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Enjoy world-class diving from the beautiful Lissenung Island Resort, with pelagic species cruising along the walls, muck diving, wrecks and beautiful reefs all on your doorstep.

Situated on a private island, with a maximum of 14 guests, personal service is guaranteed! Just 20 minutes by boat from Kavieng, the resort comprises of four timber bungalows set amongst coconut palms spread out across the island.

Each bungalow has two bedroom comfortably furnished, with private facilities. Although the water is not heated, the warm environment usually ensures a pleasant water temperature. The resort also has a 24-hour electricity supply. In the main house, with comfortable chairs on a sandy floor, cold drinks and delicious meals await you. Set menus are offered, with fresh seafood featuring high, although special dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Wine, beer and soft drinks can be purchased and guests are invited to bring their own duty free spirits.

There are other activities and excursions available during your stay including island hopping, village tours, snorkelling at Ral island, surfing and the chance to visit the local village and school on nearby Enuk island, both fully supported by the resort.

Dive Centre

Daily boat diving and PADI courses are available at the resort. The dive centre offers well maintained and serviced equipment for hire and is photography friendly. The well equipped fiberglass dive boats depart every morning, with experienced dive guides accompanying every dive to point out the weird and wonderful that this area has to offer. Expect to see sharks, tuna, mackerel, huge schools of jacks and barracuda and with some luck schooling eagle and mobula rays.

Located just off the beach is a fantastic house reef with healthy corals and sea grass. Divers can enjoy free diving here. Snorkellers also enjoy the view.; expect seahorse, up to six species of clown fish, cockatoo waspfish and 175 different species of colourful reef fish all living right in front of the resort.

There are 30+ dive sites in the local area. Wreck enthusiasts will have the opportunity to dive the plane wrecks in Kavieng harbour, Jake Bomber and the Tenryu Maru. Albatross Passage is a must dive for any visitor. Catch it on the incoming tide and watch in amazement at the prolific marine life, it's like a fish soup with tuna, barracuda, rays, sharks and plenty of macro life on the huge fans and sponges. Expect the unexpected at Helmut's Reef, located in the middle of the Steffen Strait with huge fans, hard corals and all kinds of marine life. Eagle Ray Passage is another firm favourite.

Diving is year-round, with the best months being usually April to June and September through to December for Pacific dive sites. Diving is mainly at the Bismark Sea sites from December to April, which is when both hawksbill and green turtles come to the island to lay their eggs. Average water temperature is 29C and visibility 30-40m. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Dive & Discover PNG

Uncover the magic of Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s last remaining frontiers, on this adventure to two exceptional diving areas - both renowned for macro life and pelagic encounters on vibrant coral reefs.

  • When to go: Apr-Jun, Sep-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
This accommodation is located in:

New Ireland – Kavieng

Kavieng is noted for its ancient Malagan culture and the shark callers of Kontu, however the channels between these islands also offer huge excitement for divers. As well as pelagic encounters and prolific WWII wrecks, the lagoons and mangroves serve as nurseries.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, spotted eagle ray, devil ray, pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving