Vanimo Surf Lodge has a range of surf breaks on the north coast of Papua New Guinea neighbouring Indonesia’s territory of Jayapura. Intrepid surfers have been coming from all over the world to Vanimo since the 1980s as it appeals to the surf traveller with a sense of adventure and exploration.

Vanimo, like a number of other Papua New Guinean locations, has remained a relative secret and still today enjoys a low profile as thousands of surfers fly overhead to other locations around the globe overlooking what is basically a wave mecca on Australia’s doorstep.

The waves on offer in Vanimo make it an idyllic location for surfers who are looking to surf without a couple of hundred “mates” in the water. On most days you would be lucky to have in excess of 6 surfers at any break and more likely 3-4.

Foresight and planning is the secret to low numbers here as the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea has introduced a global first to maintain and limit the crowds for the benefit of all. The various locations around Papua New Guinea have a limit on the number of visiting surfers and at Vanimo the current limit is 20 visiting surfers spread over 8 breaks.

The ability to travel to the different local breaks by foot, land and sea provides great variety. All breaks are easily accessible and don’t require any marathon paddling efforts in distance or through board smashing shore breaks. In saying that the range of waves varies from the easy Town Beach to the freight trains at the right at Log Point and Lido’s Left. Immediately out the front of the Vanimo Surf Lodge within easy view from the restaurant deck area is Lido’s right which peels endlessly over a mostly sand covered rock bottom with enticing backdoor sections similar to Australia’s famous Angourie Point. The size and direction of the surf means that Vanimo’s breaks mostly all turn on at the same time providing plenty of selection. The swell charges in from any northerly direction with nothing to block its path so it breaks from 2-10 ft all season.

The local surfers can always be seen to be having a fun time with smiles from ear to ear a real contrast to other countries big name surf destinations. The local surfers are made up of all ages and both boys and girls and it’s encouraging to see that the girls are on equal footing for once in our surfing world. It is a little like what you could imagine or remember what surfing was like in the early days when you looked for someone to go for a wave with to share the good times and witness each other’s barrels.

Accommodation for up to 16 guests in 4 bungalows | Outdoor dining area serving Western and PNG style cuisine with plenty of local fruit and vegetables | Shared toilets | Cold water showers | Generator power | 240V power sockets – Australian plugs | Limited mobile phone and internet coverage | Airport transfers

All rooms include:
Shared accommodation | Mosquito nets | Ceiling fan | Shelf/wardrobe | 1.5 Litre bottled water provided | Meals and airport transfers are included in the tariff

Surfing | Swimming | Waterfall tour | Snorkelling | Fishing | Dugout Canoe

Just outside of Vanimo town, on the far north coast of mainland PNG, just 45 minutes by road from the Indonesian border.

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November, December and April $220 per day
January to March $240 per day
SAPNG Membership $50 per surfer
Daily reef fees $15 per surfer
Stop off in local shops for beer/snacks/cigarette supplies

We can also arrange your flights, additional accommodation, travel insurance and more
The lodge is closed over the off season

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