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PNG Surf Trip to Vanimo Surf Lodge

PNG Surf Trip to Vanimo Surf Lodge

PNG is called surfing’s last frontier and for a reason. Papua New Guinea offers surfers guaranteed uncrowded waves thanks to the surf management plan implemented by the PNG Surfing Association. The management plan limits the number of surfers to a maximum of 20 surfers in each PNG surf region. When you take a PNG surf trip you directly support sustainable tourism and the local communities, with each visiting surfer paying a daily $12 environmental levy. This levy is in fact an access agreement to use the local breaks, goes directly to the local communities and provides needed support to the area.

If you haven’t been on a PNG surf trip yet then what are you waiting for? We are planning our annual PNG surf adventure to Vanimo Surf Lodge, one of the best PNG surf camps in November and then to Kavieng in February for a surf & dive adventure. In the last couple of years we have had a great bunch of people travel with us to Papua New Guinea. Everyone was surfed out by the end of their stay and enjoyed the great conditions on offer each time.

Here’s what one happy surfer had to say after his PNG surf trip.

I recently took a PNG surf trip to Vanimo Surf Lodge, booked through No Limit Adventures. From the first email, No Limit was fantastic to deal with, providing me with extremely clear details, going the extra mile to ensure all went to plan. All flights, stopovers and connections went smoothly, Vanimo is a really well run surf lodge, everything well organised and the food fantastic. I’ve been to both Nusa Island Retreat and Tupira Surf Club and Vanimo is easily on par, even better, having cake and donuts baked by lovely kitchen ladies 🙂
Was there for a week and got a great range of waves, always uncrowded in PNG, with breaks to suit differing wind directions. Anyway, all I have is positive praise, which is well deserved.

David, Melbourne 2016

 

We have limited spots for both of our PNG surf trips. We have spots for 12 surfers traveling to Vanimo Surf Lodge and 10 spots to Kavieng. Don’t miss out, contact us and join in on the fun on our PNG surf adventure!

PNG Cultural Festivals – Mount Hagen Show

PNG Cultural Festivals – Mount Hagen Show

The Land of the Unexpected, Papua New Guinea, is gearing up for another season of amazing cultural festivals with the spectacular Mt. Hagen Show taking place in August. You will witness the diversity of song, dance, traditional dresses and colors showcased by the local PNG tribes over the 3-day festival. If you are enthusiastic about photography the PNG Cultural Festivals are a photographers dream, so make sure you bring spare memory cards for your camera. Best of all Papua New Guinean’s will happily pose for photographs allowing you to capture some great shots!

If you can’t make it to any of the PNG Cultural Festivals this year be sure to plan ahead for 2023 as these are must-see events!

Contact us for a tailored PNG Cultural Tour and book ahead for the next shows.

Turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

Turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

We Love Turtles!

Gliding effortlessly in the vast ocean wilderness, riding the currents from one reef to another, she scours  the sandy bottom for tid-bits of algae to snack on before she surfaces, taking a few big gulps of air and then retreating down to nestle herself comfortably in amongst the soft corals of a shallow lagoon for a quick nap. The Green Sea Turtle is the most commonly encountered sea turtle at beaches and reefs around the world, and has a deep connection to many different cultures and peoples. In Chinese mythology, she represents wisdom. In New Zealand, Maori sailors would carve turtles into their maka (canoes) as a connection to their homeland, recognising that Green Sea Turtles will swim great distances to return to their breeding grounds. Hawaiian legends tell of Kauila, the mythical mother of all turtles, who would change herself into a girl to watch over children playing at Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island.

What is it about turtles that invoke such romantic, idealised images? Thousands of visitors from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef each year, scuba diving and snorkelling, hoping to see a turtle. Catch some dive instructors in just their board shorts or bikinis, and chances are you’ll see a turtle incorporated in an elaborate tribal tattoo. Even visitors that watch from above-deck marvel and snap photos when the turtles come to the surface for a breath. What humans have learned about turtles, and what we still have to learn, is the driving force behind conservation efforts to ensure that this iconic species survives for future generations to enjoy. We know they’re old; the earliest sea turtle fossils date back 150 million years. We know they travel great distances, sometimes thousands of kilometers, between their breeding and feeding grounds, to mate and lay eggs. We know that females will lay 50 to 100 eggs in a carefully dug nest, cover the eggs with a layer of sand, and then abandon them, leaving them at the mercy of the sun and elements. And we know they’re disappearing.

Conservation biologists use the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, where “endangered” is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations (following critically endangered) to describe species likely to become extinct; Green Sea Turtles are on that list, and for a variety of reasons. Large resorts and housing developments along desirable coastlines have meant a decline in breeding grounds. Introduced species such as dogs, cats, wild pigs, and foxes dig up nests around the world, and can destroy entire breeding seasons in certain areas. Green Sea Turtles’ shells, illegal to trade under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are highly prized decorative ornaments around the world, with poachers getting huge payoffs for quality specimens.

But there is good news. As governments and conservation groups around the world rally to protect breeding habitats, ban indiscriminate fishing methods (of which Green Sea turtles are often by-catch), and crack down on poaching, populations have seen a decrease in the rate of decline; in some places, populations are even recovering. But more is needed to ensure these iconic creatures remain in the ocean‘s ecosystem, and not just as wood carvings, photographs and memories. To do your part, only travel with responsible reef operators and refrain from handling all wildlife, including turtles. Write to your elected officials asking for more protection of marine ecosystems. And lastly, decrease your use of plastic bags, which all species of turtle can mistake for food and die trying to eat.

Thanks to our Marine Conservation Partners Passions of Paradise – As part of our Marine Conservation Program we conduct important species counts on a variety of marine life – including Turtles, this data is then sent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to be used to help protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef.

Remember: We have one planet; let’s take care of it, you can make a difference!

Blog & Cover Image Credit: Passions of Paradise.