Indonesia West Papua West Sumatra

Travel Listing: Ratu Motu, Indonesia

With crystalline waves breaking on its shores year-round, Indonesia is a water wonderland.  It’s no easy feat to navigate an archipelago that contains roughly 18,000 islands. Now, travellers can journey to unexplored pristine beaches, waking to a different break each day on the Ratu Motu, a 129-foot power yacht.

Step on board this award winning, immaculately maintained, professionally operated luxury vessel.  Ratu Motu, formerly Indies Trader IV, offers an unforgettable charter experience for families, groups of friends or business associates looking for adventure, fishing, surfing or relaxation.

They can create an unforgettable cruising experience within Indonesia’s mecca of surfing, or take you on an adventure going beyond the surf to remote destinations removed from the regular tourist routes (and civilization for that matter). Ratu Motu has 10 guest cabins, a sun deck and lounge, swim platform, observation deck, and dining room. The boat is packed with water-sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling and fishing gear. Their experienced crew—including a private chef—is all part of this extraordinary package. We look forward to getting you onboard!

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Ratu Motu at anchor in the Mentawais Islands.

An Unforgettable Experience

You’ll cruise effortlessly through sparkling azure seas and lose yourself on pristine white sand of rarely visited beaches in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. This is the perfect way to see the best beaches, diving and surf breaks in the Indonesian archipelago.Some can only dream of paradise. We can take you there – to a world where you can escape your reality.
Reward yourself with comfort and opulence and take delight in the beauty and purity of Indonesia’s water wonderland.Whether you’re joining us to surf, dive, or for an exciting remote adventure, every aspect of your journey with us is tailored to your specific desires, with always an element of the unknown. Put it on your wish list. It’s a trip you’ll never forget.

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Ratu Motu generally charters the regions of Offshore West Sumatra from March through November and migrates East to Greater Halmahera and West Papua for December through February. This is dependent on the weather and conditions of the region and decided upon in March each year.

Destination Map

West Sumatra

Situated almost directly on the equator, their travels in this region take you to various groups of islands, the Mentawai Islands, the Telo Islands, Nias and the Banyaks and the coast line of Banda Aceh, all of which are located off the west coast of Sumatra.

The region provides an unmatched water paradise with empty beaches, dive spots and fishing, all available in complete privacy if you wish.

West Sumatra charter passengers fly into Padang (PDG) via Jakarta (on Garuda, Lion Air or Tiger Air), Kuala Lumpur (on Air Asia) or Batam (on Citilink).  Upon arrival in Padang, the ground crew will be waiting for you and arrange luggage collection on your behalf and escort you to an air conditioned mini-van or vehicle (depending on group numbers arriving at any one time).  As they prefer afternoon arrival, the transfer is direct to the Harbour where after about an hour’s drive through the region (subject to traffic) you will be welcomed aboard Ratu Motu.

West Papua

Off the coast of Indonesia’s sparsely populated West Papua province lies the Raja Ampat archipelago.  This seemingly endless maze of nearly 1,500 islands, signified by sheer–sided mushroom–shaped formations scattered across azure seas, were first explored in the mid-19th century by Alfred Russell Wallace, contemporary of Darwin and co–founder of the theory of natural selection.

The region was not explored in detail until a 2001 survey, when a team of Conservation International marine biologists catalogued 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish. Designated a marine sanctuary by the Indonesian government, efforts are underway to protect the area further through designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

West Papua bound passengers can transit through Jakarta, Bali or Singapore on a variety of domestic Indonesian carriers to Sorong (SOQ). Transfer to the Ratu Motu from the airport is a seamless 20-minute private car transfer. Hotel accommodation can be arranged if flight schedules do not align.


Boat Layout

Ratu Motu Boat Graphic and layout

Salon Lounge
The Salon lounge is the main inside hang out area. There are two large wrap around couches that you can take a comfortable break from the heat reading, playing board games or watching movies on the flat screen plasma TV. With large windows on either side of the lounge you can still take in the breathtaking scenery without compromising your view.

Fine Dining
The dining and the salon lounge is open plan, creating a large inside area that creates a sense of luxury with the amount of space.  You can sit in the dining area for your lunch and dinner meals. There is full wait-staff to tend to your every need while you sit back and relax in the comfortable executive dining chairs.

Sun Deck
The sundeck is the perfect place to sit outside whilst on the move.  With the wind in your hair and your skin lightly protected by some shade you can sit and take in the views on the way to your next destination.  This is the prime outside viewing area on the boat and somewhere you’ll never forget long after your trip has finished.

Observation Deck
This area is fully undercover with lounge chairs as well as coffee tables and a standing bar. The observation area is the outside place to be if you want to take a break from the sun and play board games, read a book or watch the surf when you feel you’ve had a bit too much sun but still want to take in all that your destination has to offer.  This also can transform into a little raging party area, the crew are always eager to help set up for a themed dress up party!

Swim Platform
The large swim platform at the stern of the vessel makes it extremely easy to access the water if you don’t want to jump off the roof every time you want to go for a swim. The platform is flush with the water level so you can get in and out of the tenders and kayaks easily as well as walk directly onto your stand up paddle board or just slip in for a swim.

Room Choices

Platinum State Rooms (2)

  • Queen-size island bed under three large windows offering panoramic views
  • Ensuite with shower and two hand basins facing large windows
  • Desk
  • TV and DVD player
  • Email access
  • Phone
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry service
  • 2 x daily housekeeping

Gold State Rooms (2)

  • Double bed under large picture window
  • Ensuite with shower

Silver Cabins (4) 

  • Double bed with pull-down bunk
  • Ensuite with shower

Bronze Cabin (1) (with en-suite)

  • Two bunk beds

Learn more about the Ratu Motu here.

Screenshot from the Ratu Motu website
Screenshot from Ratu Motu's website.


There are a range of activities on the Ratu Motu that you can take part in, in a group or on your own, for children or adults.

  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Tin boat tours
  • Jet skis (these are for transport, not recreation)
  • Beach days
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sunbaking
  • Village tours
  • Boat jumping competitions

On board Inside Activities

  • Board games provided
  • Cards
  • Hide and seek within the guest’s cabins and communal areas (not staff only areas)
  • Movies
  • Lego, toys, etc. (not provided)

On board Outside Activities
Diving or jumping competitions off the boat. There are 4 levels to choose from to cater to your children’s skill level and safety. This is a great past-time the kids love to be judged on.

Most trips we are blessed with the company of dolphins. The bow of the boat has a great viewing area to watch them ride the front wake

Off board Activities

  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Water skiing or wakeboarding behind the tender
  • Fishing
  • Exploring on the tenders
  • Surfing. There are a lot of hidden little beach breaks that are suitable and safe enough for children that are beginners or more advanced
  • Beach plays
  • Exploring the islands

Check out all of the services and amenities on the Ratu Motu here.

Ratu Motu Gallery

For more photos of Ratu Motu in West Sumatra and West Papua please check out their photo gallery.

Contact Information

Ratu Motu’s contact details:

Australian Office
Lisa Ham +61 3 5261 0304

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