Island Resort, a 20 minute boat ride from Kavieng in New Ireland
Province, is the ideal base for a PNG diving adventure. Situated
only two degrees south of the equator, this is the South Sea,
where the water is always warm, averaging a balmy 28-30°
The Resort is located on a small private island with coconut
palms and a beautiful white sandy beach. Think of your own
Pacific hideaway with all the necessities provided for an
enjoyable stay: Simple bungalows with airy verandahs and mosquito
screened bedrooms, great meals and, of course, fantastic diving!
Dietmar Amon, the Austrian owner, started this small resort
a little over 10 years ago and runs it with the help of his
managers Ange, Sue and Paul. Together with a handful of local
staff, these experienced Divemasters and Instructors will
ensure that even the little things are taken care off. The
personalised service and the relaxed and familiar atmosphere
are just two of the particulars that Lissenung Island Resort is famous
There are 7 rooms, accommodating a maximum of 14 guests on
the island. Two double rooms have their own private facilities,
with shared showers and toilets for the other 5 double/twin
rooms. Although the water is not heated, the warm environment
usually ensures a pleasant water temperature. Every room has
ceiling fans, fly-screens, mosquito nets, a large desk (for
photographers to work on their cameras) and cupboard space.
After the diving, you can relax in the comfortable chairs
on your own verandah.
24-hour electricity supply in each room allows to re-charge
the batteries to your camera and other electronical equipment.
The two dive boats depart every morning at 9am, whisking 6
and 8 divers respectively out to the fascinating dive sites.
Well-maintained and regularly serviced dive equipment, including
dive computers, can be hired through the fully equipped dive
shop. Experienced dive guides will accompany you on every
dive and point out the weird and wonderful that this area
has to offer.
The main house offers comfortable chairs on a sandy floor
and it is here where cold drinks and delicious meals await
you. Fresh seafood, such as fish, crabs and crayfish (lobster)
feature high on a menu where set meals are served, rather
than actually giving out a menu to choose from. Special dietary
requirements are catered for on request. Wine, beer and softdrinks
can be purchased. Spirits are extremely hard to buy anywhere
in PNG, so guests are welcome to bring their own duty free
spirits (there are plenty of mixers).
You can easily circumnavigate the whole island in 10-15 minutes.
It is covered with tropical vegetation providing plenty of
shaded areas to escape the tropical sun, and also offers a
small but very pretty white sand beach where you can relax.
Lissenung Island has the nicest beach of all dive resorts
in PNG and the best house reef!
If you are dreaming of a beautiful Pacific island, where you
can relax and dive and get the illusion that you are alone
on the planet, Lissenung is the ideal place for such a dream.
The sunset can be watched from your own deck-chair, right
on the beach, with a glass of good wine in hand.
It is the unique location of the tiny little islands between
the open South Pacific Ocean and the Bismarck Sea that has
created an underwater
The change of tides can produce some strong currents, which
flush clear waters from the deep sea over the abundant reefs
and through tiny passages. It is during those currents that
the pelagic action is happening and you can expect to see
sharks, tunas, mackerels, huge schools of jacks and barracudas
and with some luck schooling Eagle Rays and Mobula Rays. However,
the diving is very varied and also includes wall, wreck and
muck diving and ensures that every diver leaves the island
a happy diver!
Dietmar has been running the dive operation for over 10 years
and is an expert in picking the right dive spots at the right
time. PADI dive courses from Open Water through to Divemaster
are offered in English, German and Dutch.
Last but not least there is a great bonus feature: Located
just off the beach is a fantastic house reef. You get free
shore diving on Lissenungs house reef while staying at Lissenung
Island Resort! Interesting for day (for free as many as you
like before 6pm) as well as night dives (night dives are guided
on request and will be charged locally).
Diving here is year-round, with January to March subject to
sudden rainsqualls and thunderstorms. Typically tropical,
these storms are often
replaced by blue skies that return as quickly as they departed.
Best months are usually April to June and September through
About 2/3 of Lissenung Island is surrounded by a beautiful
reef. The best place to start is in front of the dive shop
where you turn left immediately and follow the reef. This
area is a conservation zone and there are a multitude of fish.
For a small charge, you can also join one of the dive boats
for the morning, as many of the dive sites also offer fantastic
A typical day at Lissenung
9.00am Boat departs for 2 morning dives
1/1.30pm Lunch (this basically happens whenever the boat returns
from the diving)
2.30pm-late 3rd boat dive, free shore-diving on the house
reef or time to relax
8.30pm Night Dive
to get there
Flights with Air Niguini from Australia to Port Moresby depart
up to 7 days a week, depending on departure port. There are
also twice weekly flights from Singapore and once a week from
Manila and Tokyo.
Airlines of PNG has commenced service from Cairns to Port
Moresby Monday to Friday, also.
Daily F28 jet services will get you from Port Moresby to Kavieng
via either Rabaul or Manus Island. These flights are with
Air Niguini only.
is a large ridge rising from 45m (150ft) to within 12m (40ft)
of the surface and is situated in the open ocean just outside
Kavieng. A Korean fishing boat, the 'Der Yang', lies on its
starboard side close to this ridge. This point is a magnet
for Barracudas and Jacks.
Around the pylons of a slipway in the Kavieng harbour is probably
the best muck-dive in the area. Through the years an amazing
selection of bottles, cans and tyres have created a perfect
environment for critters. The weird and wonderful such as
Ghost Pipefish, Demon Stinger, Allied Cowries, Nudibranchs
and Shrimps, Octopus, Pipefish and many more are abundant
here. This dive is a must for the serious macro photographer.
At an incoming tide this narrow passage is like fish soup.
Eagle Rays, Mobula Rays, big Dogtooth Tunas, Barracudas, plenty
of Grey Reef Sharks and loads of other fish can be seen here
on almost every dive. The wall itself is overgrown with big
fan corals, black corals and sponges and this is the home for small creatures
like Nudibranchs, Leaf Scorpionfish and Pygmy Seahorse. In
our opinion Albatross is the best dive in the Kavieng area
and a must for every visiting diver.
Several swim-troughs and a little cave with lots of Crayfish
make this an interesting dive. Sleeping Whitetip Sharks are
seen frequently and Nudibranchs are abundant.
For the aircraft enthusiast we have two more plane wrecks
in the Kavieng harbour. These Japanese torpedo bombers are
resting in about 12m (40ft) on sand. On and around the planes
you may find Nudibranchs, Cleaner Shrimps and Crocodile Fish.
- 1 x 27ft
fibreglass boat, 2x 75HP Yamaha outboard motor, max 8 guests,
centerconsole, canopy, ladder, Oxygen
- 1 x 24ft
fibreglass boat, 1x 75HP Yamaha outboard motor, max 6 guests,
centerconsole, canopy, ladder, Oxygen
- 1 Compressor:
Coltri Sub MCH32 (2x MCH16, ca. 240l/min each)
- 50 aluminium
tanks, INT valve
- 12 set
Schubapro rental gear, MkII/R190 & octopus & console,
Aladin Sport & Aladin Pro dive computers
- 1 SeaDoo
Electricity, 24-hours, Australian Power Points
Cards accepted: VISA & MasterCard