Loloata resort set to re-open
redeveloped Loloata Island Resort, just out of Port Moresby, is set to re-open in February or March.
The new-look property, which originally opened in 1977 as a dive resort, will have 66 rooms, conference rooms, a pool, restaurant and bars.
Resort director Lew Nielsen says the resort’s main focus will continue to be on diving, but he says it will also appeal to business travellers and a new wave of tourists from Japan and China.
Nielsen says there will also be an attempt to attract visitors coming off the Kokoda Trail.
The island is near 29 major dive sites.
“It has a unique place in the PNG dive industry, maybe in the world,” says Nielsen. “It has spectacular diving and is probably the world’s best diving so close to a capital city.”
He believes the island will be attractive to business travellers from Port Moresby, which is only about 30 minutes away.
People can actually stay during a business trip, he says.
The resort is a joint project between Lamana Development and the superannuation fund NASFUND. ■
– DAVID JAMES
Taking shape … the Loloata Island Resort will welcome guests in the new year.