Nusa Island Retreat

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Surf Skill: 
2
Beg/Int
Comfort: 
3
Mid
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Max Surfers: 
20
0
Surf Resort
Excellent Accommodation
Exceptional Food
Good For Families
Great Fishing

Overview

The environmentally low impact Nusa Island Retreat is within easy reach of Kavieng township (just two minutes by boat). At 2.5 degrees south of the equator, the perfect tropical weather will ensure a superb Melanesian surfing holiday. Nusa Island Retreat is owned and operated by the Keane family (an Australian family) who, between them, have spent more than 30 years in PNG. The Keane brothers (Shaun and Nick) are passionate about surfing and have intimate knowledge of the surf spots in the region, which ensures you are surfing the best waves - all day, every day.

English is widely spoken and understood in PNG. The local people on these islands are peaceful, relaxed and friendly. The Nusa Islanders have their own local island community and appreciate the fact that the camp is helping the local community. Their hospitality will be one of the highlights of your holiday. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is beachfront or overwater (two triple rooms) and in the form of simple, high-quality, traditional island-style bungalows catering for up to four people each (except the big house which caters for up to six people). Mosquito nets are provided for all beds. 

Nusa Island Retreat's facilities include a central amenities block, a licensed bar and restaurant, games and entertainment areas, barbecue and other relaxation areas. Other general guest utilities include phone and fax, stereo system and laundry service.

 

Meals

Food is innovative and upbeat and specialises in local seafood and vegetables. Being surfers, your hosts realise the importance of fuelling the body for those long surf sessions.  Local and imported beer is available with prices for local beer being similar to what you pay in Australia. Soft drinks and bottled water is readily available.

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Surf

There are several breaks in the immediate to local vicinity. The best breaks are those closest to the camp, and if the swell is lacking, a few small (uninhabited) islands nearby get more swell the further you go out. The swell is usually a consistent 3-5 foot getting up to 6-8 foot occasionally and sometimes bigger! All the waves are reef-breaks with some being more challenging than others. All the breaks can be surfed on any tide. You will be transported to the surf in Yamaha longboats. Due to the variety of waves in the region you will have the choice of various left and right hand set ups, depending on conditions. Papua New Guinea is a great place for a holiday in a beautiful and untouched environment... nice warm weather, good waves, good fishing, cool locals, and "Nusa Islands Retreat". Discover Australia's unique neighbour and be one of the first to surf some world class waves in total serenity. The maximum number of surfers at any one time is 20. With 3 boats and guides available and a variety of breaks this number of surfers can easily be accommodated. This maximum surfer number is governed by the SAPNG (Surfing Association of PNG) and ensures the place remains unspoilt and uncrowded!

Optimum surf conditions for Kavieng:

Swell direction - North
Wind direction - any type of Westerly

Surf Guides

Lou Gromadzki has been the surf guide at Nusa Island Retreat for over 10yrs

Favourite wave in the area?
Got to Be Nago lefts ...has to be one of the most user friendly hot dog waves around.  When the conditions and all the elements come together it's just so much fun.

What’s the best thing about PNG?
Compared to a lot of other destinations, it's still pretty laid back, there's a lot of history that relates to Australia, that being the War period, the history of both the German and Australian Administrations, and the connection with the original Chinese that came out and stayed and hung in there through all the adversity ...and the characters one meets. It's often said PNG is full of Mercenaries, Misfits and Missionaries.  Kinda sums it up ...it definitely aint 9 to 5, and the diversity in local identities ...physically it's pretty stunning in its own way ....and still no major development.  It's worth checking out at least once as it's a close neighbour.  There's an abundance of seafood like crab, lobster, fish, and good quality tropical fruit, so the food is Good.

Best thing about surfing in PNG?
The Surf Management Plan for sure and the way we structure our boat movements so that even if we are full house, there is only one boat on one break at a time, so that means on average not more than 6 to 7 guys on a particular break at a time.  Localism hasn't really got a hold yet, and surfing with locals can be a lot of fun.  It's kind of like surfing in the 60's.

Advice for guys coming up?
Chill out and try and get on to Island time, things fall into place, there's plenty to do if the waves aren't on, but you can usually get in a surf most of the time and you can be pleasantly surprised with how much fun you can have.  If you happen to be here when a solid ground swell hits, it's as good as anywhere.  If it's in between swells then what we call small local pulse swells can be a lot of fun.  Drink plenty of water and use plenty of sun cream, and read the Info sheets on how the place operates.  Keep an open mind and expect the unexpected.

Really the reason most crew travel is to get away from the hoards and the hassles in the surf... See you soon in PNG!

Non Surf Activities

Other activities that can be arranged include scuba diving, bike riding, golf, visiting local carvers, shark calling (seasonal), swimming at mainland freshwater streams and adventure mountain trekking if you feel up to it.  The local community plays volleyball most evenings (guests are more than welcome to join in). Many of the islanders are good guitarists and singers who enjoy playing music with guests.

Reviews for Nusa Island Retreat

Kimbo Roberts

Date of Stay: 
7-21 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
4

Shane at Rubio plantation is an amazing operator, he certainly knows how to look after his guests and has trained his staff to be as outstanding as him. Lou at Nusa Island Resort makes everyone feel like family nothing is too much trouble. Once again outstanding customer service.

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Jacob Flaherty

Date of Stay: 
26 Jan - 5 Feb 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

Great trip to PNG.  First accommodation was very basic but second was first class and couldn't recommend highly enough.  It was wonderfully put together by Cath in the World Surfaris
team.  We didn't have to worry about anything.  Had unreal waves with zero crowds...  Yewww!!!!!! Read more...

Anthony Hopkins

Date of Stay: 
12-27 Jan 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Well organised and no hold ups with the air travel.  The resort has some new eating areas that make it more pleasant. Read more...

Luke Bennett

Date of Stay: 
31 Dec - 12 Jan 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

We had a great time at Rubio Plantation. There was a huge variety of different waves to surf every day within a short distance from the accommodation (and no one else out!). The rooms are basic but comfortable, the only let down would be the discomfort from the heat when trying to sleep at night Read more...

Kerry Irvine

Date of Stay: 
20-29 Nov 2016
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

One of the best surfing destinations I've been lucky enough to experience.

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John Males

Date of Stay: 
14-23 Dec 2016
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

PNG was great, people were friendly, the surf was fun and the crew at Nusa Island Retreat were super accommodating.

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Wayne Dive

Date of Stay: 
10-18 Dec 2016
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

All started with streamlined booking system through World Surfaris. Surf options, quality etc was all that we expected and totally stoked after numerous 3 - 4 hour sessions!  Staff and management at the resort work with surfers to maximise surf time including local knowledge of conditions and Read more...

John Wayne

Date of Stay: 
10-18 Dec 2016
Surf Stoke: 
2
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

We had a great trip.  Excellent accommodation and food.  Friendly staff.  I was there 8 years ago for 2 weeks.  The first week was great with favourable wind and swell.  The second week suffered from unfavourable winds which unfortunately was prevalent again this trip.  This restricted us to Ral Read more...

Reg Chaponnel

Date of Stay: 
4-12 Dec 2016
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

My trip to Nusa Island Resort was excellent. The resort, waves and package were exaclty as promised.  I will definately be a return customer!!!

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Martin Curry

Date of Stay: 
13-20 Nov 2016
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

Will be returning hopefully in Jan 2018 for 2 weeks with Laurie Allan.

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