Tired of all the hassle and aggro at most of the world’s surf meccas? Want go surfing like it was in the early days, with lots of hoots and lots of smiles and lots and lots of waves?
Then you want the Vanimo Surf Lodge experience. Located on the Pacific coast of Papua New Guinea, this unspoiled and idyllic location is perfectly situated to receive Pacific Swells pumped up during the northern hemisphere winter, stretching from May to October. These ground swells sweep down the Pacific from all angles with nothing to block them as they slam into the region. During these months the swell ranges from 2 foot (fun) to 10 foot (serious).
The numerous surf breaks in the region will all break on the same swell, no matter the direction, so there are plenty of options. Directly in front of the Lodge is a Lido’s Right, a consistent right that works at size and zippers endlessly over sandy rock bottom, with back door sections that breaks to mind Australia’s famous Angourie Point. Or try the freight train right at Log Point, or the left known as Lido’s Left. For something mellower, try Town Beach, easy rollers over sand bottom.
And the crowds?Minimal and controlled. The Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea has instituted a sensible policy of limiting surfers for the benefit of all. At Vanimo, the quota is a maximum of 20 surfers spread over eight easy-access breaks. You are often surfing with only three or four others. The local grommets and surfers give you nothing but smiles, sharing the stoke and no stink-eye vibes. None. You’ll be happy to pay it forward too, as your small fee of AUD $12 goes directly to local community projects.
The Vanimo Surf Lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in comfortable tropical style huts. The beach and surf is your doorstep and a pristine jungle environment is your backdrop. The ample and delicious meals are locally sourced right off the land, featuring fish and vegetables and fruits and the occasional farmed crocodile (tastes just like chicken). After a day of surfing Pacific juice, enjoy icy Pacific brew as you absorb a stunning Pacific sunset.
The town of Vanimo has a bank, supermarket, hospital and pharmacy, as well as a local market that is a must to visit for native handicrafts and souvenirs.
If not surfing, you want might to try fishing in a virgin coastal area teeming with sea life. A favorite pastime of the Lodge guests is to try hand-lining out of small dugout canoes, as the locals do. Or go hiking—local guides will take you on a two kilometer trek through the jungle to a series of delicious cool and pristine waterfalls.
Vanimo Surf Lodge puts the fun back into surfing, as it once was and as it should be.