Lissenung Island Resort

Destination: Papua New Guinea

Lissenung Island, Kavieng, Papua New Guinea | Room rate from $165/night

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Lissenung Island Resort offers eco-friendly bungalows on a private tropical island surrounded by world-class diving.


Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 4 bungalows
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: Private verandahs, camera tables, wifi, many non-dive activities and more
  • WiFi: Yes, Free
  • Nearest International Airport: Jacksons International Airport (Port Moresby)


How to Get There

Situated just 2 degrees south of the Equator, with the Pacific Ocean to the north and the Bismarck Sea in the south. Lissenung Island Resort is a fast 20-minute boat ride from Kavieng, the capital of New Ireland Province. The town is reached with a 1.5-hour flight from Port Moresby, which is Papua New Guinea's International Airport.  


Dive Overview

Healthy reefs with colorful fish & critters.

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Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Lissenung Island Resort Accommodation Overview

The four bungalows are spread out over the island, giving guests plenty of privacy. Three of the bungalows house two rooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. The last bungalow also houses two rooms, but they share one bathroom, which is located between the two rooms and is accessible from the verandah. As the island is only 350 x 80m (450 x 110yd), all bungalows are ocean-front.

There is now on-demand hot water in all bathrooms. All rooms have 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. The 24-hour electricity supply in each room allows for the re-charging of batteries to your camera and other electronic equipment. Free WiFi access on the island offers guests the opportunity to stay in touch with friends and family either through e-mail or Skype. 

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Resort Facilities

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Freshly caught crab; Haus Win (main house); kite-surfing the reefs off Lissenung Island

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Lissenung Island Resort Features

  • Large common area with comfortable chairs and tables
  • On-site meals and bar, beer and wine available (BYOB okay)
  • Fresh seafood and local fruits and vegetables
  • Special dietary needs at request
  • In-room camera station
  • Experienced and knowledgeable dive guides


Lissenung Island Resort Food & Drinks

The main house offers comfortable chairs on a sandy floor and it is here where cold drinks and delicious meals, prepared by our experienced cook, await you. Fresh seafood, such as fish, crabs, and crayfish (lobster) features 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 soft drinks 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).


Lissenung Island Resort Activities

  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Land tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Village tours


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Package & Rates

Lissenung Island Resort Rates

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Accommodation Rates

Rates are in USD and per person per night. The minimum age for guests is 12 years. Accommodation rates include all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Prices are valid until March 31, 2023, and are subject to change without notice.



Budget single, (share facilities), incl. meals

US$ 165.00

Standard Single, ensuite bathroom, incl. meals

US$ 215.00

Budget double/twin, (share facilities), incl. meals

US$ 145.00

Standard double/twin, ensuite bathroom, incl. meals

US$ 165.00

Return Airport Transfers

US$ 35.00

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Diving Rates

Dives include boat trips, tanks, weights, a dive guide, and beverages/snacks on board. Divers staying on Lissenung Island have the opportunity to do free shore diving on our house reef during daytime hours (until 6 pm).

Lissenung Island Resort is a member of the PNG Divers Association (PNGDA). Under the conditions of our membership, divers have to pay an Environment & Safety Fee of PGK 20.00 per person per dive day. This amount helps fund the recompression facility in Port Moresby as well as environmental programs throughout PNG as organized by the PNGDA. This is not insurance and does neither cover evacuation nor chamber treatment.



1 boat dive per day

US$ 80.00

2 boat dives per day

US$ 140.00

3 boat dives per day

US$ 190.00

Night Dive (house reef, without guide)

US$ 30.00

Night Dive (house reef, with guide)

US$ 45.00

Environment & Safety Fee

US$ 8.00/day

Gear Hire

US$ 25.00/day

Half-day snorkel boat trip, incl. Snacks (join dive boat)

US$ 40.00

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surfing rates

Surf Transfers include boat trips, a guide, and beverages/snacks on board. A "Reef Fee" of PGK 25.00 is charged per surfer per surf day. Please note that surfing instructions/lessons are not offered.


Price per person per day

Surf Transfer

US$ 90.00


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Dive Overview

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 wonderland.

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 barracuda, 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 ensuring that every diver leaves the island a happy diver!

Our local dive guides are experts in picking the right dive spots at the right time. PADI dive courses from Open Water through to Divemaster are offered in English, German, Dutch and Japanese. Lissenung is a fully recognized member of the PADI International Resort Association and a PADI Go ECO Operator.

