Boats and Access
Transportation 2016, from the main port city of Padang in West Sumatra to Kandui Villas in the Mentawai Islands is now safer, faster, and more comfortable than ever before, in the new 53 foot, 30 passenger, Kandui Villas Marathon transporter speed boat, powered by 4 x 300 hp Suzuki Engines. As you are whisked across the 90 mile channel in plush, air-conditioned comfort you will have confidence to know that the Kandui Villas speed boat, is equipped with all of the latest safety gear, including Garmin GPS, Auto-pilot, Furuno radar, EPIRB, life rafts, life jackets, VHF radio, satellite telephone, and that it was built extra strong, specifically for Mentawai Straight Channel crossings.
For transportation in the low season of 2016 and all season in 2017, from the main port city of Padang in West Sumatra to Kandui Villas in the Mentawai Islands, we will no longer be following our traditional 10 day/11 day schedule and will instead be offering an open travel schedule, allowing our guests the convenience of arriving and departing from Kandui Villas every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays, by utilizing the affordable, sturdy, fast, 115 foot, aluminum Mentawai Fast Ferry. The 53′ Kandui Villas Marathon transporter will still be available by private charter only.
Kandui Left and Baby Kandui are directly in front of the Kandui Villas® and there are two dozen other spots within 30 minutes by fast boat, in all directions. For getting to the surf, Kandui Villas® has a solid inventory of boats for accessing the inventory of waves: two, five-meter plastic dinghies, one 5.2 meter Kahajaya center-consul speed boat and four, 45-50 foot longboats for accessing the spots outside of Playgrounds: Hideaways, Nipussi, Burgerworld, E-Bay.
Kandui Villas® launches their fleet of surf boats from four cement docks. Three of the docks are built in a mangrove lagoon located behind each section of the resort making for easy transitions to and from the resort. The fourth dock is a jetty located on the front beach side of the resort, in a keyhole channel between Kandui Left and Baby Kandui.
The long boats are 45-50 feet long, and five to six feet wide. Because of the long boats’ sleek design, they cut through the chop better than any boats around, giving a smooth, comfortable and stable ride even through rough seas. Their construction is also very strong, using an entire tree the length of the boat for the body. The long boats all use three x 40 HP outboards, and go 20+ knots. They have canopies, comfortable padded seats, and all the safety gear, including life jackets, flares, GPS, EPIRB, and satellite phone contained in a Pelican case. Each boat brings a drinking water dispenser, and cooler with snacks, and drinks.
In a word: styling. In another word: safety. In a third word: speed.