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° Celsius (82-86°F).
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
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
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
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
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 to December.
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 snorkeling.
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.
x 27ft fibreglass boat, 2x 75HP Yamaha outboard motor,
max 8 guests, centerconsole, canopy, ladder, Oxygen
x 24ft fibreglass boat, 1x 75HP Yamaha outboard motor,
max 6 guests, centerconsole, canopy, ladder, Oxygen
Compressor: Coltri Sub MCH32 (2x MCH16, ca. 240l/min
aluminium tanks, INT valve
set Schubapro rental gear, MkII/R190 & octopus
Aladin Sport & Aladin Pro dive computers
Electricity, 24-hours, Australian Power Points
Cards accepted: VISA & MasterCard