The Nusa Dewata was built as an Indonesian charter vessel and has been fitted to approve safety standards to take passengers to sea. The original timber boat was built in Indonesia in Lombongan in the early '90's for the purpose of surfing charters. Simon Dale and his wife Siti took over running the Nusa Dewata at the end of 2006 and have slowly been building up their clientele and reputation since then.
They completely rebuilt the hull and renewed pretty much everything else on board as well as lengthened and widened her 4 off seasons ago and she is now about 61' waterline and 68' from transom to bow sprit.
She has all the survey required safety equipment which includes a 15 man life raft, flares, life jackets, fire fighting equipment, Icom SSB radio VHF radio, 2 hand held radios, EPIRB, GPS, depth sounder and an extensive first aid kit for all sorts of emergencies.
She is fitted with a reliable Mitsubishi PS 100 hp main engine and a 1500 litre fuel tank giving her over 500 nautical miles range with a cruising speed of 8 knots. She is powered by an Onan 8kva/240 volt generator. The water tank also holds 1500 litres. Nusa Dewata has a newly re-planked hardwood hull with full teak decking and interior.
There is a laptop computer, weather fax and ididium sat phone on board. Also there is an ipod, TV, and DVD player for entertainment.
Down below is a comfortable dorm style accommodation, fully air conditioned with marine toilet and shower facilities. The bunk room stays on 17 degrees C and comfy quilts to sleep under are provided. And luckily for any well fed lads all the bottom bunks have been widened. There is also an outdoor shower.
The Nusa Dewata is accompanied by a trusty 15’ aluminium tender with a 60hp outboard to ferry guests to the surf spots and for recreational fishing and snorkelling.
Extensive game fishing equipment and snorkelling gear is supplied. Nusa Dewata Charters specialise in budget small group, family, and father and son charters, long boarders and all girl trips. The Charter does not subscribe to the ‘instant crowd’ factor which is what you get on all other larger vessels in the archipelago.
Travel to the Telos Islands can also be arranged on request.
The Nusa Dewata has plenty of shaded deck area both forward and rear for you to relax and enjoy the surroundings and contemplate your next surf session.
Fast track to 2013
The Nusa Dewata has just completed the annual docking with rebuilt engine and genset, serviced outboard and fuel tanks. There is all new rigging, a new anchor chain, some new timber ribs and planks, everything painted up and down, round and round. The new addition last season, a 17" speedboat has also had a birthday with paint and reupholstering of seats.
The purpose of the 17' aluminium speedboat is to run you around in and get to breaks ahead of the mother ship. This speedboat has given the charter an edge over many of the bigger boats with small runabouts. There is also an 11'paddle board for cruising around, backup boards if theirs don't arrive, fishing and snorkelling gear.
Unfortunately for Simon’s accountant, (wife) he throws too much coin at the boat as he is fanatical about maintenance and upkeep. So she can proudly tout herself as the "prettiest boat in the fleet".
Only recently discovered as one of the best surf zones on the planet, the Mentawai Islands are now well established on the surfers map. Situated 90 km off the west coast of Sumatra these pristine islands are home to countless coral reefs that attract dynamic swells from deep in the Indian Ocean to create picture perfect waves of all shapes and sizes. The variety and quality of surf is mind boggling!!
The Nusa Dewata has been plying these waters for 10 surfed out years providing guests with the surf of their dreams.
There are bommies, barrels, grinding lefts, pumping rights, mal waves and intermediate waves.
The crew can cater to all standards of surfing ability and will try their upmost to keep their guests distanced from any crowds.
Simon says: ”My aim is to have them that buggered from surfing so much its’ the last thing on their minds when they leave. Just kidding but not too far from the truth. Ha ha!”
Nusa Dewata Charters are marketed as "part of the package" which includes a free T-shirt, beer cooler and stickers on arrival. There is also a big kick ass house for you to hang out until the boat departs and also when you are waiting to leave to return home.
Due to a deal with the punters you can have the crew take photos of you throughout the trip shots are being downloaded onto a hard drive or memory stick provided by you for a very reasonable price of $60 per person.
Skipper and Crew
Simon Dale purchased the Nusa Dewata in November 2006 after being a part owner since 2002.
He worked as a Cray fisherman in Western Australia for 2 years as well as diving on oilfield rigs in SE Asia in the early 1980’s. He then moved on to delivering yachts around the world for a number of years experiencing just about every possible situation the seven seas could throw at him.
He has been extensively surfing in Indonesia since 1979 and around the Mentawai Islands since 1996. He has limited medical training and will be happy to “stitch you up” if the occasion arises at no extra expense.
Chartering the Nusa Dewata is a new experience for him and with his vast experience will endeavour to maintain the solid reputation that the Nusa Dewata has held in the archipelago for the last 10 years.
On board are a very disciplined and well trained crew and chef. The sails are used whenever there is wind which helps for stability, economy and adds to the aesthetic value of the trip.
Simon used to personally guide on most of the trips himself, surf 4-6 hours a day and force his guests at gun point to surf until they drop. Now that he has a growing family he is doing about half the amount of trips doing 1 on 1 off with his rookie guide "young Jake Thompson" from Australia. Jake was trained up by Simon to run the trips just how he would and proved himself over and over again last season.
The crew can change money and are happy to help out with info etc and can book local flights & hotels if needed.
Nusa Dewata Surf Charters run 12 days in duration, including 11 days on location.
Depending on the circumstance, there may be a possibility of lengthening the charter booking. The Nusa Dewata caters for a minimum 5 and maximum 6 persons for each charter. Charters include all meals, snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, 3 beers per day and extra beer, wine & spirits can be purchased from the crew before departure. Also included are transfers to/from airport or hotel to Nusa Dewata and all government taxes, harbour clearances, and permits.
The Australian trained Indonesian chef will blow your taste buds away with generous helpings of tasty energy filled Indonesian and western dishes guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest eaters.
The Nusa Dewata was selected as 1 of 4 vessels chartered for the 2000 Surfer magazine / OP pro contest in Mentawais and has been featured in numerous mags and videos. She also played a key role in the 2004 tsunami relief effort.
Simon is happy to encourage you to help on deck if you want sailing coaching and he can provide surf coaching in the water as well. The crew can give massage and fix dings for a reasonable fee.