or Australia need a passport with at least six months of
validity left and one other form of identification. Surfing Panaitan
requires that we collect a copy of your passport information including
the number, date of issue, and place of issue once you arrive into
Indonesia so we can arrange the necessary harbor permits for your travel
through the Mentawais. In case you misplace any vital documents you
should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, id, and airline
ticket with you at all times. It doesn't hurt to leave another copy at
home as well. When you are in Indonesia you will be issued an
immigration form that you must keep until your departure. When you leave
they will ask to see it to determine how long you were in Indonesia.
Please take care of that form once they give it to you. The most
important thing to remember on this list is to make sure that you have
an updated passport and a valid VISA. You will not be permitted to enter
Indonesia if your passport is going to expire within six months of your
departure or if you are from a country that requires a special VISA to
enter. Most people can take care of their VISA upon entering Indonesia
including citizens of the United States and Australia but before you
purchase your airline tickets please check with your local authorities
to make sure you're covered.
11. How long can I stay in Indonesia?
coming from the US, Australia, and Europe are issued tourist visas upon
arrival, but if you carry a passport from other countries it is
worthwhile checking to see if you need a visa. The standard tourist VISA
is applicable for up to 30 days. If you plan on staying longer in
Indonesia you must apply for an extended stay VISA at your local
Indonesian Embassy prior to departure or in Singapore.
12. How much money do I need to take?
Once you get to
Indonesia all you have to focus on is getting as many good waves as
possible. Most of our guests bring extra money for the following
- A. Traveling Money: $150US
- B. Souvenir money: $50US
- C. VISA money: $25US
- D. Money for tipping the staff: $100 US is average
- E. Beer and Alcohol : $? (Credit Cards are accepted at ATM at all over Indonesia)
- F. Money for our Photo and Video service on the island - $150 - $300 on average
14. Is there a photographer or videographer available for my trip?
surf guides and boat drivers routinely take photos during your trip and
create slideshows to watch at night. These photos are available for
purchase so it is a good idea to bring a portable 8GB flash drive to
download them quickly and easily. We also be offer a full time video
service in conjunction with FTR Films. Not only will they be maintaining
a weekly video blog at Kandui but they will be filming guests and
editing personal videos for guests that sign up for the service. All of
these programs are handled directly at the Panaitan camp
15. Can I recharge my video camera etc.. at the resort?
The resort uses
220V electricity with 120V converters. you should be able to charge
whatever you need but it doesn't hurt to bring a converter set just in
case. Be very careful before you plug anything in! If you have a concern
please consult our Island Manager on site for help and information
according to device. IPods should be charged through a computer only!
16. Do you have fishing and/or diving gear at the Panaitan camp?
We have some
fishing equipment at the resort, but if you are a keen fisherman bring
some of your own lures and maybe your own casting rod. We also have two
professional spearguns that can be rented for a nominal charge. If you
must bring your own spear gun there is a risk of it being confiscated by
customs. We suggest you break it into it's components and separate them
in your baggage. If you'd like to snorkel please bring your own
equipment for sanitary reasons. Kandui Resort will have a few sets to
use but we highly recommend using your own personal set whenever
17. Can I be contacted while I'm at the camp
currently uses a variety of ways to stay in touch with the outside
world. Most guests prefer to bring their own mobile and mobile
connection is available.
18. Can I check my e-mails while at the resort?
internet is as good as you can get in, which isn't saying much
unfortunately. It is definitely not as fast as you get at home, can be
inconsistent at times, and frustrating but most of the time we're able
to do the basics and mobile calls are possible in the day. In 2013 the
internet is 100% free so you can have the option of staying in touch
with your family, friends, and the office. We encourage most people to
use their personal mobile in their umas if you'd like to get online. If
you don't want to bring along a mobile there are a few computers at the
camp available to check surf reports, send e-mails, and make phone
19. What is your policy on illegal substances?
Our operation is
drug free. Indonesia has some of the strictest laws against drug use,
drug trafficking, drug anything! Panaitan Resort does not condone drug
use in any form at our resort - guests who are found to be using drugs
at the resort will be asked to leave immediately. It's just not worth
the hassle and trouble! Our policy is simple - no drugs allowed...
20. Can you give me an idea of how many other people I'll be surfing with?
really depends on where you want to surf. It is possible to get away
from the main spots and surf in solitude - everything really depends on
the conditions for that day and the consensus among the group. The
"shoulder months" of March, October, and November are a great time to
get good waves and escape the activity of summer.
21. Can I celebrate a special occasion at the camp?
Hopefully with enough advanced notice we can accommodate any and all requests.
22. What happens if my flight is delayed or my boards don't make it?
rarely encounter problems with our guest's boards. In the rare instance
that your boards do not make it we still send the trip out on schedule
and make arrangements with one of our boats or another boat to
rendezvous with you and drop off your boards.If your flight is delayed
we react accordingly but since most of our groups are whole group
charters if one person is delayed, the whole groups is delayed and it
makes everything that much easier to cope with. Whatever time you arrive
in Jakarta we'll be there to pick you up at the airport and take you to
23. What happens when I arrive in Jakarta?
This is one
question we hear most frequently. Perhaps the best way to answer it is
to show you step by step what happens between the time you touch down in
Jakarta and when you reach the resort, please click the "Travel
Itinerary" link on the left side of this page..
Weather in Java
Wet season October - March Dry season April - September Average 30CJava
has a tropical climate being just located below the equator.
Temperatures average around 30'C all year round. The wet season occurs
October to March, and as with all tropical
climates it is be pretty humid during this time so you want to be near
the water! The dry season occurs from April to September, with less
humid conditions and sunnier weather. Most rainfall in Java will occur during the wet season, but downpours are typical and can occur at anytime, usually not lasting too long.
The trip star from Jakarta air
port or Jakarta city or Cimaja (west Java), we pick you up for meeting
service with our representative, than transfer by comfortable car to
Tanjung Lesung port take 4 hour drive then we board for cruising to surf
camp at Peucang - Panaitan Island take 4 hour by the sea and could feel
how reach marine and jungle, as usually from morning until afternoon
you will surf and free surfing..!Note :A. The trip star
in Jakarta air port, we can directly to Panaitan island or you can
overnight at our hotel at Carita beach the main get to island before we
board the boat fin the next morning directly to Panaitan. Jump out and
B. If you have
some program to go some where in indonesia Bali, Nias, Krui, 7 wave,
Cimaja, Lombok, Sumba etc. we can help organize the flight ticket
C. We offer you
to stay on the boat or on the camp at Peucang Island with slow wooden
boat or fast boat , all the day our boat will stayed for pick and drop
you up to the point. Jump out and surf.!
E. The return
trip in the day after morning surf for about 2 hour and then you leave
in much same way as you left except that you are surfed out and probably
had a few insane barells. Tanjung lesung port and than transfer to
Jakartaf or next flight . End the trip
F. All surfer are accompanied by an expert local guide, captain also crew will help you until the trip
G. Passenger on the boat should be minimum a group 4 Person ( 1 group) - But for stay on the camp up to 10 - 20 person
H. The tour itinerary depending on The weather conditions may make change occordingly
Travel Insurance :
With any overseas traveling we advice that you take out full travel and medical insurance
We tale no responsibilities but take every step to ensure you have a safe surfing holiday