From the Moon Tours Personal Collection, as they say “only a surfer knows the feeling” & understands what it means to surf completely empty line ups.
A Moon Tour sole use private charter.
MV PNG Explorer SUP SURFARI, Kavieng, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. South Pacific Ocean.
This is a SUP dedicated surf trip we’ve been dreaming and planning for years and your chance to surf newly discovered waves with zero crowds in one of the world’s last frontiers.
Guaranteed perfect SUP waves! Fuller waves, deeper water, uncrowded, long rides in an untouched, remote marine wilderness.
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 N/NW and the surf ranges from 3-4ft to 5-6ft in the bigger swells.
Departing from the ship’s home port, Kavieng Harbour. 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 St Matthias (Mussau) or the Admiralty Islands (Manus) to the far northwest.
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.
We take you on the best exploratory vessel in PNG, the Australian owned PNG Explorer where even the most seasoned traveller will be blown away with what lies ahead.
About Papua New Guinea
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. Just the way we like it. Yep, getting around PNG can be tricky with flights often cancelled 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 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 our 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 we can travel further to find you the best SUP waves you could ever imagine.
PNG is a surf rich country, in the New Ireland region directly around Kavieng 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 3′-5′ but occasionally peak at around the 6′ 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 you 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.
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.
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.
10 NIGHTS, 11 DAY SUP SURF TOUR
8/24 HOURS FOR SLEEP – 14/24 FOR SURFING
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 Harbour. 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 St Matthias (Mussau) or the Admiralty Islands (Manus) to the far northwest.
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.
Skippered by Australian owner / Captain, Andrew Rigby you could not be in better hands out here. Years of experience with a focus on safety and your enjoyment. Andrew is a keen surfer, wind surfer and fisherman.
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-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 fast boats.
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 breaks 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.
Frequently asked questions
Recommended Packing List
- Favourite SUP upto 9’2
- Paddle & Leash
- Spare Paddle & Leash
- Mini epoxy REPAIR kit
- Reef booties
- Long sleeve UV water tee’s or rash tops
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Water sunnies and hat
We offer fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and use of SUP’s free of charge. Diving is extra charged at $60 per dive. There are plenty of opportunities for island tours and excursions such as the WWII tour, drift snorkels, beach BBQ, river trips and the ‘betel-nut run’. These are at no extra charge to guests.
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
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.
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. 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
Flights to Kavieng
Flights can be booked through your travel agent or directly with the airlines.
Travelling from Australia with sporting goods we recommend you travel with Air Niugi, a QANTAS code share partner. We consider this to be the most reliable and effective way of getting yourself to Kavieng with surfboards and SUP’s.
PHOTOS BY CHRIS PEEL, PNG SAFARIS & MOON TOURS.
There are not many SUP photos, thats because you will be one the first to go on a dedicated SUP trip in PNG!
Surf pics by Chris Peel to tell you the story. Enjoy.
This trip is very popular, booking out almost two years in advance.
Please contact us for availability and dates for independent travellers or groups.
Min 8, Max 10 SUP surfers. Non surfers welcome
$4900AUD based on 10 pax surfing charter. Rates for sole use or 8 surfers priced respectively.
10 nights, 11 days
MV PNG Explorer
- Air- conditioned twin / double cabin
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