Rubio Plantation Retreat

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Surf Skill: 
2
Beg/Int
Comfort: 
2
Basic
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Max Surfers: 
10
0
Surf Resort
Excellent Accommodation
Exceptional Food
Great Fishing
Remote Surf Destinations

Overview

Rubio Plantation Retreat suits the surf adventurer looking for a new location with guaranteed no crowds. This surf rich East coast of New Ireland Province is unchartered by mainstream surfers and the potential for world class waves is endless. Rubio Plantation offers rustic traditional accommodation and a home-stay vibe.

This idyllic PNG retreat is set on a 76 hectare private plantation located 220 km from Kaveing, down the Buluminski Highway. From Kavieng Airport, New Ireland, it's a relaxed three hour drive to Rubio. After being greeted by your hosts, Shane and Annette Clarke, you are free to explore the vast grounds of your surf retreat. Rubio Plantation starts from the beach and goes up to the mountains. It has many trails to explore and a beautiful cool stream nearby that offers a chance to refresh and cool off. Rubio Plantation Retreat has its own private beach with a barrelling A-frame peak out the front which is best viewed from the dining area. This wave can be surfed on any tide and is a short paddle out. You just need to decide whether to go right or left...

Accommodation

​Rubio Retreat accommodation consists of traditional bungalows overlooking the retreat's private beach. The retreat has one standard bungalow, two superior bungalows and two larger two bedroom bungalows. The superior bungalows are equipped with private bathrooms and the other bungalows have shared facilities. All bathrooms have flush toilets and showers and all bungalows have mosquito nets. Solar panels and hydroelectric provide power for the retreat. There is a total of 11 beds (including 8 singles and 3 queens). 

You only need a group of 7 to book out the entire surf retreat exclusively for your group.

Meals

Rubio Retreat's local chef serves up three hearty, family-style meals daily in the dining area overlooking the beach and surf break. Meals consist of a combination of European, Asian and local foods. The kitchen bakes home-made breads and pastries daily and tea and coffee are available at all times. Chocolate is Rubio's specialty as they grow their own cocoa beans on the plantation.

Surf

The traditional New Ireland surf season is mid October to mid May. There are endless possibilities in the region, with many waves in close proximity to Rubio Retreat.  Rubio has a good, consistent break right at their own beach.  Surf spots range from mellow long board waves to fast and hollow depending on swell size and direction. Rubio has both rights and lefts and is open to many swell directions.

There are boats and vehicles available to take you out to the many excellent breaks on the offshore islands or along the coast.  Rubio Retreat never books more than 10 surfers at one time and with the many available breaks you will never be dealing with a crowd.

Non Surf Activities

Besides enjoying the surf, beaches and stream there are plenty of other things to do such as Snorkeling, Kayaking, Bushwalking, Chocolate-making, Traditional Dancing and Village Tours.

Visitors come from around the world to catch a glimpse of Papua New Guinea's exquisite birds of paradise. There are also several interesting caves nearby to explore. For hikers, there are many trails along the coast and into the mountains. The retreat has mountain bikes for hire If you feel like taking a ride ... it's a great way to experience the countryside.  

Sing Sings (traditional dancing) and Mumus (traditional cooking in an underground oven) can both be arranged with the local village. A boat trip to visit the famous Malangan carvers on Tabar Island can also be arranged.

Reviews for Rubio Plantation Retreat

Barry Wood

Date of Stay: 
14 - 21 Jul 2018
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

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Paul Stranner

Date of Stay: 
20 Feb - 3 Mar 2018
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Remote locations, Empty Line Ups, A Waterman's Paradise, Incredible Marine Life and the Food is plentiful. Read more...

Mitchell Cukier

Date of Stay: 
5-16 Feb 2018
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

Easily the best food and cultural experience of any surf camp I've tried. Consistently perfect head high to slightly over head surf, with great variety and bang on surf guide local knowledge. Best thing of all though, zero crowds and Read more...

Jacques Loubser

Date of Stay: 
3-11 Feb 2018
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

The water is warm, the surf consistent, the scenery amazing and the infrastructure is what is needed to focus on the surf. Read more...

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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Keith Jones

Date of Stay: 
11-19 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Shane runs a well organised operation with great knowledge of all the surf locations and surrounding area, there is plenty of non-surf activities to do as well.  The food was plentiful and a wide verity, the staff were hospitable and welcoming. I look forward to returning to this location again Read more...

Steven Magrin

Date of Stay: 
5-15 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
5

I had a fantastic adventure on New Ireland at Rubio Plantation, waves everyday to suit all standards and tastes from mellow to challenging with no crowds. Everyone at the camp looked after us so well. I will be back. Read more...

Sean Casey

Date of Stay: 
5-10 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Was good to see another area in New Guinea, a lot of driving but loads of quality surf potential with zero crowds. Definately worth the experience, local people super friendly & host Shane has the place wired for surf, he'll get you into the best waves on offer.

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Mark Tebbutt

Date of Stay: 
8-15 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
5

Shane and his crew at Rubio PNG are fantastic. The most relaxing and enjoyable holiday I have had in a long time. Waves were fun, not massive but still challenging.
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Mark Schrader

Date of Stay: 
18-26 Feb 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Rubio was fantastic, Shane and Larry and the whole staff were excellent, the food, surf knowledge was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed my time from leaving Austalia to arriving home.
Thank you.

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