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Dive Review of Walindi Plantation Resort in
Papua New Guinea/West New Britain Island

August, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Eckes, CA, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"PNG Honeymoon"
Report Number 8049 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Sipadan, Truk Lagoon, Yap, Palau, Fiji,
Galapagos, La Paz, Cozumel, Philippines, Belize, Key West, California
Closest Airport
Getting There
LAX to Brisbane to Port
Moresby to Kimbe

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None. Divemasters accompanied both deep and shallow water divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Walindi doesn't have a dedicated camera room, however, the bungalow we
stayed in had a large room with an area dedicated to cameras. This area had
a large working table with a she ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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2 stars  

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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Walindi Plantation Resort was founded by Max and Cecilie Benjamin. Max
first traveled to PNG with the Australian Department of Agriculture 48
years ago and has never left. Max met Cecilie in PNG and I believe they
opened Walindi in the 80's. 

Margi and I were married in August 2014 and we opted to honeymoon in PNG.
After spending three nights in the highlands we flew down to Walindi
Resort, located in Kimbe Bay, on West New Britain Island. Our flights took
us from Los Angeles, CA, USA to Brisbane, Australia, to Port Moresby and
then New Britain Island.

The resort is very nice. They have two types of rooms: Bungalows and
Plantation House rooms. We opted for a larger Bungalow room. The rooms are
spacious with large camera tables. Power is supplied by generator from 6a
to 11p each day. They have installed an ingenious 12-volt power system for
when the generators are not running so that the room fans can run all
night. (Warning: the rooms lack air conditioning!) Mosquitos are prevalent
in that part of the world and the resort provided mosquito bedding which
was most effective.

The grounds of Walindi are well manicured and a nice path led from our
bungalow to the common areas where meals are served and divers convened
each day  ...
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