Lissenung Island Resort
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Picture a small private island with a white sandy beach, tall palm trees, beautiful flowers, magnificent sunsets and traditional bungalows. Surrounding this island are some of the most colorful reefs with the best fish life this planet has to offer… Welcome to Lissenung Island Resort.
Lissenung Island Resort is a 20-minute boat ride from Kavieng, the capital of New Ireland Province. Seven ocean-front rooms (six with private facilities) in three duplex and one single bungalows, furnished with hardwood floors and spacious verandahs, are spread out over the island. Other than a handful of local staff, you won’t see another soul, and you can easily circumnavigate the island in about 10 – 15 minutes.
Deckchairs and a bottle of wine on the beach at sunset time are the perfect way to end an exciting day of diving. A minimum age limit of 12 years for our guests ensures a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. With a maximum of 14 guests, personal service is guaranteed and your holiday truly exclusive!
All buildings are built in the traditional style, with thatched roofs and walls made from woven bamboo. They blend in with their surroundings and are very eco-friendly. The local building materials are surprisingly strong and withstand even the strongest rainstorms. Local artifacts complete the picture and give the buildings that great PNG atmosphere. Just about every carving you see here is for sale, most of them being endemic to New Ireland.
Many of the ingredients used in our kitchen come from the local market in Kavieng or are bought from locals that come direct to the island or meet our boat at dive sites. We buy fresh fruit such as pineapple, bananas, star fruit as well as all of our seafood from these people. Some vegetables and fruit are even grown in our own small veggie garden on the island. But wherever the food comes from, you can’t get it fresher and more organic than this!
There is so much to see in these waters if one looks beyond the pelagics and keeps an open mind about the diving on offer. After all, Papua New Guinea’s oceans are part of the Coral Triangle and have one of the largest bio-diverse reefs in the world! Daily boat trips to the outer reefs, drop offs and wrecks with a maximum of three dives per day are offered. We usually start at 8.30am with 2 morning dives and return to the island for lunch. In the afternoon, you can either go out for a third boat dive, relax on the island or do a shore dive on our fabulous house reef. For divers staying at Lissenung and booking boat dives in the morning, these shore dives are free of charge. With over 175 different species of fish, this is a nice little added bonus! Our house reef is also the spot to do night dives, with another whole bunch of different fish, molluscs and crustaceans coming out to play and feed. Water temperature in this area ranges from 28 – 30 degrees Celsius (83 – 87F) all year round and underwater visibility from 20 – 40m (60 – 120ft) on most dives.
The resort’s three dive boats will have you at any of our dive sites within 20 – 30 minutes. The larger dive boat “Andiamo” is a 26ft fiberglass boat with twin 140HP 4-stroke Suzuki outboard engines and can comfortably carry 10 divers, 2 dive guides and the skipper. There are also two smaller dive boats, “Raven” and “Carola”. Raven is a 24ft fiberglass boat with a single 140HP 4-stroke Suzuki outboard engine and can comfortably carry 6 – 8 divers. Carola is a 23ft fiberglass boat with a single 115HP outbaord engine and we take 4 – 6 divers on this boat. With a canopy, equipment boxes, tank racks and a ladder, these boats are perfectly designed for diving. A DAN oxygen unit for emergency situations is on board all boats and our dive staff are trained in its use.
Our fully servied dive shop includes two compressors (2 x 260l/m), 50 aluminium tanks (8, 9 & 11l) and 12 full sets of Scubapro-Uwatec rental equipment. PADI dive courses from Open Water right through to Divemaster are available, as well as a number of specialty courses.
Lissenung Island Dive Packages Start at $1999 per person