Walindi Plantation Resort

 

Destination: Papua New Guinea

Talasea Highway, 621 Kimbe, Papua New Guinea | Full-board + 2 dives from $230++/ppn

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Walindi Plantation Resort Quick Pitch

Walindi Plantation Resort is an excellent destination for dive travel, with pristine reefs, amazing marine life and comfortable beach/rainforest accommodations.The resort nestles on the shores of Kimbe Bay, and Max & Cecilie Benjamin and their staff have been proudly showing off the Kimbe Bay reefs to visiting divers for over 25 years. Walindi Resort is also home port to the boutique Liveaboard Dive Vessel, MV FeBrina. With Captain Alan Raabe at the helm, FeBrina has been exploring the waters of New Britain further afield from Kimbe Bay for over 17 years.

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 20
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: tea/coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom with shower
  • Internet: Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Nearest Airport: Hoskins Airport (1 hour by car)
  • Babysitting service: Yes
  • Airport shuttle: Yes, surcharge
 

 

How to Get There

Getting to Walindi Resort and MV FeBrina is a short flight from Port Moresby to Hoskins airport, West New Britain. Flights into Port Moresby generally leave major Asian international airports in the morning. Transfers are available to and from Hoskins Airport. These are charged PGK 180 per person, return.  

 

Dive Overview 

The coral reefs around Walindi are extraordinarily rich. A recent coral count of Kimbe Bay revealed an incredible 413 species of hard coral. This is over half the total world species in one Bay, a truly remarkable statistic which makes Kimbe Bay the "Coral Capital of the World". Over 900 species of fish have been recorded and this number will continue to grow as more research is done.
 
 
 
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Accommodations

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Bungalow

All bungalows are fan cooled and fully screened. They each have a private verandah and ensuite facilities and are accessed by paths winding through the rainforest gardens. Bungalows can be reserved as a single, twin, double or triple. Each Bungalow includes:

  • 1 queen sized bed
  • 1 single bed
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fully screened and secure mesh windows
  • Kitchenette with small refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities
  • Writing desk
  • Private verandah
  • Fresh towels, soap and conditioning shampoo are provided daily
  • Daily laundry service included in the tariff
  • Hairdryer available on request for the duration of your stay
  • Power is 240 volt, with three pin Australian plugs
  • Each Bungalow also has a double 240V international power point

 

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Plantation House Room

Plantation House Rooms are fan cooled and fully screened. Each room has private ensuite facilities and similar features to the larger bungalow accommodation. Each block of four rooms shares a verandah. Plantation House rooms can be reserved as a single, twin or double. Each Plantation House Room includes:

  • 1 queen sized bed OR 2 single beds
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fully screened and secure mesh windows
  • Tea and coffee making facilities, small refrigerator
  • Writing desk
  • Shared verandah
  • Daily laundry service included in the tariff
  • Fresh towels, soap and conditioning shampoo are provided daily
  • Hairdryer available on request for the duration of your stay
  • Power is 240 volt, with three pin Australian plugs
  • Each room also has a double 240V international power point

 

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Resort Facilities

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Walindi Plantation Resort Features

  • Free Wifi internet at public places
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • On-site dive center: Walindi Dive Centre
  • Lounge and Library
  • Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
  • Resort boutique with a range of items for sale
  • Baby Sitting and Child Minding

 

Walindi Plantation Resort Food & Drinks

  • The restaurant offers delicious and plentiful three meals daily (included in the tariff) in Western and Asian style, featuring local seafood, fruits and vegetables
  • The bar is fully stocked with mixed drinks, beers, a selection of wine, soft drinks, bottled water and snacks and is open for most of the day

 

Walindi Plantation Resort Activities

  • Scuba Diving - Operates every day on a 2 or 3 tank per day basis. Comprehensive equipment available for hire from Walindi Dive Centre
  • Snorkeling - Equipment available for hire from the dive center
  • Swimming - Anywhere is suitable, the pool, jetty or along the beach
  • Walking - Casual walks with a guide are available
  • Birdwatching - Available with a guide

 

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Packages & Rates

Walindi Plantation Resort Accommodation & Diving Rates

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Accommodation Rates

Accommodation rates are per person and include all meals and daily laundry service.  

 

2019 Peak Rates

2019 Peak rates apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 1st January 2019 to 4th January 2019, 1st July 2019 to 30th November 2019, 20th December 2019 to 4th January 2020.

Occupancy

Bungalow

(per person)

Plantation House Room

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Availability

Single

US$295

US$210

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Double/Twin Share

US$220

US$155

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Triple Share

US$185

N/A

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2019 Mid Season Rates

2019 Mid Season rates apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019.

Occupancy

Bungalow

(per person)

Plantation House Room

(per person)

Availability

Single

US$265

US$200

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Double/Twin Share

US$195

US$145

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Triple Share

US$165

N/A

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2019 Off Peak Rates

2019 Off Peak rates apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 5th January 2019 to 31st March 2019, 1st December 2019 to 19th December 2019.

Occupancy

Bungalow

(per person)

Plantation House Room

(per person)

Availability

Single

US$236

US$190

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Double/Twin Share

US$175

US$140

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Triple Share

US$150

N/A

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Diving Rates

Diving rates are per person and do not include any equipment other than filled tanks and weight belt/weights.

