PNG Explorer

A Unique Surf Experience

Embark on a journey like no other and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Papua New Guinea on board the PNG Explorer. Cruise along in air-conditioned comfort as you take in the breathtaking scenery and discover wave after wave along the stunning PNG coastline. PNG Explorer is a 23-metre steel-hulled, fully equipped surf charter that comfortably navigates its way through the beautiful waters of Papua New Guinea. PNG Explorer has six spacious cabins and accommodates up to 10 guests, ideal for families, friends and solo travelers alike. 

PNG Explorer is a sturdy vessel that has plenty of room for all guests to stretch out, relax and enjoy every minute of the experience. Prepare to indulge in delicious cuisine prepared by the onboard chef, ranging from locally caught shellfish and fish to locally reared beef, and a selection of popular Australian wines and beers, as well as the local favourite – SP. 

When you fly into Kavieng, in the northeastern archipelago of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, you can transfer directly onto PNG Explorer and get set to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. 

The surf season in Papua New Guinea runs from mid-October to mid-April each year. A surf trip onboard PNG Explorer caters for short and longboard riders, plus SUP, kneeboard and bodyboarders – whatever your passion or craft, they have got you covered.

January to April, September to December
Fishing, Beaches, Snorkeling
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With five spacious cabins, PNG Explorer accommodates a maximum of 10 guests. The entire vessel is air-conditioned, keeping it at the perfect temperature on those hot PNG days. There are also two separate shower rooms with hot water, as well as laundry services.

The spacious lounge area is equipped with a large flat-screen TV, DVD player and sound system. Alternatively, guests can kick back between surfs with a collection of popular books and magazines.

Make your way to the upper deck where you can relax on a daybed while enjoying views of the surf with a cold drink in hand. The lower ‘surf’ deck has plenty of space to store your surfboards, as well as your wax, sunscreen and an esky to chill your drinks. The aluminium dive ladder and underwater platform make it easy to access the water from the vessel’s deck.


From the modern galley, PNG Explorer’s chef caters to a range of dietary requirements and serves up a selection of delicious food, from poached eggs and fresh juices to mouth-watering lobster and tender roast lamb.

For breakfast, guests can expect PNG’s finest Gorokan coffee, teas, fresh fruit, smoothies, toast, pancakes and a cooked breakfast of eggs and bacon. Lunch includes a range of sandwiches, wraps, salads and omelets, and dinners include freshly caught fish, lobster or mud crab, or a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes.

You won’t go hungry between meals on PNG Explorer, with fresh sugar bananas, pineapples and pawpaw always in abundance, as well as freshly baked coconut and banana cupcakes and other local specialties. You’ll love the delicious snacks onboard including chips, peanuts, fresh sashimi and the skipper’s favorite fish bites.

To minimise plastic waste, all guests are given an aluminum drink bottle, which you can refill in the galley. Enjoy a refreshing beverage on board as you take in the last waves of the day and choose from a selection of drink options, including the local and popular ‘SP’ brew, soft drinks, and mixers.

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Surf PNG Explorer

Surfing PNG has never looked so good. The crew on board PNG Explorer is passionate about this region and will ensure no stone is left unturned to find you epic waves. There are a variety of known breaks on offer, as well as the chance to explore further afield and the many surf breaks which are still waiting to be discovered.

This region offers surfers a smorgasbord of waves, from hollow reef breaks to rolling points and peaky beachies. PNG is considered one of the best remote surfing destinations in the world, and a must for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience in the water.

PNG Explorer has two high-speed tenders (130HP), equipped with safety gear, board racks and dive ladders. There are also two jet skis available which are great for travelling between surf breaks, the tenders and PNG Explorer.


A long wave with a playful and surfable wall, this wave is a mellower option on bigger swells and is good for all levels of surfers.

Vala Vala

Vala Vala is a right-hand reef pass close to the shore. It has a flat weed-covered reef bottom and a double bowl section. Vala Vala is a consistent break and a swell magnet that is a popular choice for surfers of all abilities.

Korongai (The Slab)

A right-hand reef break located at the entrance to the bay. Korongai is hollow in both directions, but only for 25 metres. Paddle in, grab the rail and be spat out. It’s a four-second ride that guarantees a cover-up and could be the best barrel of your life.

Naikasau (Outer Kiddies)

A fast and playful right-hand point, breaking off a beautiful island. Short and shallow and lots of fun.

Lovongai Right

A peeling right-hander that delivers a long ride with a consistent wall set in one of the most beautiful locations in the region.

Anselim’s Reef

Not one of the most surfed waves in the region, Anselm’s Reef is sheltered from the easterly wind but needs decent swell before it starts to work.

Drain Pipe

Drain Pipe needs a solid swell to work, but in the right conditions is a hollow and crazy right-hander with big barrels.

Two Trees

Consistent and reliable, Two Trees is a barreling right-hander with several sections. Good for surfers of all levels.

Non-Surf Activities

Besides surfing, there’s plenty to do on board PNG Explorer. Grab some goggles and a snorkel to explore the beautiful coral reefs rich with marine life, or trawl for fish and see if you can catch the night’s dinner.

Visit the islands and immerse yourself in PNG culture. Meet the locals, watch a traditional dance, swim in the natural spring water holes and find a secluded beach to kick back and relax.




for PNG Explorer

The crew were so friendly and helpful. The islands and local people were beautiful and welcoming. A variety of activities from surfing, fishing, snorkelling to kayaking, supping and swimming in waterfalls. Best family holiday ever.

Kristin R
Date of Stay: 11-21 Apr 2019
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5

Wonderful waves, great crew, fantastic vessel with tenders and jetski, amazing meals, beautiful locals.

Richard F
Date of Stay: 11-21 Apr 2019
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5

Food was top quality and plenty of it. Crew were friendly and super helpful, always happy to help. Captain Andy and Chris both had great energy and enthusiasm and helped to make the trip great. Waves... Read More >

Cameron D
Date of Stay: 8-18 Nov 2018
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5

perfect trip for the older guy . most of the guys surfed every day . if not surfing we were fishing which was also part of the attraction of the trip as well . the... Read More >

Anthony D
Date of Stay: 27 Oct - 6 Nov 2018
Surf Stoke5
Quality of Food5

Excellent Captain. Great photographer/surf guide/diving instructor. Good food. Low swell for a few days but waves otherwise uncrowded and fun.

Gregory B
Date of Stay: 10-20 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food4


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