Lissenung village tours
Lissenung Island is just one of many islands in New Ireland Province and many of our neighbouring islands are inhabited. The area counts more than 149 islands, which are surrounded by the Bismarck Archipelago to the south-west and the South Pacific Ocean to the north-east. Join us on a visit to those island villages and experience what life without running water, without electricity, without TV and Internet is like. Where kids still play outside, not sit in front of the TV all day. Happy kids, who love to swim, show you their home, practice their English on you and have their picture taken and then see themselves inside that little box.
You will be accompanied by one of our local guides, who will open the door to their homes to you and let you experience their life for a short while. You will find out why the islanders have a separate Haus Kuk (kitchen), how copra is made, and if you are lucky, you might even get to watch the weavers make floor mats or bline, which we use for the walls in all our bungalows. At Enuk Island, our first visit is to one of the two schools. If you have brougth some pencils, excerise books etc. with you, now is the time to hand them over to the headmaster. He/she will make sure that the presents are divided equally. Many of our Australian guests have had a fun game of touch footy here, and usually, the kids out-run the grown-ups!
At Nusalomon, we check out some remnants from WWII. Up a small hill, a Japanese bunker is still almost intact and although the trees and scrub have grown a fair bit since 1945, you can see why it was positioned right there: The soldiers would have had a great view of Kavieng Harbour.
A little further along one of the gun emplacements has survived time and is still in one piece. The local kids use this as their playground.
After the short walk on Nusalomon, we head over to Lemus Island for a snorkel. The former Governour of New Ireland, Ian Ling-Stucky, has a house here and if he is home, don’t be surprised if you are invited in for a cup of tea.
Enuk Island visit
$ 15 per person
1/2 day island village tour
$ 85 per person, min. 2 people
Full day island village tour
$ 160 per person, min. 2 people
Above rates include a guide, snacks and beverages and, for the full day tour, picnic lunch. A donation of the 30 PGK ($15) per person from the above rates goes to Enuk Island community and elementary schools.
Prices are applicable for bookings and payment made from outside PNG. Any bookings made whilst in PNG are subject to 10% GST
New Ireland Tours
During this tour, we leave the island right after lunch. We head to Kavieng by boat, where we change mode of transport and hop into our mini van for a ride down the Boluminsky Highway. The drive takes us along some stunnning coastal scenery, with some awesome reef breaks during the surf season. Our first stop is at Poliamba Oil Palm Plantation, where we will have a quick look at the plantation. It’s amazing to find out how the vegetable oil we use in the kitchen is actually made!
After a small snack, we will be on our way to Cathy’s Eelfarm at Laraibina Village. It’s not actually a farm in the true sense, but just Cathy’s house right next to a freshwater stream that connects with the ocean and where freshwater eels hang out until they give birth. These animals can grow up to 1.20 metre in length and are silky smooth. We hand-feed them canned tuna, and while they munch away, you can actually pet them.
Depending on time and the group, we might head down to Fissoa Village for a quick and very refreshing swim before slowly making our way back to Kavieng and Lissenung Island. If we are lucky, the school kids at Fissoa, which is a vocational training centre, will show us their skills on the ropes above the water.
Cost per person: PGK 320.00 per person, min. 2 people
Prices are applicable for bookings and payment made from outside PNG. Any bookings made whilst in PNG are subject to 10% GST.