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

Lissenung Island Resort, Aug, 2009,

by Bill DuBois, TX, USA ( 2 reports). Report 5047.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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