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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.

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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Bougainville tour of discovery…

Bougainville tour of discovery…

Bougainville Island is the most eastern part of Papua New Guinea and is located just north from its closest neighbours the Solomon Islands. Bougainville was closed to visitors for many years due to political unrest. The island is rugged, basic in terms of development, yet rich in a natural, untouched beauty. It is the perfect destination for anyone wanting a true off-the-beaten track adventure. As you embark on a Bougainville tour you will find yourself surrounded by untouched nature – thick rainforest, countless rivers, pristine reefs, turquoise lagoons and even three volcanoes. It is also worth mentioning that you will be met with big smiles by the locals everywhere you go!

We recently did a Bougainville tour that started in Buka located in the north of Bougainville. Buka Town is only a short banana boat ride across the channel from the main island. From there you have the following choices of transport – 4WD Troop Carriers or open back trucks, packed to the rim with people traveling between Buka, Arawa and Buin. The road is rough, unsealed and follows along the coast most of the way… but that is part of the fun. Although the drive takes a few hours time flies as you pass many villages, river crossings, the odd WWII wreck on the side of the road and the untouched nature.

Whilst in the Arawa area we traveled to a nearby island called Pok Pok. Pok Pok island is a short boat ride south from Arawa and a haven for giant clams. The reef surrounding the island and the rainforest are amazing and once you get out to the outer shelf of the reef it is a heaven for snorkeling and potentially scuba diving. It is also an as yet undiscovered surf location with a number of reef breaks in the area.

A Bougainville tour would not be complete without visiting Panguna Mine. Panguna Mine used to be a gold mine and the centre of where the conflict started. The mine is now closed, however you can still envision what it must have been like whilst there. It is actually the largest artificial hole in the world and used to be one of the biggest open mines. Panguna certainly makes an impression!

Today Bougainville is ready to welcome visitors. There is no sign of any conflict and the locals are friendly and eager to share their culture with visitors. Travel to Bougainville and discover new snorkeling spots, surf uncrowded breaks, trek some volcanoes, find some WWII wrecks scattered in the jungle or just soak in the atmosphere that awaits you there. What are you waiting for? Bougainville awaits…