Papua New Guinea’s Secret Garden

Exploring an island where surf sustainability is well in place

Let’s face it, it’s 2016 and it seems that all of the best lineups have been discovered, devoured, and exploited by surferkind. (Editor’s Note: this is not true according Mikala Jones) What pricks those surfers are with their full board bags, cellphone surf reports, and chartered boats. There is a place, believe it or not, that has handled its surf tourism rather impeccably. That place is Papua New Guinea. By regulating the number of visitors with a “Surf Management Plan,” this beautiful island lined with world-class waves has kept everybody happy, from surfers to locals to environmentalists alike. So chalk one up for Papua New Guinea and figure out for yourself how to get to the secret garden.