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Dive Review of Lissenung Island Resort in
Papua New Guinea

Lissenung Island Resort: "Great resort and phenomenal diving", Jun, 2018,

by Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10331 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The quantity and diversity of the fish on all the sites just blew us away. We had just come from the Solomon Islands and thought the diving there was great, but this was even a notch better!

From the efficient pick up at the airport, transport by tinnie to the island, to easy check-in and orientation on the island - everything was so smooth the entire week we were there. For most of the week, we were the only ones diving, so we left when we wanted, and dove the sites they recommended (or by the end of the week, the ones we preferred). Dive sites were at least 20 minutes away, so the two morning dives were separated by an hour interval on the boat or on a white sand beach, having hot tea or cold water, as well as plenty of fresh fruit and cookies.

The dive shop is big and open, with plenty of room for you to hang gear to dry overnight. The crew always had all your gear out and set up on the boat every morning. We mostly dove from the "little" boat, but the one day on the "big" boat was nice, with lots of room and even a fresh water bucket for my camera.

The entire resort was very clean, and the room was huge - with plenty of storage cubbies and space, as well as a good amount of shelves in the bathroom (one of my pet peeves - NOT a problem here). Even though they had hot water, we always took cold water showers after a warm day spent in the sun, except for the morning we left early for our flight, and the warm shower then was quite welcome. The clotheslines on the deck outside the room were great for drying towels and swimsuits. Once you take off your shoes when you arrive, you never put them on again until you have to (regretfully) leave. The sand on the walkways and beach is soft, fine and very white. The WiFi worked sporadically in our room, but it was best in the dining lounge, albeit slow. There was a large desk in our room that was good for downloading each day's pictures for culling and editing. The ceiling fan provided good air movement, and the screens kept the bugs out well.

The food was really good and varied, and you could have seconds just by asking. At breakfast every morning, you marked your choices for lunch and dinner - usually between a fish or chicken dish. Since there were only 4 of us most of the week, they set up our dining on the table near the beach to take advantage of the cooling breezes. The staff were all super friendly and helpful. There was always cold water available in the cooler, as well as beer, wine or soda (you kept your own tally on the honor system board).

Dietmar is a gracious and friendly host. It was always fun to share stories at dinner with him and other guests. We hardly ever return to places we've visited, because the world is just too big, but Lissenung is on the very short list for us to do so. I'm SO glad we found this resort by reading reviews here.
Websites Lissenung Island Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, French Polynesia, Cozumel, Belize, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, other Caribbean locations, Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, PNG
Closest Airport Kavieng Getting There Port Moresby to Kavieng (through Rabaul)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera table at the dive shop, but you have a nice big desk in your room.
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By Renee Ross in OR, US at Jun 28, 2018 12:01 EST  
What airline route can we take from the USA to get there?
By report author: Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters in TN, US at Jun 28, 2018 17:04 EST  
Renee, your best bet is to contact Dietmar. He's well traveled and can give you good advice. We were already in the South Pacific on an extended trip, so we just made our way to Port Moresby from the Solomons. My guess for you might be LAX or SFO to Sydney then PNG.
By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Jun 28, 2018 17:52 EST  
Nice report! What was the overall cost of your stay there, accommodations, meals and diving? THX
By report author: Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters in TN, US at Jun 29, 2018 18:35 EST  
We paid about $3800 for two us to stay 8 nights (meals included), 6 days of 2 tank dives (plus one extra afternoon dive for my husband), roundtrip boat transfer to airport, recompression chamber fees, and tips.
By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Jun 29, 2018 18:59 EST  
Thanks- That is a great deal. I was unable to access their website.
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