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Dive Review of Walindi Plantation in
Papua New Guinea

Walindi Plantation, May, 2004,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, USA . Report 1107.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving St Eustatius, Yap , Palua, Bonaire, Tortola, Fiji, Roatan]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments It took me two days of flying to get this resort. The best dive I did was English Shoals. Saw two blacktip sharks on this dive. Corals are in excellent shape as good as Fiji, and possibly better. Saw mostly smaller fish. Excellent for macro. There is a type coral there that can penetrate your wetsuit if you touch it. I personally felt the diving in PNG was not as good as Yap or Palau, considering the distance and cost to get there. Dive operation was very well run. Food was very good. However, you should get to the buffet dinner as soon as it is served, since they put out all the food at once and run out of it rather quickly. Lunch was served on the boat after the second dive. Lunch generally consisted of the same food from the previous evening's dinner. I enjoyed my week of diving at Walindi. Boat trips were usually one hour to dive sites. Boat usually returned to resort between 3PM and 4PM. My only complaint with the resort was the way they bill you for supplemental charges incurred at the resort, i.e, drinks, night dive,etc. If you use your credit card to pay for these charges a fee is added so that the resort does not lose money on the exchange between PNG Kina and US dollars. My supplemental bill came to $121. However my credit card bill for these charges totaled $136. When I protested to the credit card company they told me that I signed for this amount. My advice pay supplemental charges in cash.
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