PNG is a surf rich country but you need to get out there to discover and enjoy it. The New Ireland region directly around Kavieng has seven or so reef breaks. Travelling down the region’s east and central coasts, you also have an abundance of rarely surfed breaks. Surfers have access to a variety of rights and lefts that are generally in the vicinity of 3′-5′ but occasionally peak at around the 6′ mark which can at times test your abilities.

The Vanimo and Madang regions on the mainland have a variety of good quality surf breaks that have a mixture of reef, point and beach breaks. Manus is the latest area to promote surfing, with limited beds and a few small breaks.

The northerly swell season runs from around October to May producing some world-class breaks that can be surfed on any tide. Whilst the surf is generally not as powerful as other regions in the world, you can certainly get sizeable, challenging and even shallow breaking waves depending on your choice of reef break.

Whatever you want to do on your holiday, PNG Holidays in conjunction with our wide range of suppliers and operators can put together the ideal travel itinerary for your plans.


Vanimo Surf Lodge is on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, near the Indonesian border. A short drive from Vanimo town, the lodge caters for just 16 surfers.

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Nusa Island Retreat is situated on Nusa Island, just off the coast of Kavieng, in New Ireland Province. PNG’s most popular surf retreat can cater for up to 20 surfers at any one time

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Rubio Eco Retreat is set on a 180 acre plantation, 3 hours drive south from Kavieng in New Irelend. There are 20 decent breaks plus caves, waterfalls and fresh streams, all within 30 minutes of Rubio.

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Pt. Chopon Retreat is located in a village towards the tip of Los Negros Island, around 40 minutes from Manus’ Momote airport. With just three bedrooms catering for up to 8 guests, there is no chance of overcrowding here.

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