4 – 24 June 2010
S2 39.879 E150 43.960 – Lissenung Island Resort
We totally adored our three weeks in Lissenung. We were so much at home it was LIKE being home. We could achieve so much portraying the many aspects of Kavieng’s village and marine life. First was an entire white board dedicated solely to us and our expedition’s objectives for New Ireland. When Ange and Dietmar Amon found out what it was we wanted, it became a serious business activity plan written down and checked every end of the day! The Lissenung Family Circus: L-R Missy, Chivas, Nozaki, Dietmar, Ange and Shrek on Ange's shoulder Quaint and charming, we could easily grow roots here and stay on and on . . . Bungalow 4 - our home away from home
Our bungalow was literally a half minute walk away from Yogi’s favorite coral reef & island split level site. We didn’t need to walk far to watch the brilliant sunsets, the highly photogenic reefs and also for fishermen passing by with their canoes. An almost daily occurrence in June, wild skies after the sun sets at 6:20 pm A walk out of our Lissenung Island bungalow, we find these beautiful shallow reefs at low tide Finding Nemo is not so hard here. They are all over the shallow sandy bottom. Scientists and researchers are finding out that these True Clownfish or Amphiprion percula like the taste of tropical island waters and not offshore reefs. They like the tea tasting environment with leaves coming from tropical island trees! Fisherman from Enuk with a set net standing on his dugout canoe
A none diving day trip brought us to a peculiar location in mainland Kavieng where massive wild river eels came out to get a feeding of canned tuna! At first glance I thought they were sharks! A former Air Niugini flight attendant and her daughter-in-law are called the Eel Ladies of Kavieng and with tuna in a pot, the eels come for a feeding Like from another planet, these massive eels, around 6 or so, slithered around Yogi's legs and tried to bite his fingers. They performed to awestruck tourists
The Kavieng Market Saturday morning is market day at the Kavieng harborside. Vegetables, mud crabs and much to our horror, cuscus are sold for food Oh what a cute pet, we might all think. And probably this one is. But cuscus are generally sold in markets like these for food
The Lissenung staff went every early Saturday to the Kavieng market for all the ingredients of the food we were having. Every morning, Nozaki prepared 2 eggs sunny side up for Yogi's breakfast. The eggs were special as they had new faces every morning. One day, another guest had the same eggs and Yogi's possessive reflex made him exclaim "Hey those are mine!"
Fresh seafood are delivered straight to the resort by fishermen from nearby Enuk Village. Fish, lobsters, mud crabs – we were in seafood heaven . . . Great tapas of lobsters, squid, seared raw tuna & chicken with beat, orange and walnut salad - our final lunch in this wonderful resort Mama Rachel proudly shows us the eclectic but sumptuous Mumu, barbeque & sushi meal we were about to have for dinner in Lissenung Island Resort's dining area
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