Located on the outer reaches of the Niugini Islands, New Ireland is considered one of the safest and most relaxed provinces with a welcoming and carefree Melanesian hospitality. For surfers looking for somewhere uncrowded, different and remote, Nusa Island Retreat is surrounded by an unspoilt natural playground which boasts a variety of surf breaks and waves throughout the surf season, Novermber to April. The facility is constructed using a mix of PNG hardwoods & local Nui Ailan to create traditionally styled bungalows, designed to blend in with the environment.
The Retreat was established in 1997, by 3 siblings who were born and bred on the Plantations of North Coast East New Britain. In the early-mid 90’s we took the option to scope New Ireland, principally based on all the amazing stories our parents had spoken of over the years. Sure enough, we immediately fell for the natural beauty of the area – the white sandy beaches, the myriad of islands scattered throughout the region and the awesome expanses of reef. The idea was born, with a hair-brained determination we aimed to establish a small eco-tourism facility and “live the life of Riley” with a legitimate facade of surfing, fishing & diving. Certainly not without it’s challenges, the business has continued to redefine itself over the last 18 years & enjoys a high repeat guest rate. In an effort to promote sustainable development a surf quota system limits the number of visiting surfers to 20 per day, with prescribed base fees generated and dispersed with the resident communities adjacent the resource.
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The bulk of Papua New Guinea’s waves come from NW-NE windswells, which provide regular 3-6ft (1-2m) waves from Nov-April. While NW swell is ideal for many of the breaks, NNE-NE is far more prevalent. The more exposed spots will only be surfed early in the morning, as the offshore mornings turn WNW-NE onshore most afternoons. Nov is the month with the lightest winds and the winds turn increasingly E towards the end of the season. While the supposed dry season (May-Oct) sees offshore ESE winds, there is far less swell and May-Aug are usually flat. Source: The Stormrider Guide