The PNG Explorer has operated throughout PNG’s un-chartered waters since 2007. It is the only surf charter vessel dedicated to exploring the country’s outer islands and reefs. You too can be apart of the search for waves never ridden before on the PNG Explorer.
Price $3750pp – 10 nights/11 days all inclusive charter.
This is your chance to surf newly discovered waves with no crowds in one of the world’s last frontiers. 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.
A standard 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.
All meals and snacks on-board
2 local ‘South Pacific’ Beers a day
Use of snorkeling gear, fishing gear, SUP and Kayaks
Your own trip video and photos
Kavieng Airport transfers
Beers over the quota
Wine by the bottle
SAT phone use – $3.50 per minute (1 min increments)
Diving – $60 per dive
PNG Surfaris T-shirt – $30 each
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-newireland.org.pg
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
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 BBQ and an outdoor sound system.
This scheduling is based on Air Niugini flight schedule. Surf charters will be operating from the 24th of October – 13th of April. Contact Soul Safaris for charter dates.
Photos courtesy of the PNG Explorer