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No Limit & Alison’s Adventures rock Papua New Guinea (March 2023)

No Limit & Alison’s Adventures rock Papua New Guinea (March 2023)

In March this year (2023) we spent an amazing couple of weeks exploring Papua New Guinea with Alison Teal and Kellen Lovell from Alison’s Adventures. It was a PNG adventure tour months in the making…

Alison is an explorer, conservationist, film-maker and influencer and Time Magazine’s “female Indiana Jones”. She is from Hawaii and has millions of fans following her adventures across her social media accounts – check out her TikTok for all the exciting videos from our PNG adventure. Her quest is to create family friendly content that educates through entertainment. Alison strives to positively educate her viewers on nature, wildlife, conservation as well as other cultures, their traditions and way of life.

Our PNG adventure tour began in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. After months of planning the trip, daily Whatsapp calls and voice messages we finally met each other in person. With no time to waste we kicked into gear and headed to Fischerman’s Island, home to our good friend Joel from the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, who invited us to see his home. Fisherman’s Island, known as Daugo Island, lies a short boat ride from Port Moresby. We got picked up by Joel and whisked over to the island by banana boat, where we spent the afternoon taking in the village life, meeting the local people and enjoying a swim and snorkel at one of the fringing reefs. It was a relaxing start to our adventure topped off with a nice dinner with new friends back in the capital.

The next day it was an early flight to the scenic and breathtaking Papua New Guinea Highlands. We arrived in Mount Hagen, one of the biggest cities in the country. From Mount Hagen airport we traveled a short 45-minute drive into the mountains where we arrived at Rondon Ridge, our home for the next 3 nights.

Rondon Ridge is an eco lodge located on a mountain slope overlooking Mount Hagen city with magnificent views of the peaks of Mt. Giluwe and Mt. Hagen on the other side of the valley. Built in the 70’s Rondon Ridge has been welcoming international visitors for years including Mick Jagger himself. Our rooms were spacious, comfortable and exceeded our expectations. After a wonderful Rondon Ridge lunch we were taken on a guided tour through the high-altitude rainforest on the property where we learned about the native flora and fauna. We had no luck in spotting the national bird of PNG, the Raggianna Bird-of-Paradise, but we did meet the local deer family that is kept on the property.

Over the next 2 days we were treated to a PNG cultural tour by Trans Niugini Tours. We visited numerous local villages and got to experience the culture and traditions of the native residents including a presentation of the Mudman tribe, the Skeleton men and the Melpa tribe. We experienced traditional Sing Sings, particularly in one village where the local villagers decided to stage a cultural mini-show for us. It was an amazing display of the distinct dance, culture, and music that was shared with us.

Whilst at Rondon Ridge we had the pleasure of sharing stories with tourism pioneer and owner of Rondon Ridge Bob Bates as well as hanging out with former PNG Prime Minister Paias Wingti, with whom we discussed our predictions for the 2023 NRL season.

Having enjoyed the PNG Highlands it was now time to continue on our next part of the journey, which took us to Kavieng, New Ireland. We traveled back to Port Moresby and connected with our flight to Kavieng. Once in Kavieng we quickly grabbed our boards and bags and transferred to the Kavieng waterfront where our boat transfer to Lissenung was waiting for us. A short 20-minute scenic boat ride and we arrived at Lissenung Island.

Lissenung is a tiny island popular with divers, surfers and guests looking for peace and quiet from all over the world. It is literally PARADISE! With only a handful of guests on the island at any given time, the remoteness of the island and limited connectivity allows you to disconnect from the outside world. The island has been run by good friends Ange and Dietmar for over 27 years offering their guests world-class Papua New Guinea scuba diving adventures, access to amazing surfing, nature, village visits as well as turtle conservation. With the latter they have dedicated a lot of their time, efforts and resources to educate and raise awareness for endangered turtles amongst the local people in and around Kavieng.

With Lissenung being our base camp our next few days were filled with surfing awesome uncrowded breaks, scuba diving and snorkeling pristine reefs, searching for Nemo as well as learning about turtles! With the guidance of Lissenung’s awesome surf guide Simon from Lissenung we were lucky to get nice clean waves at the local surf magnet Ral Island and enjoyed surfing for the first few days. However, one of our goals on this trip was to raise awareness of the turtle conservation program run on Lissenung.

