PNG IS A FLAT WATER KITE AND WINDSURFERS HEAVEN, A FISHERMAN’S DREAM AND A DIVERS PARADISE.
The Louisiade Archipelago bordering the Solomon and Coral Sea 200km SE of mainland Papua New Guinea. A truly remote unchartered live-aboard boat charter. Rare unique sandy islands and shallow water lagoons, some of the worlds most pristine reefs, a wonderful cultural experience and a perfect example of sustainable tourism giving back to local villages who see few visitors.
Have we 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 & windsurfers will love the pristine sandbars, consistent 20-25 knot wind and epic flat water.
At the same time seasoned fisherman, scuba divers and snorkelers will find it hard to compare even their finest fishing and diving experience. Expect visibility on bad days to be 20m, good days immeasurable and you’d better pack the heavy duty fishing gear.
Miles and miles of magic sand bars and shallow lagoons, drop off’s 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 colours of the rainbow. Yep, it is that good.
We take you on the best exploratory vessel in PNG where even the most seasoned traveller will be blown away with what lies ahead. Sorry we cannot tell you exactly where this is. Departing Alotau in Milne Bay Province we’ll take you to undisclosed locations.
PNG SURFARI VIDEO
About the Louisiade Archipelago
PNG is Australia’s closest neighbour and also one of the least visited countries by Australian tourists with less than 10,000 arriving on the door step via air in 2016. 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. The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands in Papua New Guinea. It is located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 kilometres (99 mi) and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 sq mi) between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. This place is extremely unique, large amounts of sand have built up in this area over millions of years leaving behind beautiful beaches, sand bars and shallow sandy lagoons all in the windiest area of Papua New Guinea.
Thanks to it’s Southern neighbours, Australia and New Zealand as well as stretching out into the Coral Sea and mighty South Pacific the country is buffeted by consistent blustery SE 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 four exploratory expeditions with skippers who’ve been cruising the waters of PNG for 20 years they had not even seen anything like this. Besides the completely natural untouched ecosystem, incredible diving and fishing we’ve marked on the chart some incredible flat water kiting locations. Sandbars stretching for miles, aqua marine watercolour and huge shallow water lagoons are a kiteboarders heaven.
We’ve 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 / snorkelling and fishing…this is #1
Whether you’re an experienced game fisherman or at best a weekend warrior, the fishing here will likely be anything you have experienced before or will again. Reef fish, sport fish and large pelagic’s are all commonly caught. BIG GT’s, Dog Tooth Tuna, Red Bass, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo and Yellow Fin will give you and your gear a run for it’s money while Blue, Golden and Spotted Trevally, Job Fish, Snapper, Barracuda, Coral Trout are fun on lighter gear. Trawling, popping, jigging or with fly be prepared to test your gear and bring some spares of your favourite baits. Pop or fly over shallow sand cays fringed by reef for smaller GT’s in the 10-15kg range as well as Golden and Blue Trevelly and Red Bass, if it’s the big boys in the 20kg+ range throw your popper and fly’s over deeper larger bommies. *Fishing is strictly catch and release in the quest for preservation unless kept for immediate consumption. Barbless or crushed down barbs must be used.
DIVING & SNORKELING
Adventurous hungry divers the world over have been visiting PNG 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 20m/65ft 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 favourite mask and snorkel as well as fins if you feel inclined, otherwise we can supply the lot.
MILNE BAY PROVINCE, LOUISIADES ARCHIPELIGO, SOLOMAN SEA.
Undisclosed locations; Papua New Guinea. Milne Bay Province covers 252,990 km² of sea, within the province there are more than 600 islands, about 160 of which are inhabited. This place is big and very remote. Don’t expect to see any other people apart from the odd locally inhabited island. You will find them extremely friendly and welcoming with an opportunity to visit some island villages. There is no set day-to-day itinerary but we do have some secret locations dialled inside the island and atoll chain where we will spend most of our 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 shallow reef that offer incredible remote kite surfing, diving and fishing opportunities. A little further north small groups of islands and atolls are dotted across hundreds of miles of ocean.
