If your questions in not answered below, please feel free to contact us with your question.
How many people can I book a trip for?
PNG Surfaris requires a minimum of 8 surfers for a charter, and a maximum of 10. So for sole use of the boat you will need 8 full paying surfers. We love the number 8 on-board – but we are happy to take more.
Can I book a charter for less than 10 nights?
Our surf schedule is based on 10 night charters. However in certain circumstances we can organize 7, 8 or 9 night charters. Contact us for a rate on shorter or extended charters.
Can I dive whilst on my surf charter?
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 (for gear hire). Please give us as much notice as possible on this.
What is not included in my charter cost?
Beers, soft drinks and wine (charged at local prices)
Diving ($60 per dive)
Professional photo package (ask on-board for rates)
Sat phone use
Can I get surf coaching?
Surfing coaching is available from our on-board Surf Guide. Contact us for rates and further info.
How do I book the flights to get to Kavieng?
Flights can be booked through your travel agent or directly with the airlines.
If you are booking with one of our surf agents World Surfaris
or The Perfect Wave
, they can organize the flight and boat as a package.
Australia to PNG flights are operated by Air Niugini
and Airlines PNG
Can I book the boat for my family with children?
Children are welcome on the Explorer. Our child rates policy is as follows:
Aged 4-11: 25% off standard charter rates.
Aged 12 plus: full rate applies.
Can I book the boat for a non surf charter?
There is plenty to do and see in New Ireland and the rest of PNG aside from surfing. Such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, island culture & traditions, World War II tours and general tourism. The PNG Explorer is also available for scientific research surveying, as a support vessel for large ships and for Government and health patrols. Contact us for a quotation.
What kind of food is served onboard?
Each dish is freshly made, inspired by local cuisine and palatable for western taste buds. Any special dietary requirements or allergies can be catered for, just let us know by completing the guest profile form
Get the morning off to a great start with a espresso from PNG’s finest Gorokan coffee. We can provide fresh fruit smoothies or fresh tropical fruit (bananas, pineapples, passion-fruit, pawpaw, oranges) in abundance. There’ll be freshly baked bread, pancakes and cereal along with poached eggs, frittata or a BBQ brunch with the lot.
All depending on the timing of your next surf or activity the mid day meal can vary from fresh salads and whole baked fish to homemade burgers or pizza.
This ranges from the catch of the day (fish, lobster, mud crab) to a curry night, either Indian or Thai, followed by a dessert of homemade pastries, cakes, or simply fresh tropical fruit and ice-cream.
There will be plenty of fresh fruit, biscuits and local sweet baked coconut and banana cakes to try. Get into our ‘sundowner’ snacks of chips, peanuts, and the skipper’s exclusive fresh sashimi secretly marinated and seared on the barbeque.
What about drinks onboard?
The water is filtered to one micron from the tanks to the tap and is safe for drinking. However, we understand that our guests may be cautious so we provide bottled water to drink as well. Help yourself to tea, coffee and juice. Both in the tenders and aboard the Explorer we have bottled drinking water, soft drinks and beers in the Esky. If you prefer a specific soft drink as a mixer for the strong stuff then let us know in advance. Included in the drinks allowance is our local brew, South Pacific larger, which is also available to purchase at local prices. Additionally we offer a range of imported Australian wines.
Is PNG safe?
There have been a few incidents in PNG recently, which justifiably are likely to deter potential tourists. The majority of these incidents occur on mainland PNG in the major populated centres of Port Moresby, Lae and the Highlands. Kavieng is situated in the Islands region of PNG, which is regarded as a relatively safe destination. To get to Kavieng you will transit through Port Moresby, but you need not leave the airport if you are concerned. And, once you arrive in Kavieng you are in our care. We will be there to meet you at the airport and drop you off again. As with travelling to any foreign country use your common sense. Be mindful of your belongings and its best not to walk around alone. Crime is mostly petty theft and unfortunately domestic violence is more common than we’d like to think. So while it’s important to on your guard and respect the local culture don’t be afraid to have a chat, a laugh and be friendly with locals.
What will the weather be like?
