Australia's unique neighbour and surf some world-class waves
in total serenity. Kavieng is located just a couple of degrees
south of the equator, and during the northern hemisphere monsoon,
the north coast and the string of island leading to the west,
enjoy uninterrupted North Pacific Ocean swells. The peak surf
season extends from November through late April.
Kavieng and its environs form part of the Bismarck Archipelago,
an extensive chain of islands with fringing coral reefs. Kavieng
is reasonably well known for having access to a good range
of quality left and right breaks in relatively close vicinity.
All breaks are reef breaks, and vary in their degree of difficulty,
depending on the size and direction of the swell, and the
depth of the reef. A surfer's paradise with consistent swells
between 3 - 5 foot, getting up to 6-8 foot and sometimes bigger.
All breaks can be surfed on most tides and the set ups vary
depending on conditions.
Kavieng area hosts the Kavieng Surf Club (KSC), which is affiliated
with the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG).
In an effort to promote sustainable development of this growing
sport, the Kavieng Surf Club manage and oversee the Kavieng
Area Surf Management Plan, essentially a surf quota system
which limits the number of visiting surfers to 20 per day.
This limit is for the whole Kavieng area, regardless of where
the surfers stay, with prescribed base fees generated and
dispersed between the KSC, SAPNG, and the resident communities
adjacent the resource.
This Management Agreement is not exclusive to Kavieng, as
other forms exist in other parts of Papua New Guinea, with
the aim of fostering local club development, community development
initiatives, good relations and just as importantly, sustainable
surfing development and a truly unforgettable PNG surfing
experience. A copy of the endorsed and enforced Kavieng
Surf Area Management Plan is attached and identifies those
areas within the management plan.
It is necessary to book into the quota prior to arriving in
Kavieng, as it does book out well in advance, as you would
imagine. When making your booking with us, we will confirm
availability within the surf quota, and book you in on your
behalf. If staying elsewhere in Kavieng, it is necessary to
contact the Kavieng Surf Club directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
With 9 breaks in the Management Plan, and only 20 surfers
plus a handful of local surfers, waves are guaranteed to be
Most of our guests are in the older age bracket (35-60) who
have travelled to many surfing destinations around the world,
and are looking for uncrowded waves. So although they are
very experienced surfers, they are not looking for the huge,
gnarly waves that the groms search out.
Nusa Island Retreat operates 6 long boats to access the breaks,
and surfers need to prepay Surf Transfers for the duration
of their stay. This transfer fee allows unlimited boat access
to all of the breaks within the Management Plan area. There
are no set transfer times, as we have boat drivers ready to
take you surfing when you want to go surfing. Obviously, we
try and spread groups around the different breaks, rather
than piling you all onto the one peak, but essentially you
choose where you want to surf. The boat and driver stay with
you at the break for the entire period that you are in the
water, ready to return you to the retreat when you are ready.
Nusa Island Retreat is the only accommodation facility in
the Kavieng area that caters for surfers by providing boat
transfers to the breaks, so the majority of surfers do stay