Rubio Plantation Retreat has access to over 20 quality surf breaks. Straight out front of the retreat, there is a magical A frame peak pleasing surf adventurers from afar.
About Rubio Plantation Retreat
Looking for something a little more off the beaten track? Rubio Plantation Retreat on the east coast of the New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea is situated perfectly for any surfer looking for a little bit of adventure, isolation and uncrowded waves. Offering traditional and unassuming accommodation that melts effortlessly into the local landscape, Rubio Plantation Retreat is located 220 km from Kaveing, down the Buluminski Highway.
The private 76-hectare property is a 3-hour drive from Kavieng airport, a drive that will reward travellers with sprawling views and a plethora of waves for surfers of all skill levels. The first of which is a barrelling and private A-frame peak a short paddle away from the front of the resort.
The best bit? Rubio doesn’t book more than 10 surfers at any one time so you can rest easy knowing you’ll have a great pick of any of the surrounding waves.
Prices & Packages
|Package||Room Type||Nights||Price (AUD)||Enquiry|
|All Inclusive||Twin Share||7||$1,855||Enquire now|
- Return airport transfers.
- Surf management plan fees.
- Surfing Association of PNG fee per incoming surfer.
- Central New Ireland Surf Club reef fees per surfer per day.
- Vehicle with driver/tour guide/surf guide.
- Boat with driver/tour guide/surf guide.
- Meals – 3 meals a day
Surfer Package includes:
- 7 nights twin share accommodation in beachfront bungalow.
- Airport transfers.
- Surf transfers to any breaks within 1 hour drive by car or 30 mins by boat (20+ breaks).
- Reef fees.
- SAPNG fees.
With the added convenience of a world class left and right peak right out the front of Rubio Plantation Retreat, you also have a range of surfing options in close proximity to the resort. This region benefits from a long favourable surf season from mid-October to mid-May, making it an ideal summer surf getaway location. You also have a range of waves that cater for everyone be it sliding on a log or hunting a slabbing barrel, with various access via boat or vehicle.
The retreat has boats and vehicles available to take you out to the many excellent breaks on the offshore islands or along the coastline of New Ireland. There is one small island ten minutes from the retreat and two groups of islands further out with endless possibilities.
The surfer numbers are limited to ten surfers at the retreat and another ten overall in the region with so many breaks zero crowds are guaranteed.
Rubio left – The left is fast and hollow all the way through. It is shallow and can be very challenging.
Rubio right – The right is an easy wave which breaks along the edge of a channel with a mellow paddle out. It has a hollow first section and then walls up. When it gets bigger it can be very hollow all the way through. Can be surfed on all tides.
Northern right -This right is north of the retreat. Good on any tide. When the swell direction is good it runs down the reef from the point and then bends and barrels on the last section. If the swell direction isn’t good then just the end section works which is still fun.
Rubio Plantation Retreat has been designed to melt into the luscious landscape surrounding it with minimal impact to its environment or aesthetic. There are 5 traditional bungalows in varied combinations, some with private and some with shared facilities can cater up to 11 people throughout the resort, however, you only need seven people in your party to book out the entire retreat.
All bungalows have been handcrafted using local materials and strategically positioned to maximise the views over their own private beach. The retreat has one standard bungalow, two Superior Bungalows and two larger two-bedroom bungalows. The superior bungalows and the Family bungalows are equipped with private bathrooms and the standard bungalow has shared facilities. All bathrooms have flush toilets, showers and all bungalows have mosquito nets. Solar panels and hydroelectric provide power for the retreat.
You will never go hungry at Rubio Retreat with three meals prepared daily by Rubio’s local chef. These meals are generally made up of family recipes, European, Asian and local cuisines, with the addition of in-house baked goods available to snack on throughout the day.
Meals at the lodge may be made from locally sourced seafood, meat, chicken, farmed crocodile when available and vegetables so it’s always fresh and cooked in the traditional way for another cultural experience. If you like fruit there is certainly no shortage as the lodge grows its own red paw paws and there is a wide selection of other locally grown fruits including bananas, star fruit, pineapple and even local vanilla beans.
Designed to have a very minimal impact on its surrounds, Rubio Plantation Retreat is powered completely by solar and hydroelectric power. The central New Ireland Surf Club in partnership with the New Ireland Surf Alliance and Surfing Association of Papua New Guina (SAPNG) has established the Central New Ireland Surf Management Plan to benefit both the incoming surf
The central New Ireland Surf Club in partnership with the New Ireland Surf Alliance and Surfing Association of Papua New Guina (SAPNG) has established the Central New Ireland Surf Management Plan to benefit both the incoming surf tourist and the traditional resource owners. The plan ensures there is a maximum of 20 international surfers in the area at any one time. The aim is to ensure the traditional resource owners receive the benefits of tourism and it flows into their communities. The plan also ensures that surf tourism is sustainable in the region.
PNG is home to some of the most pristine oceans on the planet and with reefs brimming with sea life, snorkelling is a must when staying at Rubio Retreat. There are plenty of other activities to keep you busy such as kayaking, hiking visiting the local villages and world renown caves. If you prefer to go at your own pace and explore the local surrounds, Rubio has mountain bikes available for hire.
- Hiking/Caves – There are several interesting caves nearby to be explored. For hikers the possibilities are endless. Fresh water comes out in many places making for very interesting geography. At Pam Village, there is a beautiful waterfall very near the road.
- Snorkelling – PNG is world-renown for its diving and snorkeling. We arrange trips to nearby reefs that are alive with abundant sea life.
- CanoeingKayaking – During the off-season for surf, it is great fun to explore the rugged cliffs along the coast, viewing spinner dolphins, flying foxes, and blowholes in our traditional outrigger canoes or kayaks.
- Bicycling – Because the Boliminsky Highway never has any very steep sections, it is perfect for bicycles. It is a wonderful way to really see the county side. You can ride from town and then be driven back.
- Cultural – Sing Sings (traditional dancing) and Mumus (traditional cooking in an underground oven) can be arranged with the local village. A trip can be arranged to visit the world famous Malangan carvers.
- Fishing – There is incredible fishing in the area and boats available.