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 Diver's World
Needless 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.
Loloata's Dive Boat "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.
Where Fun And Relaxation Go Hand In Hand
If you're the type who likes to play "on water" Loloata offers facilities to help you fish, swim, kayak, windsurf -- even surfski!
Of course, for those who prefer their activities well and truly beached, you could power your way through a game of volleyball, work up a thirst over a game of deck tennis or table tennis for one of our famous Bootless Bay Thirst Quenchers, or challenge your friends to a good old fashioned game of darts.
However, when you're left feeling physically exhausted and in need of more cerebral pursuits, it's comforting to know that playing cards are available together with a variety of board games and an interesting library of videos on Papua New Guinea.
Early morning and late afternoon are also ideal times to go bushwalking or stroll along the beach and foreshore. It is possible to course the whole island in about an hour.
True Melanesian Hospitality And Traditional Flavours
As we like to encourage a more welcoming club-like atmosphere for our guests, hors d'oeuvre are served on the patio beside the bar every evening promptly at six o'clock.
Even dining on Loloata is a more relaxed a la natural event offering a selection of international cuisine superbly influenced by more traditional flavours. This is followed by a desert, an abundance of freshly roasted Highland Coffee, which is also complimentary any time of the day or night.
Special diets and vegetarian dishes can be accommodated with advance notice. Children's meals can also be served earlier if adults wish to dine alone.
Accommodation That Takes In The Sights And Sounds Of The Ocean
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.
The Perfect Way To Mix Business With Pleasure
As well as catering for holiday makers, diving enthusiasts and those who have perfected the art of relaxation, Loloata knows how to mix business with pleasure by providing excellent conference, seminar and work group facilities. So, whether you're breaking your journey in Port Moresby, getting away from it all, taking care of business or looking for that special holiday experience, come and enjoy all the treasures of Loloata Island Resort.