Mentawais Papua New Guinea Ratu Motu

As a guest on board the Ratu Motu, it’s all about the surf being all about you.

One of the world’s premier surf charter vessels, the Ratu Motu specializes in getting you to the world’s premier surf breaks of the Mentawais and neighboring islands as well as the lesser known region of West Papua in unparalleled luxury and uncompromising safety. The vessel’s surf guides are simply the best, with years of experience, skill and know-how to serve you and make sure you have the surf trip of a lifetime.  Whether it’s to sample such world-famous waves such as Lance’s Right and Macaroni’s or to surf breaks that the captain and guides have tucked away in their back pockets in the Raja Empat archipelago, that’s up to you.  All levels of experienced are catered to.

Exposed to the globe’s longest storm fetch, littered with islands and reef curves and channels, these islands off the west coast of Sumatra are the world’s surf playground. There’s bound to be an offshore break somewhere. The Ratu Motu will get you there.  More than likely, you’ll have multiple options and multiple surf sessions for multiple skill levels.

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During the months between November and February this luxurious vessel spends its time in the Raja Empat archipelago, one of the world’s most extraordinary Marine wonderlands off the coast of West Papua. There are empty world class waves in West Papua but if you want to take a break from the surf action, there are over 1500 beautiful islands set like gems in azure colored waters, 500 species of coral and more than 1300 different fish species. From surfing, SUPing, diving, and fishing or to simply enjoying the breathtaking views of the soon to be UNESCO World Heritage site, this is an adventure that only a few people will ever experience.

The Ratu Motu offers nine air-conditioned state rooms with ensuite facilities. As you watch your plasma television or browse on the Internet, you can keep an eye on the sea gliding by or the surf barrel off.  Your room is serviced twice daily with complementary laundry service. The meals are all-inclusive.  The ship’s chef presents delicious dishes to enjoy as buffet or table service, whether in the air-conditioned dining room or al fresco in the sea breeze.  Enjoy an après surf drink or sunset cocktail from the full-service bar.

The Ratu Motu experience:  making your surf dream become a reality in unparalleled comfort and unstinting safety as well as an adventure only an exclusive few will ever experience.

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The vessel has 9 state rooms which is divided onto two decks in four cabin classes and can accommodate up to 18 guests. The four large deluxe double staterooms are located on the Main Deck with viewing windows whereas the four double berth staterooms and the one two berth cabins is located on the Lower Deck; One additional two berth cabin is available upon request.  All cabins are air-conditioned and fully equipped with Plasma/LCD TV and DVD players, internet connection and even Apple TV. The cabins are serviced twice daily and all rooms include amenities such as beach and bath towels, full set of toiletries, and a safety deposit box.

Platinum State Rooms x 2

  • Queen-size island bed under three large windows offering panoramic views
  • Ensuite with shower and two hand basins facing large windows
  • Desk
  • TV and DVD player
  • Email access
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Gold State Rooms x 2

  • Double bed under large picture window
  • Ensuite with shower
  • Desk
  • TV and DVD player
  • Email access
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Silver Cabins x 4 

  • Double bed with pull-down bunk
  • Ensuite with shower
  • TV and DVD player
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Bronze Cabin (with en-suite) x 1

  • Two bunk beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping



  • Full ship reservations only (up to 18 passengers / 9 cabins max)
  • Minimum 7 night reservations
  • rates on application or inquiry



  • Accomodation, meet and greet at the airport of port of embarkation (including porters), return airport/harbour transfers.
  • Three meals per day prepared by their head chef, non alcoholic and select alcoholic drinks
  • Surf Transfers
  • The use of all equipment and facilites aboard Ratu Motu, including fishing and free diving equipment (use of SCUBA gear is available for PADI certified passengers only), Stand up paddle boards and sea kayaks
  • Basic internet usage: A set data plan is included in the cost
  • Jet Ski: A jet ski is available to use at all times (accompanied by a crew member)
  • On board entertainment equipment and facilities
  • Daily laundry service
  • Guided fishing charters: can be arranged during your trip or ahead of time with appropriate notice and customization of itinerary
  • Island day tours: can be arranged during your trip or ahead of time with appropriate notice and customization of itinerary


  • Surf board rentals
  • Satellite phone usage
  • Wine and other select bar items
  • Massage
  • Photographic services
  • Customs transfers
  • Dive instructors


This trip is only available during November to February as that is when the surf season in East Indonesia starts if you want to surf in West Papua New Guinea. All the surf spots in West Papua is barely untouched and definitely world class. So book with us and let the expert guides of the Ratu Motu lead you to the empty world class waves that is located in the gorgeous Raja Empat Archipelago of West Papua.


