Fly into Kavieng, in the north eastern archipelago of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, and transfer straight onto the air-conditioned comfort of the Surf Charter ‘PNG Explorer’. This live-aboard boat is a 23m steel-hulled vessel, kitted out with all mod cons and safety gear. Cruising along at a comfortable 8-10 knots, the PNG Explorer and her crew will ensure you have the surf charter experience of a lifetime.
A quality rip able left hander, either log ride on the nose or line up for about 5 turns on a standard ride. A mellow option to SPs which is nearby.
A swell magnet looks smaller from the boat until you are in the line-up and a huge set comes through. A deep water left hander, a 50 m ride that has a lot of double up and link up sections to produce a gnarly barrel section or a carve able face. If you end up on the reef there will be plenty of kids on hand to offer a refreshing coollah (young drinking coconut).
A left for the more adventurous surfer- a not to challenging take-but then time the horse-shoe that bends around the knuckle in the reef, pull in and aim for the tender in the channel.
A classic long walled left hander that has the best of both worlds with a big long face to tear apart but a quick stall and your locked into a smoking pit. This wave needs a little bit more bite in the swell that many of the other breaks, but is a quality left that will impress the most travelled surfer.
A fast hollow right-hander, that has a friendly weedy bottom. Good for all abilities sit deeper around the point and challenge the fast section or sit a bit wider and pick off the easier ones.
The Slab (Korongai)
The right hander is very photogenic, very hollow on both left and right plus this is definitely a more challenging wave. No bottom turns required take off in the barrel and get spat out into the channel. No more said.
Alcohol – beers and wines
Sat phone use
PNG Surfaris T-shirt
Small surcharge will apply for lost lures
NASA fee: AU$15 per surf day per surfer (9 days on 10-night charters) = Total AU$135 per surfer.
SAPNG fee: AU$50 per surfer (once off fee per surf season).
NASA recognizes that the communities who live in areas close or adjacent to surf breaks are custodians of the marine environment.
Under PNGs unique surf management plan system, NASA collects a levy from visiting surfers which is then dispersed between the resident communities and NASA.
NASA uses the fees for local area surfing development programs, including but not limited to member equipment needs, national and international competition participation, training programs and club facilities.
Fees payable are AU$15 per surfer per day payable to NASA. In addition to the NASA Fees, there is a once only Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) levy of AU$50 per visiting surfer to New Ireland. PNG Surfaris is an endorsed corporate member of NASA and SAPNG. To understand more about PNG’s world leading Surf Management Plan, visit www.sapng.com.
PNG EXPLORER FAILITIES
40 V / 50hz Australian standard electrical sockets.
Interior lounge area with entertainment system.
On-board movie and music archive.
Satellite phone (check with crew for rates)
Dive compressor and diving equipment for 2 divers. Guest divers must be certified and have adequate dive insurance (we recommend DAN Asia Pacific)
Easy access stern with oversized duckboard to allow fast entry in and out of tenders.
Large shaded storage areas for surfboards.
Huge undercover day bed on ships bow deck.
Upper deck outdoor dining area with roll down weather protection.
Upper deck barbeque area.
PNG NMSA Survey for 12 guests plus crew.
Main engine – 3412 turbo caterpillar.
Power Generation 2 x 4 cylinder Cummins with 37 KVA alternator with 3 and single phase available.
Water capacity – 8000 litres and onboard 160 LPH water-making capability.
Fuel capacity – 15,000 litres
Cruising speed – 9 knots continuous.
Navigation electronics – PNG Explorer has the latest in Furuno touch screen technology with an inter-phased chart-plotter, autopilot, depth sounder, 6kw radar and satellite compass.
1 x HF ICOM IC-M801
3 x ICOM VHF base stations. One in the mothership and one in each tender plus 2 x waterproof hand-held VHF units for the jet ski and on deck operations.
25 * life-jackets.
1 x 25 man SOLAS life raft.
1 x EPIRB.
Plus all the usual flares, rockets etc. so you are safe at the sea!
SURF TRANSFER VESSELS
2 x 6 m alloy tender with 130HP Honda 4 stroke outboards.
Tenders fitted with, VHF, awning, stereo, board racks, rod holders, safety box, life-jackets and first aid kits
1 x jet ski
ONBOARD GUEST EQUIPMENT
3 x kayaks
2 x SUP
7 x game fishing sets to cover popping for GTs to trolling for a sailfish.
12 x mask/snorkel/fin sets.
EQUIPMENT FOR HIRE
Dive tanks, weights for divers, BCD & Regs for 4 divers.
Diving is possible on board PNG Explorer. Because of the remote nature of operations the P & I insurance requires all divers to have a current dive certification card (PADI, NAUI, SSI) and the correct insurance to ensure they are covered for emergency evacuation and a de-compression chamber.
The PNG Explorer has six spacious cabins set up as four twin berths and two single doubles, all maintained at a perfect temperature with a well thought out ventilation and air conditioning system. Enjoy a hot shower in one of two separate shower rooms. Spread out in the ‘house’ sized lounge hosting a large flat screen with DVD player and cranking sound system. Alternatively relax and read from a library of popular books and magazines. There are extensive shaded surfboard storage areas and spacious outdoor eating and chill-out areas as well as multiple showers and toilets. Food and beverage is run by a fully qualified chef and features everything from 100% organic produce through to ultra fresh seafood.
To ensure fast and safe transfers to the breaks the PNG Explorer runs two high speed tenders (130HP). Both tenders have all the necessary safety equipment, alloy board racks and dive ladders for easy water to tender access. In what seems like overkill, the Explorer also operate two jet skis making it even easier to get between surf break, tender and the mothership. The jet skis are extremely useful and come in handy if you break a leash, need more sunscreen or you are simply too lazy to paddle back out after catching the wave of your life.
Air conditioned accommodation is available for 10 guests in the form of four twin cabins and two double cabins. These cabins feature comfortable pillows, a light blanket and fresh cotton sheets and a personal reading light and fan. Bath towels are provided on board. There are two hot showers and three toilets on board for your use.
PNG Surfaris are working towards phasing out all single use plastic on-board, due to its devastating environmental impact. In the effort to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on-board, they have installed a state of the art water-making system capable of producing super high quality water and they will even provide you with a re-usable complementary bottle to re-fill.
Explore the reefy shallows and appreciate the diverse coral reef and colourful variety of tropical fish, crustaceans and anemones. Visit the islands, meet the locals, see where they live, worship and learn. Be guided around their island, appreciate the tropical vegetation and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural spring water holes. Visit a secluded beach, home to many turtles. Also see amazing cultural dances lit by fire torches. There are plenty of fishing opportunities. The crew will ensure you are taken to the best spots with a good chance of nailing that night’s dinner!
The surf season for their area of operation in Papua New Guinea is from late October to April. This is taking advantage of the Northern Hemisphere swells coming from the northwest to northeast directions. During this period the wind is predominately from the N/NW. The surf generally ranges from 3-4ft; bigger swells see it at 5-6ft.