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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lissenung Island Hotel Kavieng
- Lissenung Island Resort Papua New Guinea/Kavieng