Nusa Island Retreat

Nusa Island Retreat

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Clear, warm waters and white sand make for a relaxing swim any time of day.
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5.0
#1 of 2 villas in Kavieng
Location
5.0
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
A tranquil, traditionally styled resort set on a white sandy point. We offer a well stocked licensed bar and restaurant, serving great food using local produce. Only a 3 minute boat ride to town, and from there, a 5 minute drive to Kavieng airport, Nusa Island is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. We specialize in a variety of activities, such as snorkelling, diving, surfing and fishing, as well as tours throughout surrounding islands and along the New Ireland coast. Experience the best of the PNG Islands with our extensive local knowledge and network.
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Property amenities
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Diving
Snorkeling
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
First aid kit
Laundry service
Room features
Private balcony
Safe
Private bathrooms
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Czech

Location

Nusa Island, Kavieng 631 Papua New Guinea
Getting there
Kavieng Airport
1 Restaurant
within 5 miles
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Kim F wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Nusa Island Retreat twice now. Best get away holiday each time.

Relaxing, clean, great food, good surf, friendly people. Action packed or sleepy whatever you wish. Over water premium cabins have a beautiful view , private ensuite, cool water showers and eco toilets.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Jan 18, 2020
Hi, Thank you very much for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We're pleased to hear you were able to find time to fit in all of the activities you were after, while also relaxing in one of our premium over-water bungalows. We hope to have you back again in the near future.
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Dave L wrote a review Jan 2020
Greater Sydney, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nusa Island Retreat is possibly the best holiday location we have ever ben to, with great surf, snorkelling and comfortable surrounds to keep us very happy for the 8 days we stayed in early January 2020.

We have been looking at staying here for a few years and took the plunge and booked for a post christmas reset in the tropical paradise.

We stayed in the over water bungalows, three of us, my wife and daughter, very comfortable in the spacious rooms, mosquito nets and on premise bathroom and wc facilities.

Surfing was perfect for our level, consistant 2-3 foot for the whole week, nothing too extreme, just super fun. Add in some of the best snorkelling and local wilod life experiences (insert turtles and flying fish sightings here) and we were well catered for.

But where Nusa excels is in the food stakes, staying at the Nusa Island resort sampling their menu for breakfast lunch and dinner each day. What can I say? Not a bad meal in any of the foods that were provided. The breakfast menu was great, pancakes, omlettes and the best eggs just south of the equator. They even had an espresso machine to whip up a quick latte or flat white. Lunch was varied choices of fish burgers, salads and tasty sandwiches, some great quick refuel options for the surfed out individual. The highlight for me for lunch was the cajun fish, absolutley delicious. But where this restaurant excels is evening meals.
Lets start with the soups. If these soups arent world famous, they soon will be. Curried vegetable, chicken sweet corn, plus many more options, not sure we had the same one over 7-8 nights. The smorgasbord of mains we had every evening were outstanding, with fresh fish, amazing curries and the salads were the best I have ever tasted, lots of local produce, simply amazing
For sweets there was always a nice surprise with deep fried banana being our stand out fave

If you are in the hood up Kavieng way, make sure you get over to Nusa Island Resort to hang out with Kurt and his team! has been the perfect reset button for us
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: stay in an over water bungalow for that true Nusa Island experience
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Jan 22, 2020
Hi Dave, Thanks for your detailed review of Nusa Island Retreat. We're very pleased to hear that your time with us made such lasting memories. We were glad that the waves were working for you and your family and that your dining experience here was one to remember. We hope you and your lovely ladies can make a trip back here again sometime in the future.
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Ali B wrote a review Feb 2020
Kavieng, Papua New Guinea1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in an absolutely beautiful part of the world, Nusa retreat makes the most of its surrounds. The crystal clear and warm water makes for excellent swimming, snorkelling and kayaking at your doorstep. The waterfront bungalows and dining areas are tasteful, low impact and peaceful. The team (including the local adopted birds) are friendly and helpful, with thoughtful extras included. Food is wonderful. Am looking forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Feb 21, 2020
HI Ali, Thank you for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We are very lucky with our natural surrounds which makes for a very memorable experience. We hope to see you again soon.
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Belinda K wrote a review Sep 2020
Perth, Australia676 contributions98 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
After 4 months working on a nearby island, Nusa was a great spot with amazing food. They had three course dinners and it was really great quality with mud crab and curries and the best desserts.

It was a chilled vibe and the hammock on the deck was beautiful and relaxing. The room was nice however probably wasn’t expecting cold showers but added to the ambience coupled with the shell handbasin.

No aircon but not really needed - they have mozzie bets and ceiling fans and I over looking the water was very relaxing

BUT...

