What's The Surf Like?
PNG is a surf rich country during the surf season but you need to get out there to discover and enjoy it. The New Ireland region directly around Kavieng has seven or so reef breaks, traveling down the New Ireland's east and central coasts you also have an abundance of rarely surfed breaks, whilst the outer islands off New Ireland offer the same quality waves and variety of breaks.
As any surf destination worldwide, which means consistently good surfing conditions. The St Matthias group of islands, Manus Island, NewHanover and the inner islands around the New Britain Province are still raw and full of discoveries waiting to happen. Surfers have access to a variety of rights and lefts that are generally in the vicinity of 3'-5' but occasionally peak at around the 6' mark which can at times test your abilities.
The northerly swell season runs from around October to May producing some world-class breaks that can be surfed on any tide. The surf is generally not as powerful as other regions in the world but you can certainly get sizeable, challenging and even shallow breaking waves depending on your choice of reef break. The Vanimo and Madang region's on the mainland also have a variety of good quality surf breaks that have a mixture of reef, point and beach breaks.