Walindi Plantation Resort, established in 1983, is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Celebrating over 25 years of operation, the resort is world famous for its quality of diving, international award-winning photography and warm hospitality. The resort's guest book reads like a Who's Who in the world of Sport Diving and Underwater Photography and the resort has been voted to have the "best diving from a resort anywhere in the world" by reader surveys.
Personalized attention in an informal atmosphere is the essence of the Walindi Plantation Resort experience. Relaxing surroundings and friendly staff welcome you with a smile and genuine hospitality .... you will feel at home the moment you arrive.
With only 12 bungalows and eight "Plantation House" rooms, crowds and queues are not something you will find at Walindi. Accommodation is spread along the beach front, nestled in tropical rainforest gardens, ensuring privacy and seclusion when you want it.
Bungalow facilities include ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans, large windows to catch the tropical breezes, kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, and private verandas overlooking the beach and gardens.
Plantation House Rooms are in blocks of 4 rooms, slightly smaller than the bungalows and with all the same facilities, except each block of four rooms share one veranda.
The central resort area, just a short stroll from your accommodation, is the social hub of Walindi and includes the tropical and airy reception and dining room, lounge and bar area, swimming pool, sundeck, boutique and a comprehensive library with computers for guest internet connection. Wireless internet is available in the main resort area. Meal times are a social gathering of guests and staff alike, a chance to share your individual experiences of the day.
The restaurant offers three meals daily and is Western and Asian style, delicious and plentiful, featuring local seafood, fruits and vegetables. The beef served is produced on neighbouring Numundo Plantation.
Meals are at set times ... Special dietary requests will be accommodated wherever possible.
The bar is fully stocked with mixed drinks, beer, a selection of wine, soft drinks, bottled water and snacks, and is open for most of the day.
Lounge and library
The library/lounge is air-conditioned, with comfortable seating and an extensive reference library, encompassing marine life, underwater photography, local terrestrial life and history information. A small fiction section is also housed. Television viewing is available as well as a selection of movies or documentaries on DVD.
Diving in Papua New Guinea
Catering to a small number of guests at the resort means you receive undivided attention, yet the freedom to feel every dive has been made for you alone. Good company, great food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect backdrop while you enjoy the delights of Kimbe Bay diving.
Walindi is famous worldwide for its scuba diving and snorkelling. Over 900 species of fish and 420 species of coral at last count can be found within Kimbe Bay itself - that is over half the total world species of hard corals in one Bay, a truly remarkable statistic. Photographically spectacular, underwater images taken in the bay have consistently won the most prestigious underwater photography competitions in the world, including the Festival Mondial de L'Image Sous-Marine, Antibes, France.
Walindi Dive is the resort dive centre, and the staff strive to go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable dive experience. Your gear awaits you at the jetty, and will be stripped down and cleaned at the end of each diving day, while you relax and enjoy your vacation time. Three purpose built dive boats transport you to a diverse range of sites, most within 45 minutes of the resort. Diving operates every day on a 2 or 3 dive per day basis. Dive equipment is available for hire, along with nitrox.
With in excess of thirty dive sites to choose from, whatever your diving pleasure, be it the absorbing intricacies of macro diving or the explosion of colour on our coral reefs, you will be spoilt for choice.
Walindi is also the home port for one of Papua New Guinea's premier liveaboards, MV FeBrina (12 passengers). FeBrina visits the off shore Witu Islands and Father's Reef systems on the north coast of West New Britain, along with seasonal excursions to Rabaul and South Coast New Britain waters.
When You’re Not Diving
Other Walindi Plantation Resort activities are bird watching, visit and swim in thermal springs, viewing WWII wrecks, Kimbe town tour, rainforest walks, village visits and oil palm industry excursions.
- Power at the resort is 240 volt and supplied by generators
- All plugs are Australian three pin style
- Spring water at Walindi is perfectly sound and completely free of added chemicals
- Wireless internet facility is available and complimentary for guest use
- Airport transfers are available in the resort's air-conditioned mini-buses. The airport is 60km from the resort