B6 is not a premium room and you should avoid this at all cost. As another review wrote, boats start leaving at 5am and it is very close to the bar where people sit and talk until 1am and it was awful in this regard. You hear everything. Behind the villa is where pots from the kitchen get washed at 2am which was also unpleasant but did only hear this on my last night thankfully.

Co-workers had overwater bungalows and these were lovely. Out of the 4 rooms we had, mine was definitely the worst... which was a shame as I was so looking forward to sleeping past my normal waking time of 5am at the mine.

Would like to stay again but only if overwater bungalows are available!!!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Kurt Diercke, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Sep 21, 2020
Hi Belinda, Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that the location of your accommodation did not meet your expectations this time around and I hope that we can host you once more in the future in an overwater bungalow. The limited setting which we have does make that particular room a little noisier than others, and I again apologise. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the meals here. I'll ensure that your next trip here sees you stay in an overwater bungalow. Thanks again
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Ozzie E wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The buffet dinner disappointed ..... the best seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes that you continue to eat yourself into a food coma!
My favorite was the seafood, from BBQ Crayfish skewers, fresh oysters and the mud crab was brilliant!
Defiantly worth a night out for dinner and finish off with drinks at the bar .
Also I will add, great welcoming and friendly staff.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms are Bungalow style, open and comfortable. Keep in mind tho - no air conditioning.
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Hi, Thank you for your review of Nusa Island Retreat and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed the meals here. We're fortunate to have such tasty, fresh produce available here and our kitchen staff are very talented and created. We hope to have you back again in the near future.
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Louisa M wrote a review Feb 2021
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The moment we arrived at Nusa Island Retreat we felt so welcome and relaxed. From the stunning over water bungalows to the fantastic service at the restaurant and bar, to the team who organised any activity we could dream of. The week we spent at this resort was 'just incredible'.

One particular thing that simply blew me away was the way Kurt, Lucie and the team accommodated my food allergy. I am a severe coeliac, so eating out is not just a challenge but also a major risk, which is why I usually take a lot of food with me. But I did not need to worry about that here! They had bought new cooking equipment and utensils, organised a separate area in the kitchen for my food to be prepared, and educated the team on how and why they needed to be vigilant when preparing my food. Every day I was treated to a literal smorgasbord of amazing food – basically all the food that was being made for the rest of the guests was modified and cooked separately for me. From mud crab to bolognese (done with vermicelli noodles) to chicken and prawn skewers, meat patties and incredible salads - I was absolutely SPOILT.

So to Kurt, Lucie and the team, you were amazing and gave me one of the best weeks away I can remember. I felt so safe and looked after I cannot wait to come and stay with you all again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Ernestine K wrote a review Feb 2020
Mermaid Waters, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Can't beat staying at Nusa. Delicious fresh local food daily, cleanliness and service from management and staff exceeds expectation. Enjoyed meeting guests mainly from Australia. Nusa Kavieng has a friendly open and welcoming environment. Well done Team Nusa
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Feb 15, 2020
Hi Ernestine, Thank you for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We're pleased to hear you have enjoyed your time here and am glad that your expectations have been exceeded; something we strive to do with all of our guests. We hope to have you back here in the near future.
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HelenT wrote a review Jun 2020
Cairns, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have just returned from 6 days staying at Nusa Island Retreat with my husband and two children, 1 and 3. Everything about this place exceeded my expectations. The location was spectacular, every corner a tropical picture postcard.

The accomodation was basic luxury, a mix of traditional and modern materials. We had a Premium Bungalow which was clean, comfortable and spacious. A covered walkway connected our private ensuite to our main room. The view from the balcony - amazing!

The food, quite simply, A+++++. Dinner was buffet style and catered to all tastes. The highlight was the fresh seafood - mudcrab, crayfish (lobster), fish. Breakfast and lunch were a la carte with plenty of tasty options.

The best part about Nusa was the ability to be as active, or inactive as you pleased. We are not surfers and visited outside of surf season. Want to lounge in a hammock oceanside all day? Easy. Want to get in a banana boat and catch a fish or island hop to explore deserted islands, reefs, WWII relics? Not a problem. Kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear all available for use.

I only have two minor points that would have made Nusa 110/100:
1) Hot water for showers. I'm a sook about cold showers, even in the tropics!
2) Some small tweaks to accommodate super little people - our 1 year old required supervision on our bungalow balcony to make sure she didn't toddle off the edge as the balustrade was so open. We expected this before going though and our 3yr old was totally fine.

