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Surfing Diving Charters West Sumatra Mentawai Indonesia

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Mentawai Surf & Dive Charters


Based in Padang, West Sumatra, in the Indonesian Archipelago. We specialise in diving and surfing tours aboard our fleet of luxury charter boats, taking guests to the magnificent reefs that offer world-class diving and some of the most perfect waves with excellent consistency. Our captain and crews have 20 years experience on Indian Ocean.

You don’t have to book expensive yacht to go to Mentawai or waiting for group to join others on expensive yacht. We offer all of surf activities at the “BEST PRICE” ! For middle and low budget surfers, see us before you spend a fortune.

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Standard Package
On Board Package
Budget surf trip Package

Scuba diving in Mentawai or Padang’s choicest locations is an unrivaled experience. Bathed in the tepid crystalline depths of the azure Indian Ocean, tethered by bubbles and brushed by rainbow colored fish. Scuba divers enter a fantasy world of brilliance and wonder. So what are you waiting for.

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4Days 3Nights (4 dives) package
4Days 3Nights (7 dives) package
5Days 4Nights (10 dives) package

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INDONESIA GENERAL INFO

Travelling Indonesia

Visitors can find island paradises, big cities, Bahasa Indonesia, jungles, orang-utans, Hindu temples, Monkey Forests and more in the world's biggest Islamic nation.

Indonesia - Location: Indonesia is a sprawling collection of over 17,000 islands in South-East Asia. The archipelago is formed around the equator, sandwiched between the Asian mainland and Australia. It shares a border with Malaysia (on Borneo), East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

Indonesia - Capital city: The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta, and it is your archetypal Asian city. Boasting a population of nearly ten million, it is almost a dictionary definition of bustling. It’s busy to the point of frenetic, and it’s not for everyone, but lovers of truly big cities will be in heaven.

Indonesia - Other major cities: Being a nation of islands, just about everywhere has its own important hub. Yogyakarta is in the middle of Java, and although it plays second fiddle to Jakarta in financial terms, it is generally regarded as the main island’s cultural capital. Banjarmasin, meanwhile is the star attraction on Kalimantan (the Indonesia part of Borneo). It is criss-crossed with canals, and is genuinely beautiful.

Indonesia - Population: Indonesia has a population of over 225 million people. Most of them are Muslim, making it easily the most populous Islamic nation on earth.
Indonesia - Languages spoken: With so many islands, and so many different cultures, it’s no wonder that it was a linguistic nightmare before the government introduced Bahasa Indonesia. It’s generally regarded as the easiest language in the world to learn, and it needs to be too, as it’s the unifying second language used to unite the hundreds of different tongues across the archipelago.

Indonesia - What we know it for: The wild jungles of Borneo and Sumatra, full of orang-utans and thick rainforest, are almost pilgrimage sites for those who really want to get wild with nature. Meanwhile, many of the islands are virtually deserted – a fantastic opportunity to get away from it all. It is a former Dutch colony.
Indonesia - Why you should go: The joy of Indonesia is that it is effectively hundreds of different countries. You could easily island hop for years and never get bored. There are also lots of surfing hotspots for the more adventurous.

Indonesia - Great place to visit: The most famous island is Bali, which has long been synonymous with a tropical paradise. And, once you’ve got away from all the drunk Australians in Kuta, this is precisely the case. Ubud, in the centre of the island, is a particular treasure. You can go to see the Hindu temples in the Monkey Forest, then return to watch a Balinese dance troupe.

Wreck Diving

Wreck diving is a specialized area of scuba diving that can be enjoyed by all divers, in all areas of the world. In tropical destinations, traveling tourists can dive and photograph beautiful wrecks in crystal clear water. These wrecks, for the most part, require only standard equipment and scuba skills. On the East Coast of the U.S. sport divers visit and penetrate intact sunken German U-boats, tug boats, destroyers and sailing ships. This type of wreck diving is more advanced due to potentially deeper diving and rough water or limited visibility conditions. Depending on the condition of the wreck, water, and whether a penetration is planned, special skills and equipment are needed to make the dive as enjoyable and as safe as possible.

Each wreck is a time capsule into history waiting to be explored by sport divers eager for a glimpse into the past. Divers may also find interesting artifacts while exploring the remains of sunken ships, enabling them to make a contribution to historians and archaeologists by giving them the information needed for wreck identification and further research.

A positive mental attitude is important when participating in any wreck dive. If an improperly trained diver were to penetrate a wreck encountering darkness and stirred up silt, claustrophobia and stress could soon lead to panic. If this situation is not immediately handled with a cool head, the results could be fatal. Never dive beyond your own experience or training capabilities. If you have any doubt, don't do it. Wreck divers should use some of the rules cave divers have been using for years. If any diver in the group does not feel comfortable with a dive, then the dive should be aborted. Staying calm, moving slowly throughout your dive, knowing your equipment and the location of lights and an alternate air source can help prevent stress. Preventing stress can also come from diving frequently, not being over weighted, having properly maintained and working equipment, and knowledge of the wreck and dive site.

Throughout the world there are shipwrecks of all types and ages. They range from ancient Egyptian vessels and Spanish galleons, which now are often only piles of ballast stone, to commercial ships, barges, airplanes and smaller private vessels. Each is distinctly interesting for many reasons and is approached with a slightly different diving style. As divers explore different types of wrecks, they soon notice that the deeper wrecks are often more intact than the wrecks closer to shore which suffer from the constant pounding from the sea and become broken up and scattered over a large area.