Kandui Lefts

This wave is a very quick left-hander and starts working on the high tide when the swell starts hitting at 6-10 ft with a South West swell & light East-South East winds. The wave breaks for up to 300mts throwing out deep amazing barrels sections. Draw your line and hold on as you could possibly get the best barrel of your life.

Baby Kandui 

Just tucked around the corner from Kandui there is baby Kandui which is shorter, however, can be just as full on and perfect as Kandui. This turns on when Kandui is 6 ft+. The wave is better on a high tide and needs a South West swell & South winds.

A Frames

A Frames can have two sections depending on the swell and the tide. The one outside is most consistent & has fun take offs and long walls. The wave holds big and gets better when it gets more solid. When the inside bowl is working there is a nice barrel section. Works the best on a big south swell at low tide.

4 Bobs

A short and very wackable fun right-hander that breaks over a shallow sharp reef.  Needs a Northerly wind &  mid tides & 3 -5 ft. Very shallow on low tide. A great option when the everywhere is blown out by west-southwest winds.


One of the longest & most perfect rights on the planet.  Needs a big south swell and northerly winds to turn on. Best at 5-8ft with a mid-high tide.


This beautiful right just down the reef from Riffles has a fun barrel section and nice walls. It breaks on all tides on a shallow reef. Needs a small southerly swell and north winds. Great option on smaller days.

Little Nias

This fun left & right is perfect for beginners. It is good in all tides and breaks from 2-4 ft with Northerly winds.


A beautiful left hander that breaks over a pristine colourful coral reef. Breaks best when its 6-8ft & South winds. Breaks on all tides and gets very hollow on the lower tide.

Bank Vaults

This deep water heaving right hander marches straight in from the indian ocean and is best on a south swell and North winds. Breaks on all tides, however, is better with an incoming tide. It can handle 12ft+.  Great take off with a big slab section at the end.


Is the most consistant wave in the playgrounds area. It offers a nice big take off and a long wall that you can tear up down the line with a barrel section when it is small and on a low tide. Breaks on all tides the lower being better with a North wind.


When over 6 ft this wave is powerful, perfect and hollow and when it is less than 5 ft it is a nice easy wave with 2 nice barrel sections. Works on all tides, however, more hollow at low tide. Best with a North East wind and big west swell.


Is a very consistent left when there is a small southwest swell running.  It is best from 3-6 ft and is excellent for all levels of surfers. Good on all tides.


Is a very fun right hander and is best at 3-5 ft, works on all tides and it is great for all levels of surfers as the take off is easy which then leads into a nice playful wall.


Possibly the  most picturesque right-hander is in the world. It can be long and very playful and sometimes barrels when the section comes closer to the rocks on a lower tide. It is great for hacks and speed turns and is suited for all levels of surfing.  Sometimes when the winds are more east, you can go around the island where there is a fun left.


Icelands is a powerful left that can handle any size swell thrown at it and works on all tides.  The wave starts with a nice steep takeoff then can have a barrel section on the inside then a ripple bowl to lay down some heavy hacks. Can be surfed by all skill levels as the water is deep. Best with a East/South east wind.


Scarecrows has many moods depending on the swell direction and tide. This wave is very consistent as is picks up tons of swell and can handle it when it solid.  The wave is perfect for carving down the line with long ripable walls and a few barrel sections then down the end you have the “Curry Bowl” section which starts draining on low tide. The reef is fairly user friendly so can accommodate beginners to advanced. Best with a South East wind.


A very quick right which fires along a shallow reef. Best on a North east wind & a high tide.


“Teles” is one of the bests lefts around. It is not as consistent as other spots, however, with a solid South West swell and light South easterlies this wave turns into a tube machine with rippable sections along the way producing long rides up to 200 mts.

Seven Palms

It is a very fun, rippable wave that can barrel on the right conditions. Suitable to surfers of any skill level and for those chasing some deeper barrels can venture up the reef. Great option when everywhere is small. Does not handle above 6ft. Good on all tides, however, gets very shallow on the low.

