PNG is a surf rich country during the surf season 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. Whilst the outer islands off New Ireland offer the same quality waves and variety of breaks as any surf destination worldwide, this means consistently good surfing conditions. 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 northerly swell season runs from around October to May producing some world-class breaks that can be surfed on any tide. The surf is generally not as powerful as other regions in the world but you can certainly get sizeable, challenging and even shallow breaking waves depending on your choice of reef break.

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.

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.

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Nusa Island Retreat is situated on Nusa Island, just off the coast of Kavieng, in New Ireland Province.

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Rubio Eco Retreat is set on a 180 acre plantation, 3 hours drive south from Kavieng in New Irelend.

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