Vanimo has some of the best surf in PNG from October through to April, when monsoon swells bring waves between 1m and 2m.

Most surfers head straight to Lido, a small village on the headland 6km from Vanimo. Lido has two excellent reef breaks (a right and a left) and gets consistently good surf. Five minutes up the coast at Warimo there are two lefties and two righties (reef breaks), and further along at Yako there’s a fast hollow left.

Lido is also the home of the local board-riding clubs – Sunset Surf Club and Vanimo Surf Club – as well as the Vanimo Surf Lodge, the organisation that collects the SAMP fees (surfing permits).

There’s no surf rage in PNG and the scene is just in its infancy. Generally it’s BYO boards but Vanimo Surf Lodge may be able to sort you out.