Our Indo Surf Charter Sri Noa Noa is a legendary, graceful 15m long Phinisi Boat which are the traditional boats manufactured in Indonesia. The hull is made of teak and iron wood. Sri Noa Noa has pioneered the surf around Bali, Lembongan, Lombok Sumbawa, Sumba and Rote since 1991 as surf charter. However, the fascinating history of the boat starts even a few years earlier: Sri Noa Noa was built in 1977 by a French ex Olympic and Americas Cup sailor, Philippe Petiniaud. He explored and pioneered sailing the area for several years to come. In the beginnings, he was sailing without motor. After his wife joined him on board, Sri Noa Noa was fitted with an engine in 1985. It is hard to imagine these days, what pristine culture and landscapes they did discover back in these days. We saw a lot of old, fascinating pictures of that time, when Philippe was sailing Indonesia, meeting a lot of people from the islands and stumbling from one adventure into the next. We still have some of the old photographs and his written records on board, so you can have a read through it if you’d like.
These pioneering times are golden memories in the 20th century. In the meantime, Bali gained an incredible growth in tourism and the amount of surfers increased way over the “surfing good vibes” capacity. However, trust us, the further east we travel, away from Bali, the more we enter more remote regions and have that classic feel again, this pioneering spirit. In some corners, everything still feels like unchartered terrain and exotic cultures. This exactly makes the Eastern Indonesian Islands such as Sumba and Rote a wild dream come true for surfers on the search for uncrowded waves. We have been surfing in Rote for many many years now, but it still feels like very much the same. We came there with a small group of friends years ago, to surf uncrowded waves. And we still do basically the same thing, surfing here with our friends and family only. It was aboard the Sri Noa Noa in 1993 that big wave legend Mike Miller and friends named the right at Terimbang, now better known as Miller's Right. Over all those years, we had quite some prominent surfing legends on board, such as Layney Beachley, Joey Cabell, Ken Bradshaw, Samatha Cornish and many more. Also, Sri Noa Noa is not a secret any longer among surfing musicians: We are very bad in hiding that we are immensely proud that folks such as Krist Novoselic, the bass guitarist from Nirvana, had a lifetime trip on Sri Noa Noa. Also, we hosted punk rockers NOFX, after they had a gig in Denpasar, for some days of surfing Lombok and Sumbawa. Also, we hosted the family from Jack Johnson, sharing some tunes and party waves.
The boat and the captain really can tell stories for a lifetime, we do not want to tell you all the details already. You should come onboard and find out yourself - how is ocean life on THE classic Surf Charter in Indonesia? But let us give you a rough idea of what to expect on Sri Noa Noa these days: Whereas we still surf Lembongan and Lombok these days, some of the breaks are crowded. The boat still allows us to surf other bays close by, but you should know that there are a lof of land based camps nowadays. Our favorite surf charter routes these days venture a bit further east where we surf the wilder Indonesia, such as Sumba and Rote for example. Also, we do still find less crowded spots on Java, Lombok and Sumbawa.
Nowadays, our Indo Surf Boat Sri Noa Noa is completely refurbished and immaculately maintained. However you still feel all the adventure and history breathing through the old teak wood. In general, we like to keep things simple, Sri Noa Noa is therefore not a luxury boat. Also, there are other boats which provide more space (some have private cabins for everyone, which Sri Noa Noa does not have on offer for everybody - unless you are up to group of 4, then everybody has a “single room”). Also, the dining table is still rather rustic these days, most of our guest usually enjoy it this way however. We will keep our ears open and might change the seating one day, in case our guests demand it. Bottom line: Instead of unnecessary luxury, we want to make sure you have everything that is really important. For us, this is for example: Good food and good sleep and good music. Read more details in the next chapter!
Aboard Sri Noa Noa, we provide new matrasess and clean, good quality sheets & pillows, manufactured with natural fabrics only. Our Surf Boat has 4 cabins, 1 double bed and 5 single beds, a small bathroom and an outdoor kitchen/bbq. Sri Noa Noa has brand new, custom fitted sunbeds with sunshed on the upper deck, so you have plenty of space to chill out. Everybody loves our floating bean bag. Kids spend whole days on it playing in and around the ocean. Adults often use it for after-surf chill, you can watch your your friends surfing into another glorious indian ocean sunset, along with a cold bintang. There are new speakers and a guitar on board, as each travel needs some good music! You can also check out our Sri Noa Noa Tunes on Spotify to get some sound inspiration for your Indo surf boat trip. For the ones that still read proper old-school books we have a nice collection of good books. The snorkeling is awesome in some areas, with crystal clear waters and plenty of colorful fish, so we provide some solid snorkeling sets! You love to fish? Sure, let’s catch a fish - we have some good fishing gear on board! Last but not least - our most valuable asset on board is our experienced and friendly crew: Captain Heri from Flores is on board since 1995, these waters are his backyard. Heri is fluent in english and an accomplished (surf) photographer.
We are constantly striving to improve your experience on board, so your feedback or ideas as guests are always more than welcome. Also, we want to reduce our impact on the environment. While we already started some projects, there is so much more that we could do! If you have some good ideas, we would be happy to hear your input!
- Home Port : Benoa Harbour, Bali
- Design : Single Masted Schooner (rear mast removed in 2012)
- Construction : Hull made from Ironwood, interior from Teak
- Crew : 3 (Captain, chef, mechanic)
- Length : 46’(14.1 m)
- Beam : 15’6”(4.75 m)
- Draft : 3’6” (1.1 m)
- Berths : 6 (1 double cabin & 2 singles on lower deck, 2 singles upper deck)
- Bathrooms: Inside (toilet, shower & basin) & upper deck (shower & toilet)
- Engine : 35Hp Yanmar 4JHYE (4 cylinder marine diesel)
- Cruising speed : 6 knots max
- Generator : Yanmar 9 Hp, 5Kw (220-240V)
- Solar Power: 4 x 78 Watt & Inverter
- Electricity : 220-240v 50Hz AC 12-24V DC
- Refrigeration : Stecca FP166 (166l) deep freezer & Samsung 120l deep freezer
- Tender : 13ft (4m) Aluminium dinghy with 15hp ouboard
- Communications : SSB & VHF radios
- Navigation : GPS & Sonar
- Safety : EPIRB, flares, life jackets, life rings,fire extinguishers & first aid kit
- Electric Windlass : Nilsson V 3000.
- Fuel capacity: 1000 litres
- Water capacity: 1200 litres
- Sound system : Bring your device, we got the speakers!
- Library : a good collection of books is available on board
- Fishing gear : 2 x trawling rods & reels, 2 x spinning reels, various hand lines, tackle (we encourage serious fishermen to bring gear – the crew like to test who’s lures work best!)
- Snorkeling gear : 6 sets of masks, snorkels & flippers
- Surf boards : Can be hired at additional cost