Yes you do. These discounts are extended to make it more affordable for your family or for those who would like to bring along their partner to share a special holiday while still surfing epic waves.
No. As of August 2016 no VISA is required on arrival for visits less than 30 days.
Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for all guests staying at the Resort and voyaging on our vessels. In over 25 years of surf chartering throughout Indonesia, we have rarely come across an injury we cannot take care of ourselves, however worse case scenarios are very expensive. Please ensure you are FULLY covered for medical evacuation, and please check with your family doctor to make sure you up to date with all vaccinations suggested for the South East Asia region.
Resort Latitude Zero is fully licensed with a well-stocked and tended bar. We require all drinks to be purchased through this service.
You can fly into Padang directly from Jakarta, Medan, Batam or Kuala Lumpur.
Yes, we have a full Padang logistics team who will meet and greet you on arrival into Padang Airport. We take full care of you from Padang Airport and back to Padang Airport at trips end for your journey home.
No, there is no duty free shopping at Padang airport, just some basic Indonesian style cafes. There are ATM machines and MONEY CHANGERS but opening hours and machines can be unreliable.
Padang’s International Airport is situated about 40 mins drive from Padang City where most of the Hotels are located.
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There is some great traditional seafood restaurants around the town to start the evening and all sell cold beer (well sort of cold). Things can get pretty limited for late night entertainment, the Bat & Arrow has a full bar menu in an outdoor setting, this is where you are most likely to bump into other travelling surfers. There is a variety of pool halls around town and for those wanting to rock on there is a recently opened modern disco in town called The Tea Box which goes till all hours. Dress code is long pants and shoes, no singlets or thongs.
There are 2 options for this if you are booked on this flight. 1. Stay overnight in Padang and exit the following morning on Air Asia direct to KL. 2. Fly Padang/Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur during the day and meet up with your flight departing from KL. Please check www.airasia.com for Jakarta (JKT) – Kuala Lumpur (KL) information.
The planes used are Cessna Caravans. These planes have a pay load of about 1100kg so although it is tight weight wise we don’t have any restrictions on board numbers or lengths. Most guys bring 2-3 boards. However in our collective experience as travellers over the years we suggest travelling light (regarding bags and equipment) to ensure your belongings don’t have any holdups along the way and to ensure everything arrives at your destination on time.
The transfer flight is operated by Susi Airlines. The flight is chartered for Resort Latitude Zero guests exclusively.
Susi Air employ around 100 pilots and around 95% of those are Western Pilots.
Yen, our Logistics Manager in Padang will be glad to help with any problems whilst in Jakarta, Denpasar, KL, Singapore or Padang on +62 (0)821 7357 6172
Most regions of the Islands have good handphone service these days so be sure to set up International roaming on your own phone for your private use. For urgent matters please email email@example.com and we can arrange direct contact with the resort manager or call Yen on +62 (0)821 7357 6172. Our boats and the Resort have full internet and sat phone services.
We have 24 rooms available on the Island. The only time there would be more than 8 surfers on your boat, is if there are surfing kids or partners with the guests.
We offer an eclectic combination of delicious Western and Indonesian cuisines. Food portions are plentiful.
Unfortunately due to our remote location and no landline available, all bills must be paid in cash. All major currencies in good condition can be used at the Island.
Each speedboat has a full photography kit. Our guides and crew will happily get some shots of you surfing each day during your trip. We will download everything we have on the last night onto a USB. Please bring one with you or you can purchase one from our gift shop on the Island. This is a free service, we enjoy doing it and keeping people stoked, our surf guides do not get paid for this service so feel free to tip the boys for this extra service.
Most drinks besides cocktails are around AUD $4 – $5, massages are around $20 and Internet $8 per hour so an average spend including a couple of massages and net hours would be roughly AUD $300 – $400 for the week.
Yes. the Resort runs 220v and 50Hz, which is very similar to Australia. The wall sockets are 2 rounded pins (Asian power outlets) and we have plenty of adapters available. USA guests should see the resort manager for a special voltage regulator for conversion to 110v.
