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Dive Review of Walindi Plantation Resort in
Papua New Guinea/Bismarck Sea, New Britain isle

Walindi Plantation Resort: "A great resort for divers", Nov, 2022,

by Steven Moore, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 12209 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments We’ve talked for years about staying at Walendi Plantation, but the lengthy travel always discouraged the trip. This year, the visit came together in just over 2 weeks when our previously (2+ years) dive trip was cancelled abruptly due to airline issues in the South Pacific. (More on Air Niugini later.) I had visited Papua New Guinea in 2000 as part of a month-long liveaboard dive and cultural trip, including one night’s dinner at Walendi, but didn’t remember anything much about the resort since we stayed on the beach and ate outdoors that night. What I did remember was the diving back then. Lots and lots of diverse marine life, some wonderful reefs and intense bommie dives, and people who were very friendly and welcoming.

Walendi Plantation Resort’s websites (www.walendi.com and www.walendiresort.com) describe them well. The main focus is on the diving, although they do advertise other activities for either non-divers or for surface interval/pre-flight days. Non-divers might not enjoy the stay as much as divers, however, since options are limited for land-side action.

The resort’s main building contains the office, kitchen, an air conditioned room for breakfast, lunch, and a small library with television, the open-air dining area and a small open-air bar with 2-3 tables. The smallish swimming pool is located at the edge of a well-maintained deck here, as are several outdoor tables/chairs/stools. Guests stay in either individual bungalows or in buildings that hold four “Plantation House Rooms”. All have individual bathrooms with a small refrigerator and storage areas. And while the ceiling fans generally worked well, the lack of air conditioning in any of the guest rooms was an issue during the long, hot afternoons each day. On those days, we spent blocks of several hours in the main building’s “library” where it was cool, and we had access to the bar and restaurant. Room rates include all meals, wi-fi only at the main building, and one additional significant benefit: daily l ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (x5), Caribbean, Alaska
Closest Airport Hoskins Getting There HARD. Inbound Air Niugini to Port Moresby, then 6-hour wait in the hot, crowded, dirty, Domestic terminal. Then a 1hr flight to Hoskins followed by a 1 1/4 hour drive on rough roads in the resort van. Return trip was a nightmare. Air Niugini cancelled our 7am and 11:30am flights, and the 1pm flight had only a 20min window before the scheduled international departure to Singapore. Airline staff went above/beyond to make it work, we sprinted and made it. Air Niugini cancelled flights all week.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82-87°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-75 Ft/ 6-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally stayed with a guide each dive, but free to choose your own depth and exertion level.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is a dedicated photo room at the dock, but nobody used it because there ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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