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, fishing, diving, and general tourism in PNG. Its home port is Kavieng in the north eastern archipelago of New Ireland Province.
Originally built to survey and withstand the southern seas, this 23-metre 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 2 generators, a dive compressor, and 2 fishing tenders and a JetSki.
Inside the main super structure are six ample cabins set up as four twin berths and two single doubles.
Keeping cool in the equatorial climate is managed thorough 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 aluminium dive ladder attached to a large duckboard at water level.
Though for fast and safe transfers to the sand bars and islands we 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 PNG’s stunning scenery. It’s also the main dining area onboard, featuring a well-stocked, icy cold beer fridge, a large barbeque and an outdoor sound system.
Brisbane, Australia – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea connecting to Alotau
We try to travel together. Its important to use recommended airlines and connecting flights, to miniise any hassles or delays along the way. Its recommend that guests use only Air Niugini a Qantas codeshare partner for the flights – you get the assurance of booking a connecting flight from international to domestic and having your international luggage allowance to carry through. Air Niugini have been offering a sporting goods allowance so surfers etc get an additional 10kg on-top of their 30Kg. It’s a good idea to state this at the time of booking – as tit can be noted on your ticket.
- Airlines PNG is now called PNG Air, and we do not recommend using them for any domestic flights. They operate only small planes and have limited cargo allowances. Normally they struggle to carry even a short board.
Please talk to us before booking your flights.
Frequently asked questions
DUTY FREE & ALCOHOL
Can I bring duty free alcohol onboard? Yes, in fact we encourage you bring your own spirits, as they are very expensive in PNG and are not usually stocked on the boat. However Beer, wine, & mixers are available onboard.
How do I settle my final bill on board with a credit card?
Yes there is an eftpos machine on-board. Bills will be settled the morning before you fly out. The transaction is in PNG Kina and normally converted from AUD to PGK. Plus there is a 4.5% charge per transaction. Alternatively you can settle accounts with AUD, USD or PGK
Suitable for kiteboarders beginner to advance, the minium requirement is that you have completed your kiteboarding lessons, have your own equipment and self sufficent.
We have two tender boats & a jetski for rescues if you go down wind. Self rescue knowledge is a must for beginners and we will refresh you again when you arrive.
Ideal conditions for learning, freestyle, free ride & foiling.
WHAT TO PACK
Recommended Kite & Windsurf Equipment
- A two kite or two sail quiver to cover 15 – 25 knots
- Your favourite bump n jump blasting board or twin tip
- Kite pump
- Mini spares kit
- Reef booties
- Long sleeve UV water tee’s or rash tops
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Water sunnies and hat
NON KITERS, FAMILY, FRIENDS
Non kiters, friends, family are welcome.
This is a well rounded expedition, you might be into fishing, diving and snorkelling, kyaking or simply enjoy travelling to remote destinations, stepping onto untouched islands, sitting back relaxing and taking it all it.
This is a once in a lifetime holiday!
WIFI is available onboard if you need to stay connected with work or loved ones.
Its not strong internet for downloading and streaming, suitable only for emails, WhatsApp, messenger ect
AUD$15 a day, payable on departure.
PNG Kina can be taken out at the airport.
We recomend the equivelent of AUD$100 cash, you can use this on remote islands to purchase souveniers & tip the local crew.
Settling bar bills, dives & internet can be paid on credit card, AUD Cash, or PNG Kina.
POWER ON PNG EXPLORER
What sort of power socket does the boat have? Plugs are Australian 240V. The power supply is stable; we charge and use computers 24-7, BUT, if your concerned bring a surge protector to go between your device and the power supply.
MEDICAL / TRAVEL INSURANCE
Other useful tips / Travel Insurace
This is not the United States, Europe or Asia. Delays and disruptions can be common, please ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers any lost days of your holiday and unplanned hotel stays.
