New Ireland Surf Camp
7 nights from $3,399 pp based on a group of 4
7 nights from $3,619 pp based on a group of 3
7 nights from $3,999 pp based on a group of 2
Includes: return flights ex Auckland to Kavieng with Qantas, 30kgs baggage, return airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation, all meals, surf transfers, reef fees and SAPNG fees.
New Ireland Surf Camp is based at Rubio Plantation Retreat in the remote central north-eastern coast of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Whether you just want to sit on the beach and relax or search the remote coastline and offshore islands for an undiscovered wave, they can look after your needs. They specialize in surfing and also offer hiking, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching and cultural tours throughout New Ireland. They limit the number of guest at their retreat to 15 so there is never a crowd. For the surfing guests they limit the number of surfers at the retreat to 10 and the number of visiting surfers to the central coast region is limited to 20 by the Central New Ireland Surf Management Plan.
Rubio Plantation Retreat is located 220 Km from Kavieng, down the scenic Buliminsky Highway. It takes about 3 hours to drive there. Rubio Plantation starts from the beach and goes up into the mountains. It has many trails to explore and a cool beautiful stream that comes out of the ground at the base of a giant tree and runs for several hundred meters and then disappears again into the ground. It then resurfaces and then runs into the ocean along a white sandy beach.
Flights arrive in Port Moresby and then there are flights with Air Niguini from Port Moresby to Kavieng, that depart every day. All guests are picked up at the airport, unless other arrangements are needed. If you would prefer to hire a vehicle they can arrange this for you.
The bungalows are made from native materials and are located along the beachfront. All beds have mosquito nets. The experienced and friendly staff will take care of all your needs. Solar panels and hydroelectric provide power for the retreat. There are flush toilets and showers in our deluxe and family bungalows and also in a toilet block.
The kitchen serves 3 meals a day, family style. Coffee and tea are set out at all times. Local organic homemade cocoa is also available, and very delicious. Meals consist of a combination of European, Asian and local foods, and home baked bread and pastries. They grow their own organic fruits and vegetables on the plantation and in the surrounding villages. These include mangoes, papayas, bananas, avocados, lemons, limes, mandarins, taro, sweet potatoes etc.
The surf season is from mid-October to mid-May. Rubio has a good, consistent break right at the beach. There are also many other good breaks in the area. Surf spots range from mellow long board waves to fast and hollow depending on swell size and direction. They have both rights and lefts and are open to many swell directions. There are boats and vehicles available to take you out to the many excellent breaks on the offshore islands or along the coast. They never book more than 10 surfers at one time and with the many available breaks you will never be dealing with a crowd.
Recommended Quiver Fish/Mini-Mal/Mal For those small days or for when you want to cruise. Short Board Just a standard short board. Step Up Something that can handle the bigger days and hollow waves.
Besides just enjoying the beach and stream there are lots of other things to do. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the excellent Bird Watching. There are several interesting caves nearby to be explored. For hikers the possibilities are endless. Fresh water comes out in many places making for very interesting geography. At Pam village there is a beautiful waterfall very near the road. Because the Buliminsky Highway never has any very steep sections, it is perfect for bicycles. It is a wonderful way to really see the county side. You can ride from town and then be driven back. During the off-season for surf, it is great fun to explore the rugged coast in a canoe or kayak.
Sing Sings (traditional dancing) and Mumus (traditional cooking in an underground oven) can be arranged with the local village. A trip can be arranged to visit the world famous Malangan carvers. Cultural tours to other locations can also be arranged. At Pam Village there is a beautiful waterfall very near the road. PNG is also world-renown for its diving and snorkelling. They can arrange trips to nearby reefs that are alive with abundant sea life. They have excellent fishing in the area and boats are available.
PRICES ARE IN NZ$. Please note most of these prices are ex Auckland and subject to currency fluctuations, flight availability and dates of travel. High season surcharges may apply.