"When it comes to surfing,
PNG now holds the mantle once held by Bali in the 60s as a
secret surfing Nirvana a stunning setting for endless waves
which roll through unridden, just begging for surfers.
Think about it: up at 6am, hop in the outboard, ferry out to
one of the numerous breaks if one isnt pumping, another
around the corner will be surf til your stomach hurts,
back to base for a gourmet brekky, then back out for another few
And so the days pass by in a blur of sets with more barrel
waves than you could ever imagine in one session.
Yes, it is that good.
Nusa Island off Kavieng on New Ireland is a favoured spot as
is Vanimo on the north-west coast of mainland PNG. And with nearly
600 islands to explore youd be mad not to hop a boat to discover
your own south seas paradise.
Try the sleek Tiki Tu catamaran for custom charters out of Kavieng.."
Chris Ord, Get Lost Magazine
We came to Papua New Guinea initially, in search of just that
undiscovered waves going unridden. Sick and tired of hassling for
waves, totally over the cold water of Victoria in Australias
south, and wanting to find our own secret spots we came to New Ireland
and headed out to find waves away from the already well-known spots
around Kavieng township.
And we found them, plenty of them.
Easily accessible, with heaps of variety, and open to the north-west
swells that hit the area from November through to April. We were
so convinced that the area had such great potential for discovering
even more waves, we decided to bring our yacht to New Ireland, and
continue the search.
Tiki Tu has been based in Kavieng since 2004, and we are the lucky
ones who pioneered Surf Tourism in the Lavongai (New Hanover) area.
Adam, your skipper, has been surfing for over 35 years and is the
best person to take you surfing to the breaks in this area, many
of which he found and named.
The most recognised surfing areas of New Ireland now have Surf
Management Plans in place, which manage the number of visiting surfers
to ensure uncrowded conditions. The most well known and visited
area is the Kavieng Surf Managed Area (established in 2003). Surf
Management Plans have also been established for the East & Central
Coasts of mainland New Ireland and for the North Lavongai area.
These plans are administered by the Niu Ailan Surfriders Alliance
(NASA), and you can obtain a copy by emailing us, or the Niu Ailan
Surfriders Alliance on email@example.com,
or by visiting their website at www.surfingpng-newireland.org.pg.
This quota system is fantastic for promoting uncrowded conditions,
but be warned, the quota can book out quite a fair way in advance.
Dani is on the Executive Board of the Niu Ailan Surfriders Alliance,
and Adam is on the Board of the Surfing Association of Papua New
We can take you to the North Lavongai area or you can choose to
hang around the Kavieng area (see the Surf Kavieng More Often
Tour details below).
The coasts of Lavongai (New Hanover) and its outer islands has
proved to be the most reliable outer area with lots of great waves.
Many of our guests have been "the first" to surf these
waves a very rare experience in the overcrowded world elsewhere.
The areas we frequent have uncrowded reefs and points, most with
an excellent anchorage nearby or right next to the break.
Our swell season from November through April is pretty consistent,
with very few flat spells, however it is true that we dont
get quite the consistency and size as say the Mentawais do, but
you dont have to contend with dozens of other boats turning
up to spoil the experience.
Guests aboard Tiki Tu are often surprised to discover that PNG
has an indigenous form of surfing, practiced long before the arrival
of the white skins and modern surfboards. Surf craft are usually
discarded and reshaped pieces of outrigger canoe hulls and ridden
either lying down or sometimes standing up.
Crew are blown away by the stoke and the spirit the local kids
have for surfing. This is perhaps the most pure form of surfing
experience available left on the planet. We suggest you see it while
you still can.
We have established excellent relationships with all the island
communities which we visit. The South Pacific reputation of hospitality
or Aloha spirit is not only still alive, but often overwhelming
to newcomers. On arrival at some destinations, flotillas of canoes
come out from the shore to welcome the new visitors. And there is
always an audience cheering you on when you are out surfing.
The spot that we visit most has loads of breaks over a relatively
small area, hosting three rights and a very long, fast and hollow
left, locally known as Malili, and is very similar to Tavarua. Vala
Vala is a right point/reef without coral and is a great hotdog wave.
The same spot has a left and right A-frame peak named Gas Chambers,
as it spits in both directions. Very short but sweet tube.
The area has more great reef passes between the offshore islands.
Dont bother trying to find these spots on a map though, as
the entire area is literally uncharted. Strange but true.
Winds in the area are generally light and variable, so an offshore
wind can usually be found, and most spots are surfable on all tides,
but better around high water.
The best thing about cruising this area is the real possibility
of finding that virgin wave. If youre not the first person
ever to have surfed it, you will certainly feel like you are.
This is a true surfing frontier.
The Surf Kavieng More Often Tour
Tiki Tu can also be chartered as a live-aboard within the Kavieng
area. If youd rather not spend time travelling to the outer
islands, you can choose to surf in and around Kavieng Harbour.
This is by far the best way to maximise your surf time. We simply
anchor right on the best break of the day, or just move around as
the waves dictate.
All the reefs around Kavieng have an anchorage immediately next
to them, so if youre not surfing, you can keep your eye on
the action from the yacht, or dangle a line over the side, go snorkelling,
or shoot the action from the comfort and shade of the catamaran.
By staying on Tiki Tu, anchored at any break you like, you are
free to surf when its best, or whenever you like. You still have
access to Kavieng town, and Nusa Island Retreat for bars and nightlife.
So, if you have a limited time, and simply want to surf more often
in the best waves in the Kavieng Area, consider a stay on Tiki Tu.
Think about it no surf transfer fees or waiting for a boat
to take you to a break youre already there.
All you have to do is book in early to assure yourself a spot in