These waters of New Ireland are famed for the current and big pelagics that come with it. The place used to be overrun with sharks but dubious finning practices have reduced numbers significantly. However, since this practice was stopped, the sharks have been returning and on some dives it is now not uncommon to see up to 20 reef sharks (grey reef, white and black tip) on a single dive.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • If you like sharks, there are a couple of dives here you are going to love.
  • New Ireland is wonderfully remote. You really feel a million miles from anywhere.
  • Archaeological digs in New Ireland have discovered evidence of human settlement as long ago as 35,000 years.

Our Guide to New Ireland Diving Holidays

The island province of New Ireland in the far north of Papua New Guinea is a two-hour flight from Port Moresby. New Ireland is a far flung part of the country and one of the main attractions is the remoteness of it. Once there you really do feel that you have escaped.

Diving is the main activity here. These waters are famed for the current and big pelagics that come with it. The place used to be overrun with sharks but dubious finning practices have reduced numbers significantly. However, since this practice was stopped, the sharks have been returning and on some dives it is now not uncommon to see up to 20 reef sharks (grey reef, white and black tip) on a single dive. However, it's not just the big stuff that draws people here as the macro life is also superb. You will see large numbers of nudibranchs (always a favourite), leaf scorpionfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish and all manner of other interesting critters. You could easily dive here for a week without getting bored.

Away from the diving there is excellent surfing, good fishing, archaeological sites of interest...but this is more a place that you just come to be away from it all. And to dive to your hearts' content.


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Picture of a turtle in New Ireland in Papua New Guinea

Sitting on the beach on the private island of Lissenung watching the fisherman in the distance with no-one else around is pretty special.

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  • Average Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall — 18cm / 7.3 inches
  • Water Temp. — 29°C / 84°F
Flight from London

17:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs


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Lissenung Island Resort

New Ireland

The island province of New Ireland in the far north of Papua New Guinea is a two-hour flight from Port Moresby. From the provincial capital of Kavieng where you land, it is a ten minute drive and a further 20-minutes by speedboat to the private island retreat that is Lissenung Island Resort; a small and intimate island resort surrounded by beautiful white sand and turquoise blue seas.

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Well it really is back to earth with a bump after our fabulous holiday. Thank you very much for all your hard work. It really was a dream holiday.

Jane

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