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AUD$5900 Converting Tour Price

Per Person Twin Share

Tour Dates

Nov 18-27, 2022

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 days twin share onboard PNG Explorer
  • All meals and snacks on board
  • Filtered drinking water from the tap
  • Use of SUP’s, kayak’s, snorkelling and fishing gear
  • 2 Tenders for surf, island, diving and fishing trips
  • House keeping & laundry
  • Onboard dive master
  • Kavieng airport transers

Tour Exclusions

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beer, wine, soft drink – charged at local prices
  • Internet – $150 for the duration of the charter or $30 a day
  • Diving – $60 per dive
  • Professional Photographer onboard
  • SAPNG levy – $50 per person. For more information see www.sapng.com
  • NASA surfing fee – $12 per surf day. For more information see www.surfingpng-

Tour Hosts

Moon Tours

PNG Surfaris

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.



The Waves

On our Moon Tours Stand Up Paddle surf trips with PNG Surfaris 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.

If you’re chasing ‘Mavericks’ style waves; then PNG is not your recommended choice of surf destination. However, the ‘slab’ on bigger days can see 4-6 feet. Bare in mind that when it’s REALLY BIG you are a long way from home and surfing over coral reef. Therefore, we recommend that you always surf within your limits and improve! There is nothing better than coming home surfing better than when you left.



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.

Divemaster onboard

We cater for all levels of certified recreational diver and have a PADI qualified Divemaster onboard who can help you experience some of the most amazing SCUBA diving available on this planet. Wreck or reef dives; we have you covered.

To be able to enjoy the incredible wreck and pristine wall dives in PNG you must have your dive certification and suitable dive insurance.

For first timers, we can offer a ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ course, which is a very basic introduction to diving experience. 

  • $60 per dive including equipment
  • Snorkel equipment available free of charge



Affectionately known as “The Explorer” this 23-metre steel ship was built to survey and withstand the Southern Seas. Originally a prawn trawler, she has been refitted as a comfortable and spacious live-aboard for up to 10 guests and 10 crew. It is powered by a 504 horse-power engine and equipped with 2 generators, dive compressor, desalination plant and three identical, 2x 4.8m in survey tenders.


Our onboard taxi service is used to run you to and from the breaks, fishing spots or dive sites. These 4.8 meter (in survey) vessels always have an esky onboard full of cold drinks.


Jet Ski

Our 2019 Yamaha FXHO jet ski is the work horse of our charter operations; primarily used as a safety craft.


The Cabins

There are five ample cabins set up as three 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.


The lower back deck

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.


Shady Upper Deck

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

I’m a big wave rider, will the waves in PNG satisfy me?

If you’re chasing ‘Mavericks’ style waves; then PNG is not your recommended choice of surf destination. However, the ‘slab’ on bigger days can see 4-6 feet. Bare in mind that when it’s REALLY BIG you are a long way from home and surfing over coral reef. Therefore, we recommend that you always surf within your limits and improve! There is nothing better than coming home surfing better than when you left.

What do I need to pack?

  • We recommend you bring 1 or 2 boards. You could expect waves to be on average 2-4 feet, with bigger days from 4-6+ feet. Boards must not exceed length of 9’2 due to Kavieng Flight restrictions.
  • Paddle & Leash
  • If you have spare Paddle & Leash, pack those to.
  • Mini epoxy REPAIR kit
  • Reef booties
  • Long sleeve UV water tee’s or rash tops
  • Plenty of sunscreen (reef safe)
  • Water sunnies and hat

How do I get to Kavieng

What is there to do aside from surfing?

Diving is $60 per dive. You must let us know prior to arrival that you wish to dive, as we need to confirm your dive certification, insurance and dive gear sizes. Due to the remote nature of our operations, and our protection and indemnity insurance, we are required to provide qualified guides and you are required to dive to depths within your certification.

Yes, we encourage guests to go and meet the locals and see how they live, school and work. It’s a fantastic insight into this amazing Melanesian lifestyle and culture. The locals are very hospitable to guests and are more than happy to share stories. Equally, they are as interested in your life, so if you’re open to it, be prepared to talk about yourself!

Can I bring duty free alcohol onboard?

What sort of power socket does the boat have?

What will the weather be like?

What kind of food is served on-board?

What drinks are available on-board?

Is PNG safe?

Do I need to worry about Malaria?

Do I need to bring my own first aid kit?

How much money will I need to bring?

Do I need a visa for PNG?

What kind of insurance do I need?

Will my family be able to contact me on-board?


Secret Garden


There are not many SUP photos, thats because you will be one the first to go on a dedicated SUP trip in PNG!


This trip is very popular, booking out almost two years in advance.

Cabin 1 / A BOOKED
Cabin 1 / B BOOKED

Maximum 10 surfers. Non surfers welcome


$5900AUD per person, based on twin share.

Single supplement is not available.

Child rate upon request.


10 Day Surf Adventure
10 days/9 nights onboard the mighty PNG Explorer; including transfers to and from Kavieng airport.

Your charter includes all meals and snacks whilst onboard – all prepared by our professional chef with the freshest local produce. Tea and coffee facilities are also provided, plus fresh filtered drinking water.

Amenities and extras
Clean toilets, hot showers, plus an air-conditioned lounge and sleeping areas. We also provide house-keeping and laundry services, with clean towels and fresh linen. You will also enjoy free use of snorkelling and fishing gear plus SUP and kayaks.




Travel Insurance

Surf Fees & local levys

  • SAPNG levy – $50 per person. For more information see www.sapng.com
  • NASA surfing fee – $12 per surf day. For more information see www.surfingpng-


Choose from beer, wine, soft drinks, and more.

Photo Packages
A professional photographer is available to capture your best waves and trip experiences.

WiFi, VoIP and satellite Phone
Keeping in touch with loved ones at home has never been easier. Price based on usage.

Take a break from surfing and head for a dive. Explore the coral reefs and pristine ocean with our onboard Dive Masters.

PNG Surfaris Merchandise
PNG Surfaris t-shirts, hats and hoodies, plus other merchandise to take home as a souvenir from your trip.


Private family / group bookings

Please contact us for availability and dates for private group bookings of 8-10 guests.