The team at Lissenung Island has had a love and dedication for the oceans and marine life for years raising awareness for turtle conservation with the support of neighbouring villages and  traditional landowners. During the nesting season Ange, Dietmar and team will scan well-know nesting spots around Kavieng and relocate turtle nests to Lissenung ensuring the nests are safe from poachers and other natural threats. They have passionately dedicated their time, energy and funds to protect turtle nests in the area and see a higher success rate of hatching of nests. Their efforts have seen an average turtle hatching success rate of over 90% each year, with valuable data collected and sent to Conservation organisations in Australia and beyond. This data is invaluable to turtle researchers, and provides groundbreaking information on turtle numbers, species, migratory patterns, feeding grounds and more. Furthermore, they have looked after countless injured and sick turtles rehabilitating them and then releasing back into the wild. During our visit we were fortunate to be there for the release of two turtles as well as a nest of healthy young hatchlings. It was an amazing end to a fantastic Papua New Guinea adventure.

If Papua New Guinea is on your bucket list, get in touch. Incredible diversity of nature, mountains, culture, adventure, reefs, surf and wildlife await. We have been offering tailor-made tours and travel arrangements to Papua New Guinea since 2009.

Want to get involved with turtle conservation at Lissenung, check out our program here.

The trip to Papua New Guinea with Alison and Kellen was an amazing experience, particularly after years of not being able to travel. It was great to be back in PNG, exploring the PNG Highlands and our adventure out of Lissenung Island.

Our journey to Papua New Guinea was possible thanks to the support of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, Trans Niugini Tours and Lissenung Island Resort.

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.

Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef

Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the reasons so many tourists visit Australia. This World Heritage Area is a vibrant, beautiful ecosystem, which is very important to our country as well as the world. In 1981 the World Heritage Committee listed the Great Barrier Reef for all four natural criteria. The reef spans 2300 kilometers, is made up of over 3000 separate coral reefs, islands and sand cays, can be seen from outer space and is bigger in size than Italy! It has however been subject to a lot of media attention in recent times. Mainstream media and various “experts” are often looking for jucy news and to polarize opinions. Due to the complexity of the GBR the media reports are not always in line with reality.  Hence there have been mixed reports about the state of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst others that the reef is almost gone. Although the reef is under great pressure this is certainly not the case!

We live in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Cairns is one of Australia’s key tourism destinations and one of the main gateways to visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Every year millions of tourists come to the region to do just that (over two million visitors to be more exact). Lucky for us we are out at the reef on a more regular basis and get to see what is happening firsthand.

We are fortunate to be working with a number of amazing people and organisations that have dedicated their time and efforts to monitoring the Great Barrier Reef on a regular basis. These people are out in the water regularly doing countless surveys of various reef sites to collect and provide data to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is Australia’s key management agency for the Great Barrier Reef, and works with government, industry, community organisations and individuals to help protect this spectacular area for future generations. GBRMPA is guided by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 to protect, reduce threats and improve the current and long-term outlook for the Great Barrier Reef. Amongst others, one of the key initiatives is to empower people and, through education and stewardship, help the community and stakeholders gain a clear understanding of the value of the reef and their role in protecting it.

Although the Great Barrier Reef has faced some great challenges in the past few years, particularly with climate change, that caused two significant bleaching events in 2016 & 2017 which would not have happened without global warming and COTS (Crown of Thorns Starfish) outbreaks, reports from surveyors indicate there are a lot of positive signs showing the reef is bouncing back. Research carried out by Reef Teach owner, Master Reef Guide and Marine Biologist Gareth Philips show there are vast areas with new coral growth at frequently visited reef sites off Cairns as well as rich diversity of marine life. This is a positive sign of this ecosystem fighting back as well as proof of its resilience.

Russell Hosp, Master Reef Guide, Environmental Manager at Passions of Paradise and our dedicated Eco-guide had this to say: “The Great Barrier Reef is an incredibly resilient ecosystem, and while it faces many different threats, it is important to remember that we are perhaps its greatest asset. By collecting data, engaging the public, and practicing best management strategies, we can help to ensure the long-term viability of this amazing natural resource.” Another optimistic point of view from a person who spends most of his days in the water.

Citizen Science – how can you get involved?

Since 2013 we have been offering a marine conservation program on the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. As part of our 12-day Marine Conservation program volunteers get the opportunity to become certified divers and then as citizen scientists help collect valuable data and learn about this amazing wonder of the world. Further, with supervised in-water training with Russell and by completing GBRMPA’s online Rapid Monitoring course volunteers can become official surveyors of the Marine Park!

It is our goal for volunteers to experience firsthand that the reef is fragile, that we have to make changes if we want to preserve the reef. By taking part in our program you will hopefully share your story far and wide and become an Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef.

