Loloata Island Resort
From $205 Per Night Twinshare
Your Place In New Guinea
Loloata offers the unique qualities of convenience and natural beauty. The resort island is only 15 minutes from the international airport in Port Moresby, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away on this beautiful Melanesian garden isle.
Loloata and its surrounding reefs and islands are the perfect nature study and are regularly visited by botanists, marine biologists and others with a special interest in our flora, fauna and rarer marine species.
A Brief History
The name Loloata is made from two Motu words, “loloa” and “ta” which mean “hill” and “one.” So literally the name means “one hill.”
The main house was built as a private residence in the early 60’s and, at one stage, chicken farming was attempted.
In 1970, Loloata was established as a weekend resort, and in 1978 was run as a licensed full-time resort catering to holiday makers, diving and water enthusiasts and a wide range of government and private enterprise conference groups.
A short walk away beside the foreshore, your colonial-style elevated unit offers superb facilities and features a wide verandah where you can lounge and take in uninterrupted ocean views. or simply stretch out and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the foreshore.
Twenty-three (23) beach front units accommodating up to three (3) persons per room – (extra beds can be arranged for families). All units have ensuite bathroom and balcony.
•Loloata Island Resort has a licensed restaurant which serves either fixed menu or smorgabord meals and a fully stocked bar. Special diets can be catered for by prior arrangement.
•Conference facilities are available on the island.
•The Resort runs 24 hour 240 volt power.
•Fresh water is supplied from rainwater tanks and two desalination plants.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the balcony in the main building. There is a set menu served buffet style. Please let the office staff know if you are a vegetarian or require a special menu or have special dietary requirements. Children’s meals can be served earlier on request, just let the office staff know in advance.
Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM
Hor d’oevers: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Inside the building you will find the Loloata Island Resort bar, open from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM on a daily basis. There are a large variety of drinks available; one suggestion is our “Bootless Bay Thirst Quencher” with dark rum and lime. There is also a stock of good Australian wines, and, of course, Nuigini beer. We would prefer that you do not bring any of your own drinks into the licensed premises.
In the main building you will find a lunge area. Here you can relax, have a drink before dinner, while the staff serve you hors d’oevers, usually 6:00 PM.
Tea and Coffee:
On the coffee table inside the building near the bar you will find freshly roasted highland coffee and tea, available any time of the day. This is served with compliments of the management.
•Two 10 metre purpose built aluminum dive boats powered by Volvo diesel engines. The boats carry up to 10 divers plus crew at up to 20 knots. Equipped with electronic navigation, VHF radio, life jackets, life raft, flares, oxygen, first aid and an EPIRB. A hot/cold shower is available for rinsing. Towels, refreshments and snacks are provided.
•Rental equipment – Scubapro regulators and BCDs, Suunto/Aladin dive computers, masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits. Torches and cameras are not available for rent at this time.
•Scuba equipment repairs and servicing to most common brands.
•Retail sales – BCDs, regulators, wetsuits, masks, snorkels, fins, torches and various accessories.
•A wet area is provided behind the Dive Centre for washing and drying cameras/videos and diving gear.
•240 volt charging outlets available. These are Australian type sockets. Adaptors for UK, Europe and USA are available for purchase on the Island.
Next to the bar there is a little marine life libary. You are welcome to take books to the lounge, but please put them back when you are finished.
The tap water in your room is safe to drink. It is either filtered rainwater or it is desalinated water.
The power we provide here at Loloata is 240 volts and will be provided 24 hours a day.
International and local telephone calls can be made in the office.
Internet service is available in the office. 15 Kina per 30 minutes. Please do not expect it to be fast, as it is still the tropics and not always working properly!
A laundry service is available. Laundry bags and forms can be found in the drawer of your beside cupboard. Please put your clothes in the bag, fill out the form and drop it to the girls in the office by the bar. If you take the laundry in the morning, you will usually get it back by late afternoon, weather dependent.
A Divers World
Port Moresby, dive resort, Loloata, scuba diving, underwater photography, Papua New Guinea, Niugini, Island ResortNeedless to say, in such an aquatic wonderland, there is a world of discovery for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Local divers, island guests and our scuba schools enjoy escorted trips to nearby reefs and Lion Island, which is famous for its many species or hard corals.
And for the initiated, Loloata’s world class scuba services offer adventurous wreck dives throughout Bootless Bay, night dives and superb diving excursions to nearby Horshoe Reef Marine Park.
Port Moresby, dive resort, Loloata, scuba diving, underwater photography, Papua New Guinea, Niugini, Island ResortLoloata’s dive operation operates two dive boats. “Dive Loloata” is a purpose-built 9 meter aluminium monohull, designed to cater for ten divers and three crew. “Dive Loloata” features a cruise speed of 20 knots, comfortable seating and tank racks, hot shower, camera rinsing facilities and dual re-entry ladders. GPS, depth sounder, plotter and radios complete the navigation equipment. “Dive Loloata” operates to more than 30 moored dive sites all within 10 to 30 minutes of the resort. The second boat is a 7 meter fiberglass banana boat powered by a diesel outboard, able to carry 5 divers plus crew at 15 knots.
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Itinerary & Schedule
•Boat departs Loloata Island Resort Jetty at 8.00 a.m. for two morning dives returning to the Island at midday for lunch.
•Boat departs Loloata Island Resort Jetty at 2.00 p.m. for one afternoon dive returning to the Island at around 4.30 p.m.
•Night dives are available on request.
The Diving Season:
Late December until early April is the wet season:
The sea is usually relatively calm, but the visibility declines through the wet season.
Late April until late May is the doldrums:
The sea is usually calm and the visibility begins to improve.
Early June until early October is the dry season:
Southeast trade winds blow at this time, making the sea sometimes quite choppy, the visibility is quite good.
Late October until early December is the doldrums again:
This is when the best diving is to be had with calm seas and good visibility.
•Diving is run all year round and even during bad weather some dive sites are still accessible.
•Water temperature ranges from 25 degrees C (76 degrees F) in August and September up to 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) in March and April
•We advise divers to wear a Lycra skin to prevent sunburn and stings. During the cooler months a 3mm wetsuit or thicker is recommended.