A member of the Addiction team will met you at the International Airport in Padang, West Sumatera (airport code: PDG).
Passengers should arrive on the first day (preferably late afternoon/evening) of their scheduled charter dates (for example, if your trip is April 11-24, you should arrive on the 11th). Addiction will leave port late on the first day of your trip and steam to be at the first surf break first thing next day.
There is accommodation in Padang however we recommend overnight stays be done in Singapore, KL, Bali, Jakarta etc and arrive in Padang on the first day of your charter.
When you arrive in Indonesia you get a 30 day Visa that is purchased at the airport before you clear Immigration and Customs. The cost is $US25 (only payable in new US currency).
Remember to keep your luggage tickets as these must be shown to exit the terminal building
Indoneasian customs allows the importation of a single bottle of alcohol per person.
Mobile/cell phones have service in Padang and in some areas of the Mentawais. Addiction has a satellite phone and fax service available for a fee if required.
Contact numbers are:
Phone +873 764 612 592
Fax +873 764 612 593
At the end of your trip Addiction will return overnight and arrive in Padang for early morning of the last day of the charter. We would recommend booking the early flight out of Padang on your return journey.
Ground transportation will be provided to Padang airport.
Passengers must pay an Indonesian exit tax at the airport upon departure- currently Rp100,000 per person (approx $US10).
Earthquake and Tsunamis
Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands are situated within one of the most active seismic areas on earth. Being in deep water at sea is probably the safest place to be in the event of an earthquake/tsunami.
Addiction has set procedures and our crew are trained for the unlikely event of a tsunami. Our captains – Eric Foraker and Dickinson Antal have over 15years combined experience operating in Indonesia.
What to Bring
Fishing and Snorkelling Gear
Malaria is present in Sumatra and the Mentawai Islands. Being on a boat away from mosquitoes and persons who may have contracted malaria does minimise the chance of infection. The majority of our passengers do not take malaria prophylactic drugs. Those who do generally take doxycycline or malarone.
If you are concerned contact your doctor to discuss the options of taking malaria prophylactics.
It is mandatory for all passengers to be fully covered for Medivac insurance. Padang has limited medical facilities and severely injured passengers are not permitted on commercial aircraft for liability reasons. We strongly recommend your travel insurance also includes all accompanying baggage and trip cancellation and disruption. Travel insurance is relatively cheap and is readily available – examples of companies offering suitable products are:
Australia 1800 010 078
ACE Insurance Limited
Australia 1800 628 020
SOS International ( http://www.internationalsos.com/buymembership/) USA : 1-215-942-8226 Singapore : 65 6338 7800
TravelSafe ( http://www.travelsafe.com/ ) USA : (800) 523-8020 Fax: (800) 303-6015 Offers:
InsurAmerica (Refer to Product Number 007826-CT P1 11/03.) 24 Hour Emergency Assistance International: (715) 345-0505 Live Travel 24-Hour Assistance: (800) 826-8597
US Consulate Jakarta: +62 21 3435 9000 Singapore: +65 64 769 100
Australian Consulate Jakarta: +62 21 25505 55555 Singapore: +65 68 364 100
Photo and Video Service:
MV Addiction has a dedicated full time photographer on board to record you on the best waves of your life. Fee for those who want it is US$175 per person. You should include this in your trip costs as we find that EVERYBODY wants it – payment can be included in your balance remittal or by cash on your arrival.
If you are happy with your trip please tip the crew. Tips usually start at $US50 per passenger.
Terms and Conditions
What’s Not Included
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