Friday, January 25, 2013

South Pacific Explored

Our consultant was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. This was a very complicated trip and everything worked. We spent a month visiting New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It was fantastic!

Out of the four diving resorts we stayed in, Lissenung was undoubtedly the best. A beautiful private island fringed with a white sand beach, you can walk around it in just 20 minutes. It's in New Ireland, just a short boat journey from Kavieng and we visited in the middle of June - the start of the dry season. However, it can still rain and a thunderstorm is not uncommon.

The diving was great - quite challenging at times. The two best dives were Albatross Passage with sharks, rays and colourful corals on the walls and Deep Pete, a plane wreck at 40 metres. This was an amazing sight as you descended because it was completely covered in shoalds of sweetlips and other fish, including lion fish. The resort has a very photographer friendly set up, so snap away!

The owners, Ange and dietmar are lovely - we felt so welcome. Their dog, Chivas, entertained us by swimming with Lissy the turtle who returns annually after laying her eggs somewhere safe!
Paula & Dougie N, Jun '12

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