Rubio Retreat

For surfers looking to explore new horizons, Rubio Plantation Retreat is a surf-rich destination located on the east coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Uncharted by mainstream surfers, this region offers world-class waves and a unique cultural experience you won’t find anywhere else. 

A Unique PNG Experience

At Rubio retreat, guests experience traditional living in rustic bungalows that overlook the private beach. This PNG hideaway is set in a breathtaking location, on a sprawling 75-hectare plantation a leisurely three-hour drive from Kavieng Airport. 

On arrival, hosts Shane and Annette Clarke encourage guests to explore the stunning plantation which starts from the beach and rises to the mountains with many trails to explore and a beautiful cool stream nearby where you can cool off. 

A PNG Surf Adventure

If you’re looking for a surf destination with fewer crowds, PNG is the dream location. With a barrelling a-frame peak right out the front, there is a fun left and right-hander just a short paddle from the beach, as well as many other waves only a quick boat ride away.

January to April, October to December
Beaches, Nature, Culture
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At Rubio Retreat, guests can choose from five traditional-style bungalows that overlook the retreat’s beautiful private beach. Each bungalow is built using local materials and is powered by the plantation’s solar panels and hydroelectric power.

1 x Standard Bungalow – Shared bathroom facilities.

2 x Two-bedroom Bungalows – Shared bathroom facilities.

2 x Superior Bungalows – Private bathroom.

Rubio Retreat has 11 beds that cater to all preferences, with eight singles and three queens available. With a minimum group size of only seven, you have the opportunity to book out the entire retreat for your group, guaranteeing an intimate experience. Whether you’re travelling with your closest friends or your family, this surf retreat promises to be a memorable getaway in the heart of PNG.


In the dining area overlooking the beach and surf break, Rubio Retreat’s local chef serves three hearty, family-style meals each day. Along with a delicious selection of European, Asian and local dishes, you can also indulge in a range of homemade breads, pastries and tea and coffee every day. We highly recommend you try Rubio’s chocolate, which is crafted from cocoa beans grown and harvested right there on the plantation.

Surf Rubio Retreat

The best surfing in PNG is from mid-October through to May and there are endless options for surfers with a variety of waves within close proximity to Rubio Retreat. There’s the fun, consistent break right out the front, as well as other waves that range from mellow longboard waves to fast and hollow barrels.

At Rubio Retreat there are boats and vehicles available to take you out to the offshore islands and along the coast to find waves further afield, and with no more than 10 surfers at one time, you’ll never have to fight with the crowds.


Surfers love this hollow a-frame that offers up right-handers in optimal conditions.

Rubio Right

Rubio right is a fun break that performs best in ENE swells. You can expect surfable walls and even an occasional barrel in the right conditions.


A fast right-hand reef break with plenty of barrels on offer in optimal conditions.

Non-Surf Activities

Besides surfing, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained while staying at Rubio Retreat, including snorkelling, kayaking, bushwalking, chocolate making and local village tours. While out bushwalking you might be lucky enough to capture a glimpse of PNG’s famous Bird of Paradise, known for its beautiful plumage and a sight that attracts visitors from around the world.

You can explore the many nearby caves and rugged trails that run along the coast and into the mountains, or hire a mountain bike to discover the raw beauty of this area. For something extra special, sing sings (traditional dancing) and mumus (traditional underground cooking) can be organised with the local village or book a boat trip to visit the Malangan carvers on Tabar Island for a real taste of PNG culture.


for Rubio Retreat

Great surf Great crew Great trip

Brendan W
Date of Stay: 1-9 Dec 2018
Surf Stoke5
Quality of Food3

Can't wait for next visit

Barry W
Date of Stay: 14 - 21 Jul 2018
Surf Stoke3
Quality of Food3

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... Read More >

Mitchell C
Date of Stay: 5-16 Feb 2018
Surf Stoke5
Quality of Food5

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

Jacques L
Date of Stay: 3-11 Feb 2018
Surf Stoke5
Quality of Food3

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... Read More >

Keith J
Date of Stay: 11-19 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5


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