The equipment used in wreck diving will vary from location to location keeping in mind to streamline your profile as much as possible to reduce drag, permit easier swimming and eliminate the possibility of becoming snagged. Use the appropriate thermal protection for the water conditions and depth. Penetration of small areas and corridors requires a tether line, lights, knives, and the knowledge and mental attitude to function safely in an enclosed environment.

Most wreck dives are done from a boat, anchored above the site. Depending on visibility and currents, it can at times be difficult to find the anchor line when returning to the boat. Minimize navigation problems by starting the dive into the current. If the wreck is intact and the visibility is good, it is often no problem to note where you are and return later. If visibility is limited or if the wreck is scattered over a large area, divers can use a tether line reel, clipping one end on the anchor line and letting line out as they explore the wreckage. Another method is the perimeter search in which a diver descends on the anchor line and then swims directly to either side of the wreck noting unique features and their relative position to the anchor line. Take a compass reading from the anchor line to the wreck and again along the wreck, using the reverse headings to return. A small strobe light attached to the anchor line is also a useful aid in returning to the boat.

Penetration is an advanced form of wreck diving. Recreational diving does not typically include penetration and should only be done by those with adequate training and experience. A diver must be disciplined and know their limits. Duplication of air sources, lights, knives, and gauges are necessary for diver safety when penetrating and staying inside enclosed wrecks. Memory alone is not sufficient for finding the way out of a wreck, especially in an emergency situation when you're under stress. Divers should use a penetration line tied just inside the entry point and again within sight of the opening. A head-mounted light comes in very handy when trying to reel and see ahead. Silt and suspended particles are another concern and danger to divers who explore the interior of shipwrecks. Reduce fin kicks in this situation and avoid bubble bursts that can also stir up silt and particles. If visibility is reduced, stay still for a few minutes and the water may clear enough to use lights and/or find ambient light and a way out. As with any situation while diving, calm and rational thought is mandatory. Panic leads to disaster

In summary, 1) Be trained and dive within your own limitations. 2) Use a tether line and secure it in at least two places. 3) Reserve at least two thirds of your air supply for the swim out. 4) Carry at least 3 lights. 5) Become proficient in emergency procedures through practice. 6) Never depend on another's ability to get you in and out of a wreck, know your own limitations. 7) Maintain contact with the guide line. 8) Avoid silt by maintaining buoyancy. 9) Avoid passageways where you cannot turn around.


Decompression Sickness—Information and risk reduction


DCI can strike a scuba diver at any time, whether you're a new guppy or an old salt that has hundreds or thousands of dives under your weight belt. All divers need to know what the symptoms are and how to prevent it.
Decompression illness consists of two conditions, DCS is a series of symptoms that result from the presence of bubbles formed in either the tissues or blood as a result of changes in pressure on the body. These may directly cause symptoms locally by mechanical injury to tissue or indirectly resulting from the blockage of blood vessels. Arterial gas embolism (AGE) occurs when gas bubbles enter the blood stream usually as a result of decompression damage to a lung (pulmonary embolism), where the bubbles travel in the blood to the brain and cause cerebral symptoms.

Symptoms:
Itching skin, rash
Joint or muscle pain and swelling
Fatigue
Tingling or numbness in limbs
Muscle weakness, stiffness
Headache, nausea, vomiting
Breathing problems
Abnormal bladder or bowel function
Vision disorders, hearing or memory problems
Personality changes
Blackouts

Early detection and treatment with 100% oxygen is the most effective way to ensure full recovery and no permanent damage. Divers Alert Network (DAN) reports that the majority of injuries reported to them involve a significant delay in symptom recognition and treatment whether it is being put on oxygen at the dive facility or being sent to a recompression chamber for treatment.

If you or your dive buddy experiences any of these symptoms following a dive, whether it's the first dive of the day or the 10th in a week-long dive vacation, notify the divemaster immediately and seek further help in evaluating your symptoms. Don't just ignore it, hoping it will go away and keep diving. This will worsen any episode of DCI and make recompression treatment more likely to fully resolve the injuries and remove the nitrogen gas bubbles from the blood stream or soft tissues.

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Lower Your Risk

Follow these basic guidelines to reduce your risk for DCI:

Ascend Slowly, giving the absorbed nitrogen bubbles time to be exhaled as the pressure is reduced. Recommendations now are 30 feet per minute maximum ascent rate. Go slow and watch your depth gauge.

Safety Stop at 15 Feet, again giving the nitrogen an opportunity to leave your system through the lungs at reduced pressure. Do a safety stop after every dive.
Watch Your Time, leaving a little extra cushion in your dive profile or green on your computer dial is wise and safer than pushing the deco limits on every dive-especially when you're doing multiple dives on multiple days.

End Shallow, making the deepest part of the dive first and then slowly rising to 15 feet over the course of the dive will act as decompression for the early part of the dive. Still do a 3-5 minute stop at 15 feet.

Avoid Bounce Profiles, minimizing the number of ascents and descents in a dive. Watch your depth to determine how you're managing your dive profile and if you do see something above you 10-15 feet, go up slowly to check it out.

Avoid Dehydration, drink those 8 glasses of water a day to thin your blood and help move the nitrogen through your system more efficiently.

Stay Warm, wear thermal protection on every dive even in the hottest tropical climates. The water is cooler than your body temperature of 98.6 degrees, so you are losing body heat every time you're in the water. Multiple dives can really lower your body temperature, shutting down circulation to your extremities. If those tissues have become saturated with nitrogen, there is less blood flow to carry it away.


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