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Dive Review of Walindi Plantation Resort in
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay

Walindi Plantation Resort: "For The Price It's Not Good Value Unfortunately", Mar, 2018,

by Charles McLean, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 10472.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Fiji (multiple destinations), Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Yap, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Utila, California coast (multiple destinations)
Closest Airport LAX Getting There LAX-Cairns-Port Moresby-Hoskins. Long distances. We spent a couple nights in Cairns both ways.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 We had a full work station for camera gear in our room. Rinse buckets on the boat each day. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We arrived at Walindi, at Kimbe Bay, PNG after an approximate one hour drive from the airport during the early evening. The roads in this area from the airport are in great disrepair, and there are a lot of potholes. We dodged most of them and our ride made it alright. However, this is indicative of an incompetent government. We were told this was due to rampant corruption in the government (the leaders are spending the money on their wives we were told, but we have no personal knowledge about that. During daylight hours I saw locals using machetes to cut back the tall grass from the road as the government does not even do that.
We checked in at Walindi efficiently and our bags were brought to the room for us. After we unpacked we went to the dinner area. It is a community dinner and the staff and kids also ate at the same time. The meal was hearty buffet style. Fish, beef and pork dishes were the choices. Beef was chow Mein style. Fish was fillet. Pork was mixed with veggies. Spinach steamed (over done and flavorless) and salad (later found to be a bad idea to eat it). Ice cream for dessert, but other desserts were custard and fruit salad. It was filling. Over the week, the dinner food was bland, tasteless and repetitively unimaginative.
During our dinner we briefed with the chief divemaster regarding our credentials, and the diving, including the schedule and dive sites. We were excited to begin what was expected to be a spectacular dive trip. Since we had travelled all day we were tired and in bed by 9 pm. It was quiet except for the frogs. That was cool.
The next day we awakened and had a great breakfast, with many choices cooked to order. I had fried eggs with bacon and toast, we hydrated well with tea and water, and it was great.
After breakfast we checked into the boat and got ready for the dive day. This was well organized. We had three dives with lunch on the boat. One hour surface intervals were mandatory. The boat was well equipped for safety. We left at 8am and returned at 3:15 pm. This became our schedule for diving for six days. Our boat had four divers with two guides and our captain. They wer ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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