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?
Surfing Panaitan 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: In 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?
Most travelers 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 reasons:
- 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?
Panaitan camp 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 possible.
17. Can I be contacted while I'm at the camp
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?
Panaitan camp's 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 calls.
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... please.
20. Can you give me an idea of how many other people I'll be surfing with?
This question 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?
Fortunately we 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 the boat.
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 30C Java 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.
Tour Destination Jakarta
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..!
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 surf up..!!
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
What to bring
While the following list is not a strict guideline of what you should bring away with you, we recommend you take the following:
- Board size is a personal thing usually a 'fun' size board as well as a longer board for bigger days (6'4 - 7'8).
- Leg ropes and spares, Board bag.
- Tropical wax, Ding repair kit.
- Good hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Board Shorts, Walk Shorts, T-Shirts, Casual Shoes, and beach towels.
- Rash vest, Booties, and Helmet.
- Personal toiletries, and Tropical insect repellant.
- Walkman/Discman Video/Camera.
- Books & Travel games.
- Any surfing videos or dvd you may have.
- A full wet suit maybe advised for anybody really serious about getting deep and long barrels-tubes at One Palm to give much more confidence and protection, only really needed for this break, and for those willing to go that bit further.
No mandatory vaccinations are required, however we do strongly recommend you consult your Doctor for suitable medications, prescriptions and provisions appropriate for you and specific to the area. Probably make sure your Tetanus vaccinations are up to date.
Hope this may be of some help.