What do you suggest I pack for my trip?
The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible.
We suggest the following
- Long sleeve rash vest / 1MM Wetsuit Top
- Booties / Reef Walkers
- Surf Hat-means you can stay out longer
- Heavy duty waterproof sunscreen, lip balm
- 2 or 3 Pair Boardshorts
- 1 Pair Walk / Boat Shorts
- 3 Tee Shirts
- A collared shirt, pair of long pants and shoes for traveling
- iPod / iPhone / Headphones / Charger
- International power outlet converters
• Boats have AUS type outlets – Usually just the plug converter for iphone / computer chargers that support 110/220v
- Extra supplements, vitamins, specialized food items for personal use that will not be available on the boats (cliff bars, protein powder, etc)
- Seasickness medicine if susceptible (Patches seem to work the best)
- Prescription medications (Please keep in prescription bottle with your name on them)
- First Aid for cleaning reef cuts – Neosporin, Hibeclens, Tylenol, Antibiotics for Staph ( see Preparing for Your Trip for more info )
SURF / EQUIPMENT
- 2-4 boards
- Tropical Surf Wax – remove your old cold water wax before the trip
- New leashes-dont get caught out with on old tired leash!
- Spare fins (stiff glass or carbon fibre)
- Fin key
- Spare leash tethers
- Camera / Batteries / SD Card Readers / USB flash drives for Photos
- Laptop / Charger / Power plug converter (most chargers are 110/220v)
- Specialty dive equipment – mask, snorkel, fins, dive computer
- Sarong / Cover Up for Women – *Local people are a modest culture and there may be a few times when it is much more culturally accepted if the ladies can cover up rather than be in modern bikini swimsuits, especially to walk through some of the local villages.
How many boards should I bring and what type rides best out there?
Most people bring 2-4 boards. Most people will ride their standard shortboards most of the time but a good idea to follow is to track the swell forecast before your trip and plan accordingly. Most people bring 4 surfboards – two shortboards (6’2″), one mid sized board for when it gets a little bigger (6’5″), and one gun for the biggest days (6’10″).
If you are going to bring an extra board we would suggest a replacement for the board you will use the most as it is not uncommon to break boards. United Airlines really hits you hard with board fees so bring your Credit Card.
Our electricity is Standard US 110V in the Resort. Boats have different types of converters, so if you will need power on the boats for day trips, see below.
MV Indies Trader
3 Prong (2 Prong will work as well at 220v)
Most Laptop chargers, iphone charges etc allow 110v-220v, so you will just need the plug converter. If not, you will need a 220v to 110v Converter – Available Online.
You can expect baggage fees both ways on your airline. Fees will depend on your ticket and airline
When traveling from the Mainland US, you can check your bags all the way through to Majuro. If you do have to get your bags in Honolulu, do not let United charge you twice for board bags.
United accepts surfboards, wakeboards and paddleboards checked as special items as long as they are packed in appropriate board bags and do not weigh more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg). The service charge for a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard is $150 (each way) for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 (each way) for all other travel.
The skeg/fin must be removed or well-padded. The entire board must be encased in a suitable container to avoid scratching. United is not liable for damages. Excess valuation cannot be purchased for a surfboard, wakeboard or paddleboard.
Boards and board bags weighing more than 99.9 pounds (45.3 kg) combined will not be accepted.
We have a negotiated rate of US$100 each way for board bags on the domestic flights. We will have arranged your flight ahead of time, but you will need to bring cash for board bag fees.
Nauru has a complicated pricing scheme for baggage. Please call ahead to find out what you can expect.