The tropical climate is hot and humid with an average air and water temperature between 27-30oC. December to March is the wet season, although there is rainfall year-round. Equatorial sun can be intense, especially in the water, and even if it’s overcast. Prepare to cover up and wear plenty of sun protection (including your eyes). Hydration is key so always remember to drink plenty of water.
What should I pack?
Clothes that are loose and light with long sleeves are great for sun protection and as mosquito barriers in the evenings. For women especially it is respectful to dress modestly, so knee length shorts or skirts are appropriate. T-shirts or rash shirts for the water and reef booties are recommended.
Do I need to worry about malaria?
As in many equatorial countries Malaria is endemic in PNG. A good preventative measure is to wear insect repellent and long sleeved shirts and trousers, particularly when walking through villages. Since the vessel is air conditioned and we anchor at a reasonable distance from land the risk is minimized whilst onboard. However, we suggest that you speak with a doctor about anti-malarial medication and read more about vaccinations for travel to PNG.
Do I need to bring any first aid?
A small medical kit with antibiotic cream and tablets, ear and eye drops, plasters and antihistamine tablets is useful. Coral cuts or scrapes can take much longer to heal in the tropics and are prone to infection so you may want to talk to your doctor
about a suitable antibiotic. The most important thing is to keep cuts clean and protected. Please ensure you bring any personal medication you may need. We have an extensive first aid kit onboard and your hosts are Senior First Aiders plus our crew is first aid trained.
How much money will I need to bring?
The currency in PNG is the Kina (PGK), which normally fluctuates around 2 PGK to 1 AUD. We recommend that you organize some Kina for your holiday as you may be interested in buying locally produced handicrafts and jewellery. We recommend that you organize small denominations of your money (i.e. 2, 5 & 10 Kina notes) to make it easier for paying for items at the island. On-board the vessel we accept cash (AUD $ or PGK) and credit card for payment of diving, alcohol, t-shirts and flash drives.We charge 5% on all credit card transactions.
Do I need to pay anything on entry and exit from PNG?
No. There is nothing to pay on entry or exit from PNG. You will just need at least 6 months validity from the day of arrival on your passport to gain entry.
Do i need a visa for PNG?
Yes, and as of 1 March 2014 you will need to pre-organise this through the PNG High Commission in Australia. This process normally takes 7-10 days and will involve you completing an application form and sending off your passport to either Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney or Cairns PNG High Commissions. You can read more information on this at http://www.pngcanberra.org/visas
What kind of insurance do I need?
PNG Surfaris requires all guests to have emergency evacuation insurance. This is included in most travel insurance policies.
Will my family be able to contact me on-board?
Yes. We have a Satellite phone which is on all the time during the charter. To call from Australia the number is 0011 8816 4149 6891. Calling rates are expensive however you can text message this phone for free via the ASTA website
. Click on ‘free SMS’ and select ‘iridium’. For guests with international roaming on their phone they will be contactable on the first and last days of the charter, when they will be within the mobile phone range coverage area.
Which boards should I bring?
PNG Surfaris recommend you bring 2 boards – 3 maximum. You could expect waves to be on average 2-4 foot, with bigger days from 6-8 foot. Therefore bring your small wave ‘groveller’, i.e. 5’9″ fish. Plus your normal short board i.e. your trusty 6’2″ to 6’4″. If your keen on throwing yourself into some heaving pits throw in your step up barrel board 6’4″ to 6’6″.
I am a beginner surfer – will the waves be OK for me?
There are plenty of options from a first day beginner to the seasoned, barrel chasing pro. There are some really fun, soft wave options.
I am a big wave rider – will the waves in PNG satisfy me?
If your chasing ‘Mavericks’ style waves; then PNG is not your recommended choice of surf destination. However, the ‘slab’ on bigger days can see 4-6 foot. Bear in mind 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.
Can I book a space as an individual surfer?
Yes, we have certain trips in the season that are non-sole use so are perfect for the solo surfer. Contact us to find out current available dates.
What is there to do aside from surfing?
We offer fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and use of the SUP 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.
Will I be able to walk on the islands?
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 your open to it, be prepared to talk about yourself!
Is there anything I should bring for the locals?
It’s a nice gesture to bring things for the locals on the islands that we visit. We always recommend books for the schools, and people often bring up pre-loved clothing, which is always appreciated.