MENTAWAI INDO - THE HUEY
Size: Length - 82 ft lon, 20 ft wide, 6ft Draft
Engines: 2x 400hp Nissan Diesels
Electrics: 1 x Kohler silenced diesel genset, 28 Kva, 1 x Isuzu diesel genset, 30 Kva. 110v and 220v power, US, Australian and Indonesian power points.
Cruising speed: 10 Knots
Top Speed: 12 Knots
Fuel Capacity: 11,000 litres
Water Capacity: Desalination Unit (Unlimited)
Accommodation: 1x8 Berth Cabin, 1x2 Berth Cabin, 1x Couples Cabin
Air Con::All cabins, galley and TV room have ducted and split system AC
Safety Gear: Certified 20 man Life Raft, Flares, 406Mhz EPIRB, SART
Communications: VHF Marine Radio, HF Radio, Satellite phone, mobile phone in some areas.
Navigation: Garmin 216 GPS integrated with C-Maps, 64mile JRC Radar, Furuno Navnet Plotter/Sounder/Radar
Tenders: 1x 4m Alloy Dinghy, 1 x Rubber Zodiac with 15 hp Yamaha, 1 x 24ft Fibreglass speed boat with 2 x 175 hp Four stroke Suzuki outboards.
Huey leaves from Padang which is on the west coast of Sumatra. Padang has an International airport and there are many flights daily from Jakarta and a couple of flights a week from Singapore. There are also connecting flights from Bali via Jakarta daily. These are best booked from Bali as they are a lot cheaper. Batavia Air, Lion Air and Garuda all service this route while Tiger Airways service the Singapore route. Air Asia also has a daily flight out of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Check out www.airasia.com and www.tigerairways.com
Note that these are budget airlines and have weight restrictions so be prepared to pay twenty or thirty dollars extra for boards. Luggage will also have to be re-checked
Transfers to and from the boat are included in the price but there is a 30US dollar Mentawai Tax payable in Padang to our agents there. This money is paid by all guests traveling to the islands and goes toward the local community. This can be paid in US or Aussie dollars and of course Indonesian Rupiah.
After you clear immigration in Padang you will be swamped by porters as you wait for your bags to come through. These guys do a good job carrying your boards to our vehicles but will try and relieve you of your hard earned cash. 20,000 rupiah or 5 dollars is plenty, more if you're feeling generous. Don't be fooled by the sad or angry face.