is well known for having access to a good range of quality
reef breaks in relatively close vicinity. Surf within
the Kavieng area is now well identified. Having hosted
many a travelling surfer, and given its close
proximity to Kavieng Town, it is the most frequented
surf area, and as such, is under greater pressure by
both Visiting Surfers and the local surfing population.
As such, the Kavieng Surf Area Quota tends to book up
well in advance, so youll need to book early to
ensure a position in the Quota and naturally, the line-up.
All breaks within the Kavieng Surf Management Area
are reef breaks, and vary in their degree of difficulty,
depending on the size and direction of the swell, and
the depth of the reef. . The area offers a range of
waves from short, sharp and shallow shortboard, to more
subtle breaks suiting both longboard and shortboard.
The area enjoys generally consistent swells, generated
in the Northern Pacific, between 3 - 5 foot, getting
up to 6-8 foot and sometimes bigger. All breaks can
be surfed on most tides and the set ups vary depending
maximum of 20 visiting surfers are permitted to surf
within the Kavieng area on any given day. The quota
is not restricted to any of the accommodation houses,
and surfers can elect to stay where ever they like in
the Kavieng area, however it is up to the surfers to
ensure that they are booked into the quota either directly
with the Niu Ailan Surfriders
Alliance (NASA). Should the Kavieng Area be fully subscribed,
the next best option is to consider booking into the
adjoining East or Central Coast Management Plans, or the Lavongai
The Kavieng Surf Management Area includes all surf
breaks that occur regularly or from time to time at
Mongol Point (1), Nusa Island (2), Nusalik Island (3),
Nago Island (4), Edmago Island (5) and Ral Island (6).
As previously suggested, the Kavieng Area does tend
to book-up well in advance and it is advised to book
early in this Area.
Extremely fast, heavy barrelling,
very shallow right-hand coral reef break. Given
the right conditions and swell direction, waves
can peel for up to 200m. Reef boots are a good
Situated across the harbour from
Pikinini, Nusa Left is a fast breaking, very reliable
barrelling left-hander that jacks up out of deep
water, with a very shallow end section. Keep an
eye on the outside bomby, as this can also be ridden
on the right conditions.
good on a big swell and works on all tides. Long
Long is a more forgiving wave than most of the other
reef breaks as the water is deeper. Very long rides,
with a nice wall, ending with a hollow bowl section
can be had. Tropical version of Bells. Suits all
sorts of surfboards.
picturesque little island has both a left and right-hander.
The left-hander is a bit of a wave magnet and very
consistent on small to medium swells. A great hotdog,
fun wave that has a nice tubing inside wall section.
Likes low to mid-tide. Best under 4 feet. 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 its on.
Keep an eye on this break when the swell comes up.
is a smaller island situated South West of Nago,
in between Nago and Ral. It has a very good quality
left-hander and right-hander, given the right swell
and wind direction. The left can be world-class.
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.
Island Retreat is the only land-based accommodation
facility run by surfers and catering for surfers with
boat transfers to the reefs. They operate a fleet of
long boats to access the breaks, and surfers need to
prepay Surf Transfers for the duration of their stay.
Nusas local knowledge dictates the time and location
of surf transfers based on best conditions and tide.
The local drivers / surf guides also surf and invariably
help you understand the nature of each of the waves.
Theyre local and keyed in to whats best
On this website we only list operators who are endorsed by the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG). There are many accommodation options, however if you do not choose to stay with an endorsed Surf Operator, it is up to you to book yourself into the Surf Quota directly with us here at NASA.
Visit the New
Ireland Tourism Bureau website for a complete listing
of all accommodation options in Kavieng.