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Dive Review of Lissenung Island Resort in
Papua New Guinea/Kavieng, New Ireland

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bill DuBois, TX, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5047
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Coz, Florida, NC, Hawaii, Costa Rica, T&C, GBR/Osprey Reef, Poor
Knights NZ, Komodo and Bali
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few restrictions. Divers "dived their air". Some suggested limits
of depth, but nothing enforced strictly.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Good in-room facilities (desk, electrical outlets), large freshwater tank
for post-dive, but very small (and not big enough) on-boat freshwater tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The Lissenung website is accurate, and contains a good map of the dive
sites. See www.lissenung.com . Ange and Dietmar are friendly, talkative and
accommodating hosts who are in regular contact with guests throughout the
day and at meals. The staff is friendly and helpful. Dietmar and Nozaki
were fine dive guides, and generally good at pointing out marine life of
note; divers generally were allowed to "do their own thing", so
that the group never felt bunched together. Current speed generally was
mild, though it picked up considerably in a few places near the Bismarck
Sea channels; current direction (in or out through those channels) was a
major factor in daily selection of dive sites, but I was confident that
Dietmar and Nozaki always tried to pick the "best" available site
for the conditions.
The dive boat generally left at 8:30-9:00 and returned for lunch by 1-2PM.
The usual routine is two dives per day, but getting in a third boat dive at
3:30 or so to a nearby site was never a problem. Twin-engine boat is
spacious -- plenty of room for nine guests plus DM and driver. Visibility
varies by dive site but seemed about 50-70 feet in most places, with lots
of particulate in the water. Lots of sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, some
dogtooth tuna, the usual reef fish, cuddle fish, crocodile fish, quite a
few nudibranchs.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable, but do not have air conditioning. The
ceiling fan does a pretty good job of cooling; in addition, several
afternoon and evening rains cooled things considerably. Mozzies were not a
problem for me, though the website does warn of them. No TV, but internet
is available at no cost.
Resort guests were mainly European couples (I was the only Yank), mainly
German, and generally experienced, good divers. When we did have a
less-experienced diver on the boat, a separate DM guided her and her
husband. 
Lissenung is an excellent choice if you're looking for a place that has
great diving and a laid-back environment. Not much to do if you're not a
diver. I was there for a week, and wish that I had stayed for 10 days,
given the travel time to get there.
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