Your travel insurance should also include Emergency Medical Evacuation. Most airline delays are due to weather over Alotau, so it shouldn’t be an issue, we’ve ordered sunny days for all our dates 😉
Medical advice. We recommend you visit your local GP and travel doctor first of all. A basic first aid kit, pain killers and antibiotics are good idea, especially in the tropics. If you have any request please let us know prior to departure so it can be organised Contact Us
EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST FOR 2021
After sucessfully running this tour the last 4 years in row and we have some guests wanting to repeat this trip.
We are looking for some more adventurous kiters to join us mid to late 2021.
Drop us an email if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org
ONBOARD PNG EXPLORER – 9 nights, 10 days
- Air conditioned twin / double cabin
- Tripple share available for family friend booking together (1 double + 1 single)
$5900AUD pp twin or double share
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Min 9 guests for guaranteed departure.
A full refund of your deposit will be given if the tour is canceled.
We ask you to hold off booking your flights until you have a Departure confirmation 3 months prior.
Wow – Just back from a kitesurfing safari in & about the Louisiade Archipelago of PNG, and today is my first day back at work and I can’t help but continue to feel my holiday high 🙂 Trent & Steph put on a first class show! Each morning myself & the team would rise to freshly brewed coffee, boats readied for a gamefish before a hearty breakfast and then we’d kitesurf the day away over breathtaking crystal clear waters. In the early evening we’d all reminisce of the ‘nuking’ day just had, over beers (unless of course we were snorkeling or SCUBA diving) and ease into dinner in front of the campfire and celebrate a birthday or an anniversary or the fact we were in a tropical island paradise. And so, at my desk and back to reality and I’m thinking FML (Forget Management Life)! Where next Moon Tours?!
Russel Hogan – Melbourne VIC, Melbourne
I have been on one PNG trip so far and am going on a Sup surf one next year. This place is remote, uncrowded and one of the most un touched pristine places I have ever been. The Diving has to be the best in the world. The fishing is ridiculous. Everything you catch is big.
Darren Mountain – Mornington Peninsula VIC, Melbourne
I went on the PNG Kiteboarding/diving trip. It was a real adventure vacation. The locations Trent picked were EPIC. There was the perfect mixture of individual kiteboarding time and group downwinders, relaxation and excitement. I didn’t want to go home. The food was excellent, the boat was very comfortable and honestly, I loved everything about this trip. I am hoping to go next year, but have to wait to book , otherwise I would have already booked. This was the BEST travel experience of my life. I can’t say enough great things about Trent and Stephanie.
Jenny Holland Cunninham – Marshall Islands, USA
The special Papa New Guinea trip was located 200 km south-east of the Papa New Guinea mainland. So we had the place all to ourselves except for a couple of local villagers on a couple of the many many paradise islands. These islands only had a maximum of 12 people. Then we also had to share the gorgeous place with abundant marine life and superb reefs. On top of Kiteboarding, we had the choice of snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, and just chilling on a well-appointed boat. some people may find it difficult with seasickness and confined sleeping cabins. The trip was also special because of a wonderful captain and a wonderful crew including a fantastic chef providing wonderful food.
Lisa O’Toole – Carrum VIC, Melbourne
PNG trip was epic remote with lots of daily activities. A must-do !!!
Dawn Clyde – Marshall Islands, USA
WOW! what an experience.10 days on a boat, kiting on remote un-touched islands, we visited villages in the middle of the Soleman seas with a population of 10 people, gained an open water dive ticket in the world’s most amazing waters and so much more. I have seen places I never thought existed, met some incredible people along the way and it has been an adventure of a lifetime. Thanks to Moon Kite & Adventure Tours… cannot wait for the next epic trip !!
Jessica Hansen – Hamilton Island QLD, Australia
Moon Tours offers adventures unlike any others. I’ve been on 3 trips with them and no 2 have been the same. Always adventure, always off the grid and I always have an epic time 😆
Melissa Bourne – Melbourne VIC, Melbourne
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