Nusa Island Retreat

Nusa Island Retreat is set on an idyllic point surrounded by a beautiful swimming beach teeming with marine life. It is the perfect choice for those seeking that elusive slice of paradise.

The environmentally low impact 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 holiday.

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.

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 who are very similar to the Kavieng mainlanders. They appreciate the fact the camp is helping the local community. Their hospitality will be one of the highlights of your holiday.

Other activities that can be arranged include scuba diving, mainland pushbikes, golf, visiting local carvers, shark calling (seasonal), mainland freshwater swimming holes and 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 for or with guests.

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.

When planning a trip to PNG it is wise to take malaria precautions, whether they be standard western medicines or natural alternatives. Mozzies are not a real problem out on the Nusa Islands and there seem to be very few around the camp area.

The 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 max. surfer number is governed by the SAPNG (Surfing Association of PNG) and ensures the place remains unspoilt and uncrowded !