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before traveling

Arrival in Padang

Arrival in Padang (Airpot Code: PDG) can be booked on the first day of the trip schedule but no later than 3pm. 
Addiction will leave port at 5pm on the first day of your trip and steam through the night to be at a surf break first thing next day.

There is good accommodation in Padang. We would be most happy to help organise a hotel to suit your budget requirements. We recommend that your group arrives together a night before your charter starts, this will help in a prompt and early departure to start your surf trip on the first day.

Main International airports flying to Padang are Jakarta (Garuda Indonesia) and Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia).

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 from and to Padang airport.

Surfer Tax

Regional Law states that foreign surfing visitors must pay a surfing tourism tax equivalent to Rp.1.000.000. This tax IS NOT INCLUDED in our rates and needs to be paid in Padang prior to departure or at see in case of tight schedule.

Our crew in Padang will handle the administrative procedure for you.

Travel Insurance

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. 
Travel insurance is relatively cheap and is readily available – examples of companies offering suitable products: Online Travel Insurance or Travel Safe

Basic Check List

  • Valid passeport for at least 6 months beyond intended stay in Indonesia
  • Surfboards, spare leg ropes, warm water wax, sunscreen
  • 1 Tee Shirt, 1 boardshort (it says "Basic Check List")
  • Sunglasses, ear drops, any medication you may need

Other Travel Informations

Absolutely no drugs of any kind tolerated. Foreigners caught with drugs may face capital punishment or life imprisonment.

An online form will be sent to you within 30 prior to departure to allow our crew in Padang complete all administrative procedure in your behalf.

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On Board

Photos and Videos

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$200 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.

Food and Drinks

Trip cost includes 3 full meals per day (has always been enough) and 24 beers per passengers (hasn't always been enough).

Alcoholic Drinks other than Bintang described above, (passengers are welcome to stock up on beer at local prices prior to departure) are available on request. A wine list can be forwarded for passengers wishing to purchase specific wines and spirits before departure. A minimum of 90 days notice is required for specific orders.

Fishing and Snorkelling

Fishing and snorkelling equipment is available free of charge on Addiction.   Passengers are welcome to bring their own additional equipment

Health and First Aid

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.


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