Lances Left

Lances left is located at the bottom of Sipora island just around the corner from Lances Right and is very consistent. When the wind is from the East & the swell is from the South up to 3 sections can reel into the bay delivering anything from big walls to draining barrels. Works best on the Mid tide & handles as 12ft+. Getting caught inside when it is big is easy to do and surfing the wave all the way to the end to greedy’s then falling off will put you high and dry, if this happens use the keyhole out the front of the resort.

Lances Right

Lance’s Right is one of the most perfect powerful waves on the planet. When the swell is 6-8ft from the SW, light W or no wind, at least 2hrs of tide this wave turns into an insane barrel machine.  You can get barreled all the way from the office until the surgeons table. It is fairly consistent considering the swell has to wrap around the bottom of the island of Sipora. Trying to get back out when caught inside on a solid swell can be risky as you can end up high and dry on the surgeons table. Best bet is to play it safe and head towards shore over the reef and go around into the deep channel and paddle back out and have another crack.


Is a long right hander that breaks along a fringing reef with a beautiful little island as the backdrop, very picturesque. It holds 10ft+, works on all tides and needs a NE wind. Very rarely gets crowded and a great beginner wave.


Macas has been voted by many as the funnest wave in the world as it breaks perfectly along the reef delivering multiple tube & whackable sections that you can really open up on. Your surfing level will be taken to the next level when you spend time here as the wave gives you a blank canvas to fine tune your surfing. When it is 2-5ft is is very fun and playful, however, when it gets above 6ft is starts doubling up and throws out heavy barrels. Best on a SSW swell & SE wind. Breaks on all tides.

Macaronis Right

Maccas right also know as KFC’s is a great escape for those who want to surf with just a few mates and is located only 5 mins across the bay from Maccas. It is best N-NE wind & a decent S swell with a fair amount of tide to cover the sharp reef fingers that protrude on low tide.

Rags Left

Is a long left with multiple barrel sections. This was an amazing wave before the earthquake, however on a big SW swell, SE winds & a mid tide you can score some freight train rides. When the swell is massive you can backdoor some sections that open up as wide as a truck. Don’t fall on the inside section as there is a high chance you will end up high and dry and the very sharp reef.

Rags Right

Probably the shallowest and one of the gnarliest waves in the ments. This wave is best on a South swell, North winds and a mid tide. The wave reels down the reef serving you some very long quick barrels. Rags right is suited for advanced surfers and is a great spectator wave as the charter boats anchor right in the channel looking straight into the barrel.


Picks up the most swell in the entire Mentawai archipelago. It is best when it is 3-4ft with a South swell as it hugs the reef and barrels on the inside. Breaks on all tides and is best in a SE wind. Thunders maxes out at 8-10 ft. Be wary sitting on the inside when it is big as you there is a high chance that you will get caught inside.


Lightouse is a right hander and needs a solid S-SW swell as it wraps around the island and marches down the reef. This wave delivers big walls and can barrel on the inside and can also handle 10ft +. Best in a west wind and works on all tides. There is also a 45ft lighthouse that you can climb and take some amazing photos of the 360’ view. One the western side of the isldand there is a left that is fickle, however, can also be very good in a massive swell.


This wave is fickle and should only be approached by surfers that are willing to commit. For those who choose to have a crack at “The Bush” they could come away with the best tube of their life. The peak stands up like a cobra then unleashes all is fury across the shallow reef. Once you are locked into the barrel there is no escape forcing you to commit 100% all the way to the end.  You may get spit out at the end section or you may get shut down on. Works best on a South swell and North wind on a mid – high tide.

10 / 10

Alex S, Melbourne

This surf charter is incredible. We cruised the Mentawai's for over a well and scored what would be the best waves of our lives. The charter is magnificent and worth every cent. If you want to live life to the fullest and surf perfection and live like a king then I thoroughly recommend the Ratu Motu. This is like a floating palace with all the luxuries we wanted. Loved the spacious rooms and the crew were absolutely amazing!

9.5 / 10

Willy M, Sydney

I'm coming back with my girlfriend next year - we are already saving up for this. I have never experienced a surf charter like this and I have been on a few of them in Indonesia. This one has set the bar very high in terms of quality, comfort and luxury living. I surfed all day and the highlight was actually coming back to the boat.This sounds odd I know, when the surf was so epic but it's really true. This charter is one of those things you have to add to your bucket list.