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

Lissenung: "Lissenung PNG the greatest little island resort", Jan, 2016,

by hunter smith, Victoria, AU (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9256 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Vanuatu, Borneo, Africa, Canary Island, Bahamas, PNG and The great Barrier Reef Australia
Closest Airport Kavieng Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 30 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depending on experience
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Lissenung Diving Resort
Dive Log small resort of the year for the past three years as voted by divers.
Text and photography by Hunter Smith


Lissenung is a classic small island resort you can walk around in 20 minutes. It is a 20 to 30 minute boat ride from Kavieng in northern PNG. There are 7 huts spread around the island for privacy to accommodate 14 people. Typically being so close to the equator the air and water temperature only varied between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. Lissenung could be described as a minimum eco impact yet comfortable resort. No noisy air conditioners, no hot water however the water isnt exactly cold. The resort felt homely and inviting to a diver.
Having been lucky enough to be there thanks to winning a Sportsdiving Magazine competition I travelled with good friend Stuart Ireland a professional underwater videographer and owner of Calypso Productions based in Cairns. Stuart was there to update the resorts video for the web site and other promotions.
A rare opportunity occurred on the second day, True North, the super luxury boat, was on site as Dietmar the resort owner helps them with airport pickups, food supplies and the customers enjoy a half day snorkelling the Lissenung house reef. True North has a Euro helicopter on deck and after several years finally Dietmar had the opportunity with Stuart and myself to take aerial promotional video and photos of his resort. I ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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