The Island has wireless broadband 24hrs a day. The rate is currently Rp 70 000 per hour and is accumulated throughout your stay. This will be charged along with your bill at the end of your stay.
We have a small affordable gift shop at the Resort selling Resort Latitude Zero merchandise, sarongs and jewellery for great gift ideas to take home. The gift shop also stocks a small range of travel essentials for those who packed lightly or in a rush.
Traditionally Telo (Sth Nias Province) are predominantly Christian. Missionaries came right through the whole Island chain off Sumatra in the ’40s and ’50s. With government jobs, merchant and trade opportunities quite a few Islamic people have also moved out into towns scattered around the islands and all live together peacefully.
Yes, there is a few kids starting to sell items at some breaks in their canoes. This is a great way of giving a little back and we encourage a bit of fun bartering and shopping this way.
Coconut harvesting and seafood/fishing is their main source of income.
On the equator we are not influenced by the traditional wet and dry seasons and get plenty of rain all year round.
About 60NM from the resort.
Some other items in our gift shop include toothpaste, batteries, flash drives, hats, surf hats, towels, wax , RLZ T-shirts and shirts. We have longboards and SUPs for hire. Please check with us to see if we have something appropriate for you to help you keep your baggage to a minimal.
Prevention is always best. Malaria is a real threat in this part of the world however the fact that the resort is on its own Island and we fog twice a week makes it a very low risk. RLZ takes all reasonable measures to minimize your risk, but see your doctor for advice prior to travel if your concerned.
Some travelers will update their Hepatitis, Typhoid & Tetanus shots, please check with your local GP and bring a good supply of any regular, specific or prescription drugs you are taking at the time of travel.
ABSOLUTELY FORGET IT ! This is Indonesia, with strict penalties (include death) for drug possession and trafficking, even for the smallest of amounts! It’s not only you that you may be putting at risk by being in possession of ANY illegal substance out here but also everyone around you and even our proudly built boats and resort. Indonesian Authorities do not take kindly to foreigners messing with the rules and will be sure to enforce full penalties on you and our company for violation. STRICTLY NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ON ANY OF OUR VESSELS OR AT RESORT.
The North and South Houses on the resort have a dedicated speed boat per house, The North house has (8) rooms and the South House (9) rooms.
For the Bungalow accommodation you have a premium service of only (4) rooms maximum per boat. Each boat has a dedicated Western surf guide in charge of the quality Western speedboat. Each day is different pending swell, weather and surf guides call. Every day is an adventure, some destinations require a full day, packed lunch outing while others are a short drive away and allow for a return to resort for lunch. Day to day surfing calls will depend on the weather.
This one depends on the individual. Booties are a great accessory for surfing over coral reef but not absolutely essential. If you don’t mind wearing these then wear them. There is nothing worse than ruining a great trip because of a small infected scratch on the foot. Wearing booties at least gives you something to push away from the reef with rather than doing the starfish and hoping for the best.
Yes we do. Prices start from around AUD$15 for an average reef ding.
There are waves for all levels of surfers in the Telo’s area. Beginners, cruisy mal waves, retro fish and fun board, SUP, competent younger surfers, above average solid surfers and up to world class barrels for chargers and professionals. The Telos have plenty of variety for all levels.
We have a small stash of fins and leggies to help out if needed. Our gift shop also stocks some basic hardware such as wax, leg ropes and deck grip.
Roughly 0600hrs and 1900hrs.
We suggest you bring along 2-3 boards. A fun shorter board (what you usually ride in smaller waves, perhaps wider), a down the line short board for those better days or tubing days and a step-up gun with a rounded pin usually for the bigger stuff.
Yes, we have a full range of trawling and spinning rods and reels, plenty of snorkeling gear and basic spear fishing equipment to use while out on the speedboats or back on the Island.
We do not offer scuba diving at RLZ. Most of the beauty in this area is in the top 5m and we feel snorkelling covers this.
Yes, some charter boats do visit the Telo area on their own surfing sojourn however certainly not in the density that has been seen in the Mentawai area in recent years. We keep open communication with most boats if any are in the neighborhood to ensure all guests in the area are enjoying the stoke of surfing this special region with a bit of open space.