Nusa Island Retreat is the perfect destination for surfers looking for uncrowded remote quality waves with a cultural experience second to none. There are waves here to suit all levels of surfers.
Price from $2856.50 All inclusive 7 nights/6 days
THE RETREAT & ACCOMMODATION
The retreat is low impact and eco-sensitive with accommodation in the form of traditional island style bungalows. Most of the bungalows are set on the water’s edge and all have great views.
The retreat is set on an idyllic sandy island point and surrounded by superb swimming beaches with crystal clear, coral encrusted lagoons that are teeming with marine life, not to mention the World War II ship and plane wrecks that are also nearby. It is the perfect Papua New Guinea location to base yourself for activities such as surfing, diving, fishing, kayaking, or exploring and cultural activities of any kind.
Our Premium bungalows are built over the water and have en-suite bathrooms, and our Standard bungalows are built right on the beach or just back from the beach and have the use of shared bathroom facilities.
We also have a large 2-storey house with it’s own bathroom that is perfect for large groups or families.
Linen, towels and mosquito nets are all provided.
Security boxes are provided in each bungalow & personal items/valuables
can also be stored in the office upon request.
Each bungalow is supplied with rain water and bottled water
is available from the restaurant.
Rooms are serviced daily.
240V 24 hour power
As of 1st March 2014 tourists are unable to obtain a visa on arrival in Port Moresby. Please ensure your pre-organise your visa in advance of your charter through the PNG Embassy in Australia. See http://www.pngcanberra.org/visas
Nusa Island Retreat has 9 breaks in close proximity to the resort, and with only 20 surfers plus a handful of local surfers, waves are guaranteed to be uncrowded.
Nusa Island Retreat operates 6 long boats to access the breaks, and surfers need to prepay Surf Transfers for the duration of their stay. This transfer fee allows unlimited boat access to all of the breaks within the area. There are no set transfer times, as we have boat drivers ready to take you surfing when you want to go surfing. essentially you choose where you want to surf. The boat and driver stay with you at the break for the entire period that you are in the water.
Pikinini surf break. Extremely fast, heavy barreling, very shallow right-hand coral reef break. Given the right conditions and swell direction, waves can peel for up to 200m. Works best on a low to mid-tide, with a west to north-west swell direction. A mini Kirra. Reef boots are a must.
NUSA LEFTS (also known as KARANAS)
Nusa Left surf break Situated across the harbour from Pikinini, Nusa Left is a fast breaking, very reliable barreling left-hander that jacks up out of deep water, with a very shallow end section. It works best on mid to low-tide with a westerly swell direction and an easterly wind. Keep an eye on the outside bombie, as this can also be ridden on the right conditions.
This picturesque little island has both a left and right-hander. The left-hander is a bit of a wave magnet and very consistent. A great hotdog, fun wave that has a nice tubing inside wall section. Likes low to mid-tide as it can be a bit fat and break too close to the inside ledge on high tide. It does not like too much swell, but can still be fun on a light onshore. This is one of the most surfed breaks in the area. The right-hander on the other side of the island has a very fast, long wall. It likes a mid to low tide, is a little inconsistent, but a great ride when it‚s on. Keep an eye on this break when the swell comes up.
Edmago is a smaller island situated South West of Nago, in between Nago and Ral. It has a very good quality left-hander, given the right swell and wind direction and is best at mid-tide. The right-hander is also best at mid-tide and can pick up more swell than the left.
Long Longs surf break. Right-hander, good on a big swell. Works best on a mid-tide with a north wind. Long Long is a more forgiving wave than most of the other reef breaks. The water is deeper and long rides, with a nice wall, ending with a hollow bowl section can be had. Good for long boards and mid size fish fun boards and twin fins.
Ral Island surf break. Small, uninhabited island situated further out to sea. A great place to go if there is no swell anywhere else, Ral attracts more swell than the other breaks in the region. Best surfed on small, clean swells, the right-hander can at times be peaky like a beach break, and sometimes can line up like a point break. The left is not as consistent as the right, but worth checking. Both waves pack a bit of punch once the wave height gets bigger. Ral can also handle more surfers than most of the other breaks.
There are various activities available such as surfing (Nov – April), snorkeling tours, kayaking, fishing, cycling trips down the east coast of New Ireland, road trips on the mainland, and there are some great walks in the area where you can visit WWII Japanese bunkers and guns, and blowholes.
Divers visiting Kavieng will not only experience the thrill of close encounters with big Pelagic fish in the current swept passages, but can also enjoy the relaxing feeling of drifting along plunging walls decorated with colourful corals and fans, explore World WarII wrecks as well as discover a multitude of small critters on inshore muck dives or even dive or snorkel one of the many fresh water sinkholes or caves on the New Ireland Mainland.
Dorian and Cara of Scuba Ventures look after all the diving needs for our guests.
Kavieng area has rewarded many a sportfisherman’s expectations. There is a good range of fishing in the area, from estuarine mangrove systems, to reefs and blue water fishing. Pelagics have proved to be the most popular pursuit, form the razor gang & GT’s, through to the Tuna and Billfish.
Nusa Island Retreat ( NIR ) operates a range of ‘open’ Yamaha longboats that are primarily set-up for trolling the reefs edges, casting in the mangrove estuaries and around inshore bombies. The boats are equipped with VHF radios and flares.
Should you require something a bit more serious, there is a Bluewater 2550 Centre Console Sportsfisher available for hire – POA.
Nusa Island Banana Boat Hire Rates
Boat Hire K80.00 per hour ( with driver )
Fuel Usage K6.00 per ltr ( subject to change without notice )
Fishing Rods K15.00 per hour
Hand Lines K7.50 per hour
NIR also provides tackle hire. Currently there are six Shimano TLD 25 for hire along with an assortment of lures to ‘match the hatch’. NIR has a policy, that any tackle damaged or lost, will be charged at replacement cost.
For the serious fisherman, it is encouraged that you bring your own equipment to match the style of fishing you require. The benefit of this, is that you know your expectations and the limitations of your own gear. A variety of hard bodied tremblers & minnows ( i.e rapala / halco etc) in assorted colours and sizes will put you in good stead…..the most popular colours being the ‘Qantas’ ( red/white ); the ‘Blu Pilly’ ( blue/silver ) and the ‘Bomber’ ( gold/black ). A combo of shallow to mid-depth divers and deep diving lures is a good idea. These lures are usually about 7″-8″ and ensure they have good split rings & strong trebles. Oh Yeah, don’t forget the wire trace / sages etc……the ‘Razor Gang will be only too happy to add to their collection of lures!
There’s no tackle shops up here so bring everything you’ll likely need, from trace / sages / snaps / lures etc etc.
Casting in the estuaries can also be rewarding with Jacks, trevally & cod etc.
Please note. You will be in the tropics. So bring a wide-brim hat, long sleeve light cotton shirt and plenty of sunscreen!!
Truth is, best fishing is either early morning or later afternoon, so no need to be out in the sun all day.