5 Boat Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

The Perfect Wave is the world’s largest surf travel network. As an elite travel concierge, they make surf travel easy for you, and guarantee you the best price. Their surf experiences and relationships, especially in the Maldives are second to none. They are partners in the Cokes Surf Camp, run the exclusive surf program at Kandooma Surf Resort, and are the #1 operator of Maldives surf charters. They manage the boats, guides, captains and photographers to ensure the ultimate experience for surfers. From luxury cruisers to affordable surf chasers, they have the best range of boats, destinations and departures. Be it through one of their own operations or at one of their partner resorts, in the Maldives and at locations all across the Indian Ocean, their goal is to create a trip of a lifetime every time, by connecting people with their passion.

1) Naera – Maldives:

A spectacular catamaran with 8 air-conditioned guest cabins, the Naera is roomy and well appointed, offering a unique and luxurious surfing experience in the Male and Central Atoll regions of the Maldives archipelago. To ensure you score the best surf possible, from hollow barrels to never ending playful walls, the onboard guide is one of the most experienced in the country, and there are two support vessels to shuttle you to the breaks whenever you like. There’s a bar, in and outside dining areas, Bose surround sound and big screen TV, and the onboard masseuse is the icing on the cake!

From £1,661 for 8 nights

2) Cobia – Maldives: 

Specifically designed by local craftsmen for cruising shallow reef passes, there’s no better way to get up close and personal with the best surf spots in the consistent, uncrowded Southern Atolls of the Maldives than aboard the Cobia. The chef is a total celebrity within the charter fleet, so the dining on board is just as memorable as the action in the surf. The 21-meter vessels features all air-conditioned cabins for up to 10 guests, but for optimal comfort and maximum pampering by the crew, get together a group of 8 to reserve the boat exclusively with your mates.

From £1,445 for 7 nights

3) OASIS – Mentawai:

An 80-foot value for money charter run by a group of knowledgeable Mentawai surfers. The crew’s priority is service and their goal is ensuring you have a quality surf experience in a safe and comfortable environment. There are 4 air conditioned cabins that each sleep up to three surfers. There is a spacious dining area for enjoying tasty meals, a media room for watching videos or listening to tunes. The shaded decks are perfect for scoping your friends getting barreled and drinking beers watching the sun go down over one of the many tropical reefs dotting the coastline of Sumatra, one of the best places on Earth to score epic surf.

From £1,787 for 11 nights

4) The Dream – Banyaks: 

The most comfortable boat in the Banyaks, with Nico and Pierre at the helm, The Dream delivers everything you’d expect from a trip to one of the last surfing frontiers in Indonesia: uncrowded surf, pristine rainforests, wildlife, epic Sumatran sunsets, remote islands, tropical waters, fun and adventure on a plush, air-conditioned motor yacht. The waves are generally in the head-high to double-overhead range, lefts and rights ranging from long barrels, hollow down-the-line peelers, and perfect peaks to long cruising walls. You’re likely to get more great waves in one trip than in a season of surfing at home.

From £1,456 for 11 nights

5) Ratu Motu – West Papua: 

The luxurious Ratu Motu (formerly Indies Trader IV) famous from Kelly and the Young Guns is pretty much the ultimate surf charter boat. It even has it’s own heliport! Cruising one of the remotest corners of Indonesia – West Papua guarantees a true wilderness experience, with rich culture, isolation, privacy and fantastic waves with no crowds. The crew has been exploring the area over the last 30 years and believe it to be one of the world’s last untouched natural wonders, and the chef has a bevy of unique dishes emphasizing fresh, performance-enhancing nourishment to maintain peak energy levels for surfing.

From £2,816 for 7 nights