This is your chance to surf newly discovered waves with zero crowds in one of the world’s last frontiers in Papua New Guinea. If you want fuller waves, deeper water, and uncrowded, long rides, Moon Tours knows what you want and where to find it. From October to April, the New Ireland Province receives Northern Hemisphere swells from the northwest to northeast. During these months, the wind is predominantly from the north / northwest and the surf ranges from three to four feet to five to six feet in the bigger swells. This is the SUP dedicated surf trip you’ve been dreaming of where you will be guaranteed perfect SUP waves.
PNG Explorer has five guest cabins, two surf / fishing tenders, a jet ski, SUP’s and kayaks, fishing rods, lures, and a great crew ready to go. Originally built to survey and withstand the southern seas, this 23-meter steel ship has been refitted as a comfortable and spacious live-aboard for up to 10 guests. It is powered by a 504 horsepower engine and equipped with two generators, a dive compressor, and two fast boats.
Inside the main superstructure are six ample cabins set up as four twin berths and two single doubles. Keeping cool in the equatorial climate is managed through a combined ventilation and air conditioning system. The living area hosts a large flat screen TV / DVD, sound system, a small library, and sofas. A modern galley is fitted with commercial-grade appliances capable of pumping out three fantastic meals a day plus snacks.
On the lower back deck are two hot water showers and three toilets. The lower ‘surf’ deck is purpose-built with the tropical surfer in mind, with padded alloy racks for 30 boards. Accessing the mighty explorer from the water is made easy by an aluminum dive ladder attached to a large duckboard at water level. Though for fast and safe transfers to the breaks, Moon Tours run two tenders, each kitted out with seating, awnings, board racks, access ladders, and fishing rod holders.
Finally, the expansive and shady upper deck is hands down the perfect spot for lounging on day beds while admiring Papua New Guinea’s stunning scenery. It’s also the main dining area onboard, featuring a well-stocked, icy cold beer fridge, a large barbecue, and an outdoor sound system.
You just can’t beat a boat trip for your surfing holiday when it comes to the ultimate in flexibility and chasing the best waves. There is just no comparison. PNG Explorer charter is 10 nights and departs from the ship’s home port, Kavieng Harbor. Generally, charters start just out of Kavieng itself toward the westward islands of New Hanover (Lavongai). However, depending on the swell and wind, a trip may head eastwards towards Tabar. Charters may also include remote Saint Matthias (Mussau) or the Admiralty Islands (Manus) to the far northwest. At the same time, scuba divers and snorkelers will find it hard to compare even their finest diving experience. Expect visibility on bad days to be 20 meters, good days immeasurable.
Papua New Guinea is Australia’s closest neighbor and also one of the least visited countries by Australian tourists with less than 10,000 arriving on the doorstep via air in 2016. Just the way you will like it. Yep, getting around Papua New Guinea can be tricky with flights often canceled or roads blocked due to bad weather, civil unrest, and local conflicts but it’s all worth it if you travel with professional and experienced operators.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with 852 known languages, of which 12 now have no known living speakers. The country is one of the world’s least explored, culturally and geographically. It is known to have numerous groups of uncontacted peoples and researchers believe there are many undiscovered species of plants and animals in the interior.
Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs which are under close watch, in the interests of preservation. Much of the reef systems are unchartered and see very few visitors making them some of the last untouched marine sanctuaries left in the world.
On the Moon Tours stand up paddle surf trips with PNG Surfaris onboard PNG Explorer, you are guaranteed to find the best SUP waves on offer. Without restrictions or fuel constraints, Moon Tours can travel further to find you the best SUP waves you could ever imagine. Papua New Guinea is a surf rich country. In the New Ireland region directly around Kavieng, it has seven or so reef breaks. Traveling down New Ireland’s east and central coasts, you also have an abundance of rarely surfed breaks, whilst the outer islands offer the same quality waves and variety of breaks.
Surfers have access to a variety of rights and lefts that are generally in the vicinity of three to five feet but occasionally peak at around the six feet 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 it can certainly get sizeable, challenging, and even shallow breaking waves depending on your choice of reef break. A variety of good quality surf breaks that have a mixture of reef, point, and beach breaks.
This trip includes all meals and snacks on board. Moon Tours encourages you bring your own spirits, as they are very expensive in PNG Explorer and are not usually stocked on the boat. However, beer, wine, and mixers are available onboard.
You can enjoy diving for an extra charge of 60 AUD per dive. Adventurous hungry divers the world over have been visiting Papua New Guinea for over 30 years, however, the remote location keeps most away so don’t expect to see any other charter boats on the journey. Any dives will be completely private. Expect bommie, wall, and drift dives, hard and soft corals, reef fish, large pelagic’s, and reef sharks. Visibility on bad days would be 20 meters / 65 feet and the good days immeasurable. Some will argue that it is the best in the world.
Diving in this area is all new and extremely exotic. Here, you have the chance to discover and name all new dive sites on almost every dive. Most dives can happen right off the swim platform of the mother ship, simply stick your head over the side and you’ll be drawn on by the allure of this untouched reef system. The flat bottom and stable dive tender, set up with tank holders, are perfect for off boat dives.
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