All in all, Managers Kurt & Lucie, and their wonderful staff were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make our stay a happy one. I truely hope we get to go back one day soon.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Jun 27, 2020
HI, Thank you very much for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We are always pleased to hear when guests enjoy their time with us and aim to offer a memorable experience consistently. We are looking into an effective and environmentally approach to introduce hot water into our premium bungalows. As well, the premium beachfront bungalow where you stayed, along with some other premium bungalows, will be having daybeds built in the coming weeks to not only offer a more secure area for the little ones, but also a comfortable outdoor lounge area. We hope to have you and the family back in the near future.
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Pete C wrote a review Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent christmas 2019 and new year at Nusa Island as a family. My son and I had been twice before but my wife and daughter were newbies. As ever the retreat excelled. Food and service are friendly and top notch. The rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious. We are surfers and lucked out with waves ranging from fun to epic. Special mention to Grinday, Timan and Ricky the surf guides. They are great guys who seem to genuinely enjoy the company of the guests and always found great waves for us. Hopefully Ricky will get to surf for PNG at the Japan Olympics. We'll be cheering for him if he gets there! My wife loved snorkelling off the reefs we were surfing and greatly enjoyed the 30 degree water!
Nusa Island is one of those special places where you can let go of the busy outside world and enjoy a beautiful environment, a unique culture, and fantastic people. We are already planning a return.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The over water bungalows are cool and comfortable.
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Hi Pete, Thank you for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We're always pleased to receive positive feedback and it was great that your wife and daughter were able to share the experience with both yourself and your son this time around. I will be sure to pass on your commendations to Grinde, Timan & Ricky. I guess you'll be watching the 2020 Olympics with interest to see if Ricky makes it! Fingers crossed. Once again, thank you for your review and we hope to see you back here again.
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KeithGrayAUS wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions28 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, let me admit that I am personally “not the world’s best surfer”! But my friends, who do surf, found waves from intermediate, through challenging, to extreme. Most of them are taking home a “coral tattoo”.

I came to SCUBA, and the coral reefs, WW2 wrecks and deep rock and coral walls, in extremely warm, clear water, make this a SCUBA Paradise.

If you want 5-star hotels and soy-milk-decaf latté, please don’t come here!

If you want good food, great hospitality, wonderful warm surf, scuba and/or fishing... and you don’t mind ceiling fans and mosquito nets, then this is your kind of place.

You will immediately feel like you belong to this village/family.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Nusa_Island, General Manager at Nusa Island Retreat
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Hi Keith, Thanks for your kind review of Nusa Island Retreat. We're always pleased to receive positive feedback and glad you enjoyed your time here. We hope to have you back again in the near future.
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Answer from Shannon K
Queensland, Australia
Hi Robyn - most bungalows have private ensuite & classed as premium room type. There are a couple of standard garden rooms which access shared facilities - conveniently located directly adjacent. Shared bathrooms are unisex. Feel free to email us for a detailed info pack. Regards Nusa Island Retreat
Tibo E asked a question Mar 2022
How much is for one day rent?
Answer from Shannon K
Queensland, Australia
As our rates vary, please email us directly so we can forward a detailed information pack which should answer your query / ies.
malibusurfkid asked a question Dec 2020
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea6 contributions
Hi Nusa team are there WiFi facilities on the Island?
Lisa O asked a question Aug 2018
Yamba, Australia32 contributions6 helpful votes
How do you get there from port moresby
Answer from John M
Shepparton, Australia202 contributions59 helpful votes
Looks like someone else has answered the question.
Erin H asked a question Jun 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii20 contributions7 helpful votes
When is the best time to come for surf? Is diving also good at this time of year?
Papua New Guinea1 contribution
Hi Erin, Thanks for the above enquires. Our surf season runs typically from November through to early-April. Diving is noted as some of the best in the world and the feedback we get from tourists matches the reputation. As for shared bathroom facilities, everything is shared and all are kept to high standards of cleanliness. They are located very close to rooms who require use, but far enough away that they are not a disturbance. Kind regards, Nusa Island Retreat
Peter Y wrote a tip Oct 2023
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some friendly local pets: birds & dogs & even a goose, (never too far from the kitchen door). Great entertainment & a wild/homely touch."
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Joelyne P wrote a tip Jul 2023
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Gave a 3 for service as there was only one person serving us and was abit slow. Recommend two people at any one time depending on visitors. "
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Chris A wrote a tip Aug 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For privacy, book an overwater bungalow. It has its own bathroom facilities, and has amazing views of the sea, right from the balcony."
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Brad wrote a tip Jun 2020
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were in bungalow 8 and could hear people in the bar. Not an issue for us but rooms 9 and 10 might be a bit quieter if they are available"
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Ozzie E wrote a tip Mar 2020
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are Bungalow style, open and comfortable. Keep in mind tho - no air conditioning."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nusa Island Retreat
What are some of the property amenities at Nusa Island Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Nusa Island Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Does Nusa Island Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Nusa Island Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nusa Island Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Czech.
Does Nusa Island Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.