Lissenung Island is like a small paradise in the middle of the South Pacific, just one resort on a very pretty island, how much more secluded can it be? This pearl of an island is very close to fantastic reefs which are amongst the finest in PNG. The island is a short boat ride away from Kavieng and has a fully qualified PADI dive base. Lissenung Island has a soft pink sand beach, which is extremely rare in PNG; the perfect place for happy hour drinks as the sun goes down.
Lissenung Island Resort has come a long way since the mid 1990s, when the little resort appeared on the international dive market. The rough edges have been 'filed away', and without changing the lovely and unpretentious setting of this quiet and remote island, Dietmar and Ange, the owners of Lissenung Island have made considerable improvements to the accommodations and facilities.
Nearby Kavieng, the main town of New Ireland province, is a remote area even by PNG standards. Supply ships arrive irregularly, and produce we all take for granted at our local supermarkets may be scarce for months at a time. Under these difficult circumstances the inventive menus prepared in the Lissenung kitchen deserve high praise indeed, as does their little herb and vegetable patch. Fish, lobster, crayfish and chicken feature quite often, and vegetarian versions may also be ordered at any time, though meat and milk products are always difficult to find in this part of the world.
Lissenung Island Resort, a small, lovely resort with only 8 rooms for max. 16 guests. It is a real gem! There are 4 beach front bungalows, each has 2 rooms. The 4 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 fourth bungalow also has two rooms, but they share one bathroom, which is located between the two rooms and is accessible from the veranda. As the island is only 350m x 80m, all bungalows are ocean-front.
An on-demand hot water system has been installed in all standard room bathrooms for hot showers. Guests should be mindful of water consumption as the resort relies mainly on rain water. Every room has ceiling fans, fly-screens and mosquito nets. Sandy pathways, fringed by fragrant floral plants and tropical shrubs, meander between all bungalows and beach facilities. At night solar lights lead the way to the main house.
The main house
The main house was designed to let nature in, with a sandy floor, handcrafted furniture and comfortable lounges and beautifully decorated with masks and other local artwork. This is where everyone comes together a few times a day for lovingly prepared meals, games and stories or a quiet afternoon with a good book. Next door and adjacent to the dive shed is the newly-built, spacious and airconditioned office with separate desks for guests who would like to send emails or digitalise their photographs.
Excursions to neighbouring islands and village visit are easily arranged. With a maximum of only 14 divers and snorkellers Lissenung is often booked out by families or friends travelling together and thus enjoying their own private island, and even fully booked this island will never feel crowded.
Lissenung Island Resort has stable mobile phone reception. Prepaid local SIM cards are available. Some rooms and all common areas have free wireless internet access for guests. The resort also provides a guest computer for internet access upon request.