 

2019 Diving Rates

2019 Peak rates apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 1st January 2019 to 4th January 2019, 1st July 2019 to 30th November 2019, 20th December 2019 to 4th January 2020.

2019 Mid Season rates apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019.

2019 Off Peak apply for all reservations for dates as follows: 5th January 2019 to 31st March 2019, 1st December 2019 to 19th December 2019.

Dive Rates

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Mid Season

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Off Peak Season

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2 dives (1 day) on day dive boat

US$180

US$168

US$155

3 dives (1 day) on day dive boat

US$220

US$205

US$190

6 dive package on day dive boat

US$440

US$410

US$375

10 dive package on day dive boat

US$735

US$680

US$630

12 dive package on day dive boat

US$828

US$768

US$720

- Environmental & Safety Fee of US$9 per diver/per day will be payable in advance for any prepaid diving, except in the case of 6, 10 & 12 dive packages where E&S Fees will be charged at conclusion of stay depending on number of days diving in total.

- Prepaid diving is non-refundable if service is not used.

- 6 and 10 dive packages can be redeemed flexibly over duration of stay (either 2 or 3 dives per day). Night dives are not included in dive packages and will be charged separately. E&S Fees on 6, 10 & 12 dive packages will be collected on departure.

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Important Notes

All tourism services prepaid from outside Papua New Guinea are exempt from GST charge. All rates quoted here do not include GST. All services purchased/paid for within PNG are subject to additional 10% GST charge.

 

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Dive Information

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Dive Overview

Visibility ranges from 80-150 feet and water temperature is between 85 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather is tropical with little seasonal variation. Diving is generally good in Kimbe Bay in all months of the year. Some months are considered to have "peak" diving conditions and can vary between the different areas. The different dive sites offer opportunities to see and photograph a wide range of marine life, including many varieties of fish, crustaceans and invertebrate life. There are resident schools of barracuda, tuna and jacks, and a wide range of shark species that includes hammerheads and silvertips. Turtles, rays and a rich variety of macro critters can be found.

 

Walindi Plantation Resort Dive Sites 

  • Kimbe Bay - Kimbe Bay is home to some of the healthiest coral, as well as some of the largest diversion of both coral and fish anywhere on the planet. Prof Charles Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science had this to say - "The coral reefs of Kimbe Bay take me back forty years to a time when corals grew in lush profusion, untroubled by the problems that beset them today ..." Walindi Resort dives over 40 moored reefs in Kimbe Bay. MV Febrina visits a select number of reefs in Kimbe Bay on most itineraries.
  • Witu Islands - Witu Islands are situated to the North West of Kimbe Bay and this area is visited by MV FeBrina at selected 
  • times during the year. A cross-section of diving includes seamounts and black sand bays around the islands.
  • Fathers Reefs - A long extinct volcanic caldera, Fathers Reefs are a series of offshore reefs located along the northern coastline of New Britain to the east of Kimbe Bay and are visited by MV FeBrina at selected times during the year.
  • South Coast - The reefs in the Gasmata and Lindenhaven areas on the Southern Coastline of New Britain are little-visited reefs featuring "critter diving". MV FeBrina dives in this area for limited departures, operation out of Rabaul.

 

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Dive Center Information

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Walindi Dive Overview

Walindi Dive runs three purpose built day boats that take between 8-12 divers and on average most of the dive sites are about 30-40 minutes from the resort (the furthest dive site they regularly go to is just over an hour away). "Cheyne" and "Charmaine" are their two larger purpose built day dive vessels, complemented by "Ema", a slightly smaller vessel. They operate on a 2 or 3 dives a day basis, so the diving can be pre-booked as 2- or 3- dives a day, or 6- or 10- dive packages if guests want to have the flexibility of choosing how many dives per day once they are here. The boats depart at 8 am and will return to the resort at approximately 2 pm (if doing two dives) or approximately 4 pm (if doing three dives) with lunch being served on board. 

 

Diving Facilities & Services 

  • Daily scuba diving and snorkeling excursions
  • Night diving and shore diving
  • Complete range of diver training courses
  • Dive and snorkel gear hire services
  • Dedicated underwater camera facilities
  • Equipment repair and service shop
  • Private charter service for any activity: birdwatching, diving, sightseeing or snorkeling
 

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Practical Information 

  • Languages: Japanese, English
  • Electricity: 240
  • Time zone: UTC +10
  • Payment: Cash or credit card (Visa, Master Card)

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Photos by Franco Banfi / Marcelo Krause / Darek Sepiolo / Cheyne Benjamin

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Reviews (1)

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I spent an amazing week at Walindi Resort, with fantastic diving, excellent service and delicious food. The marine life and health of the reefs was first rate, with a great variety of dive sites, all of which were excellent. The dive guides were very professional, knowledgeable and responsive to our needs. We saw a huge variety of marine life, including huge barrel sponges, Gorgonian fan corals, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Lemon Sharks, schools of Chevron barracuda, and Big-eye Trevally, as well as many smaller creatures such as nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, and pygmy frogfish. We did two dives every morning, flowed by a delicious buffet style lunch in the dive boat near Restorf Island, where we had opportunities to snorkel or swim after lunch. Dinner at night was also buffet style with a large array of different dishes, catering to all dietary needs and tastes.
Highly recommended as a dive destination.

Visited on 11/2014 - Submitted on 01/29/2015

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