Last but not least, there is a great bonus feature: Located just off the beach is a fantastic house reef where you can do free shore diving while staying at Lissenung Island Resort and when booking morning boat dives! Interesting for day dives (for free as many as you like before 6 pm) as well as night dives (night dives are guided on request and will be charged locally). Over 175 different species of fish can be found just here – this is more than in the whole Caribbean!

Diving here is year-round, with January to March subject to sudden rain squalls and thunderstorms. Typically tropical, these storms are often replaced by blue skies that return as quickly as they departed. The best months are usually April to June and September through to December.



Sample Dive Sites

  • Albatross Passage: At an incoming tide, this narrow passage is like fish soup. Eagle Rays, white tip, black tip and grey reef sharks, big tuna, jacks, barracudas and even sometimes mobula rays can be seen here. And if you’ve had enough of all the big stuff, just turned towards the wall, beautifully over-grown with fan coral, black coral, sponges as well as little creatures such as nudibranchs, leaf scorpionfish and pygmy seahorse. In the right conditions, Albatross Passage is the best dive in the Kavieng area and a must for every visiting diver. Depth: 12 – 30m/40 – 99ft.
  • ‘Pete’ Floatplanes: A total of three of these Japanese reconnaissance planes have been found so far. Discovered by local fishermen, they now make for awesome dive sites. The pictures on the right are from the ‘Deep Pete’, near Nusa Island. Little critters, as well as schools of batfish, barracudas, jacks, soldierfish and snapper, ensure that this slightly shorter dive (due to the depth of 40m/132ft) is one not to be forgotten! Depth: 18 & 40m/60 & 132ft
  • Ral Island: This tiny island in the South Pacific is surrounded by a beautiful coral garden. With no currents, this is a gentle and relaxing dive, and due to its shallow depth (max 15m/50ft), perfect as third dive of the day or following the ‘Deep Pete’. Alternatively, you can dive the sandy slope to the west of the island and search for little critters such as decorator crabs, seahorses, pipefish, nudibranchs & flatworms, frogfish and sometimes even mimic octopus! It’s a great much dive and before you know it, it’s time to ascend. Depth: 5 – 15m/17 – 50ft
  • Bermuda Drop: The colorful coral wall slopes from 3m/10ft down to 25m/80ft, then drops off vertical until out of sight. At about 18m/60ft is a big overhang, in about 14m/45ft sits a giant clam, plus there are lots of nudibranchs, flatworms, the odd leaf scorpionfish, crocodilefish, moray eels and flame file shells.
  • Baudisson Bay: This is a vertical wall rising from 800m (2400ft) up to the surface and it has lots of swim-throughs and crevices. Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks are seen here on almost every dive, but the real attraction at this spot is the big variety of nudibranchs and other small stuff.
  • Echuca Patch: This 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, in about 31 meters of water. This point is a magnet for Barracudas and Jacks. Depth: 12 – 31m/40 – 103ft.


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Dive Center Information

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Lissenung Island Resort Dive Center Overview

Lissenung's fully serviced dive shop includes two compressors (2 x 260l/m), 50 aluminum tanks (8, 9 & 11l), and 12 full sets of Scubapro-Uwatec rental equipment. PADI dive courses from Open Water right through to Divemaster are available, as well as a number of specialty courses. The resort’s three dive boats will have you at any of the dive sites within 20–30 minutes. The larger dive boat Andiamo is a 26ft fiberglass boat with twin 140HP 4-stroke Suzuki outboard engines and can comfortably carry 10 divers, 2 dive guides and the skipper. There are also two smaller dive boats, Raven and Carola. A DAN oxygen unit for emergency situations is on board all boats and our dive staff are trained in its use.



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Practical Information

  • Electricity: 240V
  • Time Zone: UTC+10
  • Languages: English, German & Dutch
  • Local Currency: PGK (Papua New Guinean Kina)
  • Accept credit card?: Yes, Visa & MasterCard

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Reviews (1)


Lissenung is simply brilliant. Never mind no hot water showers this is a true ECO resort. The house reef is superb with a school of jacks, clown fish of various types, snappers and al matter of other things within 50 metres of the dive shop and super easy beach entry. The open water dives and wrecks are all there. Dive Albatrross passage every morning is recommended with pygmy seahorses at one end for a macro dive (hard to take off the wide angle thou) . I was there for 10 days diving and DEFINIELY going back for another 10 as really did less than half the dive sites. Put it on the bucket list and combine with Walinidi/FeBrinina, Tawali or Golden Dawn Easter fields. Simply supurb centre of Coral Triangle diving.

Visited on 11/2013 - Submitted on 10/30/2014


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