Diving New Ireland with Lissenung Island Resort
Situated beside a wonderful natural harbour at the tip of the island of New Ireland is the small provincial town of Kavieng, capital of New Ireland Province. Between here and New Hanover is a truly amazing series of islands, straits and passages that create some really exciting diving: Steffen Strait, Northeast Pass, Planet Channel, Albatross Passage and Byron Strait.
Currents can be strong here at times, but as the tide comes in, so too, come the fish to feed and the soft corals bloom in the rich waters. The tidal currents that sweep backwards and forwards between the myriad of tiny islands bring nutrients to tempt the larger fish from their open ocean homes.
Although many dive guides emphasize the superb pelagic encounters to be found in the waters off Kavieng, there are also many beautiful and colourful smaller fish and invertebrates. Lagoons and mangroves around the islands form nurseries for many species of fish while sandy shelves, too shallow for large fish to hunt, provide some fascinating dive sites.
Lissenung Island itself offers some great shore diving and photographic opportunities. At least six species of anemonefish can be found on the ‘house reef’, as well as many other reef fish including the strange Bigmouth Mackerel (schools of which open their mouths in unison to trawl for food), hawkfish, delightful little Black-tailed Dascyllus and shrimp gobies. Juvenile Black-tip Reef Sharks hunt the border between the sand flat and the reef. At night there are iridescent squid, octopus and numerous shrimps and crabs.
|Price per diver in USD|
6N Diving Kavieng with Lissenung Island Resort; Includes 10 guided boat dives over 5 diving days
|Valid from Apr 01, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019.|
|Budget Room ~ Shared facilities||1890||1750||1190||1050|
|Extension Night (Includes 02 dives for Divers)||305||285||165||145|
|Standard Room ~ Ensuite||2240||1890||1540||1190|
|Extension Night (Includes 02 dives for Divers)||355||305||215||165|
|Land price excludes air passage to/from Kavieng. Please check with us for our special airfare on Air Niugini.|
- Return airport/boat transfers at Kavieng airport
- 06 nights accommodation in Lissenung Island Resort
- All meals while in Lissenung
- 10 guided day boat dives over 05 diving days
- Free shore diving at House Reef up to 18:00 hours
- Tanks, weights, weight belts
- Air passage to/from Kavieng Airport on New Britain island. Please check with us for our special wholesale airfare between Singapore and Kavieng on Air Niugini.
- Visa on arrival @ PGK100 per person (approx. SGD $56±)
- SGD $350 Air Niugini surcharge for non-Asian residents
- SGD $165 Air Niugini international peak-season surcharge
- Outbound SIN in January and February
- Inbound SIN in November and December 01-15
- All airport and related taxes
- Dive equipment rental
- Personal expenditure like phone calls, spa treatments, etc.
- Tips & gratuities for resort & dive crew
- Environmental & Safety Fees
- DANS insurance is mandatory
Air Niugini Flight Schedules
SIN/POM/SIN (International, ex-Singapore)
123..6. PX 393 SIN/POM 2015/#0450
...4... PX 393 SIN/POM 2035/#0510
.....6. PX 392 POM/SIN 1355/1815
123.... PX 392 POM/SIN 1410/1830
...4... PX 392 POM/SIN 1500/1920
......7 PX 228 POM/KVG 0950/1120
1234567 PX 274 POM1/KVG 1515/1745
1234567 PX 275 KVG1/POM 0550/0815
.2..... PX 229 KVG/POM 1300/1430
Lissenung Island Resort
Accommodation consists of 4 bungalows, 3 with 2 rooms, the other with single room. The bungalows are spread out to give guests maximum privacy.
The rooms are simple but comfortable with a ceiling fan, fly screens and mosquito net. Rooms 5 & 6 have their own ensuite bathroom each, with toilet, basin and shower. For the other rooms, the shared facilities are just a short stroll away.
There is a fully licensed restaurant and resident dive operator at Lissenung resort.
Fresh seafood, such as fish, crabs and crayfish (lobster) feature high on a menu where set meals are served, rather than actually giving out a menu to choose from. Special dietary requirements can be catered for by request. Most of the seafood and fresh fruit, such as pineapple and bananas is bought locally
Beer and Wine are available at the resort, but feel free to bring along your own alcoholic beverages. Spirits are often unavailable in PNG.
Lissenung Dive has a fully equipped dive shop and dive boat capable of carrying 6-8 divers.
There are daily boat trips to the outer reefs, drop offs and wrecks with a maximum of 3 dives per day offered.
Diving Kavieng, New Ireland
New Ireland is known for its pelagic fish action, but you need currents to attract big fish. These currents can sometimes be strong and make diving a little difficult. Our experienced dive staff will show you the easiest and safest way to dive with us and once you’ve made it, you will be rewarded with world-class diving.
Please keep in mind that nature prevails and that strong currents (and pelagics) cannot be guaranteed to occur daily, or to run the right direction. There are no working tide tables for the Kavieng area, so where normally, the incoming and outgoing tides move in a 6-hour interval, we can have 10 hours of outgoing tide, followed by 3 hours of incoming, followed by another 9 hours of outgoing.
It would also be wrong to come to Kavieng and expect to see just big fish and lots of sharks. There is so much more to see in these waters if one looks beyond the pelagics and keeps an open mind about the diving on offer. After all, Papua New Guinea’s oceans are part of the Coral Triangle and have one of the largest bio-diverse reefs in the world!