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Walindi Resort is a small dive resort, situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay, Northern New Britain, Papua New Guinea’s largest island.
The Plantation that surrounds Walindi was originally established in 1935. In 1983 Walindi Plantation Resort was born out of the interest of visiting local and overseas scuba divers who recognized the incredible quality of diving that this area has. Since this time Walindi has become world famous for its diving and hospitality.
Walindi's accommodation consists of 12 self contained, comfortable bure style bungalows spread along the beach front, and surrounded by rainforest gardens. The bungalows are constructed of local materials and timbers, with thatched roofs. They are all fully screened, with private bathroom, a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, and ceiling fans.
The resort also offers a dining room, lounge and bar area, swimming pool and sun deck, and tennis courts. The dining room offers three meals daily, and fare is Western and Asian style buffet meals, delicious and plentiful, featuring local seafoods, fruits and vegetables, and special dietary requests are accommodated wherever possible.
There is also a large reference library, encompassing marine life and photography books, local terrestrial life and history information, and a small fiction selection.
The resort can also arrange a game of golf at the local Kimbe course, or a visit to the hot springs.
Walindi Diving has three day dive boats operating from the resort daily, taking 6-8 divers each, and diving is on the many beautiful Walindi Reefs in Kimbe Bay. Most of the reefs are a photographer's paradise, all of them have an incredible array of marine life, from the smallest to the largest creatures and corals. Inglis Shoal and Kimbe Island Bommie are sea mounts, and attract the larger fish and sharks, as does North Emma Reef. Divers will appreciate the dive shop’s full range of equipment as well as the onsite photo center.
Voted as the best diving Resort anywhere in the world by reader surveys, the staff and hospitality at Walindi will ensure your stay is memorable.
Photographs courtesy of Walindi Plantation Resort