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

Walindi Plantation Resort, Jul, 2002,

by Elissa, CA, USA . Report 194.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bimini and Freeport Bahamas, Jamaica, Cozumel, Akumal, Palau, California Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions common sense
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments A seperate camera rinse tank is available on the boat. There is limited working area and film changes can be challenging. Divemasters were exceptional at finding small critters and very careful in handling cameras. Outlets in rooms are Australian 3 prong. Make sure to bring adaptors for battery chargers etc.

There is an onsite photo pro and E-6 processing lab at Walindi.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is part two of our trip report for PNG (also see part one PNG report for Star Dancer Liveaboard dated 07/02).

We stayed at the Walindi Plantation Resort before boarding Star Dancer and for several days after disembarking.

Upon arriving at Hoskins airport we were picked up by Freddie from Walindi who drove us through jungle, coconut palm plantations and the bustling town of Kimbe. After a half hour we turned off the main road and passed through Walindi's gates, entering an eden of, tropical plants and the fabled shores of Kimbe Bay. Walindi must mean "paradise found" in PNG pidgin. Walindi consists of an open air bar, central lounge/TV/reading area with swimming pool, deck, tennis court and gift shop/artifact store. Surround by lush tropical landscaping are oceanfront bure style, thatched roof bungalows and lodge. Our bungalow contained queen and twin beds, kitchen, bath and porch overlooking Kimbe Bay. The walls are covered with beautifully woven native woods. There are no glass windows or air conditioning. Instead, the windows are screened, allowing air flow and sounds of nature to permeate. Nothing sounded nor smelled as sweet as the rain and birds while lying in bed. A ceiling fan kept the room comfortable even in the tropical heat. Bring adaptors for the Australian 3 prong outlets, repellent and consider an anti Malarial. More mosquitoes are on land than sea and I was on the menu!

3 buffet style meals are served daily. At least one vegetarian dish is available. Owners Max and Cecile dined with guests and shared interesting stories. They also have an extensive library of reference books, most signed by the authors. Photos on the walls were signed by names familiar to every dive publication.

Diving is from small boats which hold around 12 people comfortably. Though there are no gear stations, entry into the water was orderly off of the back of the boat. Cameras were handed down with care and the divemasters were outstanding, helping find unusual critters. Lunch is provided on the boat and some of the best critter spotting came during lunchtime snorkeling (how about a pair of double ended pipefish, one male with babies among the sea grass in 2 feet of water?). These reefs near Walindi were as alive and pristine as those we visited on Star Dancer.

During our stay, dormant volcano Mt. Pago erupted and closed the airport. Terri and Jeff from Peter Hughes took care of rerouting our flights through Rabaul and Star Dancer came back and picked us up! We dived off Star Dancer for another 3 days and also got to tour the historic town of Rabaul. The Airport in Telesea will replace Hoskins by Sept. 23.

Must do's: Visit the hot river, Kimbe market and Mahonia Na Dari Research Centre (next door to Walindi). Make sure to try garlip nuts, they're great!

See our website www.descentline.com for photos and complete travel report.
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