Captain’s blog: An Epic Superyacht Surf Trip to Indonesia with Eighth degree south

As a yacht captain, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world on my job. But there’s one place that stands out above the rest: Indonesia. These islands are a surfer’s paradise, with consistent waves and perfect conditions.

I recently had the pleasure of captaining a two-week superyacht surf trip to Indonesia. It was an epic experience, and I’m so glad I got to share it with my guests.

We began our trip in Bali, where we spent a few days stocking up on provisions, resting and relaxing the crew, and buying surfboards for the trip. We also had some much-needed engineering done on our systems by Eighth Degree South’s qualified marine engineers, who were superb.

Having never been to Indonesia driving a yacht before, it was essential that I choose an experienced yacht agency like Eighth Degree South. Their founders are both ex-captains and engineers that have a wealth of experience in these waters and come with glowing recommendations, so the choice was simple.

I wasn’t disappointed. Eighth Degree South made the journey to Padang simple and easy. They gave us docking in Teluk Bungus (which involved clearing out 8 fishing boats just for us!), where we took fuel and offloaded supplies into storage. We then went shopping in Padang and checked out the local markets.

We couldn’t find much there, so we engaged Eighth Degree South to sort out our needs through a combination of local high-end produce from Padang and items sent in from Jakarta and Bali. To keep things super fresh for the guests, they arranged for the supplies to be dropped off and loaded into our charter plane with the guests.

Beautiful sunrise photo from our yacht in Telo islands, Indonesia

We took a recommended surf guide, as it was my first time there and I was unfamiliar with the waves and anchorages. He did not disappoint! He was very knowledgeable and a great help, choosing the best anchorages and waves of the day.

The charter plane landed with the guests, and a short tender ride later, they were onto their first wave surfing while the crew took their luggage and unpacked. After surfing until sunset, they were welcomed back to the boat with cocktails and a fabulous lobster dinner.

Susi Air charter plane for surf trip

We had great waves all trip, and the guests were very happy and loved every bit of it. We surfed many waves until it got small, and we decided to go elsewhere. But not knowing the area well, we asked Eighth Degree South for advice. They looked at the forecast and recommended Asu and the Hinako Islands off the coast of Nias. We went there and had great waves!

The guests got barrelled on their final day of surfing, what a way to end the trip!

After the guests departed on the charter plane, we stayed in the Telo Islands for a few more days for some crew relaxation and, of course, surfing! We then headed back to Padang to fuel up, pick up our storage items, say our goodbyes, and depart to Thailand.

I want to say a big thank you to the Eighth Degree South team for a flawless trip and excellent support, and to Indonesia for being the friendly, beautiful country that you are.

Other Posts

Preserving Our Blue Planet: Celebrating World Ocean Day with Eighth Degree South

Welcome to Eighth Degree South, where our passion for the ocean drives our commitment to preservation. We actively support marine national parks, embrace sustainable packaging, and engage in eco-friendly trash collection. Join us in creating a wave of change for a sustainable future. Explore Eighth Degree South and make a difference.

Superyacht in Anambas

Captain’s blog: A Superyacht trip through Anambas islands, Indonesia

Explore the breathtaking Anambas Islands, a pristine paradise with crystal-clear waters, secluded coves, and untouched beaches. Our esteemed guests, the yacht owners and their family, had the privilege of discovering the beauty of Bawah Island and vibrant coral reefs. With the unwavering support of Eighth Degree South, our journey was seamless, from paperwork to unexpected breakdown assistance.