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“Mixed blessings” 3 of 5 stars
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Lissenung Island Resort
2.0 of 5 Villa   |   P.O. Box 536, Kavieng 631, Papua New Guinea   |  
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“Mixed blessings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

This resort is located on its own idyllic island, near to the small village/town of Kavieng on New Ireland. It is a terrific setting for those wanting to get away from the stresses of the modern world.

The rooms are pretty comfortable and clean. There is no TV but that was a blessing to us. The facilities could be improved with hot water but I suppose that is an issue with power generation on such a remote island. However the resort does advertise free wifi internet throughout, yet the router is not strong enough to receive a signal in any of the rooms except the main office.

The resort itself is quite simple, with a main sand-floored dining area. There are no other facilities to speak of, except for the dive centre and house reef. The food was generally well cooked and is all-inclusive. Though the resort generally offers only 1 main dish per sitting so if you don’t like it, tough! I found the food not to my own taste – rather bland and western orientated, generally with no sauces (very dry). The selection of vegetables is low quality and poor variety. Again, I’m sure this is a result of the remoteness of location, but customers are paying a high price for food and board and so one can expect a little better.

The main problem with the resort though is the dive operation – an integral part of the resort. The divemaster is Japanese and does not speak enough English to be able to deliver any kind of useful briefing. Nor does she point out much on the dive so one gets the feeling that the diving could be that much better if only the DM service was up to scratch. The dive boat too is very small and uncomfortable. The dive ladder is a rickety affair that tore a great hole in one customer’s wetsuit and is just a more serious accident waiting to happen. At US$ 65-75 per dive, this is very much over-priced. The diving itself was mixed – we had 1 excellent dive (Planet Channel), 1 good dive, a few average dives, and 1 poor dive.

The resort staff are friendly, but the management make the resort staff uneasy and could do a lot more to improve guest relations.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

We stayed there for a week and wish we would have spent our entire vacation elsewhere in PNG. This resort is completely overrated. Best thing about the resort was leaving.

1. dive boats were in terrible condition with nails sticking out, causing several us to get holes in our wet suits; big boat was out of commission the entire time we were there and had been out of the water for at least two weeks prior to our arrival (why can't they keep spare sparts in such a remote location?)
2. the boats took in water
3. many of the tanks leaked
4. at one of the dives, Bottleshop-a critter dive, the DM was looking for discarded fishing hooks instead of critters
5. food was very small portions and kitchen often ran out of seconds
6. DMs were not actual certified DMs
7. no hot water for showers
8. no A/C
9. paper thin walls meant no privacy; we could hear our neighbors going to the bathroom
10. there were too many divers on the boat (10); on a small boat
11. short staffed; one captain per 8-10 people and no one to help the divers when returning to the boat
12. no shower near dive shop
13. no facilities for photographers
14. dirty water bins for wet suits and cameras
15. poor attention to dive safety: when DM removed regulators from the tank, the O-ring fell out and he proceed to close the cap without the O-ring before I instructed him to "hold off" and find an o-ring
16. when they met us at the airport, they had one car and one person (a small japanese DM) to help us with our luggage. the car was totally full and the small japanese woman struggled to get the luggage into the van by herself, not to mention the car was so full with all of us plus our luggage
17. no amenities provided- no shampoo, no power adapters, no soap

If the diving had been spectacular, we would not have minded, but they insisted on taking us to the dive sites "near" the resort. Also, the extra dives cost about $100 USD per dive, more expensive than any other resort we have ever visited. Having travelled so far for "great diving," we were truly disappointed. We travelled to another resort in PNG which was far better than Lissenung.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2009

Lissenung Is a well managed island dive resort 20 minutes boat ride from Kavieng. Owners Ange and Dietmar treat you as a family member rather than a guest. Accommodation is in extremely clean beach front bungalows that have all the basics you need including huge shady verandas. The bungalows are discreetly located around the beautiful small private island. (Sunset is a photographer’s dream). The house reef is truly fantastic – we bumped into a 2m Giant Barracuda, schools of Jacks and not to mention the great coral.

The dive operation is well run with good hire gear and all equipment is loaded and set up for you. They have a great mix of dive sites to suit individual diving preferences and skills but if you are looking for big fish remember that there will be current. They have a new twin outboard boat that is very quick to the dive sites and gives good shade during the surface intervals. Dive guides are locals who can be on the quiet side so you need to ask questions during briefings.

If you take the time to get to know the many staff from the nearby village, you will find them a great source of local information about life in PNG. If you have the time a day trip around Kavieng area is worth the effort.

Tips Take dive gloves and BYO spirits. Check out their web site and you tube listings.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 536, Kavieng 631, Papua New Guinea
Location: Papua New Guinea > Islands Region > Kavieng
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kavieng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Lissenung Island Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine a small tropical island covered in palm trees, surrounded by a white sandy beach, a beautiful house reef and some of the best diving, snorkeling and surfing in the world. Lissenung Island is located just a 20-minute boat ride from the airport in Kavieng, New Ireland Province. Nestled amongst natural surrounds traditionally-built bungalows accommodate a maximum of 14 guests. Forget your high heels, suits and ties; barefoot, tropical attire is our dress code. The open sided restaurant is where local and international cuisine is served, with local seafood featuring high. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included in the rates, which are per person. At Lissenung Island Resort, personal service is guaranteed and a visit here is truly exclusive! ... more   less 
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Lissenung Island Hotel Kavieng
Lissenung Island Resort Papua New Guinea/Kavieng

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