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Get away from your routine and come to one of the last untouched marine wilderness areas on the planet! You will see miles of sandbars and lagoons lining large atolls flanked by pristine healthy reef systems. Imagine perfect flat water kiting conditions with reliable trade winds pushed up from North Queensland. Enjoy the bonus of equally incredible diving and fishing at every stop. Moon Tours will take you to undisclosed locations so remote in fact you won’t see a soul for days.
You will stay on board PNG Explorer for ten nights during your trip and then, you will be accommodated in Port Moresby for a transit night on the last day.
Since 2007, PNG Surfaris has operated Papua New Guinea’s only surf charter vessel dedicated to exploring the country’s outer islands and reefs. The PNG Explorer is a live-aboard ship designed for surfing, diving, and general tourism in Papua New Guinea. Its home port is Kavieng in the northeastern archipelago of New Ireland Province.
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 ten 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 PNG 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 runs two tenders, each kitted out with seating, awnings, board racks, and access ladders.
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 on board, featuring a well-stocked, icy cold beer fridge, a large barbecue, and an outdoor sound system. Beer, wine, and mixers are available on board.
Moon Tours has got an adventure for you! Imagine one of the last uncharted, untouched marine wilderness areas on earth, no commercial fishing, no game fishing, no dive operators, no surf operators or tourism, no resorts, and no villages within a hundred miles. Pristine and abundant, how the oceans used to be. Kiters will love the pristine sandbars, consistent 20 - 25 knots wind and epic flat water.
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.
Miles and miles of magic sandbars and shallow lagoons, drop-offs, and bommies alive with fish and turtles inside atolls and the most beautiful healthy reef systems you will ever see. Whale sharks, manta rays and school fish cascading over deep walls like waterfalls and corals all the colors of the rainbow. Yep, it is that good.
Moon Tours takes you on the best exploratory vessel in Papua New Guinea where even the most seasoned traveler will be blown away by what lies ahead. Sorry, Moon Tours cannot tell you exactly where this is. Departing Alotau in Milne Bay Province, they'll take you to undisclosed locations. Don’t expect to see any other people apart from the odd locally inhabited island. You will find them extremely friendly and welcome with an opportunity to visit some island villages.
There is no set day-to-day itinerary but Moon Tours does have some secret locations dialed inside the island and atoll chain where you will spend most of your time. The skipper and Moon Tours kite guide will move accordingly to get you onto the best sandbars and lagoons based on the conditions.
Cruising along the southern barrier reef, there are fewer islands but many sheltered lagoons and sand quays protected by the shallow reef that offer incredible remote kitesurfing and diving opportunities. A little further north, small groups of islands and atolls are dotted across hundreds of miles of ocean.
Thanks to its Southern neighbors, Australia and New Zealand as well as stretching out into the Coral Sea and mighty South Pacific the country is buffeted by consistent blustery southeast trade winds, similar to what you would expect in far North Queensland, one of the windiest places on the planet through the Southern hemisphere’s winter.
After two exploratory expeditions with skippers who’ve been cruising the waters of Papua New Guinea for 20 years, they had not even seen anything like this. Besides the completely natural untouched ecosystem, incredible diving, Moon Tours has marked on the chart some incredible flat water kiting locations.
Sandbars stretching for miles, aquamarine watercolor, and huge shallow water lagoons are a kiteboarders heaven. Moon Tours has been running kite tours for some time now including, Fiji, Mauritius, Hawaii, Maldives, multiple African countries and across Australia. When it comes to kiting, diving / snorkeling and fishing, this is number one.
Additional kite gear might be a directional, skim or foil. Keep in mind this is a flat water expedition, though there are some great foil locations.
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 bommies, wall and drift dives, hard and soft corals, reef fish, large pelagics, and reef sharks. Visibility on bad days would be 20 meters / 65 feet and the good days immeasurable. Some will argue 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 is perfect for off boat dives.
Equipment is all new in 2017 and well maintained, bring your favorite mask and snorkel as well as fins if you feel inclined, otherwise, Moon Tours can supply the lot.
Trawling, popping, jigging or with fly, be prepared to test your gear and bring some spares of your favorite baits. Pop or fly over shallow sand cays fringed by the reef for smaller GT’s in the 10 - 15 kilograms range as well as golden and blue trevally and red bass, if it’s the big boys in the 20 kilograms plus range, throw your popper and flies over deeper larger bommies.
You will have an opportunity to visit some island villages during the trip.
On this surf camp, you will explore Milne Bay Province, Louisiade Archipelago, and the Solomon Sea in Papua New Guinea. Milne Bay Province covers 252,990 square kilometers of sea. Within the province, there are more than 600 islands, about 160 of which are inhabited. This place is big and very remote.
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 like it. 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. Most of the population live in customary communities, which are as diverse as the languages. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18 percent of its people live in urban centers. 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.
The country’s geography is also very diverse and, in places, extremely rugged. A spine of mountains, the New Guinea Highlands, runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region mostly covered with tropical rainforest and the long Papuan Peninsula known as the “bird’s tail”. Dense rainforests can be found in the lowland and coastal areas as well as very large wetland areas surrounding the Sepik and Fly rivers. This terrain has made it difficult for the country to develop with a lot of areas accessible only on foot or by airplane.
The highest peak is Mount Wilhelm at 4,509 meters (14,793 feet). The country is situated on the Pacific ring of fire with a number of active volcanoes and eruptions are frequent. 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.
Three daily meals and snacks will be provided for you on board. Moon Tours encourages you to bring your own spirits, as they are very expensive in Papua New guinea and are not usually stocked on the boat.
Diving can be arranged for 60 AUD per dive per person during the trip.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jacksons International Airport (POM).