During the course of our program you will undertake Rapid Monitoring surveys as divers. Rapid Monitoring surveys is a tool designed for people with little, to moderate reef experience, who can either snorkel confidently, or dive.  It enables reef users to record what they see on the reef and report that data to GBRMPA. Under the strict guidance of Russell you will learn about and then undertake a number of underwater Rapid Monitoring surveys, which will be then uploaded to the GBRMPA database. Not only do you get to help the reef by collecting valuable data you also become a PADI certified diver, meet amazing people (Russell and Gareth amongst others) and you get to hang out on one of the wonders of the world.

Join our program, set an example on how to make a difference for future generations and become an Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef!

Learn more about our program here

Read about the Master Reef Guides

Learn more about GBRMPA and the Rapid Monitoring surveys

 

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Epic waves and beach clean-ups in PNG

Epic waves and beach clean-ups in PNG

Epic waves and beach clean-ups in PNG with Parley for the Oceans

Our last Papua New Guinea surfing trip was one of the best ever – great crew, amazing weather and some of the best conditions we’ve had in a long time! PNG welcomed us with beautiful weather and a forecast for building swell. Day one was around the 2 foot mark, with one of the right handers in Kavieng providing cruisy waves for everyone to find their groove. Over the week the swell gradually built and by our fourth day the waves were pumping at around 6 foot. Another great spot in the region, a left-hander, absolutely switched on, with glassy, off-shore perfection spoiling our group for 3 days. The boys all caught some of their best waves ever… some also got a few memorable hammerings. The best part of the trip was we did not see anyone else the whole week. Once of the reasons you come on a PNG surf trip

On a side note, we were fortunate to be over in Papua New Guinea with a group of environmentally aware and dedicated people. On a particularly windy afternoon at the start of the week we all decided to sit out our second surf session instead opting to clean one of the uninhabited islands in the region. Although it does not seem like a lot, we collected over 19kg of rubbish in just 60 minutes for an organisation called Parley for the Oceans. Parley is dedicated to educating and addressing the fast-growing, complex and global issue of marine plastic pollution.

We are happy to say we have recently started working together with a focus on Papua New Guinea, to focus on community and corporate education to avoid using single-use plastics, and on marine debris interception by removing washed up rubbish from beaches, mangroves, rivers and creeks. Our aim is to create awareness in the country and together strive to uphold the natural beauty of the destination. One of the highlights of the trip (apart from the waves) was a completely unexpected turtle hatching while we were doing the clean-up, then witnessing another hatching at the resort we were staying at. Overall an amazing way to end the day, with a great bunch of people.

Check out the video from our clean up below.

Papua New Guinea Surfing Trip Epic Waves

Papua New Guinea Surfing Trip Epic Waves

Papua New Guinea Surfing Trip

Our last Papua New Guinea surfing trip was one of the best ever – great crew, amazing weather and some of the best conditions we’ve had in a long time! PNG welcomed us with beautiful weather and a forecast for building swell. Day one was around the 2 foot mark, with one of the right handers in Kavieng providing cruisy waves for everyone to find their groove. Over the week the swell gradually built and by our fourth day the waves were pumping at around 6 foot. Another great spot in the region, a left-hander, absolutely switched on, with glassy, off-shore perfection spoiling our group for 3 days. The boys all caught some of their best waves ever… some also got a few memorable hammerings. The best part of the trip was we did not see anyone else the whole week. Once of the reasons you come on a PNG surf trip 🙂

On a side note, we were fortunate to be over in Papua New Guinea surfing trip with a group of environmentally aware and dedicated people. On a particularly windy afternoon at the start of the week we all decided to sit out our second surf session instead opting to clean one of the uninhabited islands in the region. Although it does not seem like a lot, we collected over 19kg of rubbish in just 60 minutes for an organisation called Parley for the Oceans. Parley is dedicated to educating and addressing the fast-growing, complex and global issue of marine plastic pollution.

We are happy to say we have recently started working together with a focus on Papua New Guinea Surfing trip, to focus on community and corporate education to avoid using single-use plastics, and on marine debris interception by removing washed up rubbish from beaches, mangroves, rivers and creeks. Our aim is to create awareness in the country and together strive to uphold the natural beauty of the destination. One of the highlights of the trip (apart from the waves) was a completely unexpected turtle hatching while we were doing the clean-up, then witnessing another hatching at the resort we were staying at. Overall an amazing way to end the day, with a great bunch of people.

Check out the video from our clean up here.

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