Kavieng, is located just a couple of degrees south of the equator. During the northern hemisphere monsoon, the north coast and the string of islands leading to the west enjoy uninterrupted North Pacific ocean swells. This makes for a generally consistent surf season for the region running from November through to April each year.
The nature of the waves are typically 2-4ft over reef at varying levels of difficulty. Most of the reefs will handle larger swells of up to 6-8ft, with lefts and rights, some challenging and others more forgiving. It's a pretty reasonable selection of waves in close proximity and all located within the Kavieng Surf Management Area.
We take our fishing seriously. Kavieng has rewarded many a sport fisherman’s expectations. The area boasts a great range of fishing, from estuarine mangrove systems to reefs and blue water fishing.
Pelagics have proved to be the most popular pursuit, from the razor gang & GT's, through to tuna and billfish. Although traditionally the domain of trolling, casting poppers and jigging has grown in popularity with good reason. Casting light to medium gear in the estuaries can also be rewarding with jacks, trevally & cod.
DIVING & snorkeLling
The area is renowned for its diving diversity and has rapidly become highly regarded amongst the diving community. From encounters with big pelagics to drifting along plunging coral encrusted walls, exploring WWII wrecks or muck diving, you can do it all. Those suitably experienced also have the option to dive or snorkel the freshwater sinkholes and caves which are located on the mainland.
Anywhere around the Retreat is suitable for swimming with the most popular spot being the beach area just off our restaurant. It enjoys calm water with overhanging shade trees.
The Retreat has a range of single and double ocean kayaks. From short localised day trips to extended overnight paddles, the choice is yours. For those suitably experienced & looking for a real adventure, the Tigak 5 day trip is an awesome way to discover the best of the Islands.
Land & Nature Lovers
Both Nusa Lik and Nusa Lavu (or Big Nusa, our neighbouring island) offer fantastic guided or self guided walking trails. Nusa Lavu has rock-pools, a blowhole and several WWII relics that can be explored within an easy 1-2 hour stroll. Nusa Lik is home to the Artisan Trail where guests & visitors are welcome to visit the villages, interact with the local people & view the local art, jewellery & handicrafts which are created on the island.
If the above options haven't exhausted you, how about trying your hand at traditional style canoeing or calm water paddle boarding using a stand up paddleboard(SUP).
With an abundance of locally grown produce and cultural exchange, the markets are located just across the bay from Nusa Island. Fridays & Saturdays are usually the busiest days, however, a visit on any day makes for an interesting and interactive experience.
For the active and energetic, this is a great way to absorb the coastal scenery and indulge in the local village culture. Short town & local area trips are easily arranged. For extended overnight itineraries, check out TPA PNG Travel
The Bouliminski Highway is a well maintained bitumen coastal road that makes for comfortable travelling and sightseeing. Check out the giant eels or swim in crystal clear rivers. Day tours and overnight guest house stays can be arranged.
Artefacts & Carvings
The Retreat showcases one of the most extensive collections of Malagan art as well as a good variety of artworks from other areas in PNG. Malagan culture is the unique history and tradition of the Northern New Ireland region. Mysterious and intriguing, Malagan carvings are highly sought after by museums and art buyers from all over the world. Select items are for sale.
Nusa Lik Island is well known for local, handcrafted shell jewellery & visitors are welcome to wander through the village/markets and view production first hand.
The traditional bags known as the 'billum' come in various forms and are woven using different materials. The biggest variety can be found at either the waterfront or corner markets on the main island.