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Dive Review of FeBrina/Walindi Resort in
Papua New Guinea/New Britain

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Wicksten, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4904
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Galapagos, W. Mexico, California, Gulf
of Mexico, Florida, Bonaire, Cayman Is., Bahamas, Turks & Caicos,
Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits recommended  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Dedicated rinse buckets, staff handed down cameras from dive platform. Very
good camera table but careless divers often put soft drinks, coffee,
cigarettes next to my camera--yuck! (Worst offender screamed if you got
near his stuff).  Must bring your own computer if you shoot digital, no
nearby processing if you shoot film. No extra film or batteries readily
available, either. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Got a discount fare on Qantas with connections through Brisbane from Los
Angeles. All flights on time but lots of trouble with weight limits,
changeable at each airline and each airline's desk! Customs and check-in
disorganized in Port Moresby. Be sure your connections have plenty of time.
Australian customs a hassle coming back.

Walindi Resort lovely. Bungalows set in a lovely garden, birds and large
butterflies all over. Good food, fresh produce, local ice cream is great.
Good service. Local tours to see birds, hot springs, WWII airplane wrecks
available. Bring your own binoculars. Nearest town (Kimbe) doesn't have
much in the way of tourist traps but you can get necessities. Resort has
small day trip dive boats that stay in Kimbe Bay. Nice, but you'd have more
diving excitement by going out on the liveaboard. No diving from
shore--it's all a very shallow sand flat and sea grass bed. Diving lessons
for beginners in the boat basin.

Was on a special charter of the FeBrina to areas off the beaten path to the
northwest end of the island. Went into areas where there is no fishing,
probably never dived before. Calm, warm water; dived  seamounts and also
some "muck dives" in bays or old volcanic craters. Ran into
near-surface currents here and there but nothing that a reasonably fit
diver could not swim against. Reefs drop WAY down--watch your depth gauge!
Almost no coral bleaching or algal mats, no trash or signs of fishing.
Fish, fish, fish! Met up with a school of bumphead parrotfish, each
weighing several hundred pounds and close to 4 feet long apiece! Sharks
(whitetip and reef) shy except at Inglis Shoals where they are fed. Saw
some green and hawksbill turtles, wrong time of year for mantas but lots of
bluespotted rays. What other kinds of fish would you like? Over 800 species
have been reported in the area. We saw flame, blacktail and decorated
dartfish, mandarinfish, three kinds of bannerfish, close to 20 species of
butterflyfish, signal and clown gobies, four types of anemonefishes, two
species of lionfish, huge schools of unicornfish, fusiliers and chromis,
etc. Big fish included dogtooth tuna, giant moray, chevron barracuda
schools and a few "whopper" grouper; also a huge stonefish on a
night dive (watch out!). All sorts of invertebrates--commensal shrimp that
live amidst corals or on sea urchins, burrowing snapping shrimp with their
gobies, some really weird looking anemones, hard and soft corals, black
corals, whip corals, sea cucumbers, cushion and other starfishes, weird
worms (but no fireworms) and nudibranchs galore. Saw only one cuttlefish;
one banded sea snake. 

Dive boat very comfortable. Laundry is done daily, so you have soft towels
and clean clothes all the time. Good food, wine with meals, baked goods AM
and snacks (including fresh tuna sashimi) PM. Gear stowed in your own
cubbyhole. Dive crew fills tanks, sets up gear for every dive, hands it
down to you. You usually dive off the stern platform, very easy steps up
and down. For a few dives,we took a smaller boat, did a back roll and
handed our gear back up afterwards, then climbed a small ladder. Dive
guides attentive. If you wanted to find something in particular, they
helped you find it. Boat has oxygen on board but nobody had any trouble.
They keep track of "wayward" divers, including one guy who always
ended up coming up alone, last and away from everyone else. Note that this
might not be the best boat for beginners. They do not hold your hand or
keep everyone on a "short leash". 

Getting to New Britain from the U.S.A. is likely to take at least 20 hours
including lay-overs or more.You'll have to decide what is the minimum you
can take to meet those weight limits.  Save up your money, endure the long
flights and hassles and go if you can. This area is one of those places you
hear about--never been dived, gorgeous and largely unspoiled. 
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