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

Lissenung Island Resort: "Lissenung Island Resort", Nov, 2015,

by Bill Palmer, CA, US ( 2 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8704.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments It is a small (nine rooms) resort in the middle of nowhere. In spite of that they do a good job. The visibility was not as good as hoped when we were there, ranging from 40 feet to 70 feet, it can be much better. It would have been a stunning trip if the vis was better. All the reefs were healthy and alive with interesting fish. The two main DMs, Tomai and Penny are both very smart and talented guides. The resort owner has a sea turtle egg protection program in place where every day he or a worker search two other islands and the Lissenung Island for turtle nests. When found the eggs are removed, measured, weighed, and brought back to the resort and reburied in a safe location to protect them. Getting there is not easy and includes having to go through Port Moresby, which is a hell hole. Where else can you see billboards along the road advertising "armed escort follow vehicle" services? The food was good, the attention to the diver's needs was good, the reefs were good. The rooms were nice, but with the heat and humidity it was hard to keep towels dry. I would go back, my girl friend would not.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Thailand, Samoa, all over the Carribbean.
Closest Airport Kavieng Getting There Cairns to Port Moresby to Rabual to Kavieng and then a boat ride

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86-°F / 30-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none, I am an instructor and was given carte blanche to do whatever I wanted to do.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The boats are about 20 feet long, the dive trips are at most 30 minutes. There are no "dedicated camera areas" in the boats.
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