Manus Island is an amazing place geographically and culturally. It is very remote and the people live a very traditional lifestyle. Chopon Surf lodge is located in a “village” which is made up of basic houses sparsely spread across the jungle and where guests can immerse themselves in the local culture and daily routines. These include fishing for your dinner (don’t worry, if you can’t catch anything the locals definitely will), snorkelling, playing in the water and enjoying a beer in the evening. No wonder no one is stressed.
Your host Jeffrey is a fantastic, if subtle, guide and as you spend time with him you will learn many things about the PNG culture such as their religious beliefs and social customs. The Chopon vibe is as much a cultural experience as a surf trip. Having said that the focus is on surfing and you will be doing a whole lot of that, there are waves that a few other surfers have sampled as well as loads more yet to be explored.
Chopon Surf Lodge is a three bedroom and one common room house on the point next to Backyard. The point has a nice sandy beach full of starfish, protected coral reefs for snorkelling nearby and fantastic fishing. On a low tide you can go for a walk across the gap to Coronat Island. You can also paddle from here to Backyard and Kay.
The house is built out if the same materials as per the local houses. It is be elevated off the ground with floorboards and a woven sago palm roof and walls. There is no air conditioning or ceiling fans but these styles of houses are pretty cool as they are built under trees and have plenty of ventilation.
The accommodation and facilities are basic but what you gain is a genuine insight into life in PNG village.
We will be eating as the locals do. That means fish, rice, sweet potatoes, sago and fruit (the pineapples are out of this world and bananas come in numerous, delicious varieties) for lunch and dinner. For breakfast we will have bread, fruit, eggs and powdered milk (there are no fridges in the village) as well as coffee and tea. Again, simple but genuine and delicious.
7 nights - $900 per surfer or $770 for non-surfer.
You can stay longer or shorter, depending on how much time you have to explore.
Prices are quoted in AUD and are valid to end of 2017 surf season, but are subject to change without notice due to availability, currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bank transfer or credit card fees are not included in the above rates and will be added at the time of quoting. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.