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Dive Review of Walindi in
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay

Walindi, Aug, 2006,

by Lori Brown, Chris Green, WA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 2618.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving North Carolina, California, Washington, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We used the kitchen area in our bungalow to set up camera and charge batteries.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Walindi Resort is on a Palm Plantation in the West New Britain Province on Kimbe Bay about an hour ride from Hoskins Airport. This is the second time we have been to the resort. We were there during the windy winter time so there were few guests diving. That meant we had the dive sites to ourselves.

Immediately after our arrival and a brief lunch, we went out for a boat dive. Our first dive was at the aptly named Hanging Garden. As soon as we went down, my husband spotted a fair sized octopus. It retreated into its crevice but after a few minutes came back out allowing us to look at it until we tired of it and moved on. Hanging garden has tiers of overhanging coral covered with sponges, soft coral, and sea fans.

We dived the Zero Japanese WWII plane wreck which was discovered by fisherman in 2000. It is near the shore at about 50 ft. The water was amazingly clear and the plane is intact and covered with a beautiful layer of encrusting sponge. There is an anemone on the hind part of the cockpit and the cockpit was filled with fish, including a lionfish. There were two pipefish on the wing and an assortment of gobies. The plane was surrounded by gobie/shrimp pairs. During our safety stop, there were three little squid directly under the boat. As I ascended, they squirted their ink and jetted away. It was most amazing and almost comical. The ink hung in three little blobs, not concealing the squid at all. Then the squid (I imagined they were overcome by curiosity) came back under the boat and hovered nearby for the remainder of the safety stop.

Another great dive was Kirsty Jane. There were amazing sea fans, whips, and bright orange anemones. We saw a small black tip reef shark. There was a huge baitball of silvery fish moving along the surface of the reef: they looked like magically flowing silver. We searched the gorgonian fans for pygmy seahorses and were rewarded with a few. There were swarms of fish all around.

After picnicking on Rensdorf Island, we went for a leisurely shallow dive. There was a yellow colored coral covered with dozens of shrimp and a little orange cling fish. We also spotted a twinspot (signal) goby, a yellow goby paired with 2 shrimps, and a lone barramundi cod.

We went on a land tour to the hot springs nearby. It is a half hour trip from the resort and a dip in the therapeutic spring seems to have cured all my ills (although the cure didnt seem to last long since I did have to go back to work when I got home).

The diving was as wonderful as I remembered it from years ago when we were at Walindi. But some aspects of the resort itself seemed to be on the decline. At the same time that they were renovating the central resort, including the office and gift shop, the accomodations in the bungalow seemed to have declined. The sheets in our bungalow were threadbare and torn, the shower in the bathroom rusty, the bathroom and the towels were musty, the hot water pot in the kitchenette didnt work, and the upholstery on the furniture was a bit worse for the wear. On the first full day of diving, there was a problem with the boat and it was grinding away at half-speed so we ended up not going to our first choice of dives (a further site), but to two closer sites that we could reach in the impaired boat. The consequently long trip on the choppy water took its toll on my son, who became seasick as a result. I would readily return to Walindi again, especially paired with a trip on the Star Dancer, because the diving is so great there. It just didnt seem to be the bright penny that I remembered from years past.
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